If the Sports Addict have become the Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge and Chrome web-browser’s new startpage or search engine without your knowledge, then you have a browser hijacker on your system. The browser hijacker is mostly a potentially unwanted application (PUA) or a web-browser plugin. It is be able to to rewrite search engine, start page and some other browser settings for the sole purpose of boosting traffic and monetizing traffic.
In order to force you to use Sports Addict as often as possible this hijacker can change your internet browsers’ search provider. You may even find that your computer’s web browser shortcuts and Microsoft Windows HOSTS file are hijacked without your knowledge and conscious permission. The developers of this hijacker do so in order to earn profit via Google AdSense or another third-party ad network. Thus every your click on ads that placed on the Sports Addict generates profit for them.
Some browser hijackers also contain adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software) that be able to show annoying advertisements or collect a wide variety of your confidential information that can be sold to third party companies. These unwanted ads can be displayed as pop-unders, pop-ups, in-text ads, video advertisements, text links or banners or even massive full page ads. Most of the ad-supported software is developed to display advertisements, but some adware is form of spyware that often used to track users to gather lots of personal info about you.
If your internet browser has been affected with the Sports Addict browser hijacker, you must have done any of the steps above. Once you’ve cleaned your machine by following our step-by-step instructions below, make sure not to commit the same mistakes again in the future.
Remove Sports Addict from Google Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge
Without a doubt, the hijacker infection is harmful to your computer. So you need to quickly and completely delete this malware. To delete this browser hijacker, you may use the manual removal instructions which are given below or free malicious software removal tool such as Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM), MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) or HitmanPro (all are free). We recommend you use automatic removal way that will help you to get rid of Sports Addict easily and safely. Manual removal is best used only if you’re well versed in PC or in the case where hijacker is not deleted automatically. Certain of the steps will require you to restart your machine or shut down this site. So, read this instructions carefully, then bookmark or print it for later reference.
To remove Sports Addict, use the steps below:
- How to manually remove Sports Addict
- How to automatically remove Sports Addict hijacker infection
- Stop Sports Addict redirect and other unwanted webpages
- How can you prevent the Sports Addict browser hijacker
- To sum up
How to manually remove Sports Addict
Read this section to know how to manually remove the Sports Addict hijacker. Even if the few simple steps does not work for you, there are several free malware removers below that can easily handle such browser hijackers.
Remove suspicious apps using MS Windows Control Panel
In order to get rid of Sports Addict, first thing you need to do is to remove unknown and dubious programs from your PC system using Windows control panel. When uninstalling this browser hijacker, check the list of installed software and try to find questionable applications and remove them all. Pay special attention to recently installed apps, as it’s most probably that the Sports Addict browser hijacker infection сame along with it.
- If you are using Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 then press Windows button, next click Search. Type “Control panel”and press Enter.
- If you are using Windows XP, Vista, 7, then press “Start” button and click “Control Panel”.
- It will open the Windows Control Panel.
- Further, click “Uninstall a program” under Programs category.
- It will open a list of all software installed on the machine.
- Scroll through the all list, and remove suspicious and unknown applications. To quickly find the latest installed software, we recommend sort programs by date.
See more details in the video instructions below.
Delete Sports Addict from Mozilla Firefox by resetting browser settings
Resetting Firefox browser will reset all the settings to their original settings and will remove Sports Addict, malicious add-ons and extensions. When using the reset feature, your personal information such as passwords, bookmarks, browsing history and web form auto-fill data will be saved.
Start the Firefox and click the menu button (it looks like three stacked lines) at the top right of the browser screen. Next, press the question-mark icon at the bottom of the drop-down menu. It will display the slide-out menu.
Select the “Troubleshooting information”. If you are unable to access the Help menu, then type “about:support” in your address bar and press Enter. It bring up the “Troubleshooting Information” page as on the image below.
Click the “Refresh Firefox” button at the top right of the Troubleshooting Information page. Select “Refresh Firefox” in the confirmation dialog box. The Mozilla Firefox will begin a procedure to fix your problems that caused by the hijacker related to Sports Addict . Once, it’s finished, click the “Finish” button.
Get rid of Sports Addict search from Microsoft Internet Explorer
The Microsoft Internet Explorer reset is great if your browser is hijacked or you have unwanted add-ons or toolbars on your web browser, that installed by a malicious software.
First, start the Internet Explorer, click ) button. Next, click “Internet Options” as shown in the following example.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, press Reset button. The Microsoft Internet Explorer will show the Reset Internet Explorer settings dialog box. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and click Reset button.
You will now need to restart your personal computer for the changes to take effect. It will delete hijacker responsible for redirections to Sports Addict, disable malicious and ad-supported web-browser’s extensions and restore the IE’s settings like default search provider, startpage and new tab to default state.
Remove Sports Addict from Chrome
Another method to remove Sports Addict from Chrome is Reset Google Chrome settings. This will disable malicious add-ons and reset Google Chrome settings including search engine, newtab page and home page to default state. However, your saved passwords and bookmarks will not be changed, deleted or cleared.
- First start the Chrome and click Menu button (small button in the form of three dots).
