Cwasre “Virus” Removal (Snare.dll Malware)

Can’t Remove Cwasre hijacker virus? This page includes detailed Cwasre Removal instructions!

Cwasre is an irritating browser hijacker. This program will take over your online experience and create a true cyber mess. Hijackers are considered to be relatively easy to tackle. However, that is only if you take action immediately. The more time an infection of any kind spends on your machine, the more dangerous it becomes. Get rid of the virus before things get out of hand. Cwasre messes with your default browser settings in silence. It lands on board in silence as well. The thing with such stealthy behavior is, you remain oblivious to the fact Cwasre is wreaking havoc. Browser hijackers go after your browsers, as their name implies. What you’re stuck with is a classic member of the hijacker family. That means it follows the classic pattern and doesn’t shine with originality. To begin with, Cwasre modifies your search engine and browser homepage. Both get sneakily replaced with the parasite’s own domain. As a result, you have to deal with this malicious domain every single time you surf the Web. Or should we say, attempt to surf the Web. It is almost impossible to find anything you search for online now that the virus is present. This nuisance hijacks your browsing activities and bombards you with sponsored web links. However, these links don’t necessarily have to be harmless. You will not be provided accurate nor safe search results. The only category of web links generated by the hijacker is sponsored links. As you could imagine, you might land on all sorts of dangerous websites. There is no guarantee the pages Cwasre leads you to won’t be filled with new infections. Thanks to the parasite, you are constantly one click away from malware. Make sure you prevent further damage and avoid its potentially corrupted web links. The hijacker also adds an extension to your browsers so it might display some annoying pop-up ads too. Those are just as dangerous as the search results so don’t be gullible to test out the limits of your luck. Crooks are certainly not trying to improve your online shopping experience. They will not bring the best online deals to you. Furthermore, Cwasre could generate some bogus program updates or fake third-party pop-ups. Restrain yourself from clicking any of those and get rid of the hijacker.

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How did I get infected with?

As mentioned, you didn’t agree to download this pest. The hijacker relied on your distraction instead. In the future, keep in mind PC infections are masters in the art of deceit. Put your safety first and watch out for malware in advance. One of the most popular infiltration methods is called freeware/shareware bundling. Do you often download questionable bundled programs off of the Internet? Then you should always stay away from unverified software. Only download legitimate bundles and take your time during the installation. We’d recommend opting for the Custom option in the Setup Wizard. You have to be the one in control of the installation process. Otherwise, it might be hackers. Check out all programs you’re about to download one by one. Remember that there could be various infections hidden in a seemingly safe bundle. It is up to you whether the virus would manage to land on board or not. Pay close attention and don’t skip important steps. Rushing would expose you to potential intruders. It is always a good idea to go through the Terms and Conditions or EULA (End User License Agreement). Last but not least, some parasites travel the Web via spam messages or email-attachments.

Why is this dangerous?

Cwasre redirects you to random websites. Being compatible with all your browsers, the hijacker is very stubborn and obnoxious. Its browser extension/plugin floods your PC screen with unreliable pop-ups and pesky web links. You have to stay away from anything displayed by a cyber parasite unless you’re willing to infect your PC further. Clicking its sponsored search results isn’t a risk worth taking and you know it. Cwasre also causes your browsers to freeze and/or crash on occasions. To top it all, this program spies on your private information. It collects browsing history, usernames and passwords, email addresses, search queries, IP addresses. Your sensitive details get monitored and sent into the hands of cyber criminals. Do you feel safe knowing hackers have access to such private data? Crooks won’t think twice before selling your details to third parties with unclear intentions. To prevent privacy issues, delete the hijacker. You will find our detailed manual removal guide down below.

How to Remove Cwasre virus

The Cwasre infection is specifically designed to make money to its creators one way or another. The specialists from various antivirus companies like Bitdefender, Kaspersky, Norton, Avast, ESET, etc. advise that there is no harmless virus.

If you perform exactly the steps below you should be able to remove the Cwasre infection. Please, follow the procedures in the exact order. Please, consider to print this guide or have another computer at your disposal. You will NOT need any USB sticks or CDs.

WARNING! Stopping the wrong file or deleting the wrong registry key may damage your system irreversibly.
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STEP 1: Track down Cwasre related processes in the computer memory

STEP 2: Locate Cwasre startup location

STEP 3: Delete Cwasre traces from Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer

STEP 4: Undo the damage done by the virus

STEP 1: Track down Cwasre related processes in the computer memory

  • Open your Task Manager by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+ESC keys simultaneously
  • Carefully review all processes and stop the suspicious ones.


  • Write down the file location for later reference.

Step 2: Locate Cwasre startup location

Reveal Hidden Files

  • Open any folder
  • Click on “Organize” button
  • Choose “Folder and Search Options”
  • Select the “View” tab
  • Select “Show hidden files and folders” option
  • Uncheck “Hide protected operating system files”
  • Click “Apply” and “OK” button

Clean Cwasre virus from the windows registry

  • Once the operating system loads press simultaneously the Windows Logo Button and the R key.


  • A dialog box should open. Type “Regedit”


Depending on your OS (x86 or x64) navigate to:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run] or
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run] or

  • and delete the display Name: [RANDOM]

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  • Then open your explorer and navigate to: %appdata% folder and delete the malicious executable.

Clean your HOSTS file to avoid unwanted browser redirection

Navigate to %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/host

If you are hacked, there will be foreign IPs addresses connected to you at the bottom. Take a look below:


STEP 3 : Clean Cwasre traces from Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer

  • Open Google Chrome

  • In the Main Menu, select Tools then Extensions
  • Remove the Cwasre by clicking on the little recycle bin
  • Reset Google Chrome by Deleting the current user to make sure nothing is left behind

disable Cwasre from chrome

  • Open Mozilla Firefox

  • Press simultaneously Ctrl+Shift+A
  • Disable the unwanted Extension
  • Go to Help
  • Then Troubleshoot information
  • Click on Reset Firefox

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  • Open Internet Explorer

  • On the Upper Right Corner Click on the Gear Icon
  • Click on Internet options
  • go to Toolbars and Extensions and disable the unknown extensions
  • Select the Advanced tab and click on Reset

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  • Restart Internet Explorer

Step 4: Undo the damage done by Cwasre

This particular Virus may alter your DNS settings.

Attention! this can break your internet connection. Before you change your DNS settings to use Google Public DNS for Cwasre, be sure to write down the current server addresses on a piece of paper.

To fix the damage done by the virus you need to do the following.

  • Click the Windows Start button to open the Start Menu, type control panel in the search box and select Control Panel in the results displayed above.
  • go to Network and Internet
  • then Network and Sharing Center
  • then Change Adapter Settings
  • Right-click on your active internet connection and click properties. Under the Networking tab, find Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4). Left click on it and then click on properties. Both options should be automatic! By default it should be set to “Obtain an IP address automatically” and the second one to “Obtain DNS server address automatically!” If they are not just change them, however if you are part of a domain network you should contact your Domain Administrator to set these settings, otherwise the internet connection will break!!!

You must clean all your browser shortcuts as well. To do that you need to

  • Right click on the shortcut of your favorite browser and then select properties.


  • in the target field remove Cwasre argument and then apply the changes.
  • Repeat that with the shortcuts of your other browsers.
  • Check your scheduled tasks to make sure the virus will not download itself again.

How to Permanently Remove Cwasre Virus (automatic) Removal Guide

Please, have in mind that once you are infected with a single virus, it compromises your whole system or network and let all doors wide open for many other infections. To make sure manual removal is successful, we recommend to use a free scanner of any professional antimalware program to identify possible registry leftovers or temporary files.

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