Plswinners.click browser virus. How to delete?

Written by Valdis Koks

Plswinners.click search hijacker is a sort of virus that squeezes into your WIndows, and then switches the search engine configurations in your internet browser to one which it desires. It additionally makes different unpleasant changes that might lead to private data leaks, as well as to various other malware penetration. In this post, you will read the manual of Plswinners.click hijacker removal in several techniques, as well as additionally the method of making your web browser as good as new.

icon hijacker - Do I really need it?

Plswinners.click hijacker nature

Name Plswinners.click extension
Type Browser hijacker1
Short Description The unwanted software that amends important browser settings without the user’s permission.
Symptoms The Plswinners.click 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 Plswinners.click hijacker.

The methods of injection of Plswinners.click search hijackers are assorted. The majority of them come from the malware spreading with the malvertising or malevolent links of various sites. Frequently, your computer may be infected with this virus with the trojan-downloader, which is put to use to spread different other malware. There is a solitary kind of this unwanted program – browser plugin that can build into any kind of internet browser which supports the add-on setup2.

You will not likely mount this plugin on your own, because their names are pretty dubious, and the usefulness is extremely questionable. The “creators” of Plswinners.click hijacker usually state that it can save the .doc/.docx documents from the web pages already to .pdf format, or to save the entire site on your disk. It is really hard to picture if someone can be needed in such features in 2020, when the Web access is not time-limited and every system has the ability to open the needed .docx documents at Google Docs.

Nonetheless, besides their uselessness, they may simply be located in the Chrome Web Store. Naturally, virus experts sound the alarm regarding such spam right into the legitimate source of web browser extensions, requiring the Google reaction – removing these extensions from their place. But they are still not hurrying to deal with that security problem.

Icon - Your PC hijacker

Is the Plswinners.click virus harmful?

At the first sight, you can assume that these redirects are just bothersome, but not risky. Because of this factor a lot of users are just playing for time as opposed to getting rid of this malware, getting more and more chances of being contaminated with various other infections, which are far more serious than Plswinners.click is.

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

If your web browser is corrupted due to the Azorult trojan activity, the system may start malfunctioning soon – this symptome is just one of the most common in case of trojan injection.

Icon - remove Plswinners.click hijacker

How to remove Plswinners.click hijacker?

First, let me say several words about prevention the Plswinners.click malware infiltration. It is very easy to speak about the tactics of shielding your computer from such irritating items as browser hijackers, however, it is extremely simple to be caught on this lure perhaps even being a professional user. As it was pointed out above, this malware can hide after the eye-catching (at the first sight) promotion, or in packs with other adware you can get in dozens of means. However, no matter the usual complexity of the penetration techniques, it is really easy to stay away from the Plswinners.click hijacker appearing 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.
Plswinners.click may remain persistent on your system and may re-infect it. We recommend you to download LOARIS TROJAN REMOVER and run free scan to get rid of all infected files on your device. This saves you a lot of time and efforts compared to the manual malware removal.
Keep in mind, that LOARIS TROJAN REMOVER is only for malware detection. If LOARIS TROJAN REMOVER detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase LOARIS TROJAN REMOVER removal tool to delete the malware threats. Read our LOARIS TROJAN REMOVER. Click on the corresponding links to check LOARIS TROJAN REMOVER License AgreementPrivacy Policy .

Preparation before removing Plswinners.click.

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

  • Ensure you have this manual tutorial always prepared to make use of.
  • Carry out a back-up of all of your data, consisting of the saved logins, passwords and other qualifications. You must back up your information with a cloud backup service and also see to it your data are secured from any kind of sort of loss, even from one of the most serious infections.
  • Wait until the long-lasting backup procedure mores than.

Step 1: Uninstall Plswinners.click and related software from Windows

Here is a method in couple of simple steps 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 Plswinners.click 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 Plswinners.click 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 Plswinners.click. 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.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting “Step 4”, please boot back into Normal modein case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use LOARIS TROJAN REMOVER successfully.

 

Step 4: Scan for Plswinners.click 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 LOARIS TROJAN REMOVER. Click on the corresponding links to check LOARIS TROJAN REMOVER 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

Leave a Comment