Are your internet browser’s new tab page, home page and search provider by default overridden and when you try to open your home page, you’re automatically re-directed to the http://www.balkan.ba/speshl/search.html page? Then most likely that your machine has become a victim of hijacker. It is a type of malicious software that is made to change current settings of all your typical web browsers. To get rid of the hijacker you need to free your web-browser from any addons you have recently installed on your computer and perform a scan using a trustworthy antimalware or antivirus program.
Table of contents
- What is Balkan.ba
- How to remove Balkan.ba from PC
- How to get rid of Balkan.ba search without any software
- Run free malware removal tools to completely remove Balkan.ba
- How to stop Balkan.ba startpage
- Why has my start page and search engine changed to Balkan.ba?
- To sum up
When your PC is infected by Balkan.ba browser hijacker, every time you launch your internet browser you will see this page. Of course you can setup your startpage again, but next time you open a web-browser you will see that Balkan.ba search return. As mentioned above, the browser hijacker can alter the default search engine on this undesired web page too, so all your search queries will be rerouted to Balkan.ba. Thus the authors of the hijacker may collect the search terms of your queries, and redirect you to undesired web-pages.
While redirecting, your web-browser’s status bar may show the following messages: ‘Waiting for Balkan.ba’, ‘Transferring data from Balkan.ba’, ‘Looking up Balkan.ba’, ‘Read Balkan.ba’, ‘Connected to Balkan.ba’.
The Balkan.ba browser hijacker mostly affects only the Chrome, Firefox, MS Edge and IE. However, possible situations, when any other web browsers will be affected too. The browser hijacker will perform a scan of the computer for browser shortcuts and modify them without your permission. When it infects the browser shortcuts, it will add the argument like ‘http://site.address’ into Target property. So, each time you start the browser, you will see the Balkan.ba annoying web site.
It is important, do not use Balkan.ba web site and do not click on ads placed on it, as they can lead you to a more harmful or misleading pages. The best option is to use the steps posted below to free your PC of browser hijacker infection, delete the Balkan.ba , and thereby restore your previous home page and search engine.
How to remove Balkan.ba from PC
Most often browser hijacker infections requires more than a simple uninstall with the help of MS Windows Control panel in order to be fully uninstalled. For that reason, our team made several removal solutions which we’ve summarized in a detailed instructions. Therefore, if you have the unwanted Balkan.ba browser hijacker on your PC system and are currently trying to have it uninstalled then feel free to follow the instructions below in order to resolve your problem. Read it once, after doing so, please print this page as you may need to exit your web browser or restart your computer.
How to get rid of Balkan.ba search without any software
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, which will help you manually get rid of Balkan.ba from the Google Chrome, Firefox, IE and MS Edge.
Removing the Balkan.ba, check the list of installed software first
First of all, check the list of installed programs on your PC system and delete all unknown and recently installed applications. If you see an unknown application with incorrect spelling or varying capital letters, it have most likely been installed by malware and you should clean it off first with malicious software removal utility such as Zemana Anti-malware.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Click the Microsoft Windows logo, and then click Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter like below.
Once the ‘Control Panel’ opens, press the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as on the image below.
Windows 7, Vista, XP
Open Start menu and select the ‘Control Panel’ at right as shown on the screen below.
Then go to ‘Add/Remove Programs’ or ‘Uninstall a program’ (Windows 7 or Vista) as shown below.
Carefully browse through the list of installed programs and get rid of all software which has the name similar to the site which has been set as your Google Chrome, FF, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Edge new tab page, home page and search engine by default. We suggest to click ‘Installed programs’ and even sorts all installed programs by date. When you have found anything suspicious that may be the browser hijacker infection, adware or potentially unwanted applications, then choose this program and click ‘Uninstall’ in the upper part of the window. If the suspicious application blocked from removal, then run Revo Uninstaller Freeware to fully remove it from your personal computer.
Clean up the web-browsers shortcuts which have been hijacked by Balkan.ba
Now you need to clean up the web-browser shortcuts. Check that the shortcut referring to the right exe-file of the internet browser, and not on any unknown file.
Right click on the internet 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 a text “http://site.address” that has been added here. Remove everything after .exe. An example, for Google Chrome you should remove everything after chrome.exe.
To save changes, click OK . You need to clean all web browser’s shortcuts. So, repeat this step for the Chrome, FF, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer.
Get rid of Balkan.ba start page from Chrome
In order to be sure that there is nothing left behind, we suggest you to reset Chrome web-browser. It’ll revert back Chrome settings including newtab page, home page and search provider by default to defaults.
Open the Google Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will display the drop-down menu. Next, click 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 below and click the “Reset settings” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Reset” button.
Remove Balkan.ba start page from IE
In order to restore all web-browser new tab page, start page and search provider by default you need to reset the Internet Explorer to the state, which was when the MS Windows was installed on your personal computer.
First, open the Microsoft Internet Explorer. Next, press the button in the form of gear (). It will open the Tools drop-down menu, click the “Internet Options” as shown on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” window click on the Advanced tab, then click the Reset button. The Internet Explorer will open the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as shown on the image below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click “Reset” button.
