Giwens.live Ads Virus. How to delete?

Written by Valdis Koks

Giwens.live search hijacker is a kind of virus that infuses into your personal computer, and then changes the search engine configurations in your internet browser to one which it is paid for. It also makes some unpleasant changes that may cause private information leakages, as well as to various other malware injection. In this post, you will read the guide of Giwens.live hijacker removal in various methods, as well as also the solution of making your browser just as good as new.

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Giwens.live Info

Name Giwens.live extension
Type Browser hijacker1
Short Description The unwanted software that amends important browser settings without the user’s permission.
Symptoms The Giwens.live hijacker replaces the browser parameters set by the users and replaces these settings with its own values.
Distribution Method Bundling with Freeware or Shareware, misleading pop-up ads produced by adware.
Detection Tool Inspect If Your System Has Been Affected by the Giwens.live hijacker.

The ways of injection of Giwens.live search hijackers are diverse. The majority of them belong to the malware dispersing with the malvertising or malevolent web links of various websites. Frequently, your personal computer can be contaminated with this virus with the trojan-downloader, which is used to spread various other malware. There is a single form of this unwanted program – browser plugin that may build right into any kind of web browser which supports the add-on installment2.

You will not likely add this plugin by yourself, because their names are very suspicious, and the functionality is really questionable. The “creators” of Giwens.live hijacker typically mention that it can save the .doc/.docx documents from the web pages already to .pdf format, or to download the whole site on your disk. It is extremely tough to imagine if somebody can be needed in such functions in 2023, when the Internet access is not time-limited as well as every system has the ability to open the needed .docx files at Google Docs.

Nevertheless, besides their uselessness, they may easily be spotted in the Chrome Web Store. Naturally, virus analysts sound the alarm concerning such spam into the legit source of web browser extensions, calling for the Google response – removing these extensions from their site. But they are still not hurrying to repair that security problem.

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Is the Giwens.live virus?

At the first sight, you can assume that these redirects are just aggravating, but not hazardous. Because of this reason a great deal of users are just playing for time rather than getting rid of this malware, obtaining increasingly more chances of being infected with numerous other viruses, which are much more harmful than Giwens.live is.

Besides the changed search engine or search results, you may likewise see different promotions even on those websites that do not have any ads on it by default. And you can unintentionally misclick while turning off the ad, and launch the downloading of an unfamiliar file, which can be a virus, or a potentially unwanted program, and even ransomware – whatever the maintainers of this hijacker want.

If your web browser is corrupted because of the Azorult trojan task, the system may begin malfunctioning soon – this symptome is just one of the most usual in case of trojan penetration.

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How to remove Giwens.live?

First, let me say several words about prevention the Giwens.live malware injection. It is very easy to discuss the methods of protecting your system from such irritating items as browser hijackers, but it is quite simple to be caught on this bait even being a qualified user. As it was stated above, this virus may hide after the attractive (at the first sight) advertisement, or in packs with other adware you may get in dozens of manners. But regardless of the common complexity of the penetration methods, it is very easy to avoid the Giwens.live hijacker appearance in your system:

  • Do not follow the dubious links;
  • Restrict the usage of pseudo-free software (one which is offered as free, but has an additional unwanted programs in its pack);
  • Leave the habit of clicking advertisements on the web. If you need to buy something, it is better to google it;
  • Avoid downloading the files from dubious sources, like forums or file sharing websites.

Preparation before removing Giwens.live.

Before starting the actual uninstall procedure, we recommend that you do the following introductory milestones.

  • Make certain you have this manual tutorial always all set to use.
  • Carry out a back-up of every one of your information, consisting of the kept logins, passwords and also other qualifications. You should support your information with a cloud back-up service and see to it your data are secured from any sort of loss, even from one of the most severe infections.
  • Wait until the lasting backup procedure mores than.

