|Short Description||Adware that may install itself without the user’s consent and may add other malicious programs..|
|Symptoms||The user may be witnessing intrusive advertisements and toolbars in the browser.|
|Distribution Method||Bundling, Free installers|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By ViperDJ|
The “ViperDJ” is a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP), which claims to be exciting DJ software with multiple useful functions. It also claims to be Spyware and Adware free. These claims are false. It has limited options and there are many toolbars and advertisements associated with its installation, plus spying cookies inserted in your computer, all without your consent or awareness. You may notice the toolbars and some ads when browsing the Internet.
ViperDJ – Distribution
The “ViperDJ” usually gets into your computer through third-party installers. It can sneak into your computer without your consent, by concealing itself in freeware installations (such as toolbars) and bundled packages. In these packages, additional components for installation are not always disclosed properly, and people get tricked into installing potentially unwanted programs such as “ViperDJ”. Sometimes that can be avoided by clicking on the “Advanced” or “Custom” option in an installation setup to see what, exactly, will be installed.
Other ways of getting infected is by opening spam emails and downloading e-mail attachments, or by clicking on various advertisements and banners containing malicious content. You might also be misled to download it from its official site: “www.viper.dj”.
ViperDJ – More About It
“ViperDJ” is classified as an adware. It claims to be exciting DJ software with multiple useful functions. However, it is very limited. It lacks basic options, such as bitrate or audio formats. On the official site it is stated that:
→“you will have a possibility to create your personal audio achieves with much better quality.”
Upon saving an audio file you have only one format to choose and that is MP3, and the file created is with a static bitrate of 220 up to only 260 bits, depending on what the program decides for each file, even if said file was originally with a higher bitrate. Thus, the quality is not better at all when you have only one option provided. I cannot imagine any DJ or music lover to want to downgrade his audio library. Even the equalizer doesn’t work properly or as intended, and sometimes if you pull it down it might increase the volume.
ViperDJ is developed by the same developer that created “FullVideoConverter Pro” , and “FullAudioConverter”. That developer is called “Setup Manager LLC” and is notorious for creating programs with malicious content – you can even see herdProtect’s report about it.
When you browse the Internet after installing “ViperDJ”, it may collect different non-personally identifiable information about you like your search queries, websites you visited, your IP address, what have you clicked on, what you have installed on your computer and etc. This information may be used in order to show you more personalized commercial content and for other marketing purposes. You may also be shown different advertisements in the form of pop-ups or banners, toolbars, which may redirect you to various sites with other malicious content. The sites would potentially get pay-per-click revenue when you visit them, as well.
Also, it is said on the site of “ViperDJ”, that you may cancel the cookies and toolbars that you will be asked to whether you like to install them. It is quite the opposite, due to the fact that the application’s setup downloads and installs its files without asking you, and no “advanced” setup is shown if you download it from its official site.
Remove ViperDJ Completely
To remove “ViperDJ” manually from your system, make sure to follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of this malware completely, you should search for and remove the leftover files with an advanced anti-malware program. Installing such a program will also make certain that your system is safe from other threats you may encounter in the future.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall ViperDJ in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall ViperDJ.
Step 2: Remove ViperDJ from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select ViperDJ and click “Remove”
After ViperDJ is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select ViperDJ to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.
After ViperDJ has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on ViperDJ
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall ViperDJ. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the ViperDJ will be removed.
Step 3: Remove ViperDJ automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all ViperDJ associated objects.