The Reimageplus Virus: What It Is and How to Remove It

Avoid this irritant easily

A conceptual illustration of the ReimagePlus virus destroying a laptop computer.

Lifewire / Theresa Chiechi 

When browsing online, are you constantly redirected to the Reimageplus website via a series of banners and pop-up ads? If yes, then you've been infected with the Reimageplus malware virus

Reimageplus affects web browsers rather than operating systems. It can disrupt service on all known web browsers including Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, and the Android version of Google Chrome. iOS based devices are unaffected by Reimageplus.

What Is the Reimageplus Virus?

The Reimageplus Virus is an annoying form of adware/malware that forces your web browser to show multiple pop-up ads, redirects, and notifications.

Alone, it's mostly just irritating rather than dangerous, but it can open your computer up to the risks that come from viewing unsafe advertisements such as more nefarious viruses and forms of malware

Reimageplus is a legitimate website that offers Reimage software that allows you to repair your computer, but its software often comes bundled with significant adware which is where users run into issues unless they're careful. 

How Does Reimageplus Work?

Reimageplus is a fairly straight forward of adware. It forces your web browser to show multiple pop-ups and notifications for advertisements, irritating you, as well as potentially displaying suspicious and malicious advertisements and links. It can also include toolbars and other add-ons that install within your web browser, disrupting your experience. 

On the surface, Reimageplus is not as dangerous as a 'true' virus or form of malware, but it is very annoying. It also leaves your system less secure as if you're faced with multiple banners and adverts, you may end up misclicking and accidentally opening one more easily than without the virus on your computer. 

It's important that you delete the potential threat quickly so that the problem doesn't escalate and get worse.

How Do I Know I Have the Reimageplus Virus?

Reimageplus is quite easy to spot because it inundates you with pop-up banners and advertisements. These ads tend to be for both unfamiliar sounding websites that sound suspicious, as well as for the Reimageplus website. On older computers, you may find it slowing the system down and even making it crash if there are too many browser windows to contend with.

On Android smartphones, Reimageplus demonstrates similar symptoms and disruption as it's primarily a browser-based virus rather than one that requires specific software. 

Occasionally, you can have Reimageplus installed on your system without realizing it. That's why it's useful to run regular antivirus software scans or use malware detection tools to spot any potential issues before they get worse. 

How Did I Get the Reimageplus Virus?

The Reimageplus Virus comes bundled with the Reimageplus software. It hopes that you won't notice it among the many options you have to select or deselect during installation.

It also often comes bundled with free programs that you've downloaded such as download managers. 

Reimageplus isn't exactly a 'true' virus so it can hide among a number of notifications asking you to install extra pieces of software. It's very easy to inadvertently allow it onto your system. 

How Do I Get Rid of the Reimageplus Virus?

The most effective way to get rid of the Reimageplus adware virus is to use antivirus software, as well as a malware removal app. 

Antivirus software can take several hours to complete the process, depending on the speed of your computer, but it also offers you the best and simplest methods in which to remove the malicious files. 

It's also worth installing a malware removal tool which helps detect malware like Reimageplus, as well as anything else you may have accidentally installed, and delete it before it causes any problems.

Like antivirus software, malware scanning can take many hours depending on the size of your computer's hard drive, as well as its speed. 

You can also use System Restore to return to an earlier point on your computer before you picked up the Reimageplus virus. Be sure to pick a time period where you know you definitely didn't already have the virus on your computer. 

Unlike other viruses and malware, it is possible to manually remove Reimageplus reasonably simply by uninstalling the Reimageplus app from your computer. Both Windows and macOS have clear ways to uninstall apps you no longer want to use.

After uninstalling it, it's still worthwhile running antivirus scans and a malware check to be sure that you're completely free of Reimageplus. 

It's highly unlikely that you'll need to reformat and reinstall your computer, but it is the best guarantee that you've completely deleted Reimageplus from your system. 

It can take a long time to reformat your computer and requires a certain amount of knowledge when it comes to setting your computer up. Don't rush into the decision and try all other methods first. 

How Can I Avoid Getting the Reimageplus Virus Again?

There are a few important ways in which you can lower your chances of being re-infected with Reimageplus (or gaining any other virus). There are also specific tips that relate directly to Reimageplus and its software.

  • Update your antivirus software and malware protection. Keep your antivirus software and malware protection up to date. New virus definitions are released regularly and these keep your PC informed on what to look for with new virus and malware-based threats. 
  • Be wary of new programs. It's important to know the source of the programs and apps you've downloaded. When installing them, don't blindly accept everything it suggests. Be apprehensive about what boxes you tick. 
  • Stick to well-known websites. Reimageplus bombards you with ads and pop-up windows. Never click on them otherwise you can accidentally download other suspicious files such as malware or even Trojans.