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Remove WizzScreen ads (Virus Removal Guide)

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Why should you remove WizzScreen virus from your computer?

No matter if you have installed WizzScreen virus by your choice or not, you should remove it. This application was classified as potentially unwanted program (PUP) and, to be precise, it falls into the adware category. We have researched this program and we have found out that it acts suspiciously. Despite that the developer of it (Wizzlabs) presents it as a great desktop widget meant to give user the possibility to customize the screen mode, the real purpose of this program is entirely different. This ad-supported program is actually intended to serve annoying ads. Therefore, if you have WizzScreen adware installed on your system, you are going to receive loads of pop-up ads, banners, slide-in ads and other forms of advertisements. WizzScreen ads can be recognized easily since almost all of them are marked with “powered by WizzScreen,” “WizzScreen deals” or “ads by WizzScreen” line. If you see these ads on your screen, avoid clicking on them because they are untrustworthy.

WizzScreen PUP collects certain information about the user, and it discloses that in its Privacy Policy document: “we may collection information to help you with your experience. […] when you […] respond to a survey or marketing communication, surf the website, use certain other site features, or using our application.” It also explains why it collects such information: “To improve our website in order to better serve you.” However, it also warns that WizzScreen may occasionally offer third-party products or services and that WizzScreen has “no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites.
WizzScreen virus delivers annoying ads

Questions about WizzScreen ads

Now, as you can see, WizzScreen’s Privacy Policy is full of grammar mistakes, and that already makes this company look suspicious. Now, let us explain what exactly WizzScreen virus does. It collects particular information such as user’s search queries and also analyzes user’s browsing history. Based on such information, this ad-supported program starts to generate and serve targeted ads, which usually provide price comparisons, coupons, discount codes, and similar offers related to online shopping. You must know that these ads are deceitful and not meant to “serve you better.” Do not try to click on them, otherwise, you will be redirected to shady third-party websites, which might be infectious. You can never know where WizzScreen ads will lead you to, but one thing is definitely obvious – these ads are not meant to be useful for you. Plus, the adware that generates them uses computer resources to communicate with its remote server and create new ads, and such processes slow down the computer system. It goes without saying that you should remove WizzScreen Mode without a delay since this program is completely useless. For that, we recommend using automatic spyware/malware removal program – Reimage.

How did WizzScreen hijack my computer?

You can install WizzScreen adware from the official web page of this software, however, you can hardly find this web page via Google search, also, it provides very little information about the function of the program. It is not surprising because this program is not designed to provide a set of useful functions. It mainly spreads alongside other free programs so that inattentive computer users would install it accidentally. To avoid installing WizzScreen and similar PUPs, be attentive when installing new software. Select Advanced or Custom settings at all times and then opt out all “recommended downloads” or simply any additional applications included in your download. If this annoying program has already infected your computer and if you are looking for WizzScreen removal tutorial, navigate to page 2.

WizzScreen removal techniques

WizzScreen virus is not malicious itself, but it can cause security related problems as it delivers questionable “WizzScreen ads” that carry links leading to suspicious third-party websites. To remove WizzScreen, you have to locate and eliminate all files related to it. One of the files that you must remove is called wizzscreenmode-widget.exe. However, there might be more files related to it. If you are ready to act, follow the instructions provided below this article and get rid of WizzScreen browser hijacker for good.

We want to warn you that cyber criminals have been actively creating and spreading computer viruses that are way more dangerous than WizzScreen PUP, and that is why we strongly recommend you to secure your computer with an anti-spyware software.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove WizzScreen ads, follow these steps:

Erase WizzScreen 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 WizzScreen and related programs
    Here, look for WizzScreen 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 WizzScreen 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 WizzScreen 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 WizzScreen 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 WizzScreen 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 WizzScreen removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Uninstall WizzScreen ads 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, WizzScreen should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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

Delete WizzScreen 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 WizzScreen 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 WizzScreen removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

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

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  1. Jenni2 says:
    April 15th, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Thanks for the help 🙂

  2. Menny87 says:
    April 15th, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    wizzscreen ads are very annoying. do not click on them, otherwise you will end up with a few other PUPs on your pc, thats what happened for me. SpyHunter fixed everything. thanks for recommending it.

  3. king says:
    April 15th, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    worked. wasnt hard to uninstall it.

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