What is browser hijacker
It is an infection from the malicious software family. Technically, the browser hijacker is not a virus, but it does bad things – modifies the settings of your internet browser such as the Chrome, Firefox, IE and MS Edge. It will lead to the fact that when you open your internet browser, it will always be forced to display an unwanted web-page, even as your home page has been set to a completely different web-page. On current date, the malicious software from the big browser hijacker family continues to increase the number of personal computers that have been infected.
The browser hijacker infection can change the settings of the Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, but often that a parasites like this can also infect all types of internet browsers by changing their desktop shortcuts. Thus forcing the user each time run the browser to see an annoying and unwanted web site.
The browser hijacker infection may also change the default search engine that will virtually block the possibility of finding information on the World Wide Web. The reason for this is that the search results may show a lot of advertising, links to malicious and misleading web sites. Only the remaining part is the result of your search request, loaded from the major search engines such as Google, Yahoo or Bing.
Moreover, with the hijacker infection, an adware can be additionally installed on to your PC system, that will show a large number of advertising banners, hindering or completely blocking the work in the internet browser. Often such advertising may recommend to install other unknown and unwanted software or visit malicious sites. The instructions, which is shown below, will allow you to delete fake search and unwanted start page from the Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge and other internet browsers.
How to browser hijacker infection get installed onto computer
How to manually remove browser hijacker
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, which will help you manually remove unwanted home page and fake search engine from the Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge.
- Get rid of browser hijacker related software by using Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect browser’s shortcuts to remove browser hijacker
- Get rid of browser hijacker in Google Chrome
- Uninstall browser hijacker from Mozilla Firefox
- Remove browser hijacker from Internet Explorer
Get rid of browser hijacker related software by using Windows Control Panel
Press Windows key , then click Search . Type “Control panel”and press Enter. If you using Windows XP or Windows 7, then click “Start” and select “Control Panel”. It will open the Windows Control Panel as shown below.
Click “Uninstall a program” It will open a list of all programs. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any suspicious and unknown programs.
Disinfect browser’s shortcuts to remove browser hijacker
During installation, the browser hijacker may add the address of the unwanted site into the Target property of the desktop shortcut for the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge. Due to this, every time you run the browser, it will show an unwanted start page.
Right click on the web-browser’s shortcut, click Properties option. On the Shortcut tab, locate the Target field. Click inside, you will see a vertical line – arrow pointer, move it (using -> arrow key on your keyboard) to the right as possible. You will see an address that has been added here. Remove everything after .exe. An example, for Google Chrome you should remove everything after chrome.exe. Click OK to save changes. You need to clean all web-browser’s shortcuts. So, repeat this step for the Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge.
Get rid of browser hijacker in Google Chrome
Like other modern browsers, the Google Chrome has the ability to reset the settings to their default values and thus restore the startpage, new tab page and default search engine that have been modified by the infection.
Start the Google Chrome. Click on the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will appear the main menu. Click on the option named “Settings”. Another way to open the Google Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the internet browser adress bar and press Enter. The internet browser will open the settings screen. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset settings” section is visible, as shown below and click on the “Reset settings” button. The Google Chrome will show the confirmation dialog box. You need to confirm your action. Press on the “Reset” button. The program will start the process of cleaning and when it is finished, the internet browser settings including homepage and search engine back to the values that have been when the Chrome was first installed on your computer.
Uninstall browser hijacker from Mozilla Firefox
If the Mozilla Firefox settings such as homepage, search engine by default have been changed by the hijacker infection, then resetting it to the default state can help.
Run the Firefox and press button to show the Tools menu. It shows the drop-down menu on the right-part of the internet browser. Click on the Help button (). In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type about:support in the internet browser adress bar and press Enter. It will show the “Troubleshooting Information” page. In the upper-right corner of this screen, press the “Refresh Firefox” button. It will open the confirmation dialog box. Click on the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Firefox will start a task to fix your problems that caused by the browser hijacker infection. Once, it’s done, press the “Finish” button
Remove browser hijacker from Internet Explorer
Run Microsoft Internet Explorer, press ). Click “Internet Options” as shown below. In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next press Reset button. The Internet Explorer will display the Reset Internet Explorer settings prompt. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box
and press Reset button. You will now need to restart your system for the changes to take effect. It will remove browser hijacker infection, disable malicious and ad-supported browser’s extensions and restore the Internet Explorer’s start page to default state.
Remove browser hijacker with MalwareBytes Anti-malware.
Remove browser hijacker infection manually is difficult and often infection is not completely removed. Therefore, we recommend you to use the MalwareBytes Anti-malware Free that are completely clean your system. Moreover, the free software will help you to remove adware and toolbars that your computer may be infected too.
Download MalwareBytes Anti-malware (MBAM) from the link below.
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When the installation begins, you will see the “Setup wizard” that will help you install MalwareBytes Anti-malware on your computer.
Once installation is complete, you will see window similar to the one below.
Now click on the “Scan Now” button to start scanning your personal computer for the browser hijacker infection that cause a redirect to an unwanted web-site. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient.
When the scan is finished, make sure all entries have “checkmark” and click “Remove Selected” button. The MalwareBytes Anti-malware will start to remove browser hijacker infection related files, folders, registry keys. Once disinfection is completed, you may be prompted to Restart.
Block unwanted web-sites and annoying ads
To increase your security and protect your personal computer against new unwanted advertising banners and malicious web sites, you need to use an application that blocks access to dangerous advertising banners and sites. Moreover, the software can block the display of unwanted webpages and intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of web pages and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard program using the following link.
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Follow the prompts. After installation is complete, you will see a window as shown in the figure below.
You can click “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial that will help you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you start your system, AdGuard will run automatically and block pop-up ads, annoying and unwanted web pages, as well as other malicious or misleading web sites. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the icon AdGuard, which is located on your desktop.
Remove browser hijacker and malicious extensions with AdwCleaner.
If MalwareBytes Anti-malware cannot remove the browser hijacker infection, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for browser hijackers, adware, PUPs, toolbars. Also you can ask for help our Myantispyware team below.
Download AdwCleaner from the link below.
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Double click the AdwCleaner desktop icon. Once this tool is started, you will see a screen like below.
Press “Start” button to perform a system scan for the internet browser hijackers, adware, unwanted toolbars and malicious extensions. Once AdwCleaner has finished, it will open a scan report as shown below.
Review the report and then click “Cleaning” button. It will display a prompt.
Click “OK”. When the cleaning process is finished, AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your system.
When your PC system is started, you will see an AdwCleaner log.
How to ask for help the Myantispyware team
If you are seeking a help for browser hijacker removal then follow these steps.
- Download HijackThis from the link below and save it to your Desktop. HijackThis download
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- Double-click on the HijackThis icon, and click the button labeled “Do a system scan only”.
- Once the scan is complete, the scan button will read “Save log”, click it. Save this log to your desktop
Create a Myantispyware account here. Once you’ve registered, check your e-mail for a confirmation link, and confirm your account. After that, login.
- Copy and paste the contents of the HijackThis log into your post. If you are posting for the first time, please start a new thread by using the “New Topic” button in the Spyware Removal forum. When posting your HJT log, try to give us some details about your problems, so we can try to help you more accurately.
- Wait for one of our trained “Security Team” or Site Administrator to provide you with knowledgeable assistance tailored to your problem with browser hijacker virus removal.