How to uninstall the Gdiview unwanted program?

Also Known As: Gdiview unwanted application
Type: Adware
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

Gdiview removal instructions

What is Gdiview?

Gdiview is a potentially unwanted application (PUA) that developers distribute via questionable page (possibly multiple pages). It is unknown what exactly is the purpose of the Gdiview app, however, it is very likely that users who would install this app, would install some adware, browser hijacker or PUA of other type too. Apps of this type are called PUAs because it is not common for them to be downloaded and installed by users intentionally.

Gdiview pop-up redirects

Research shows that Gdiview installs with some app named "d8yl+Hf7rX" and adds the "Managed by your organization" feature to Chrome browsers. It is not known what the aforementioned app (as well as Gdiview) does, although, it is likely that it is some adware-type app or a browser hijacker. Apps that are classified as adware generate various advertisements (e.g., coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads) that could be designed to promote shady pages or download (or even install) some unwanted software by running certain scripts. Apps that are classified as browser hijackers promote fake search engines. They change browser settings like the address of a default search engine, homepage and/or new tab to an address of some fake search engine and to not allow to undo any of those changes unless users uninstall them.

Additionally, it is common for both adware-type apps and browser hijackers to collect browsing data. For example, entered search queries, IP addresses, addresses of visited sites, geolocations. Although, in some cases such apps could be designed to gather sensitive, personal details as well. The biggest issue with it is that gathered data could be sold to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) or monetized in other ways. It means that there is a risk for users of apps of this type to encounter problems like identity theft, issues related to online privacy, web browsing safety.

Threat Summary:
Name Gdiview unwanted application
Threat Type Adware, browser hijacker
Detection Names Avast (Win32:Trojan-gen), BitDefender (Gen:Variant.Babar.23607), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/GenKryptik.EXPE), Kaspersky (HEUR:Trojan-PSW.Win64.Convagent.gen), Microsoft (Trojan:Win32/Ymacco.AA9C), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Symptoms "Managed by your organization" feature added on a browser, appearing intrusive pop-up ads, decreased Internet browsing speed.
Additional Information One of the apps that Gdiview gets installed with it is called d8yl+Hf7rX
Distribution Methods Untrustworthy websites, Peer-to-Peer networks, other unreliable sources
Damage Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.
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Some examples of adware-type apps and browser hijackers are PBlocker+, Movie Finder, WizardUpdate, RadioFanaticSearch and LiveRadioSearch. Usually even if apps of this type are advertised as useful - they are not, at least not to their users. As mentioned, in the introduction, most of the times users download PUAs unknowingly.

How did adware install on my computer?

One of the popular ways to distribute PUAs is to include them in download and/or installation setup of other software. Such offers usually can be found and declined by using "Custom", "Advanced" or other settings, or some checkboxes of a setup. When users download and/or install software without changing the aforementioned settings, they download and/or install offered unwanted apps as well. Another way to trick users into downloading, or even installing PUAs is by designing deceptive to execute certain scripts. Although, it works only if users click those ads.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Files and apps should be downloaded only from official websites and through direct links. Unofficial websites, third party downloaders or installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), etc., can be used for distribution of unwanted, even malicious apps. Download and/or installation setups that have settings like "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual" should be always checked for unwanted offers and those offers should be declined. Ads on dubious pages should not be clicked, those ads could be designed to open untrustworthy websites or cause undesired downloads, installations. Unwanted extensions, add-ons or plug-ins that are installed on a browser should be removed. The same applies to apps of this kind that is installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Website used for Gdiview distribution:

gdiview virus page used for distribution

"Managed by your organization" feature added on Chrome:

gdiview virus managed by your organization feature added to chrome

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Quick menu:

Adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

Gdiview adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for any potentially unwanted applications (like "gdiview"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes Gdiview redirects, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove adware from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Gdiview  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "d8yl+Hf7rX" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.

Removing Gdiview ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the gdiview unwanted application, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Gdiview ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing Gdiview ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with gdiview unwanted application removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the gdiview unwanted application, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Gdiview ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing Gdiview ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the gdiview unwanted application, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

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