Nginx Virus Description
The Nginx Virus receives its name because victims of this malware threat will be directed to web pages containing an error message from Nginx, a company that has popular open source servers. While this message is legitimate if you are trying to load a Nginx-based website, many computer users have reported being directed to these web pages against their authorization. In these cases, their computer may be infected with the Nginx Virus, a browser hijacker not unlike the common Google Redirect Virus and other, similar malware infections. The most reliable way of distinguishing between a legitimate appearance of the Nginx error message and on caused by the Nginx Virus is by taking note of when this error appears. If you are directed to these websites after trying to access non-Nginx websites, such as your web email client, Facebook, or a popular search engine, then it is likely that your computer has become infected with the Nginx Virus.
The So-Called Nginx Virus is a Browser Hijacker Trojan
One of the most usual symptoms related to the Nginx Virus is being directed to multiple websites without your authorization. You may also find that your web browser settings have been changed, especially your home page and security settings. These symptoms and the Nginx Virus are part of an online scam designed to redirect unsuspecting computer users to websites containing advertising content in order to profit from advertising revenue illicitly. The Nginx Virus can be any number of browser hijackers, ranging from relatively harmless browser hijackers that are limited to a malicious toolbar with little effect on your web browser settings or Windows Internet preferences all the way to extremely severe rootkit infections involving various browser hijacking Trojans. The main symptoms of a browser hijacker are being redirected to unwanted websites against your will.
Symptoms of the Nginx Virus and Other Browser Hijacker Infections
ESG security researchers have compiled the following list of symptoms associated with browser hijackers such as the Nginx Virus:
- Browser redirects to potentially hostile websites, websites containing an excessive number of advertisements and suspicious links, fake search engines, and websites with pornographic or scam-related content.
- Unauthorized changes to your Windows Internet settings, such as your HOSTS file (which determines how your computer connects to the Internet, as well as to your web browser’s settings.
- Slow connection speed and online traffic that appears to be rerouted through unrelated websites.
How Can You Detect Nginx Virus?
Nginx Virus Removal Details
Nginx Virus has typically the following processes in memory:
- %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
- %Windows%\system32\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
Nginx Virus creates the following registry entries:
- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe”
- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\”Shell” = “[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe”