Web.Winstat.us is a dangerous website which is created by the cyber criminals to collect information from the infected PC. This browser hijack redirect virus is able to target on Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome and other browsers, once this redirect virus is installed to the infected browser, it can replace the homepage completely which PC users can not get it back. Each time when the PC users open the infected browser, they will be redirected to some malicious webpages with Trojan horse, Worm and other threats. Web.Winstat.us needs to be removed completely from the infected PC to protect the machine.
In general, Web.Winstat.us can make chaos on the infected PC including slow Internet speed and browser crashing, that means PC users has to take a long time to open a new tab or view E-mail, sometimes the infected browser will be closed suddenly which makes you annoyed. PC user can not get rid of it by uninstalling on the control panel, anti-virus program can not work neither because it can escape the tracking of the security tools. Anyway, since the anti-virus program is not a perfect tool to remove the virus, manual removal is the best choice to remove it.
Once the infected computer is infected by the browser hijack redirect virus, it will cause terrible virus infection. The infected computer will run much slower than before, PC users will have to spend more time opening a webpage or watching a video. Sometimes the browser can crash frequently which makes PC users annoyed, the browser hijack virus is able to redirect the infected PC to visit other malicious website with different viruses and threats on it, and lots of the popping-up webpage will appear while surfing on the Internet. In a word, the browser hijack redirect virus can cause chaos and problems on the infected computer.
How did you get Web.Winstat.us virus on your computer? Usually these kinds of the viruses will be planted to some programs especially free programs, .exe, .bat or other executable processes and unsafe links. The computer will get the virus infection when the PC users install, open or click on these infected files. Sometimes the virus can even attack the computer by the files on the USB stick as well. Most of the unsafe website and forum will contain the virus infection, the computer can be infected while visiting these webpages.
The browser hijack redirect virus is an extremely dangerous threat on the infected computer. Registry and other system settings can be modified by it completely, that is the reason the nasty redirect virus can escape the tracking of the security tools like anti-virus program or firewall. It is strongly suggested that PC user should get rid of this redirect virus in a manual way to uninstall it. Learn more from the manual removal guide below.
1. Clean cookies
* Internet Explorer: Tools → Internet Options →the General tab, Delete the Cookies button can be directly seen in IE6, IE7 is to click the Delete Browsing History button then tick Cookies and click Delete.
* Firefox:Tools → Options → Privacy → Remove Individual Cookies → Delete corresponding cookies in the cookies showing box.
* Opera:Tools → Preferences → Advanced → Cookies →Delete corresponding cookies in Management Cookies.
2. Clean add-ons and extensions
* Internet Explorer:
(1). Click Start, type: Manage browser add-ons
(2). Hit Enter on your keyboard
(3). Click Manage add-on and disable all the suspicious add-on.
（1）. Click the Firefox menu and click Add-on
(2). Click Extensions, select the related browser add-on and click Disable.
* Google Chrome:
(1). Click the Customize and Control menu button →Tools→ click Extensions
(2). Select the related Extension and click Disable.
3. Show hidden files and folders.
a. For XP: Press Win+E together, click on Tools, then choose Folder Options
For Vista, 7 and 8: Press Win+E together, click on Organize, then choose Folder and search options.
b. Click the View tab.
Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
4. Open Registry entries. Find out the malicious files and entries of the virus and then delete all.
Attention: Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.
a. Press Win+R to get the Run window. In the “Open” field, type “regedit” and click the “OK” button.
b. All malicious files and registry entries that should be deleted:
(2). Find out and remove the associated files of this browser hijacker virus.
Web.Winstat.us redirect is a malicious webpage which you can not trust at all. This webpage is created by the cyber criminals to collect information from the infected PCs. If Web.Winstat.us keeps staying on the infected PC, the cyber criminals are able to get into your PC without permission, all the data and personal details will be sent to the serve and published to the public, PC users has better to remove this browser hijack redirect as soon as possible, or it will cause terrible virus infection on it.
If you are not sure which files are related to malware, please contact experts from YooCare Online Tech Support for further help.
Published by & last updated on December 20, 2013 12:34 pm