How to Remove Idle Buddy Virus (Update May 2019)

How to Remove Idle Buddy Virus


The Idle Buddy is a suspicious program that infects computer systems. Since it is designed to perform a lot of adverse impacts that could seriously disrupt system security, it is recommendable to consider its complete removal as soon as possible. Once started on your device, Idle Buddy becomes able to perform significant changes that affect both browser and system settings. Afterward, it could start generating annoying advertisements based on your interests and what’s worse use PC resources to mine for digital cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Monero and Dash. Such behavior makes this undesired program adware and miner at the same time. On top of this, Idle Buddy was reported to prevent affected users from uninstalling it by following the regular uninstall steps.

This guide will present more details on this annoying app and show you how to get rid of Idle Buddy once and forever.

Threat Summary

NameIdle Buddy
Short DescriptionA suspicious undesired program that alters important settings without your permission. Aims to compromise commonly used web browsers and start collecting data for advertising purposes. Uses system resources for cryptocurrecncy mining.
SymptomsYour preferred web browser is inundated with lots of annoying advertisements. Your browser and PC are slower.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Idle Buddy – Methods of Distribution

The malicious program Idle Buddy is likely to gain access to your computer and browser without asking you for permission. Since unwanted apps like Idle Buddy are often spread via software bundles, you might have unnoticeably installed it along with any desired third-party application.

Most of the times infections of this kind are incorporated into the installers of various supposedly useful free apps that are available on the net. Unfortunately, in an attempt to trick users into infecting their devices added extras, developers of third-party apps rarely disclose properly all installer’s components.

Sometimes the information may be hidden in the Advanced/Custom configuration step as users prefer to follow it once in a blue moon. So what we recommend you is to select it every time you decide to install a new app on your machine. Once you reveal the information about all additional components incorporated into the installer you can easily opt out their installation and prevent your system from being affected by nasty virus apps like Idle Buddy.

IdleBuddy – More Details

Idle Buddy is a malicious app that belongs to two malware categories. On one hand, it is classified as

adware due to its capabilities of modifying web browsers’settings. Soon after it applies the changes it starts spamming you with lots of annoying targeted advertisements and sponsored content. The nasty app which is often called a virus by affected users may affect the main settings of almost all popular web browsers including those of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Opera and Safari.

One of the main goals of Idle Buddy virus is to obtain sensitive information from your browser so it can then use it for the delivery of ads based on your personal interests. To complete that goal, the undesired program may activate various tracking technologies and harvest details like:

  • Visited URLs and websites
  • Browser’s home page
  • Search queries
  • Search queries on the visited web pages
  • Type of used browser
  • Operating system type
  • Internet protocol (IP) address
  • Geographic location
  • The domain name of current Internet service provider (ISP)
  • Diagnostic information which describes how their Services are operating on the system

Apparently, to improve ad targeting, Idle Buddy virus may be collecting both personally and non-personally identifiable information. At worst some details about your browser and system may be disclosed to bad actors on dark web markets. As a result, they may attempt to exploit present system/browser vulnerabilities and deliver severe malware directly on your PC.

Like in case of infection with typical adware, infection with Idle Buddy, leads to an increased number of intrusive advertisements in and out of the affected web browser. For the sake of your security, it is advisable to avoid clicking on all the banners, pop-ups, pop-unders, in-text links, etc. that you see. Some of them may land on compromised web pages that deliver other malware on your PC.

On the other hand, Idle Buddy acts like

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a miner virus. So as long as it is running on your PC, it may be using the CPU and GPU resources of your PC in order to mine for specific cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Monero and Dash. In other words, the undesired program may be generating coins to its owners while damaging your computer. This, in turn, could lead to permanent hardware damages.

On top of all mentioned issues, Idle Buddy hides in your programs under a different name so that you are less likely to find and uninstall it. As reported it is often using the name “work group inc”. Yet another file that is associated with IdleBuddy application is ibservice.exe.

But the annoyance doesn’t stop here. Even when you uncover its disguise and navigate to the uninstall step, you will still be unable to delete Idle Buddy once and forever. During our research, we identified that all the Uninstall setup of the program could do is keep saying that it didn’t uninstall Idle Buddy successfully. So, unfortunately, when you reach the uninstall window shown below it won’t resolve the problem with the annoying Idle Buddy app.


The good news is that if you complete all steps from the removal guide below, you will delete Idle Buddy from your infected PC and prevent it from causing all mentioned harmful issues.

How to Remove Idle Buddy Completely

The steps listed below will help you remove Idle Buddy virus completely from affected Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, and Safari browsers and restore their settings. You will also find how to remove the nasty program from your Windows system. For the removal, you could follow either manual or automatic approach. Since Idle Buddy is known to be a persistent threat, we recommend you to consider the completion of both the manual and automatic approaches. With the help of an advanced anti-malware tool, you can not only locate and eliminate all leftovers but also keep your system protected from future malware attacks.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has completed a bachelor degree in Marketing from the University of National and World Economy. She has been with the STF team for three years, researching malware and reporting on the latest infections.

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