- It will open the Google Chrome main menu. Select More Tools, then click Extensions.
- You will see the list of installed extensions. If the list has the plugin labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following steps: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
- Now open the Chrome menu once again, click the “Settings” menu.
- You will see the Chrome’s settings page. Scroll down and click “Advanced” link.
- Scroll down again and click the “Reset” button.
- The Google Chrome will show the reset profile settings page as shown on the image above.
- Next click the “Reset” button.
- Once this procedure is done, your web browser’s search provider, startpage and newtab page will be restored to their original defaults.
- To learn more, read the post How to reset Chrome settings to default.
How to automatically remove Sports Addict hijacker infection
Anti-Malware apps differ from each other by many features such as performance, scheduled scans, automatic updates, virus signature database, technical support, compatibility with other antivirus applications and so on. We suggest you use the following free software: Zemana, MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) and HitmanPro. Each of these applications has all of needed features, but most importantly, they can find the hijacker and remove Sports Addict from the Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox and Edge.
How to automatically delete Sports Addict with Zemana
Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) is a lightweight tool which developed to run alongside your antivirus software, detecting and removing malicious software, adware and PUPs that other applications miss. Zemana Free is easy to use, fast, does not use many resources and have great detection and removal rates.
Please go to the following link to download the latest version of Zemana for MS Windows. Save it on your Desktop.
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When downloading is finished, close all applications and windows on your system. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup as shown on the image below.
When the setup starts, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will help you set up Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) on your personal computer.
Once installation is complete, you will see window as displayed on the screen below.
Now press the “Scan” button to begin scanning your PC system for the hijacker infection that alters browser settings to replace your search provider by default, home page and newtab page with Sports Addict web-page. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your PC system. While the Zemana Free is checking, you can see how many objects it has identified either as being malicious software.
As the scanning ends, Zemana Anti Malware will open a list of all items detected by the scan. Review the scan results and then click “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti Malware will remove browser hijacker infection which cause Sports Addict web page to appear and add items to the Quarantine.
Use HitmanPro to delete Sports Addict from the machine
If Zemana Free cannot remove this browser hijacker, then we suggests to run the Hitman Pro. The HitmanPro is a free powerful, professional removal tool for malware, adware, potentially unwanted software, toolbars as well as browser hijacker responsible for redirects to Sports Addict. It completely removes all traces and remnants of the infection.
- HitmanPro can be downloaded from the following link. Save it directly to your Windows Desktop.
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Update: June 28, 2018
- When the download is finished, double click the HitmanPro icon. Once this tool is opened, click “Next” button . HitmanPro application will scan through the whole computer for the hijacker that responsible for web browser redirect to the unwanted Sports Addict page. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your system. While the HitmanPro program is checking, you may see number of objects it has identified as threat.
- After the system scan is finished, a list of all items detected is produced. Make sure all items have ‘checkmark’ and click “Next” button. Now press the “Activate free license” button to begin the free 30 days trial to remove all malicious software found.
How to delete Sports Addict with Malwarebytes
Delete Sports Addict browser hijacker manually is difficult and often the browser hijacker infection is not completely removed. Therefore, we recommend you to run the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your PC. Moreover, the free program will help you to get rid of malware, PUPs, toolbars and adware that your machine may be infected too.
Visit the page linked below to download the latest version of MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) for Microsoft Windows. Save it on your MS Windows desktop or in any other place.
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Update: April 15, 2020
After the download is finished, close all software and windows on your personal computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s called mb3-setup as on the image below.
When the installation begins, you’ll see the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Malwarebytes on your PC.
Once setup is finished, you will see window as shown in the figure below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button to search for browser hijacker responsible for Sports Addict home page. A scan may take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the count of files on your machine and the speed of your computer. While the utility is checking, you may see how many objects and files has already scanned.
As the scanning ends, MalwareBytes Free will display a scan report. All detected items will be marked. You can get rid of them all by simply click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will now delete hijacker responsible for redirections to Sports Addict. When disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to restart your system.
The following video explains steps on how to get rid of browser hijacker infection, adware and other malicious software with MalwareBytes.
Stop Sports Addict redirect and other unwanted webpages
Run an ad-blocker utility such as AdGuard will protect you from malicious advertisements and content. Moreover, you can find that the AdGuard have an option to protect your privacy and stop phishing and spam sites. Additionally, adblocker software will allow you to avoid undesired pop ups and unverified links that also a good way to stay safe online.
Please go to the link below to download AdGuard. Save it to your Desktop.
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Update: November 15, 2018
After downloading is finished, double-click the downloaded file to run 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 image below.
Click “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial which will help you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you launch your computer, AdGuard will start automatically and block pop ups, Sports Addict redirect, 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 AdGuard icon, that is located on your desktop.
How can you prevent the Sports Addict browser hijacker
To sum up
After completing the steps shown above, your system should be clean from this browser hijacker and other malware. The Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Chrome will no longer open unwanted Sports Addict web-page on startup. Unfortunately, if the step-by-step instructions does not help you, then you have caught a new hijacker infection, and then the best way – ask for help.
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