Welcome, reader, to our Wizzcaster “Virus” removal guide. The following instructions will aid you in removing the unwanted software from your PC.
Have you ever heard of Wizzcaster “Virus”?
It is a piece of software that is programmed to display a great number of ads. Its ads might come in many various shapes and colors, they could be like boxes, banners, pop-ups or pop-unders. They may even represent whole new browser tabs. If your PC has been infected, such advertisements will appear every time you try to use your browser and load a website. No browser is immune to them, they can affect Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera and all other famous browsers. In fact, there are many programs that might cause the generation of a lot of ads and their common name is Adware. This is the term used to refer to all ad-generating software products. There are a few things you should know about Wizzcaster and about all Adware-like programs in general.
Wizzcaster is NOT a virus
To be completely precise, Adware has never been classified as malware. It’s logical, because it doesn’t possess the typical features that identify a program as malicious. For instance, Wizzcaster will produce many ads and will irritate you a lot. However, it can’t steal any personal data from your computer. Also, Wizzcaster might be able to review your browsing history and try to show only ads that are relevant to your recent search requests. Nevertheless, a typical malicious program like Ransomware, for example, will scan all your drives and will lock up all your favorite files. Some of the ads this Adware generates could redirect you to pages with suspicious content. However, such ads cannot copy your key strokes or turn on your web camera and record you, as some viruses do. You can now see the difference, can’t you?
The produced ads are actually legal
The desire of Wizzcaster to display so many ads could easily be explained with the strategy its developers use to build this program as well as all known Adware versions. This marketing tool is called PPC (pay per every single click on an ad). Basically, this is what happens when you are showered with ads, knowingly or unknowingly, you may click on some of them, you may even find some of them useful. That’s what vendors and programmers hope for. The first are very happy when you purchase a product from them and pay the second ones even more to advertise that product ever harder.
However, the distribution of Wizzcaster might raise some concern…
Most of the popular Adware-based products are relatively harmless. However, they may still raise some concern when it comes to the way they are being distributed to the innocent users worldwide. To begin with, you can catch Wizzcaster practically everywhere on the Internet. You may get infected when you open a spam email, when you use a contaminated website, when you download a torrent. Still, there is one method that is considered the most successful way to spread Adware. It usually happens through a process called software bundling. During this process an Adware-type product is put together with another original program inside a bundle. The result from that process is called a software bundle and it can usually be downloaded free of charge.
When a user downloads and ventures into installing such a bundle, it is important for them to know that the proper installation habits can save you from a lot of different infections. The installation process should be completed via the most detailed step of the wizard (it could be ADVANCED or CUSTOM). In this way the user can choose what to install and what to avoid from the programs inside the bundle. All other installation wizard features are highly questionable as they will skip the part with giving you a choice and will install everything from the bundle by default.
The ads are too many and already unbearable… How can you remove the program causing them?
You may want to consult a specialist or you may be looking for a program to help you deal with this annoyance once and for all. We have a good option for you here on this page. At the end of this article you will notice a removal guide, and this is our suggestion for solving your problem. All the instructions have been tried already and if everything goes smoothly, our guide will help you remove the ads and their source.
Wizzcaster “Virus” Removal
I – Uninstallation
- 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 Wizzcaster, 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.
II – Safe mode and revealing hidden files
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 Wizzcaster 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 Wizzcaster 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 Wizzcaster, 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.