The Keytar.com is a program that falls under the category of potentially unwated software from web-browser hijackers family. It modifies your FF, MS Edge, IE and Google Chrome’s newtab page, default search provider and startpage and can redirect your internet browser to certain intrusive web-pages. Of course, it’s not a malware or virus in the “general meaning” of this word. It will not delete or damage your files, but it can modify some personal computer’s settings. So, you’d better to remove Keytar.com browser hijacker using the tutorial below and thereby revert back your favorite homepage and search provider.
In addition, the Keytar.com hijacker infection may also modify the search engine selected in the web-browser. When you try to search on the infected browser, you will be presented with search results, consisting of ads and Google (or Yahoo, or Bing) search results for your query. Among these search results can occur links that lead to undesired and ad web-pages.
While the Keytar.com hijacker is active, you won’t be able to return the Chrome, MS Edge, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Firefox’ settings like homepage, newtab page and search engine by default. If you try to set your homepage to be Google, Bing or Yahoo, those settings will be automatically changed to Keytar.com with the next PC restart. But this does not mean that you should just ignore it or get along with this fact. Because this is not the best option, due to the Keytar.com you can have problems with the MS Edge, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Chrome, unwanted ads and even personal data theft.
We strongly suggest that you perform the step by step instructions below which will assist you to remove Keytar.com redirect using the standard features of Windows and some proven freeware.
Remove Keytar.com search
The following step-by-step guide will allow you to remove Keytar.com start page from the IE, Microsoft Edge, FF and Google Chrome. Moreover, the instructions below will allow you to remove malicious software such as PUPs, ad supported software and toolbars that your PC may be infected. Please do the instructions step by step. If you need help or have any questions, then ask for our assistance or type a comment below. Certain of the steps below will require you to exit this web-site. So, please read the step by step guide carefully, after that bookmark or print it for later reference.
To remove Keytar.com, follow the steps below:
- Remove Keytar.com search without any tools
- Use free malware removal utilities to completely delete Keytar.com search
- Stop Keytar.com redirect and other intrusive web sites
- How to avoid installation of Keytar.com browser hijacker
- Finish words
Remove Keytar.com search without any tools
The useful removal guidance for the Keytar.com homepage. The detailed procedure can be followed by anyone as it really does take you step-by-step. If you follow this process to remove Keytar.com start page let us know how you managed by sending us your comments please.
Deleting the Keytar.com, check the list of installed programs first
First method for manual hijacker removal is to go into the Windows “Control Panel”, then “Uninstall a program” console. Take a look at the list of programs on your PC system and see if there are any questionable and unknown applications. If you see any, you need to uninstall them. Of course, before doing so, you can do an Internet search to find details on the application. If it is a potentially unwanted program, adware or malware, you will likely find information that says so.
Press Windows button , then click Search . Type “Control panel”and press Enter. If you using Windows XP or Windows 7, then press “Start” and select “Control Panel”. It will display the Windows Control Panel as displayed in the following example.
Further, press “Uninstall a program”
It will show a list of all applications installed on your PC system. Scroll through the all list, and remove any questionable and unknown programs.
Remove Keytar.com redirect from Internet Explorer
First, run the Internet Explorer, click ) button. Next, click “Internet Options” as displayed on the screen below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, click Reset button. The IE will open the Reset Internet Explorer settings dialog box. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and click Reset button.
You will now need to reboot your machine for the changes to take effect. It will remove browser hijacker infection that causes internet browsers to show undesired Keytar.com web-site, disable malicious and ad-supported internet browser’s extensions and restore the Internet Explorer’s settings such as home page, new tab page and search provider to default state.
Remove Keytar.com search from Chrome
If your Chrome browser is re-directed to annoying Keytar.com web-page, it may be necessary to completely reset your internet browser application to its default settings.
- First, start the Chrome and click the Menu icon (icon in the form of three dots).
- It will display the Google Chrome main menu. Choose More Tools, then click Extensions.
- You’ll see the list of installed add-ons. If the list has the add-on labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following tutorial: 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 show the reset settings dialog box as shown on the image above.
- Confirm the web-browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the blog post How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Delete Keytar.com from FF
If your Firefox browser startpage has changed to Keytar.com without your permission or an unknown search engine opens results for your search, then it may be time to perform the web-browser reset.
First, open the Mozilla Firefox and click button. It will display the drop-down menu on the right-part of the browser. Further, press the Help button () like 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 open the “Troubleshooting Information” page as displayed on the screen below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will display the confirmation dialog box. Further, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Firefox will begin a task to fix your problems that caused by the hijacker responsible for redirecting user searches to Keytar.com. Once, it is complete, press the “Finish” button.
Use free malware removal utilities to completely delete Keytar.com search
In order to completely delete Keytar.com, you not only need to delete it from the web browsers, but also remove all its components in your PC system including Windows registry entries. We suggest to download and use free removal utilities to automatically free your system of Keytar.com browser hijacker.
