Computer security professionals have confirmed that the Visws.xyz is a browser hijacker. When downloaded and started onto a PC system, this browser hijacker quickly modifies the MS Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome browser’s settings such as start page, new tab page and search engine by default to its own web-page without any permission. For this reason, every time you open the affected internet browser, it being redirected to the Visws.xyz web site. Even though you have deleted its address from your internet browser’s settings, after restart your web-browser, the annoying web-page still appears.
If your PC system is affected with Visws.xyz hijacker you’ll be forced to use its own search engine. It could seem not to be dangerous, but you still should be very careful, since it may display intrusive and malicious advertisements designed to mislead you into buying some questionable applications or products, provide search results that may redirect your web-browser to some deceptive, misleading or harmful webpages. We suggest that you use only the reliable search provider like Google, Yahoo or Bing.
Although, Visws.xyz hijacker is not a virus, but it does bad things, and it modifies web browsers settings. Moreover, an adware (sometimes named ‘ad-supported’ software) may be additionally installed on to your computer by this hijacker, that will open tons of advertisements, or even massive full page ads that blocks surfing the Net. Often such these advertisements may recommend to install other unknown and undesired applications or visit malicious web-pages.
|Type||browser hijacker, search provider hijacker, startpage hijacker, toolbar, unwanted new tab, redirect virus|
|Removal||Visws.xyz removal guide|
By following guide below it’s easy to remove Visws.xyz from Mozilla Firefox, IE, Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge and your system. Learn how to scan and remove browser hijacker and other malicious software, as well as how to run a full computer virus scan.
How to remove Visws.xyz
There are a simple manual instructions below which will assist you to remove Visws.xyz from your MS Windows personal computer. The most effective way to remove this browser hijacker is to follow the manual removal guidance and then run Zemana, MalwareBytes Free or Hitman Pro automatic tools (all are free). The manual solution will help to weaken this hijacker and these malicious software removal utilities will completely delete Visws.xyz and restore the Microsoft Edge, IE, Chrome and Firefox settings to default.
To remove Visws.xyz, complete the steps below:
- Delete Visws.xyz without any tools
- How to automatically get rid of Visws.xyz
- Run AdBlocker to stop Visws.xyz redirect and stay safe online
- Don’t know how your internet browser has been hijacked by Visws.xyz hijacker?
- To sum up
Delete Visws.xyz without any tools
To delete Visws.xyz hijacker infection, adware and other unwanted programs you can try to do so manually. Unfortunately some of the hijackers won’t show up in your program list, but some browser hijackers may. In this case, you may be able to remove it through the uninstall function of your computer. You can do this by completing the steps below.
Uninstall PUPs through the MS Windows Control Panel
One of the first things to attempt for removal of browser hijacker infection is to check your computer installed applications screen and look for unwanted and suspicious applications. If there are any programs you do not recognize or are no longer using, you should remove them. If that doesn’t work, then you may need to run malware removal utility such as Zemana Free.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
First, press the Windows button , then click Search . Type “Control panel”and press Enter.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
First, click “Start” and select “Control Panel”.
It will display the Windows Control Panel as shown in the following example.
Next, click “Uninstall a program”
It will open a list of all applications installed on your PC. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any questionable and unknown apps. To quickly find the latest installed apps, we recommend sort programs by date in the Control panel.
Remove Visws.xyz from Google Chrome
In order to be sure that there is nothing left behind, we recommend you to reset Google Chrome browser. It will return Chrome settings including search engine by default, homepage and new tab page to defaults.
- First, start the Google Chrome and click the Menu icon (icon in the form of three dots).
- It will show the Chrome main menu. Choose More Tools, then click Extensions.
- You’ll see the list of installed extensions. If the list has the plugin labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following guide: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
- Now open the Chrome menu once again, press the “Settings” menu.
- Next, press “Advanced” link, that located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
- The Chrome will open the reset settings dialog box as shown on the image above.
- Confirm the web browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the post How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Get rid of Visws.xyz redirect from IE
In order to recover all internet browser start page, default search provider and newtab page you need to reset the IE to the state, which was when the Windows was installed on your machine.
First, launch the Internet Explorer. Next, click the button in the form of gear (). It will display the Tools drop-down menu, press the “Internet Options” as displayed below.
In the “Internet Options” window click on the Advanced tab, then click the Reset button. The Microsoft Internet Explorer will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as displayed in the following example. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click “Reset” button.
You will now need to restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
Delete Visws.xyz from Mozilla Firefox by resetting web browser settings
If the Mozilla Firefox settings such as search engine by default, new tab page and home page have been replaced by the browser hijacker infection, then resetting it to the default state can help. When using the reset feature, your personal information such as passwords, bookmarks, browsing history and web form auto-fill data will be saved.
First, run the Firefox and click button. It will open the drop-down menu on the right-part of the browser. Further, click the Help button () as shown below.
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the web browser adress bar and press Enter. It will open the “Troubleshooting Information” page as displayed on the image below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, press the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will show the confirmation prompt. Further, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Firefox will start a process to fix your problems that caused by the Visws.xyz browser hijacker. After, it’s finished, click the “Finish” button.
