When you launch your internet browser such as Google Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Internet Explorer, the web site signed with Enhanced by Google opens automatically instead of your homepage? Or this annoying web-page replaces the new tab page and web-browser’s search engine ? Then most probably your computer has become a victim of the hijacker that usually gets installed as a part of some freeware. Do not be surprised, it happens, especially if you are an active Internet user. But this does not mean that you should reconcile with these unwanted redirects. You need to clean your PC system from malicious software such as this hijacker infection as quickly as possible. Because the annoying home page can be a way to infect your computer with more dangerous malicious software such as viruses and trojans. The step-by-step instructions which follow, I’ll show you how to remove hijacker and thereby remove Enhanced by Google search from your internet browser forever.
A malicious software that modifies settings of web-browsers on Enhanced by Google usually affects only Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Edge. However, possible situations, when any other internet browsers will be affected too. The Enhanced by Google infection may change the Target property of web-browser’s shortcuts, so every time you open the internet browser, instead of your home page, you will see a completely different web-site.
Besides the fact that Enhanced by Google browser hijacker replaces your start page, this unwanted web-page can set yourself as your search engine. But, obviously, it does not give you a good search results, as they will consist of a huge number of ads, links to unwanted and ad web-sites and only the remaining part is search results for your query from the major search engines. Of course, the very fact that you encounter with the inability to properly search the Internet, is an unpleasant moment. Moreover, the Enhanced by Google browser hijacker may collect information about you, and in the future to transfer it to third parties. What creates the risk of theft of your personal data.
The Enhanced by Google hijacker is not a virus, but the virus behaves similarly. As a rootkit hides in the system, alters browser settings, and blocks them from changing. Also this browser hijacker infection can install additional web-browser addons, extensions and modules that will display advertisements and popups. And finally, the Enhanced by Google hijacker can collect a wide variety of personal information like what web pages you are opening, what you are looking for the Internet and so on. This information, in the future, may be transferred to third parties.
We recommend you to clean your PC as quickly as possible. Use the steps below that will allow to delete Enhanced by Google and adware, that can be installed onto your PC system along with it.
How can you protect your computer from Enhanced by Google browser hijacker infection
How to manually remove Enhanced by Google
If you perform exactly the step-by-step guide below you should be able to remove the Enhanced by Google homepage. Read it once, after doing so, please print this page as you may need to close your web-browser or reboot your PC.
- Delete Enhanced by Google associated software by using Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove Enhanced by Google search
- Delete Enhanced by Google from Google Chrome
- Remove Enhanced by Google homepage from Firefox
- Get rid of Enhanced by Google search from Internet Explorer
Delete Enhanced by Google associated software by using Windows Control Panel
We recommend that you start the machine cleaning procedure by checking the list of installed applications and remove all unknown or suspicious programs. This is a very important step, as mentioned above, very often the dangerous applications such as adware and browser hijackers may be bundled with free software. Uninstall the unwanted software can remove the annoying ads or internet browser redirect.<\/p>
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
Windows XP, Vista, 7
Next, click “Uninstall a program”
It will show a list of all applications installed on your system. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any suspicious and unknown software. To quickly find the latest installed programs, we recommend sort programs by date in the Control panel.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove Enhanced by Google search
Once the infection is started, it can also change the web-browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument like “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you launch the browser, it will open an annoying page.
To clear the web browser shortcut, right-click to it and select Properties. 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 a text similar “http://site.address” which has been added here. You need to delete it.
When the text is removed, click the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your internet browsers, as they may be infected too.
Delete Enhanced by Google from Google Chrome
Reset Google Chrome settings is a easy way to delete the browser hijacker, harmful and ‘ad-supported’ extensions, as well as to restore the web-browser’s homepage and search engine by default that have been changed by Enhanced by Google hijacker.
- First run the Google Chrome and click Menu button (small button in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will show the Chrome main menu. Select “Settings” option.
- You will see the Google Chrome’s settings page. Scroll down and click “Show advanced settings” link.
