How to remove Background Host (Virus Removal Guide)

Background HostBackground Host (Background Host virus, Background Host version 4.21) is adware that infiltrates a computer system without direct user consent or knowledge. Potential Background Host malware primarily installs alongside other unwanted programs, malware, and malicious files, including InvisibleBrowser and SystemBrowser. Additional programs that this adware bundles with may cause different issues for computer users.

Background Host adware can be used to generate pop-up and targeted advertisements post install. Furthermore, programs that Background Host bundles with can also be used to serve advertisements and perform other unwanted activities, including browser redirects and slower computer performance.

This adware is sometimes referred to as the Background Host virus although this adware is not defined as a computer virus; However, the adware does put users at risk and may have been contracted alongside malware and computer viruses. In order to remove Background Host it may be necessary to eradicate additional items and threats.

How to remove Background Host

This Background Host removal guide will help you completely remove the Background Host virus, other unwanted programs, additional malware, and get rid of ads by Background Host on Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer.

Step 1: Scan your computer for malware

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2. Install the free or full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The full version enables real-time protection to block malware and unwanted programs from infecting your computer, while the free version is just a free scan and removal tool.

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3. Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the Anti-Malware program. Malwarebytes may automatically begin to update and scan your computer at this point.

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4. Once Malwarebytes has been opened, if a scan or update has not automatically initiated, please click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan. Before the scan is started Malwarebytes may ask to update the software, make sure to do so if prompted to.

5. Once the scan is complete, click the Quarantine All button to isolate and remove the detected files. You may be asked to reboot your computer after removal to completely remove detected files.

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6. You can chose to visit the History tab and click Delete All to remove these files from the Quarantine log, although these files no longer provide a threat.

If you are still having issues with malware after using Malwarebytes it is recommended to download and install a second opinion scanner such as HitmanPro by Surfright to eradicate existing malicious files and automatically repair corrupted settings.

Step 2: Cleanup and repair settings

1. Install the free or full version of CCleaner by Piriform.

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CCleaner Analyze Cleaner

2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

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3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.

4. To automatically uninstall Background Host using CCleaner, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for the program in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.

Step 3: Uninstall Background Host

1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel (on Windows 8, right click the bottom left corner to gain access to the Windows 8 Start Menu. Windows 8 may also select Programs and Features).

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2. In Windows Control Panel, click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program in the Programs section (If you are using Windows 8 you will bypass the Control Panel).

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3. In the list of installed programs, search for Background Host. Once the program is located, double click the unwanted program or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button. *Follow any on-screen instructions that may prompt to remove this program. Repeat the steps to remove additional unwanted programs.

4. Restart your computer.

Step 4: Remove Background Host browser attachments

Google Chrome

1. Click on the Customize icon (3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for the Background Host extension and other suspicious extensions and remove them individually by clicking the trashcan icon next to it.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.

2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the Background Host add-on and other suspicious add-ons and remove them if located.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.

2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for the Background Host add-on, click it, and click the Remove button. Remove other suspicious add-ons if found. If the Remove button does not appear you must first uninstall associated software through the Control Panel.

If you are still experiencing issues removing potential Background Host malware we recommend to perform a system restore/recovery or a reset/refresh for Windows 8.