How to automatically get rid of Visws.xyz
Manual removal instructions does not always help to remove browser hijacker fully, as it’s not easy to identify and get rid of components of hijacker and all malicious files from hard disk. Therefore, it’s recommended that you use malware removal tool to fully remove Visws.xyz off your computer. Several free malware removal tools are currently available that can be used against the browser hijacker infection. The optimum way would be to run Zemana Free, MalwareBytes and Hitman Pro.
How to delete Visws.xyz with Zemana
If you need a free tool that can easily locate and remove hijacker responsible for redirects to Visws.xyz, then use Zemana Free. This is a very handy program, which is primarily developed to quickly search for and get rid of adware and malicious software affecting browsers and changing their settings.
- First, click the following link, then press the ‘Download’ button in order to download the latest version of Zemana Free.
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- At the download page, click on the Download button. Your internet browser will open the “Save as” prompt. Please save it onto your Windows desktop.
- After the download is finished, please close all software and open windows on your machine. Next, start a file called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup.
- This will launch the “Setup wizard” of Zemana onto your computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
- When the Setup wizard has finished installing, the Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) will open and open the main window.
- Further, click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan for the browser hijacker infection that alters internet browser settings to replace your search provider by default, new tab page and startpage with Visws.xyz web-page. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your PC. While the Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) is scanning, you may see how many objects it has identified either as being malware.
- Once Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) has completed scanning your computer, it will display the Scan Results.
- In order to delete all threats, simply click the “Next” button. The utility will begin to remove Visws.xyz browser hijacker and other internet browser’s harmful add-ons. When finished, you may be prompted to reboot the PC system.
- Close the Zemana Free and continue with the next step.
Use Hitman Pro to remove Visws.xyz from the computer
Hitman Pro is a free removal utility. It removes potentially unwanted programs, adware, browser hijackers and unwanted web browser extensions. It will identify and get rid of browser hijacker responsible for redirecting user searches to Visws.xyz. Hitman Pro uses very small system resources and is a portable program. Moreover, Hitman Pro does add another layer of malware protection.
Installing the HitmanPro is simple. First you’ll need to download HitmanPro by clicking on the link below. Save it on your MS Windows desktop.
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Once downloading is finished, open the folder in which you saved it and double-click the Hitman Pro icon. It will launch the Hitman Pro utility. If the User Account Control prompt will ask you want to start the program, click Yes button to continue.
Next, click “Next” to perform a system scan with this utility for the hijacker that cause a redirect to Visws.xyz webpage. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your computer and the speed of your PC. While the utility is scanning, you can see count of objects and files has already scanned.
When HitmanPro has finished scanning, a list of all items detected is created such as the one below.
Review the report and then press “Next” button. It will open a dialog box, click the “Activate free license” button. The HitmanPro will begin to get rid of browser hijacker responsible for redirecting your internet browser to Visws.xyz web site. After finished, the utility may ask you to restart your computer.
How to delete Visws.xyz with MalwareBytes
We suggest using the MalwareBytes Anti-Malware which are completely clean your machine of the browser hijacker infection. The free tool is an advanced malicious software removal application developed by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This program uses the world’s most popular anti malware technology. It is able to help you remove hijacker, PUPs, malware, adware software, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your system for free.
First, click the following link, then click the ‘Download’ button in order to download the latest version of MalwareBytes Free.
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Once the downloading process is complete, run it and follow the prompts. Once installed, the MalwareBytes will try to update itself and when this task is done, click the “Scan Now” button for checking your PC for the hijacker infection that causes browsers to open unwanted Visws.xyz web-site. This process may take some time, so please be patient. While the utility is checking, you can see how many objects and files has already scanned. When you’re ready, click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The MalwareBytes Anti-Malware is a free application that you can use to get rid of all detected folders, files, services, registry entries and so on. To learn more about this malicious software removal utility, we recommend you to read and follow the step-by-step guide or the video guide below.
Run AdBlocker to stop Visws.xyz redirect and stay safe online
By installing an ad blocking application such as AdGuard, you’re able to block Visws.xyz, autoplaying video ads and delete a large number of distracting and annoying ads on webpages.
Click the following link to download the latest version of AdGuard for Windows. Save it directly to your MS Windows Desktop.
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Update: November 15, 2018
After downloading is finished, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen like below.
Follow the prompts. After the install is done, you will see a window similar to the one below.
You can press “Skip” to close the install program and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial which will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you don’t need to change anything. Each time, when you run your personal computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop unwanted ads, block Visws.xyz, as well as other harmful or misleading web sites. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that can be found on your desktop.
Don’t know how your internet browser has been hijacked by Visws.xyz hijacker?
The Visws.xyz most likely to occur during the setup of free applications due the fact that PUPs like this are mostly hidden in the installer. Thus, if you have installed some free programs using Quick(Standard) method, you may have let a browser hijacker get inside the system. Keep in mind that the Quick mode is unreliable because it do not warn about third-party programs. Thus, optional software will be installed automatically unless you select Advanced/Custom method and reject its installation.
To sum up
Now your PC system should be free of the hijacker responsible for redirecting user searches to Visws.xyz. We suggest that you keep Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) (to periodically scan your machine for new hijacker infections and other malware) and AdGuard (to help you stop undesired ads and malicious web-pages). Moreover, to prevent any hijacker, please stay clear of unknown and third party apps, make sure that your antivirus program, turn on the option to look for PUPs.
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