If you are reading this post, then it means that you’re seeing the Palikan unknown web-site instead of your startpage or search engine. All of these problems with your computer caused by browser hijacker, which is often installs on the computer by certain freeware. You probably want to know how to remove Palikan software and thereby restore your browser’s start page, newtab page and search engine by default. In the step by step guide below we will tell you about how to solve your problems.
Table of contents
- What is Palikan
- How to remove Palikan from computer
- Manual Palikan removal
- Palikan automatic removal
- Block Palikan and other undesired sites
- How was Palikan installed on personal computer
- Finish words
Most often, the Palikan affects most common internet browsers such as Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, IE and MS Edge. But such hijackers as well can infect other web browsers by changing its shortcuts (adding ‘http://site.address’ into Target field of internet browser’s shortcut). So every time you start the internet browser, it will show Palikan web-page. Even if you setup your homepage again, the intrusive Palikan page will be the first thing that you see when you run the browser.
Except that the Palikan may impose some undesired changes to browser’s startpage and newtab page, it also modifies your search engine, which leads to the fact that use of the browser’s search becomes uncomfortable. The reason for this is that the search results will consist of lots of advertisements, links to unwanted and ad web pages and only the remaining part is search results for your query from well-known search engines such as Google or Bing.
The Palikan is not a virus, but the virus behaves similarly. It hides in the system, alters current settings of installed browsers, and blocks them from changing. Also this hijacker can install additional internet browser addons, extensions and modules that will display ads and pop ups. And finally, the Palikan can gather a wide variety of personal info like what web-pages you’re opening, what you’re looking for the Internet and so on. This information, in the future, can be sold to third parties.
We strongly suggest that you perform the steps below that will help you to delete Palikan using the standard features of Windows and some proven free programs.
How to remove Palikan from computer
As with uninstalling ad-supported software, malicious software or potentially unwanted applications, there are few steps you can do. We suggest trying them all. If you do only one part of the tutorial, then it should be run malware removal tool, because it should delete hijacker infection and stop any further infection. But to completely remove the Palikan you will have to at least reset your internet browser settings like startpage, newtab page and search provider by default to default state, disinfect PC system’s web browsers shortcuts, remove all unwanted and suspicious programs, and remove hijacker by malware removal utilities. Some of the steps will require you to reboot your computer or exit the site. So, read this tutorial carefully, then bookmark or print it for later reference.
Manual Palikan removal
Most common browser hijackers may be removed without any antivirus software. The manual browser hijacker removal is post tutorial that will teach you how to get rid of the Palikan.
Uninstall Palikan and Go_Palikan unwanted programs using MS Windows Control Panel
Some of potentially unwanted software, adware and hijacker can be uninstalled using the Add/Remove programs tool which can be found in the MS Windows Control Panel. So, if you are running any version of Windows and you have noticed an unwanted application, then first try to remove it through Add/Remove programs.
Press Windows button , 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 show the Windows Control Panel as on the image below.
Further, click “Uninstall a program”
It will open a list of all applications installed on your computer. Scroll through the all list, uninstall Palikan and Go_Palikan and any other suspicious and unknown programs.
Fix infected internet browsers shortcuts
Now you need to clean up the browser shortcuts. Check that the shortcut referring to the right exe-file of the web-browser, and not on any unknown file.
Open the properties of the browser shortcut. Right click on the shortcut of infected web-browser and choose the “Properties” option and it’ll show the properties of the shortcut. Next, choose the “Shortcut” tab and have a look at the Target field as shown below.
Normally, if the last word in the Target field is chrome.exe, iexplore.exe, firefox.exe. Be sure to pay attention to the extension, should be “exe”! All shortcuts which have been altered by browser hijacker infection usually point to .bat, .cmd or .url files instead of .exe as shown below
Another variant, an address has been added at the end of the line. In this case the Target field looks such as …Application\chrome.exe” http://site.address like below.
In order to fix a shortcut, you need to insert right path to the Target field or remove an address (if it has been added at the end). You can use the following information to fix your shortcuts which have been changed by hijacker.
|Google Chrome||C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe|
|Firefox||C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe|
|IE||C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe|
|C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe|
|Opera||C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera\launcher.exe|
Once is done, press OK to save changes. Repeat the step for all web-browsers which are redirected to the Palikan intrusive web-page.
Remove Palikan from Firefox by resetting web-browser settings
If the FF web browser application is hijacked, then resetting its settings can help. The Reset feature is available on all modern version of Mozilla Firefox. A reset can fix many issues by restoring Mozilla Firefox settings like newtab, startpage and search provider by default to its default state. It will save your personal information such as saved passwords, bookmarks, and open tabs.
First, open the FF. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will display the drop-down menu. Next, click the Help button ().
