Every time, when you run your browser the Sports Hero webpage which you do not remember installing as homepage or search provider keeps annoying you? Sports Hero is defined as internet browser hijacker. It can end up on your machine in various ways. Most commonly is when you download and install another free application and forget to uncheck the box for the optional software installation.
Being infected by Sports Hero you will be forced to use its own search engine. It could seem not to be dangerous, but you still should be very careful, since it may show intrusive and malicious advertisements designed to force you into buying some questionable applications or products, provide search results which may redirect your internet browser to some deceptive, misleading or malicious sites. We recommend that you use only the reliable search engine such as Google, Yahoo or Bing.
Do not panic because we’ve got the solution. Here’s a steps on how to remove Sports Hero from any web-browsers, including the Chrome, IE, Edge and Mozilla Firefox.
Remove Sports Hero from Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge
In the step-by-step instructions below, we’ll try to cover the Internet Explorer, Chrome, MS Edge and Firefox and provide general advice to remove Sports Hero . You may find some minor differences in your MS Windows install. No matter, you should be okay if you follow the steps outlined below: delete all suspicious and unknown apps, reset browsers settings, fix internet browsers shortcuts, use free malicious software removal utilities. Read this manual carefully, bookmark or print it, because you may need to shut down your browser or reboot your PC system.
To remove Sports Hero, follow the steps below:
- Delete Sports Hero related applications through the Control Panel of your system
- Delete Sports Hero start page from IE
- Remove Sports Hero from Chrome
- Remove Sports Hero from Mozilla Firefox
- Sports Hero automatic removal
- Use AdBlocker to stop Sports Hero redirect
Remove Sports Hero without any utilities
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, which will help you manually remove Sports Hero redirect from the Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Chrome.
Delete Sports Hero related applications through the Control Panel of your system
Some potentially unwanted applications, browser hijacking applications and adware may be deleted by uninstalling the free applications they came with. If this way does not succeed, then looking them up in the list of installed programs in Microsoft Windows Control Panel. Use the “Uninstall” command in order to get rid of them.
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 open the Windows Control Panel as shown in the following example.
Further, click “Uninstall a program”
It will display a list of all apps installed on your machine. Scroll through the all list, and remove any questionable and unknown applications.
Delete Sports Hero start page from IE
In order to restore all browser search provider by default, startpage and newtab page you need to reset the Internet Explorer to the state, which was when the Microsoft Windows was installed on your personal computer.
First, launch the Internet Explorer. Next, press the button in the form of gear (). It will show 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 Internet Explorer will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as shown in the figure below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click “Reset” button.
You will now need to reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.
Remove Sports Hero from Chrome
Resetting Google Chrome to default values is effective in uninstalling the Sports Hero browser hijacker infection from your browser. This method is always advisable to complete if you have difficulty in removing changes caused by hijacker.
- First, start the Chrome and click the Menu icon (icon in the form of three dots).
- It will show the Google Chrome main menu. Choose More Tools, then click Extensions.
- You’ll see the list of installed addons. If the list has the plugin labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following instructions: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
- Now open the Chrome menu once again, click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click “Advanced” link, that located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, press the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
- The Google Chrome will open the reset settings prompt as shown on the screen above.
- Confirm the browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the blog post How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Remove Sports Hero from Mozilla Firefox
Resetting your Mozilla Firefox is first troubleshooting step for any issues with your web-browser program, including the redirect to Sports Hero web page. However, your saved passwords and bookmarks will not be changed, deleted or cleared.
Press the Menu button (looks like three horizontal lines), and click the blue Help icon located at the bottom of the drop down menu as displayed in the figure below.
A small menu will appear, press the “Troubleshooting Information”. On this page, click “Refresh Firefox” button as on the image below.
Follow the onscreen procedure to return your Mozilla Firefox web browser settings to their default values.
Sports Hero automatic removal
Manual removal guidance does not always allow to remove hijacker completely, as it’s not easy to identify and get rid of components of hijacker infection and all malicious files from hard disk. Therefore, it is recommended that you use malicious software removal tool to fully remove Sports Hero off your computer. Several free malicious software removal tools are currently available that may be used against the hijacker. The optimum way would be to run Zemana Free, MalwareBytes and Hitman Pro.
How to automatically get rid of Sports Hero with Zemana Anti-Malware
Zemana Free is a malicious software removal tool made for Microsoft Windows. This utility will help you delete Sports Hero hijacker infection, various types of malware (including adware and potentially unwanted programs) from your machine. It has simple and user friendly interface. While the Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) does its job, your machine will run smoothly.
Click the link below to download Zemana Free. Save it on your Windows desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: March 3, 2018
Once the download is done, close all windows on your personal computer. Further, open the install file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up like below, press the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) on the computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once install is done successfully, Zemana Free will automatically start and you may see its main window as displayed in the following example.
Next, click the “Scan” button to begin scanning your system for the hijacker infection responsible for redirects to Sports Hero. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient. When a malicious software, ad supported software or PUPs are found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the checking is complete.
When finished, Zemana AntiMalware will display a list of found items. Make sure all items have ‘checkmark’ and click “Next” button.
The Zemana AntiMalware will begin to remove browser hijacker that redirects your internet browser to unwanted Sports Hero webpage. Once finished, you can be prompted to restart your system.
Use AdBlocker to stop Sports Hero redirect
Running an ad-blocker program such as AdGuard is an effective way to alleviate the risks. Additionally, adblocker programs will also protect you from malicious ads and web sites, and, of course, stop redirection chain to Sports Hero and similar pages.
Visit the following page to download the latest version of AdGuard for Microsoft Windows. Save it to your Desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: July 17, 2017
After downloading it, double-click the downloaded file to launch it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as shown in the figure below.
Follow the prompts. AdGuard will then be installed and an icon will be placed on your desktop. A window will show up asking you to confirm that you want to see a quick guidance as displayed on the screen below.
Click “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial which will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you launch your system, AdGuard will run automatically and block pop-up advertisements, Sports Hero redirect, as well as other harmful or misleading web-sites. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that is located on your desktop.
How can you prevent your PC from the attack of Sports Hero hijacker
The Sports Hero such as other potentially unwanted applications can get installed to your internet browser or PC when you visit a web-page and click an Install button, or when you download and run a questionable program, or when you install free application that includes a PUP (potentially unwanted program). Be very attentive when installing any apps and make sure you deselect any options for bundled programs that you do not want.
Once you’ve finished the few simple steps outlined above, your PC should be free from browser hijacker that responsible for internet browser reroute to the annoying Sports Hero website and other malware. The Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Chrome will no longer display unwanted Sports Hero web page on startup. Unfortunately, if the guide does not help you, then you have caught a new hijacker, and then the best way – ask for help here.