Vmxclient.exe “Virus” Removal

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I wrote this article to help you remove Vmxclient.exe. This Vmxclient.exe removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Vmxclient.exe is a malicious program. The tool is adware. It poses a risk to people’s online security. Vmxclient.exe will try to lead you to sponsored websites. The insidious program applies deceptive techniques to make users visit supported domains voluntarily. It displays ads, containing embedded links. Vmxclient.exe does not test the security status of the websites it promotes. The owners of the rogue program agree to support the content of all paying parties. They do not regard users’ personal security as a priority. In fact, the activity of the adware puts people’s online safety in more jeopardy. The clandestine program is set to track your online sessions and collect information on you.

Vmxclient.exe displays various types of advertisements. The formats can be sorted into a couple of categories: pop-ups and pop-unders. The former are more intrusive than the latter, though they are easier to avoid. Pop-ups appear in new browser windows. The ad window can be regular, box-sized, and full screen. Pop-ups are the original advertisements. They have set the standard for direct online campaigns. The content is straightforward and aggressive. The downside is that sales pitches can be intrusive and annoying. Because of this, programs like Vmxclient.exe use improved strategies. The furtive tool displays pop-under windows which do not intrude on users’ sessions as much. Floating, interstitial, contextual, transitional, and inline are the variations of pop-under ads. They can still be intrusive, as some of them cover parts of the page and follow the user as he scrolls down.

The contents of the ads vary from shopping offers to raffles and guaranteed prizes. Vmxclient.exe promotes bargain deals for various consumer goods. This includes technological devices, clothing, furniture, accessories, decorative elements, sports gear, gardening equipment, household items, and many others. The adware uses marketing tricks to spark people’s interest. It hands out coupons, lists discounts, sales, package deals, and other exclusives. The covert tool highlights the ads with bright color patterns, flash animations, cursive fonts, and other special effects. Apart from shopping deals, Vmxclient.exe promotes prize giveaways. By rule of thumb, if you are offered a free item, there are strings attached. It is best to avoid unconfirmed advertisements. The risk is not worth the reward.

The other security threat around Vmxclient.exe is privacy-related. The clandestine program has the ability to extract information from the web browser. It can record your history, keystrokes, tracking cookies, IP address, geographic location, area code, demographic details, email, telephone number, physical address, user names, passwords, and other sensitive input. The developers of the adware do not ask for authorization to monitor and collect users’ data. Vmxclient.exe is set to record input from the web browser unconditionally. The gathered information is traded on dark markets, again without the user’s permission. Your private accounts can be penetrated and your deposits extorted.

Remove Vmxclient.exe
The Vmxclient.exe Virus

There are a few ways to get infected with Vmxclient.exe. The adware uses underhanded distribution techniques, known as dark patterns. The preferred method is bundling. The malicious software can travel with another application, like a freeware or shareware tool. Vmxclient.exe will be offered as a bonus with the main program from the bundle. You have to find the option and change the preset. Be sure to read the terms and conditions of the utilities you intend to add to your computer. To stay safe, stick to confirmed sources.

Spam emails are another common host for Vmxclient.exe. The adware hides behind attachments to bogus messages. The spammer tries to make the letter convincing, so as to fool the recipient. He can state that the email is a notification from a legitimate entity, like the national post, a courier firm, a bank, a social network, a shopping platform, a government institution, or the police department. To check whether a given message is genuine, proof the contacts. The email and the listed coordinates should match the information on the entity’s official website.

Another way for Vmxclient.exe to enter your machine is through a drive-by installation. This is the simplest propagation vector. It just takes a single click. You can contact the adware when entering a corrupted website or following a compromised link. The download and install of the secluded tool is automatized. We advise users to be cautious about their sources. Our recommendation is to conduct your research on unfamiliar websites. Safety should be your number one priority.

Vmxclient.exe Uninstall

STEP-1 Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
Safe Mode with Networking
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.‌
Windows 8 Safe Mode with Network
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
win10 safemode 1
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
win10 safemode 2

STEP-2Here are the steps you must perform to remove the hijacker from the browser:

Remove From Mozilla Firefox:

Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
firefox extensions
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.

Remove From Chrome:

Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
chrome extensions

Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
ie gear
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.

STEP-3

Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.

ff shortcut

STEP-4

Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.

appwiz

Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.

STEP-5

Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

task manager

Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.

STEP-6

Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.

msconfig

Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove Vmxclient.exe from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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Daniel Stoyanov
Daniel Stoyanov has a Master's degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional. Daniel provides top cyber security news with in-depth coverage of malware, vulnerabilities, PC and Network security, online safety. If you have any questions feel free to ask him right now.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Hi I picked up Vmx from a download and I’ve been trying to uninstall it for bout 3 hours and no luck
    I followed your steps but nothing works please if you can help contact me at this phone number
    662-267-9981

  2. I’ve removed all adware programs and malicious browser extensions, but there are still programs running called: dataup (32 bit), winvmx client, and svcvmx (32 bit). These are all located in C:\Users\Yummywax\AppData\Local\ntuserlitelist\(either dataup or svcmx).

    Here’s the fun part: when I try to delete these folders, I get “You need permission to preform this action.” Thing is, I’m the administrator.

    Here’s what I’ve already tried:
    I’ve already taken ownership of the folder and given myself full control under permissions, but I still “need permission.”
    I’ve gone into the registries and done the “Take Ownership” trick, where it appears on my right-click menu but I still “need permission.”
    I’ve gone into Command Prompt (as admin) and used “del /F /S /Q /A (file pathway), but “Access is denied” even with the extra commands.
    I’ve gone into Task Manager under startup, and tried to disable Cpx and svcvmx, but nothing happens.
    I’ve gone into the registries and tried to delete its startup entries, but I unable to.
    I’ve ran both UnHackMe and RogueKiller, but they were not able to delete the files.
    I’ve tried deleting it in Safe Mode, but I receive the same message.

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