What Is Whiz Reader
Whiz Reader is the name of a potentially unwanted application, also detected by some security programs as PUP. This software may not be directly a virus but could be just as hazardous to your computer. The main reason for that is Whiz Reader could be used to slither various kinds of advertisements on your browsers. These ads may not only slow your machine down but could be the reason why you may be redirected to some very risky websites. This is the main reason why we recommend removing such indirectly risky applications from your machine as soon as you notice them.
Read this article if you want to learn how to remove Whiz Reader completely from your Mac or PC.
Whiz Reader Summary
|Type||Browser Hijacker / PUP|
|Short Description||Aims to modify the settings on your web browser in order to get it to cause browser redirects and display different advertisements.|
|Symptoms||Your web browser begins to display various types of online advertisements, which results in slowing down of your computer.|
|Distribution Method||Bundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.|
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Whiz Reader – Main Activity
Similar to other adware recently detected, such as AdShield, Turbo Ad Blocker and Ytviewer, Whiz Reader may use the same tactics in order to be spread onto your computer. This software may appear legitimate while in the same time could be included in the installers of third-party software you may downloaded from the web. It is not easy to detect it either, because it may reside in the install steps of the “Custom” installation mode, instead of the “Express” install which many users tend to click on.
Whiz Reader may be responsible for a number of ads that may be added to your computer, such as:
- Ads appearing instead of search results.
- Text-embedded advertisements.
- Banner adverts.
- Browser pop-ups.
- Redirects and transfers to third-party sites.
- Push notifications promotions.
This software may include a number of trackers that may be dropped from sites advertised by it. These are essentially small objects that may be added to your computer and may remain there for years of time if not properly removed from it. These objects include:
- Geo-location trackers.
- LSOs (Locally Shared Objects, also known as flash cookies).
These tracking software may be used to obtain various kinds of details from your browsing activity, including:
- Pages visited.
- Browser history.
- Your clicks made online.
- Bookmarked sites.
But these trackers are not the main problem associated with Whiz Reader. The ads this software pushes could cause a number of redirects and transfers to other third-party domains that may be risky:
- Phishing or “Fake” sites.
- Tech support scams.
- Rogue software download frauds.
- Scamming sites.
- Virus domains.
- Endless redirect loop schemes.
- Scam surveys.
This is the main reason why you should focus on removing Whiz Reader from your computer and browsers ASAP.
Remove Whiz Reader from Your Machine
Whiz Reader can be deleted from your device by following the removal manual that is created beneath this article. It contains the necessary guides it takes to remove this application from both your browsers and your computer. Be advised that security professionals always recommend scanning your computer with advanced anti-malware software as this tool will effectively help you get rid of tools, like Whiz Reader from your machine by locating and removing all its files and trackers.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Whiz Reader from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Whiz Reader on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Whiz Reader in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Whiz Reader from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Whiz Reader from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Whiz Reader from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Whiz Reader from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Whiz Reader Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove Whiz Reader from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Whiz Reader
Step 2: Uninstall Whiz Reader and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 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 are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Whiz Reader on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Whiz Reader there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Whiz Reader from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Whiz Reader and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Whiz Reader via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Whiz Reader files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Whiz Reader, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Whiz Reader from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Whiz Reader from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Whiz Reader from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Whiz Reader from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Whiz Reader will be removed.
Eliminate Whiz Reader from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.
Remove Push Notifications caused by Whiz Reader from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".