You will now need to reboot your system for the changes to take effect.
Remove Balkan.ba from Firefox by resetting browser settings
If the Mozilla Firefox settings such as new tab, startpage and search engine by default have been modified by the browser hijacker infection, then resetting it to the default state can help.
First, open the FF and press button. It will display the drop-down menu on the right-part of the browser. Further, click the Help button () as shown on the image below
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 as shown in the figure below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will open the confirmation dialog box. Further, press the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Mozilla Firefox will start a task to fix your problems that caused by the Balkan.ba browser hijacker. Once, it is finished, press the “Finish” button.
Run free malware removal tools to completely remove Balkan.ba
Many antivirus companies have made programs that allow detect and remove hijacker infection, and thereby restore all your typical web-browsers settings. Below is a a few of the free programs you may want to run. Your computer can have a ton of potentially unwanted applications, adware and browser hijackers installed at the same time, so we recommend, if any unwanted or malicious program returns after restarting the PC, then boot your machine into Safe Mode and use the antimalware utility again.
Scan and free your computer of Balkan.ba with Zemana Anti-malware
Zemana Anti-malware is a tool which can delete adware, potentially unwanted software, hijackers and other malicious software from your computer easily and for free. Zemana Anti-malware is compatible with most antivirus software. It works under Windows (10 – XP, 32 and 64 bit) and uses minimum of personal computer resources.
Download Zemana Anti-Malware from the link below.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: March 3, 2018
When downloading is finished, close all applications and windows on your PC. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup as shown on the screen below.
When the setup begins, you will see the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Zemana Anti Malware on your machine.
Once setup is finished, you will see window like below.
Now press the “Scan” button . This will begin scanning the whole PC system to find out hijacker that causes internet browsers to show undesired Balkan.ba web-page. This task can take quite a while, so please be patient. When a malware, ‘ad supported’ software or PUPs are found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly.
When it completes the scan, a list of all threats found is produced. Next, you need to click “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti-malware will remove hijacker that modifies web browser settings to replace your start page, new tab and default search engine with Balkan.ba web-page.
Delete Balkan.ba redirect with Malwarebytes
We suggest using the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your PC of the browser hijacker infection. The free tool is an advanced malware removal program created by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This application uses the world’s most popular anti-malware technology. It is able to help you remove hijacker infections, PUPs, malicious software, ad-supported software, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your computer for free.
Download Malwarebytes Free from the link below.
Category: Security tools
Update: March 20, 2018
When the downloading process is finished, run it and follow the prompts. Once installed, the Malwarebytes will try to update itself and when this procedure is done, click the “Scan Now” button for checking your PC system for the hijacker that causes web-browsers to open undesired Balkan.ba web-site. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your personal computer. While the program is scanning, you can see number of objects it has identified as threat. All detected items will be marked. You can get rid of them all by simply click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes is a free program that you can use to get rid of all detected folders, files, services, registry entries and so on. To learn more about this malicious software removal utility, we recommend you to read and follow the guide or the video guide below.
Use AdwCleaner to get rid of Balkan.ba
AdwCleaner is a free removal tool that can be downloaded and run to delete hijackers, ad supported software, malicious software, PUPs, toolbars and other threats from your PC system. You can run this tool to find threats even if you have an antivirus or any other security application.
Download AdwCleaner tool from the link below. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: September 3, 2018
When downloading is complete, open the folder 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 prompt will ask you want to open the program, press Yes button to continue.
Next, click “Scan” for scanning your PC for the Balkan.ba hijacker and other kinds of potential threats like malware and ad-supported software. Depending on your personal computer, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. When a threat is detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly.
After it has completed scanning your computer is done, it’ll open a list of all threats found by this utility as shown on the image below.
In order to delete all items, simply press “Clean” button. It will show a dialog box. Click “OK” button. The AdwCleaner will delete browser hijacker infection that cause a redirect to Balkan.ba web-page and move threats to the program’s quarantine. When the process is complete, the utility may ask you to restart your PC. After reboot, the AdwCleaner will show the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video instructions.
How to stop Balkan.ba startpage
It is also critical to protect your internet browsers from harmful web-pages and ads by using an ad-blocking program like AdGuard. Security experts says that it will greatly reduce the risk of malware, and potentially save lots of money. Additionally, the AdGuard may also protect your privacy by blocking almost all trackers.
- Download AdGuard program by clicking on the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: July 17, 2017
- When the downloading process is done, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- When the installation is complete, click “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial which 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 run your PC system, AdGuard will start automatically and stop ads, web sites such Balkan.ba, as well as other malicious or misleading web-pages. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the icon named AdGuard, that is located on your desktop.
Why has my start page and search engine changed to Balkan.ba?
To sum up
Now your PC system should be clean of the Balkan.ba search. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted pop-ups and annoying harmful web sites) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your PC for new malware, browser hijackers and adware). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for Windows OS. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new browser hijackers, malicious software and adware are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove Balkan.ba from your web browser, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.