Step 1: Uninstall Giwens.live and related software from Windows

Here is a technique in few easy stages that ought to be able to uninstall most applications. Either you use Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, these milestones will work well. Moving the app or its folder to the Trash can be a very wrong idea. In case you do that, remnants of the app may remain, and that can cause the unstable performance of your system, malfunctions with the file type associations and other unpleasant behavior. The effective solution to get an app off your device is to remove it manually. To do that:

1. Keep holding the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will soon arrive.

Windows keyboard R

2. In the field that appeared, type in “appwiz.cpl” -1  and choose OK – 2.

Run appwiz.cpl

 

3. This will open a window with all the apps available on the device. Choose the app that you want to get rid of, then choose “Uninstall

Follow the steps above and you will successfully get rid of most unwanted apps.

Step 2: Get rid of Giwens.live from all your available browsers.

Mozilla FirefoxGoogle ChromeInternet ExplorerMicrosoft Edge

1. Launch Mozilla Firefox. Go to its menu window

2. Choose the “Add-ons” icon in the menu.

3. Find the unwanted extension and select “Remove

Mozilla Firefox Add-ons Remove

4. Upon deleting the extension, reload Mozilla Firefox, closing it with the help of a red “X” button in the upper right corner and start it again.

1. Launch Google Chrome and go to its drop menu

Google Chrome drop menu click

2. Click on “Tools” and then in the extended menu select “Extensions

Google Chrome Tools select Extensions

3. In the “Extensions” menu find the unwanted extension and apply the “Remove” button related to it.

Google Chrome Extensions Remove

4. As soon as the extension is deleted, reload Google Chrome by closing it by means of the red “X” button at the top right corner and launch it again.

1. Launch Internet Explorer

2. Click on the gear icon marked ‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and choose ‘Manage Add-ons’

Manage-add-ons

3. In the “Manage Add-ons” window, locate the extension you want to delete and then click “Remove”. A pop-up window will come up to inform you that you are about to delete the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and choose “Remove”.

Internet Explorer extension removal

4. Once the unwanted extension is deleted, reload Internet Explorer by shutting it down from the red “X” button located at the top right corner and launch it again.

1. Launch Edge

2. Access the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.

3. From the drop menu choose “Extensions”.

Microsoft Edge menu Extensions

4. Locate the suspected dangerous extension you want to delete and then click on the Remove button.

Microsoft Edge Extensions Remove

Step 3: Clean any registries that could be added by Giwens.live on your device.

The usually attacked registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by going to the Windows registry editor and getting rid of any values added by Giwens.live. Follow the steps below:

  1. Start the Run Window command once again, type “regedit” and click OK.Window command regedit
  2. As soon as you open it, you can freely go to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are displayed above.Window command Run and RunOnce keys
  3. You can delete the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and deleting it.Window command regedit delete the value virus

Tip: To locate a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and select “Modify” to find which file it is set to run. If this is the malware file location, delete the value.

Step 4: Scan for Giwens.live with Loaris Trojan Remover

1. Click on the “Download” button to proceed to Loaris Trojan Remover download.

It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by Trojan Remover. Click on the corresponding links to check License AgreementPrivacy Policy.

2. Click “Install” to start.

Loaris Trojan Remover Install

There were 4 scan types suggested:

  • Standard Scan.
  • Full Scan.
  • Custom Scan.
  • Removable Scan.

 

3. After the installed has finished, click on the ‘Scan’ tab. Click on ‘Full Scan’.

Loaris Trojan Remover Full Scan

4. Once the scanning is started, Loaris will initiate the thorough analysis of your device and may soon identify specific threats currently slowing down the performance of your system. Make sure to wait until the scanning is completed to let the software fully evaluate the safety of your workstation.

Loaris Trojan Remover - scan in process

5. After Loaris Trojan Remover has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the ‘Apply’ button. There were options to move the files to quarantine, ignore or delete them.

Loaris Trojan Remover - show viruses

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

 

  1. About browser hijackers on Wikipedia
  2. Possible danger of free browser extensions

About the author

Valdis Koks

Security engineer, reverse engineering and memory forensics

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