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Remove Windows Route Manager virus (Improved Instructions)

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Adware

How does Windows Route Manager virus threaten your PC security?

If your browser has been preoccupied with the pop-ups offering you to install Online Ad Scanner, it is likely that your device has been infected with Windows Route Manager virus. This application is considered to be a potentially unwanted program (PUP) because it triggers the appearance of websites against your will. What is more, this adware happens to be one of the exquisite PUPs since it launches a certain task in your Task Manager, which highly diminishes the PC performance. What is more, it activates several pages to appear when you open the browser. In any case, remove Windows Route Manager before it causes more unpleasant outcomes. For that purpose, Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego comes in handy.

Questions about Windows Route Manager virus

On one hand, this particular PUP might be intriguing for virus researchers. On the other hand, it is completely bothersome for users who encountered it. Firstly, when the program slithers into the device, it creates a new process, WinRouteD.exe, in Task Manager. The problem is that this seemingly harmless pest actually disturbs PC processes by absorbing CPU speed. Virus researchers have detected that it might take over 50% of CPU capability. In addition, you cannot easily get rid of this adware because its process gets activated every time you reboot the computer. Moreover, it operates quite aggressively as it might cause other system programs to malfunction.

The image of Windows Route Mnager

In any case, the main goal of this PUP is to promote its sponsored application – Online Ad Scanner. Needless to say, do not download it. You may only install a futile application, which pretends to help you manage your business by scanning advertisements. In fact, it might “supplement” your computer with a vivid bunch of potentially malicious files and programs. Purchasing this program might prove to be completely futile.While this adware resides on the computer, Windows Route Manager redirect becomes an issue as well. Since it meddles with the registry files as well, it might forcefully open websites with disturbing content. Keep in mind that the latter might be infected. The peculiarities of this PUP should encourage you to proceed to Windows Route Manager removal.

When did the program take over my computer?

Luckily, its distribution channels are easily traceable. This PUP spreads via free software. When you recently installed a new file converter or media player, you missed the attachment of Windows Route Manager. Clicking the “Install” button enabled the installation of both, the primary and optional applications. In order to detect them before they sneakily invade the computer, choose “Custom” settings. Afterword, unmark all unnecessary applications. These precautions will help you to spot any kind of PUPs before they invade the system.

How can I efficiently remove Windows Route Manager?

Though this adware is more complex than others, eliminating it should not cause any bigger trouble. We recommend choosing the automatic method. The anti-spyware application is specifically programmed to locate the potentially malicious files which might be scattered across all the system. Thus, it will detect and eliminate WinRouteD.exe file within few minutes. Alternatively, if you feel confident enough, you can manage Windows Route Manager removal by yourself. Nonetheless, this PUP will require more of your time.

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To remove Windows Route Manager virus, follow these steps:

Get rid of Windows Route Manager from Windows systems

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Windows Route Manager and related programs
    Here, look for Windows Route Manager or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Uninstall Windows Route Manager from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Windows Route Manager or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Eliminate Windows Route Manager from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Windows Route Manager and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Windows Route Manager removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove Windows Route Manager virus from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Windows Route Manager should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase Windows Route Manager from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Windows Route Manager and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Windows Route Manager removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete Windows Route Manager from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Windows Route Manager and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Windows Route Manager removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of Windows Route Manager from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Windows Route Manager or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Windows Route Manager removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Julie Splinters
Julie Splinters - Malware removal specialist

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  1. Betty says:
    July 20th, 2016 at 4:07 am

    I cant even browse properly anymore!

  2. HeatherJJ says:
    July 20th, 2016 at 4:10 am

    Where can I locate this winrouteD.exe file?

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