In the Help menu click the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page click on “Refresh Firefox” button as on the image below.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
Get rid of Palikan from Google Chrome
Use the Reset browser tool of the Google Chrome to reset all its settings such as start page, newtab page and search engine by default to original defaults. This is a very useful utility to use, in the case of browser hijacks such as Palikan.
Open the Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will show the drop-down menu. Next, press to “Settings” option.
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 in the figure below and press the “Reset settings” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Reset” button.
Remove Palikan from Microsoft Internet Explorer
In order to restore all internet browser new tab page, startpage and search provider by default you need to reset the Internet Explorer to the state, which was when the Microsoft Windows was installed on your computer.
First, run the Internet Explorer. Next, press the button in the form of gear (). It will open the Tools drop-down menu, press the “Internet Options” as on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” window click on the Advanced tab, then press the Reset button. The Microsoft Internet Explorer will show the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window like below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then press “Reset” button.
You will now need to restart your system for the changes to take effect.
Palikan automatic removal
Run malicious software removal tools to remove Palikan automatically. The free software tools specially developed for browser hijacker infection, adware and other potentially unwanted programs removal. These tools can remove most of hijacker from Chrome, Firefox, Edge and IE. Moreover, it may remove all components of Palikan from Windows registry and system drives.
How to automatically remove Palikan with Zemana Anti-malware
We recommend using the Zemana Anti-malware. You can download and install Zemana Anti-malware to detect and get rid of Palikan from your personal computer. When installed and updated, the malicious software remover will automatically scan and detect all threats exist on the computer.
Download Zemana anti-malware by clicking on the link below.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: March 3, 2018
When the download is done, close all applications and windows on your machine. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup as shown on the image below.
When the installation starts, you will see the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Zemana anti malware on your machine.
Once setup is complete, you will see window as shown below.
Now press the “Scan” button to perform a system scan for the Palikan browser hijacker. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your system. When a threat is found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly.
As the scanning ends, it will display you the results. Next, you need to click “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti-malware will start removing Palikan related files, folders and registry keys.
Use Malwarebytes to get rid of Palikan
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your PC system of the hijacker infection. The free tool is an advanced malicious software removal application created by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This program uses the world’s most popular antimalware technology. It is able to help you remove hijacker infections, potentially unwanted applications, malware, ‘ad supported’ software, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your machine for free.
Download Malwarebytes Free from the link below.
Category: Security tools
Update: March 20, 2018
After downloading is finished, run it and follow the prompts. Once installed, the Malwarebytes will try to update itself and when this process is finished, press the “Scan Now” button for checking your PC for the Palikan and web browser’s malicious extensions. While the utility is scanning, you can see count of objects it has identified either as being malicious software. Review the scan results and then click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes is a free program that you can use to delete all detected folders, files, services, registry entries and so on. To learn more about this malware removal tool, we recommend you to read and follow the instructions or the video guide below.
Delete Palikan and malicious extensions with AdwCleaner
AdwCleaner is a free portable application that scans your computer for adware, potentially unwanted programs and hijackers like Palikan and helps remove them easily. Moreover, it will also help you remove any malicious web browser extensions and add-ons.
- Download AdwCleaner by clicking on the link below.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: January 8, 2019
- After downloading is finished, double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once this utility is started, click “Scan” button to perform a system scan with this tool for the Palikan hijacker and internet browser’s malicious extensions. This task can take some time, so please be patient. While the tool is scanning, you may see number of objects it has identified either as being malicious software.
- When it completes the scan, it’ll show a list of all threats detected by this utility. Review the scan results and then press “Clean” button. It will show a prompt, press “OK”.
These few simple steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
Block Palikan and other undesired sites
If you surf the World Wide Web, you cannot avoid malicious advertising. But you can protect your internet browser against it. Download and use an adblocker program. AdGuard is an ad blocker which can filter out lots of of the malicious advertising, blocking dynamic scripts from loading harmful content.
- Download AdGuard program from the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
- Once downloading is finished, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- When the install is done, click “Skip” to close the installation application and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial that will assist 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 computer, AdGuard will launch automatically and stop pop-ups, Palikan redirects, as well as other harmful or misleading web pages. 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, that can be found on your desktop.
How was Palikan installed on personal computer
After completing the step-by-step guidance shown above, your computer should be clean from Palikan and other malware and browser hijackers. The Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge will no longer open an intrusive home page on startup. Unfortunately, if the step-by-step tutorial does not help you, then you have caught a new browser hijacker, and then the best way – ask for help.
- Download HijackThis by clicking on the link below and save it to your Desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2015
- Double-click on the HijackThis icon. Next press “Do a system scan only” button.
- Once the scan is finished, 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 the intrusive Palikan software.