How to remove (uninstall) PANDAViewer

Do you see annoying ads in your browser, labeled as “pop-ups by PANDAViewer”? Did you see the presence of PANDAViewer somewhere else in the system? If those things are true – your computer is infected with adware, and this article was created to assist you to remove it.

PANDAViewer

What is PANDAViewer

The program that distributes banners is called PANDAViewer, and it is adware. PANDAViewer cannot do anything helpful, as it was developed to do one thing: to irritate you. Well, the driving-crazy activity isn’t its real task, but it’s lightly delivered while the virus does what it does – displays the advertising content. It infects the machine, it alters the browser controls and shows you tons of banners, ensuring that you click at least on some of them. Swindlers earn a little money for each click you’ve made, and now you see why the links keep popping up: it’s a real bonanza. In the coming sections, we will explain in which way the virus infected the device and how it can be guarded against suchlike viruses. In case you know everything that you need on that topic and simply want to delete adware one way or another – don't mind the coming sections and proceed to the deletion tips.

Right after the infection, PANDAViewer alters the settings of your browsers. It’s everything that it's capable of doing, because the main function in this play is left for the “innovative search” which emerges in your browser when you download PANDAViewer. So, adware removes the default homepage, as well as the pre-set search and puts the unreliable website instead of them. Now, instead of searching via the reputable Bing, Yahoo, Google or whatever search you're used to – you will browse the Web with the help of the miserable scammers' search that gives away fake results ads pop-ups of all types and colors. Adware also corrupts the properties of browser icons in a way that even if you recover the default settings, you will automatically open the fake search engine as the starting tab.

If you have already tried to get rid of this virus, you might have realized that it reinstalls, regardless of the number of times you removed it. It happens because of the PANDAViewer's defensive mechanisms, and we will explain to you how they function:

  • A system task is the most popular method to initiate the restoration of PANDAViewer if you've uninstalled it. System tasks aren’t typically utilized by usual PC owners, so the adware just creates a task to inspect if it is running, and if it isn't – to get and set it again. The task is being run after each restart, and thanks to it PANDAViewer is so hard to erase.
  • Another way has the similar aim, but it utilizes the OS's registry and not the system tasks. Fraudsters add a specific string to system's registry and you have to find and erase it, which might be not easy. All other registry items are required for your computer to function, and by erasing one of them, you may cause serious harm to the system.

 

How PANDAViewer got into the system

To make it simple, we’ll picture the entire story from the beginning. Most of the advertising tools are replicas of each other, replicated thousands of times and passed to various scammers with lesser changes made. Some bad lads purchased this particular copy in the Dark Web, tuned it and published it on file-sharing portals around the Internet. That’s where you found it, huh? Okay, you're saying that you haven't searched for adware that will irritate you? Maybe, you needed some way to damage your PC, and received a useful link to PANDAViewer download? Still no? OK, then, it could be another program that is really useful. Some toll-free utility from an unknown developer, or a cracked version of some paid tool you're not going to pay for.

We know this manner as the “affiliate installation”, and it's based on that scammers are uniting the installers of 3-4 perilous programs and a sole helpful utility into one package. The core point of this package is that its composition opposes a user from inspecting the viruses inside of it. On some of the steps, they give out an offer to download additional programs, with all fields filled and the mouse cursor already hovers over “OK”. We suppose that you proceeded, if you're on this website today. Don't forget about another method, with the “installation ways”. Usually, the installation for expert users provides you with the ability to manually choose a directory for this software to be installed, which additional tools do you need, and which ones are pointless. In PANDAViewer's case, if you clicked the suggested way of installation, you let all the viruses from the bundle into the machine.

Methods to remove PANDAViewer

Method 1. Use special removal software

Method 2. Remove PANDAViewer manually

Step 1. Uninstall PANDAViewer from the operation system

Step 2. Remove PANDAViewer from the browser (Google Chrome/Mozilla Firefox/IE/Opera/Safari)

 

If you are MAC user, follow this guide How to remove virus from MAC

Now you understand how PANDAViewer works, and you are aware of its basic techniques of penetration. You know all you need, except the very important thing: how to uninstall PANDAViewer. Here we go. You can delete PANDAViewer through following two plain techniques. One of them is what you have just tried to perform – uninstallation in manual mode. We know how to do it easier, and below this part, you’ll find the hints on by-hand elimination. Its worst disadvantage is that you can’t remove many advertising programs with its help because it'll require lots of time. It's better to try another technique: you may totally remove PANDAViewer within several minutes through Spyhunter AntiMalware. This tool has many pros, and among them are increased working speed, round-the-clock support service, wide signature database and the compatibility with many anti-viruses. It's time to stop trying to clean the PC with free utilities – switch to the real antivirus. Click the link below to download a trial scanner.

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Instructions for manual deletion

Step 1. Uninstall software from the system

Windows 7

1. Uninstall PANDAViewer from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select PANDAViewer and press Uninstall

2. Delete elements that stayed after uninstalling from Control Panel

  • C:\Program Files\PANDAViewer
  • C:\ProgramData\PANDAViewer
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Roaming\PANDAViewer

3. Clean registry:

  • Click Start
  • Type Regedit.exe
  • Search for "PANDAViewer" and delete these elements

 

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Windows 10

1. On the field Search Windows type 'Control Panel'

2. Click Uninstall a program

3. Select PANDAViewer and press Uninstall

 

Windows 8

1. Point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and tap Search.

2. Enter control panel in the search box, and then click Control Panel.

3. Under View by:, select Large Icons, and then click Programs and features.

4. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.

5. Follow the instructions on the screen.

6. Delete PANDAViewer from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select PANDAViewer and press Uninstall

7. Remove elements like on Win7.

 

Step 2. Remove PANDAViewer from the browser

Internet Explorer

Step 1. Disable add-on:

  • Tools
  • Manage add-ons
  • Remove PANDAViewer

Step 2.Change homepage:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Home page
  • Put “about:blank”

Step 3. Change new tab page:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Tabs

 

Google Chrome

Step 1. Remove add-on:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • More Tools
  • Extensions
  • Remove PANDAViewer

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • Settings
  • Open a specific page or set of pages
  • Delete all specific pages

 

Mozilla Firefox

Step 1. Delete add-on:

  • Open menu
  • Add-ons
  • Extensions
  • Remove PANDAViewer

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open menu
  • Options
  • General
  • Put “about:blank” into Home page field

 

Opera browser

Step 1. Disable add-on:

  • Open Opera;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Extensions;
  • Choose PANDAViewer and press button "Remove from Opera"

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open Opera browser;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Settings;
  • On Startup;
  • Open a specific page or set of pages;
  • Press button "Set pages" and change Homepage to your favorite one.

 

Safari

Step 1. Start Safari browser

Step 2. Display a menu of General Safari Settings

Step 3. Reset Safari...

Step 4. Press "Reset"

 

Video how to reset browser and remove all extensions

 

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