Welcome to our Biaoji “Virus” removal guide. The following instructions will aid you in removing the unwanted software from your PC.
Programs of the Browser Hijacker type can be a real pain in the neck if allowed to remain on one’s PC for extended periods of time. A typical Hijacker is able to invade the user’s Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or IE browser, add to it new toolbars and search engines, change its homepage and cause sudden and unpleasant redirects, as well as have other negative effects on which we will focus in a minute. Recently, a program named Biaoji “Virus” has been released that seems to possess traits similar to a Browser Hijacker, which is why it is considered to fall under this category of unwanted programs. You are now about to be given detailed information regarding what the purpose of Biaoji “Virus” is, how it functions and what other problems it can potentially cause if it gets onto your machine. In case it has already gotten there, we can help you uninstall it and get rid of what it might have left behind after the uninstallation. Just go to our removal guide right below this article after you finish reading here and follow the instructions.
What is its goal?
At first, it might seem as if Biaoji is some sort of harmful and malicious PC virus similar to a Trojan horse, a Ransomware or some other dangerous piece of software. However, Browser Hijackers are not real viruses even if they might share certain similar traits with them.
- A major difference between the two types of software is their purpose. Hijackers are primarily used for marketing. They employ aggressive advertising techniques to be more effective and earn higher amounts of money but this does not make them viruses. On the other hand, Ransomware, Trojans and other forms of malware are always aimed at causing some sort of damage or messing with the privacy of their victims in a harmful way.
- The next big difference is that a Hijacker is always trying to get noticed as opposed to most viruses that are usually extremely difficult to detect.
- Thirdly, as far as the law is concerned, a large portion of the Browser Hijacker programs are, in fact, legal. In comparison, Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware and all other forms of malware are absolutely illegal and prohibited by international law.
Problems caused by Browser Hijackers
In this paragraph, you will learn about some of the other potential issues that Biaoji might cause apart from the ones mentioned in the beginning of the article.
- Your machine is likely to get slowed down due to the activity of the unwanted software and its demand for high CPU and RAM usage. This might even lead to system freezes and crashes if the Hijacker stays active for long periods of time on weaker PC’s.
- Deceitful browser banners generated by the Hijacker are commonplace with this type of program. Some of them might warn you about non-existent system errors as a way of advertising some other software tool that can supposedly deal with those errors (that were never even there in the first place).
- Hijackers are also known to oftentimes mess with the computer’s Registry. Though on its own this is usually not all that harmful, it can make your machine vulnerable to software threats like the ones we mentioned in the previous paragraph (Trojans, Spyware, Ransomware, etc.).
How to stay safe and keep your computer clean
There are many methods for increasing the security of one’s PC and making it less susceptible to being invaded by Hijackers. Here, you can read some of the most important and effective tips that will help you do that:
- Do not visit websites that have a lot of sketchy banners and ads throughout their pages, because if you accidentally click on any of the banners/ads, you might get redirected to some harmful site or directly have a Hijacker downloaded onto your computer.
- If some shady links or file attachments gets send to you via an e-mail or a Facebook/Skype message and you do not know what it is or who sends it, do not open it since it might be Biaoji or some other Hijacker.
- If you want to further increase the protection of your machine not only against Browser Hijackers but also against more dangerous types of unwanted software, be sure to equip your machine with a specialized anti-malware tool.
- Never install any new programs without checking the installation wizard for any bundled applications. If you see that something has been added as an optional install to the main piece of software, look up the added application and see what you can find about it. If it turns out that the said bundled program is potentially unwanted, uncheck it from the setup menu before launching the installation process.
Biaoji “Virus” Removal
I – Safe mode and revealing hidden files
II – Uninstallation
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- Use the Winkey+R keyboard combination, write Control Panel in the search field and hit enter.
- Go to Uninstall a program under Programs.
- Seek the unwanted software, select it and then click on Uninstall
If you are unable to spot Biaoji, search for any unrecognized programs that you do not remember installing on your PC – the unwanted software might disguise itself by going under a different name.
III – Cleaning all your browsers
- Go to your browser’s icon, right-click on it and select Properties.
- Go to the Shortcut tab and in the Target make sure to delete anything written after “.exe”.
- Now, open your browser and follow the instructions below depending on whether you are using Chrome, Mozilla or IE.
- Chrome users:
- Go to your browser’s main menu located in the top-right corner of the screen and select Settings.
- Scroll down, click on Show Advanced Settings and then select Clear browsing data. Just to be sure, tick everything and clear the data.
- Now, in the left pane, go to Extensions and look through all extensions that are integrated within your browser. If you notice any suspicious add-on, disable it and then remove it.
- Firefox users:
- Similarly to Chrome, go to the main menu and select Add-ons and then Extensions.
- Remove any suspicious browser extensions that you may have even if they do not have the name Biaoji on them.
- IE users:
- Go to Tools and select Manage add-ons.
- Click on all add-on types from the left pane and check if there is anything suspicious in the right panel. In case you find anything shade, make sure to remove it.
IV – Removing Shady processes
- Go to your start menu, type Task Manager in the search field and from the results open View running processes with Task Manager.
- Thoroughly look through all processes. The name Biaoji might not be there, but if you notice any shady looking process that consumes high amounts of memory it might be ran by the unwanted program.
- If you spot the process ran by Biaoji, right-click on it, open its file location and delete everything in there. Then go back to the Task Manager and end the process.
V – DNS check
- In the start menu search box write View Network Connections and open the first result.
- Right-click on the network connection you are using and go to Properties.
- Select Internet Protocol Version (TCP/IPv4) and click on Properties.
- If Obtain DNS server addresses automatically is not checked, check it.
- Go to Advanced and select the DNS If there is anything in the DNS server addresses field, remove it and click OK.
- Click OK on the rest of the opened windows.