Wish-style.com is an aggressive software tool for online advertising that takes over Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and other popular Windows browsers. The goal of Wish-style.com is to promote different websites and earn money from advertising commission based on the Pay-Per-View and Pay-Per-Click remuneration models.
One of the main differences between a browser-hijacking tool like this one and a harmful computer threat such as a Ransomware cryptovirus or a Trojan horse virus is that the hijacker doesn’t try to stay unnoticed. Instead, it is programmed to be as obstructive as possible so as to get the users’ attention and gain more clicks on its ads and more views to the sites that it is supposed to popularize.
In order to do its job as effectively as possible, this app will tamper with the settings of your search engine, introduce a new homepage address, and start page-redirecting processes in the browser. All of this serves its overarching goal of promoting the sites that pay commissions to its owners in exchange for the advertising services provided by the hijacker.
The Wish-style.com Virus
It is likely that you will see some researchers referring to Wish-style.com as the Wish-style.com virus. This label is not accurate because Wish-style.com is actually not supposed to do anything bad to your computer or to your personal data. Again, its goal is purely marketing-related.
There, however, is still a reason to be concerned about the safety of your computer if there is a browser hijacker present on it. This reason has to do with the reliability, or rather the lack thereof, of the banners, popups and page redirects shown and generated by most browser hijackers. While it is perfectly possible, if not likely, to get some interesting advertising offers or to get sent to sites you may find helpful due to the activities of this hijacker on your computer, it is also possible to get redirected to less-than-safe sites or potentially even to sites that spread viruses, phishing malware, Trojan horses, Ransomware, and other kinds of harmful programs.
Understandably, the best way to take care of such a situation is to ensure that the hijacker is not allowed to operate on your computer anymore. To fully remove Wish-style.com, however, it is likely that simply uninstalling this app would not be enough. It is possible that the hijacker reinstalls itself on your computer soon after you’ve seemingly removed it. This is because many such apps tend to leave behind helper elements and changed Registry settings that allow them to automatically get back inside your browser without your permission. To prevent this from happening after you uninstall Wish-style.com, you will need to find all data and Registry changes that this app has introduced to your computer and remove them. If this is the first time you are dealing with an application like Wish-style.com, fully removing it on your own may be difficult. This is why the guide below has been put together and posted on this page – to help our readers safely and correctly remove this invasive app and ensure that it doesn’t return.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Ads on every site and tab you open, page redirects to unknown sites, changes in the homepage and the search engine that you haven’t approved, and more.|
|Distribution Method||A popular distribution technique is to bundle the hijacker with another program’s installation wizard and hide it under the Advanced/Custom setup menu.|
Wish-style.com Virus Removal
If you have an Android virus, continue with the guide below.
If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide.
If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you have a Windows virus, please use our Windows Virus Removal guide.
Whether you use the default “Internet” App for browsing or a different browser like Chrome you need to go to:
Locate the Browser/App in question and tap on it.
Now the method is effectively the same for users using both “Internet” and Chrome/Other Browsers, yet for more clarity we have provided instructions for both:
For “Internet” Browser Users:
Tap the Force Stop button.
Now tap the Clear Data and Clear Cache Buttons.
For Google Chrome Users:
Click on Force Stop.
Then click on Clear Data and Clear Cache.
Restart your Browser. It might be a good idea to Reboot your Android device, just in case.
If you are still seeing Ads in your browser, it is likely they are generated by the websites you visit and there is nothing you can do about it.
However, if you are seeing Adverts outside of your internet browser, then one of your installed Apps contains the problematic Adware. In this case you need to take a look at this guide.
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