BikaQ RSS Reader “Virus” Removal

I wrote this article to help you remove BikaQ RSS Reader. This BikaQ RSS Reader removal guide works for all Windows versions.

BikaQ RSS Reader has some unique features which make it hard to classify as a threat. It has characteristics of both a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware. Some users would argue that BikaQ RSS Reader is a virus, but that would be too far from the truth. This threat infects all installed browsers and changes their settings. It displays numerous ads and shows fake search results. This application is also reported to create changes to the system’s registry. For all those reasons, we can classify BikaQ RSS Reader as ad-supported software, or adware for short.

Once infected with the BikaQ RSS Reader adware, your computer will gradually slow down. This is due to the heavy CPU and RAM usage. Even though you don’t see it, this app is working on the background. The more ads you see, the more resources it consumes. It can cause your machine to freeze or crush.

You may miss the first signs that your system is infected with the BikaQ RSS Reader adware. It all starts with occasional redirection to some websites. At first it looks strange, but not that unusual. Then, as it happens more often, users get suspicions. It is very annoying when some pop-up ad interrupts your browsing. It is even more annoying and stressful, if you have work to do, but you get constantly redirected to some shabby websites.

With the BikaQ RSS Reader adware installed on your computer, pop-up ads, special offers, video ads and coupons would appear all the time. It is impossible to get five pleasant minutes of surfing the Internet without some flashy pop-up interrupting you. Soon you will see a pattern. All ads have something to do with your recent online activities. This is so because the BikaQ RSS Reader utility is spying on you. It uses the collected data to target you with ads which are specially chosen for you. It doesn’t sound very dangerous, but it hides more potential dangers than you might think.

The BikaQ RSS Reader adware collects data about you and it sends it to its owners. Those people can do many questionable operations with that data. They can sell it to third parties, or use it to generate traffic to some shady websites using pay-per-click mechanism. If you are not careful, your user names and passwords may become a part of that data. Do not log in to any banking service and avoid social media sites while this parasite remains on your machine.

The pay-per-click marketing is a part of many, if not all, search engines. However, when the BikaQ RSS Reader adware is installed, it adds “fake” search results. Those entries are ads, but they are not marked as such. The user can never be sure which results are real and which are pure marketing. There is more danger here. We are dealing with a rogue program. Its owners want profit, they don’t want to create credible service. Therefore, they will promote anything as long as they get payed.

Those ads are not safe in any way. First, they may promote some unlicensed or illegal product or service. Second, they may redirect the user to malicious websites. If you get yourself on such a site, a virus may be downloaded to your computer without you even noticing. This type of virus distribution is known as a drive-by download. It executes without the user’s interaction and is almost completely undetectable. If you suspect that your machine is compromised with adware, take your time, locate the intruder and delete it immediately!

A drive-by download may be the method used to distribute the BikaQ RSS Reader adware to your computer. However, it is more likely that it has arrived as an extra to some freeware or shareware you have downloaded. This distribution method is called “bundling”. An additional software is hidden under a custom installation tab which users tend to overlook. When you click on that tab, you can see all the extra programs that came along. Only under that tab you can deselect the unwanted software. Other commonly used distribution methods are spam emails, torrents, and fake program updates.

BikaQ RSS Reader Removal

STEP-1 Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

task manager

Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.

STEP-4

Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.

appwiz

Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.

STEP-6

Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.

msconfig

Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove BikaQ RSS Reader from your computer? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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