How to remove ePedia (Virus Removal Guide)

  • ePedia, also known as Wikipedia Republished or Wiki 2, is software that often automatically installs in the background when you install other apps like uTorrent.
  • ePedia is recognized and detected as adware by reputable Antivirus applications.
  • This webpage includes instructions to remove this software, malware, spyware, and viruses from your computer or mobile device.
  • This webpage answers questions like “what is ePedia, how did ePedia get on my computer, and how to remove ePedia?”

Wikipedia is a free-to-view online encyclopedia maintained by a community of volunteers. The website is free to access, free to maintain, and essentially free to use overall as long as you have a connection to the internet and a web browser.

But that doesn’t stop third parties from trying to monetize something like Wikipedia that someone else made and/or maintained and gave free access to online. ePedia is doing is just that; They are trying to capitalize on the success of Wikipedia by using their name and the content provided publicly for free as their own product.

In addition, ePedia and files native to the app are recognized and detected by 22 out of 64 reputable Antivirus databases, mostly as adware but some detect it as Riskware, Malware, and Potentially Unwanted App (PUA).

Now that you know a little bit about this program’s reputation in comparison to other Antivirus programs, let’s talk about what ePedia is and claims to be.

What is ePedia?

ePedia is self-promoted as a free Windows application that allows you to change the appearance of Wikipedia. The distributor claims that “Wikipedia offers great content, but it also looks very old-fashioned in terms of its appearance” and “Its interface is not always user-friendly, there are serious problems with readability, and a real disaster when it comes to aesthetics.” They claim that they “grew tired of waiting” for Wikipedia to change their appearance so they “decided to fix it all ourselves.”

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Although the Windows application may sound harmless it is recognized as malicious or potentially malicious by a high volume of reputable Antivirus engines including AVG, Avast, Avira, ESET, F-Secure, and Kaspersky to name a few.

The application is detected as malware, adware, or riskware by reputable Antivirus software because it may associate with one of the issues below:

  • The application installs without the user’s consent and knowledge.
  • The application installs with known malware and viruses.
  • The application displays advertisements.
  • The application changes your internet browser’s settings.
  • The application creates a startup task to run when you start your computer.

One of the biggest issues with the application is that it often installs automatically without knowledge from the user and often when the user is installing other software such as uTorrent or NoxPlayer.

How did ePedia get on my computer?

ePedia utilizes questionable and possibly deceptive advertising tactics to establish a userbase. The program is known to bundle with other third-party applications which means that it’s possible for it to automatically install in the background without your knowledge. In some cases, you may seek to download free software from the internet and these free programs may utilize marketing strategies to monetize themselves which often include the use of drive-by downloads and unethical advertising practices.

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Luckily, the instructions below explain how to remove ePedia, malware, viruses, adware, and any other kind of security threat that may be on your computer or device.

Here are 6 ways to remove this program from your computer.

How to remove ePedia

1. Use Start Menu

  1. Right-click Windows Start Menu and select Apps & features.
  2. Find ePedia in the list, click on it, and click Uninstall from the flyout menu.
  3. Click Uninstall on the prompt to confirm.

2. Use Settings

  1. Press Windows + I to open settings and select Apps from the tabs listed on the left pane.
  2. Click on Apps & features on the right.
  3. Find ePedia in the list, click on the ellipsis (3 dots) next to it, and click Uninstall from the flyout menu.
  4. Click Uninstall on the prompt to confirm.

3. Use Run Command

  1. Press Windows + R to launch the Run command dialogue box, type appwiz.cpl in the text field, and click OK to launch the Programs and Features window.
  2. Find ePedia in the list, click it, and click Uninstall when it appears above.
  3. Click Yes on the prompt to confirm.

4. Use uninstaller software

Although the default app removal procedures normally work to remove unwanted programs there may be cases when files are left behind, the Windows registry becomes corrupted, or other issues arise. And because of this, we recommend using third-party uninstaller software. But not just any third-party uninstaller, one that can repair your computer and make sure everything is running smoothly, such as CCleaner.

  1. Download and install CCleaner.
  2. Launch CCleaner once installed and go to the Tools tab on the left pane.
  3. Go to the Uninstall tab on the second pane, find ePedia in the list, click it, and click Uninstall on the right pane.
  4. Once the program is uninstalled go to the Registry tab on the left pane and click Scan for Issues.
  5. When the scan is complete click Review selected Issues.
  6. A prompt will appear that asks you if you want to make a backup of the registry before making changes, it is not necessary, but we advise you to click Yes to make a backup and save it where you will remember it.
  7. Next, click Fix All Selected Issues and click Close.

5. Use an Antivirus

  1. Download and install Malwarebytes.
  2. Launch Malwarebytes and click Scan to scan your computer for malware and viruses.
  3. When finished, click the Quarantine button to remove all selected threats.
  4. Restart your computer to complete the process.

6. Perform a System Restore

Press Windows + S to open Windows Search, enter “create a restore point” in the text field, and click Create a restore point in the search results.

  1. Click the System Restore button.
  2. Select the recommended restore point or manually chose another one on the list and click Next to proceed.
  3. If you chose another restore point on the list, you will be shown other restore points, select one, and click Next.
  4. Verify the details and click Finish to begin the System Restore process.

Sean Doyle

Jacob is a tech author and engineer with over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, privacy, malware, Google Analytics, online marketing, and other topics. Jacob's content has been featured in numerous publications.