- Scroll down again and press the “Reset settings” button.
- The Chrome will display the reset profile settings page as shown on the image above.
- Next press the “Reset” button.
- Once this procedure is done, your internet browser’s home page, newtab page and search provider by default will be restored to their original defaults.
- To learn more, read the post How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Remove Enhanced by Google homepage from Firefox
If the FF settings such as start page and search provider by default have been changed by the browser hijacker, then resetting it to the default state can help.
First, run the Mozilla Firefox and click button. It will show the drop-down menu on the right-part of the web browser. Further, click the Help button () as shown in the figure below
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the browser adress bar and press Enter. It will show the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown on the screen below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will show the confirmation dialog box. Further, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Mozilla Firefox will start a process to fix your problems that caused by the Enhanced by Google hijacker infection. When, it’s done, click the “Finish” button.
Get rid of Enhanced by Google search from Internet Explorer
First, run the Internet Explorer. Next, click the button in the form of gear (). It will open the Tools drop-down menu, click the “Internet Options” as on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” window click on the Advanced tab, then click the Reset button. The IE will show the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as on the image below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click “Reset” button.
You will now need to restart your system for the changes to take effect.
How to get rid of Enhanced by Google with Malwarebytes
Delete Enhanced by Google browser hijacker manually is difficult and often the browser hijacker is not completely removed. Therefore, we recommend you to use the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your personal computer. Moreover, the free application will help you to delete malware, toolbars and adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software) that your computer may be infected too.
- Download Malwarebytes (MBAM) by clicking on the link below.
Category: Security tools
Update: May 12, 2017
- Close all applications and windows on your computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup.
- Further, click Next button and follow the prompts.
- Once install is finished, click the “Scan Now” button to start scanning your computer for Enhanced by Google hijacker. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient.
- When the scan is complete, make sure all entries have “checkmark” and click “Quarantine Selected”. Once disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to restart your computer.
The following video offers a step-by-step instructions on how to remove browser hijacker with Malwarebytes.
How to stop Enhanced by Google
To increase your security and protect your machine against new unwanted ads and dangerous sites, you need to use program that stops access to harmful advertisements and sites. Moreover, the software can block the show of intrusive advertising, that also leads to faster loading of sites and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
- Download AdGuard program by clicking on the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: May 10, 2017
- Once the downloading process is finished, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- Once the install is finished, click “Skip” to close the installation application and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial which will allow 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 PC, AdGuard will run automatically and stop advertisements, web sites such Enhanced by Google, 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 named AdGuard, which is located on your desktop.
Scan your computer and remove Enhanced by Google startpage with AdwCleaner.
This removal program is free and easy to use. It can scan and delete browser hijacker such as Enhanced by Google, malware and ad supported software in Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Edge browsers and thereby restore back their default settings (startpage, new tab page and default search engine). AdwCleaner is powerful enough to find and remove malicious registry entries and files that are hidden on the system.
Download AdwCleaner tool by clicking on the link below. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
Category: Security tools
Update: July 19, 2017
After the download is done, open the directory in which you saved it and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will run the AdwCleaner utility and you will see a screen as shown on the screen below. If the User Account Control dialog box will ask you want to show the program, click Yes button to continue.
Next, click “Scan” to start checking your machine for the Enhanced by Google browser hijacker and other malware and adware.
When it has finished scanning is finished, it will show a list of all items detected by this utility like below.
You need to click “Clean” button. It will display a prompt. Click “OK” to begin the cleaning procedure. Once the cleaning procedure is finished, the AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your computer. After restart, the AdwCleaner will show the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video instructions.
Now your computer should be clean of the Enhanced by Google redirect. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted ads and annoying harmful web-sites) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your computer for new malware, browser hijackers and ‘ad supported’ software). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for Windows OS. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new browser hijacker, malicious applications and ad supported software are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to get rid of Enhanced by Google homepage from your internet browser, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.