Remove Wonderlandads “Virus” from Chrome/Firefox

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I wrote this article to help you remove Wonderlandads. This Wonderlandads removal guide is working for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Wonderlandads is an adware program which displays pop-up windows on the screen of the device it infects. The rogue tool is unique for being able to penetrate both computers and mobile phones. Both the Windows and the Android operating systems are vulnerable to its attacks. The web browser is the targeted area in the case of computers. Wonderlandads poses two types of threats. It opens the door to your device for malware and collects the information you enter into your online accounts.

What security issues does Wonderlandads lead to?

As their name suggests, adware programs conduct advertising campaigns. This is the main technique they use to monetize their activity. The clandestine program generates pop-up advertisements, linking to sponsored websites. Wonderlandads shows bargain offers to get people interested. The ads promote deals for a wide variety of consumer goods, including technological devices, games, books, clothing, furniture, accessories, toys and many others.

Remove Wonderlandads
The Wonderlandads Virus

The shady tool monitors people’s browsing sessions and analyzes their behavior. The adware aims to become familiar with your interests. This gives Wonderlandads a direction for the advertisements. The furtive program will start bringing targeted content your way. In time you will begin to notice that the ads show offers for items you have recently looked up. Keep in mind that the adware does not work in your favor. The clandestine program has been created to raise proceeds for its developers. The content it displays is not guaranteed to be reliable. Any of the ads could lead you to dangerous websites which spread malware.

There is another way for Wonderlandads to monetize its activity, apart from advertising. As previously mentioned, the adware has tracking capabilities. The covert tool can follow you along your browsing sessions and record the information you disclose through your web browser. Wonderlandads can also obtain the data which is stored into the browser per default. The list of vulnerable input includes your search history, tracking cookies, keystrokes, IP address, country of origin, zip code, physical location, demographic details, phone number, email, user names and passwords. The owners of the adware can sell your data to third party individuals who may have malicious intentions.

Which distribution techniques does Wonderlandads utilize?

There are a couple of ways to get infected with Wonderlandads. The predominant distribution method is bundling. The furtive program travels packed with another piece of software. The download clients for the adware are pirated programs, freeware and shareware tools. Wonderlandads comes as an extra application, included with the main program for free. It will be marked per default, meaning you have to uncheck it. Be sure to read the terms and conditions of the programs you add to your system.

The other way to contact Wonderlandads is through a spam email. The clandestine program would be hidden behind an attachment. The sender will direct you towards the file, stating it contains essential information on an urgent matter. He could represent a reliable company or entity to make you believe the message is legit. Spammers often write on behalf of the national post, courier firms, banks, social networks, government branches and the police department. To check if a given email is reliable, proof the contacts the sender has provided. The email account is the best indication.

Wonderlandads Removal

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 Wonderlandads 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.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I have followed every step and I’m still getting the wonderlandads redirect. I have no suspicious ad ons, extensions, or programs but somehow my browser is still getting hijacked.

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