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Remove WinShare virus (Free Instructions) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Adware

What is known about WinShare virus?

Malware analysts describe WinShare virus as an adware[1] program. This classification means that it’s not a technical virus; however, due to some of its features, it has adopted this title. This potentially unwanted program (PUP)[2] has only one purpose – to fill browser with online ads, pop-ups, banners, in-text ads or various discount coupons. Unfortunately, none of the popular web browsers are immune to WinShare adware. Once it infiltrates the computer, it starts generating an excessive amount of ads and track information[3] about the users. The adware is interested in getting to know you better and learn about your browsing habits. Collecting data about your browsing history, recently or frequently visited websites, search queries, reaction to online ads, IP address, computer location and similar information allows building your profile. It’s an advertising application, so all aggregated data is used to provide personalized or targeted ads. WinShare ads might look familiar and remind your latest search queries. For example, if you looked for a holiday destination, adware might show you a pop-up suggesting to visit a particular location, a restaurant in that region, etc. Unfortunately, these ads rarely provide real deals and useful offers. We have to warn you that clicking on them might infect your computer with Trojans or ransomware. The developers of malware tend to distribute cyber infections via malware-laden ads[4], and such programs as adware help to do it.

Questions about WinShare virus

What is more, WinShare ads might also deliver a misleading warning about vulnerable computer’s state and offer to purchase the bogus software. Usually, they promote unknown antivirus programs[5] or PC optimization tools that should not end up on your computer. These ads are only interested in your clicks. The more ads you click, the better for the developers. They generate pay-per-click advertising revenue – it’s the main reason why these ads are so annoying and aggressive. However, you can run away from them by initiating WinShare removal. If you want to speed up the process, let Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego assist you in this process. If you have plenty of time and obstinacy, you can try to remove WinShare manually.

Example of WinShare virus

How to protect computers from adware?

Being careful and attentive with new software installation is the main tip for securing your PC from WinShare hijack. This potentially unwanted program infiltrates computers with the help of other free programs that users download from the Internet. Bear in mind that lots of free programs, such as PDF converters, audio or video streaming tools, often include additional components that are hidden under Basic or Quick installation settings. Hence, when you choose these settings, you risk to catch WinShare virus and installing all PUPs that are included in the particular software package. We want to remind that trusting this setup is not recommend even if you install reliable programs from the safe sources. Always opt for the Advanced/Custom setup and do not rush clicking the “Next” button. Carefully look through each step and do not skip the checkbox with pre-selected additional apps. If you see this list, do not hesitate and deselect all entries.

WinShare removal methods

In our opinion, it’s better to leave WinShare removal for professionals. No, you do not need to take your PC to IT specialists. It’s enough to install anti-malware tool and run a full system scan. You will find our suggested applications below; however, you have a right to choose another program as well. But don’t forget that free programs may not be powerful enough to delete all adware-related components. We strongly recommend investing in computer’s protection because they not only eliminate current infection but will protect your device from other threats in the future. Additionally, you can dedicate some of your free time and remove WinShare manually. Our team prepared detailed instruction, so don’t hesitate to follow them. However, if it did not help to get rid of the annoying ads, we recommend opting for automatic elimination because you left some of the adware components.

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To remove WinShare virus, follow these steps:

Eliminate WinShare from Windows systems

Detecting adware on the computer might be difficult. Before starting WinShare removal, look through the instructions below. When you delete all adware-related components from the computer, check all web browsers and uninstall suspicious extensions.

  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 WinShare and related programs
    Here, look for WinShare 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'

Get rid of WinShare from Mac OS X system

Adware rarely attacks Mac OS X, but if you have encountered WinShare hijack, these instructions help you to solve this program.

  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 WinShare 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'

Uninstall WinShare from Internet Explorer (IE)

WinShare adware might be responsible for installing various add-ons to the Internet Explorer. Uninstall them as shown below.

  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 WinShare 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 WinShare removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove WinShare virus from Microsoft Edge

These instructions will help you to fix Microsoft Edge after adware infection.

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, WinShare should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Delete WinShare from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Eliminate all suspicious browser extensions from the Mozilla Firefox by following these steps.

  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 WinShare 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 WinShare removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase WinShare from Google Chrome

If you find some unknown extensions, plugins or toolbars in the Google Chrome, uninstall them without hesitation. They might be responsible for providing WinShare ads.

  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 WinShare 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 WinShare removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate WinShare from Safari

Follow these steps to fix Safari and get rid of annoying ads.

  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 WinShare 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 WinShare removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. Lucy says:
    January 16th, 2017 at 5:39 am

    You have no idea how many strange ads I have seen! Thanks for the instructions, they were really helpful and I get rid of them quite quickly!

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