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How to remove Vil APP (Virus Removal Guide)

Vil APP by simlajhasanc6335 is a web browser extension compatible with Google Chrome that is recognized as malicious or potentially unwanted. The description for the Vil APP extension says “the extension configures your default search engine to the more advanced s3redirect.com” and “enter a whole new world of browsing today with just a simple click.” Although the publisher describes this browser extension as somewhat inconspicuous it is still recognized as malicious or potentially unwanted by numerous Antivirus programs.

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Threat Name: PUP.Optional.SearchHijack


The Vil APP extension is very similar to other browser extensions and most likely published by the same entity of plugins such as Flash SD APP and Direct Search [9152402]. These extensions are similarly advertised and they have the same permissions which allow them to read and change your data on the websites you visit (including what you search for, what you type into text fields, etc.), read your browsing history, and change your search settings to an affiliated website.


The Vil APP extension for Google Chrome is allowed to read your browsing history and change your search settings to s3redirect.com. Not only this, but the extension can also read and change your data on numerous websites. You can control the websites the extension has access to in settings.

These are typical reasons why a browser extension may be considered a threat or potential threat:

  • Advertised by malicious advertising networks.
  • Advertised alongside malware, adware, spyware, trojans, and viruses.
  • Can be installed without user consent.
  • Displays unwanted advertisements.
  • Tampers with search settings and search results.
  • Gathers user browsing data which may include sensitive information.

To add further, the Vil APP extension will change the search settings of Google Chrome including the search provider, start page, and new tab page. This will cause Google Chrome to start up on a new website, redirect to a webpage when a new tab is opened, and redirect to a new website when a search is performed in the address bar.

Follow these instructions to remove Vil APP and stop unwanted browser redirects to malicious websites.

step 1

Remove Vil APP extension

Vil APP is a browser extension that will attach to Google Chrome and other web browsers. Remove the extension through settings to ensure that your browser’s settings cannot be maliciously controlled.


1. Click Customize and control Google Chrome and go to More tools > Extensions.

2. Locate the Vil APP extension and click the Remove button.

3. Search and remove other suspicious browser extensions.

step 2

Remove malware and viruses

Malware, adware, spyware, ransomware, potentially unwanted programs, and viruses may be present on your computer. We recommend that you scan your computer with Malwarebytes to detect and remove known threats.

1. Download and install Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes will seamlessly guide you through the quick installation process.

malwarebytes scan

2. Once Malwarebytes is installed, click the blue Scan button to begin scanning your computer for malware, viruses, and potentially unwanted programs. The scan may take several minutes to complete.

quarantine malwarebytes

3. When the scan is complete, click the Quarantine button to remove all threats detected by Malwarebytes.

4. Reboot your computer.

step 3

Cleanup and repair

Tracking files allow bad guys to track you online and changes to the Windows registry can cause numerous problems. Clean up your computer’s registry, remove tracking files, and remove junk files from your computer with CCleaner by Piriform.

1. Download and install CCleaner. CCleaner will seamlessly guide you through the quick installation process.

take my pc health check

2. Once CCleaner is installed, click the Take my PC Health Check button or go to Health Check > Next and follow the instructions to begin checking your PC’s health.

3. When the scan is complete, click Make it better button to remove trackers, remove junk files, disable startup apps, and more.

scan for issues

4. Go to Registry and click Scan for Issues to check your computer for registry issues.

5. When the scan is complete, click Fix selected Issues, backup the registry, and click Fix Issue or Fix All Issues.

Sean Doyle

Sean is a tech author and engineer with over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, privacy, malware, Google Analytics, online marketing, and other topics. He is featured in several publications.

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