Use Zemana Free to remove Keytar.com start page
We recommend using the Zemana Free which are completely clean your computer of the browser hijacker infection. The tool is an advanced malicious software removal application designed by (c) Zemana lab. It is able to help you remove PUPs, hijackers, adware, malicious software, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your computer for free.
Installing the Zemana AntiMalware is simple. First you’ll need to download Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) on your Windows Desktop from the link below.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
Once the download is done, close all windows on your PC. Further, run the set up file called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as on the image below, click the “Yes” button.
It will display the “Setup wizard” that will assist you install Zemana Anti-Malware on the computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is finished successfully, Zemana Free will automatically start and you may see its main window as displayed below.
Next, press the “Scan” button to perform a system scan with this tool for the hijacker that changes internet browser settings to replace your homepage, newtab and default search engine with Keytar.com web page. Depending on your computer, the scan may take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. During the scan Zemana AntiMalware will detect threats present on your PC system.
After the system scan is finished, a list of all items detected is created. Make sure all threats have ‘checkmark’ and press “Next” button.
The Zemana will delete browser hijacker infection that responsible for web-browser redirect to the annoying Keytar.com web-page and add threats to the Quarantine. When the clean-up is complete, you can be prompted to restart your PC.
Use Malwarebytes to remove hijacker
We advise using the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your PC of the hijacker. The free utility is an advanced malware removal program developed by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This program uses the world’s most popular antimalware technology. It’s able to help you delete browser hijacker infections, PUPs, malicious software, ad-supported software, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your PC for free.
- Click the following link to download the latest version of MalwareBytes for Windows. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
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Update: April 15, 2020
- At the download page, click on the Download button. Your browser will open the “Save as” dialog box. Please save it onto your Windows desktop.
- When the download is complete, please close all programs and open windows on your machine. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup.
- This will launch the “Setup wizard” of MalwareBytes AntiMalware onto your computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
- When the Setup wizard has finished installing, the MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) will launch and show the main window.
- Further, click the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan with this utility for the browser hijacker that responsible for web browser reroute to the intrusive Keytar.com page. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your personal computer and the speed of your personal computer. When a threat is detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly.
- After the scan is finished, MalwareBytes Free will show a screen which contains a list of malware that has been found.
- Review the report and then click the “Quarantine Selected” button. When finished, you may be prompted to restart the PC.
- Close the AntiMalware and continue with the next step.
Video instruction, which reveals in detail the steps above.
If the problem with Keytar.com is still remained
AdwCleaner is a free portable program that scans your computer for ad supported software, potentially unwanted applications and hijacker infections like Keytar.com and allows remove them easily. Moreover, it’ll also allow you get rid of any malicious web-browser extensions and add-ons.
Click the link below to download the latest version of AdwCleaner for Windows. Save it on your Desktop.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: June 30, 2021
After the download is done, open the folder in which you saved it. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the AdwCleaner desktop icon. After the tool is started, you will see a screen as displayed in the following example.
Further, press “Scan” button . AdwCleaner tool will begin scanning the whole system to find out hijacker which cause a redirect to Keytar.com site. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your personal computer. Once AdwCleaner completes the scan, you can check all threats detected on your system as displayed below.
You may move items to Quarantine (all selected by default) by simply click “Clean” button. It will open a prompt like below.
You need to click “OK”. When the process is complete, the AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your PC. When your system is started, you will see an AdwCleaner log.
These steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
Stop Keytar.com redirect and other intrusive web sites
Using an ad-blocking application such as AdGuard is an effective way to alleviate the risks. Additionally, ad-blocking applications will also protect you from harmful advertisements and sites, and, of course, stop redirection chain to Keytar.com and similar pages.
Please go to the following link to download the latest version of AdGuard for Microsoft Windows. Save it on your MS Windows desktop or in any other place.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
After downloading is complete, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as on the image below.
Follow the prompts. When the install is finished, you will see a window as shown in the figure below.
You can click “Skip” to close the install program and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial which will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you don’t need to change anything. Each time, when you start your computer, AdGuard will start automatically and block pop up ads, Keytar.com redirect, as well as other malicious or misleading sites. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which is located on your desktop.
How to avoid installation of Keytar.com browser hijacker
The browser hijacker is usually gets onto system by being attached to freeware and install themselves, with or without your knowledge, on your personal computer. This happens especially when you are installing a free programs. The program installer tricks you into accepting the install of third party applications, which you don’t really want. Moreover, some paid applications can also install bundled software which you do not want! Therefore, always download freeware and paid programs from reputable download sites. Use ONLY custom or manual installation mode and never blindly click Next button.
After completing the few simple steps above, your computer should be clean from hijacker responsible for redirects to Keytar.com and other malware. The Google Chrome, FF, Edge and IE will no longer open unwanted Keytar.com web site on startup. Unfortunately, if the steps does not help you, then you have caught a new browser hijacker, and then the best way – ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.