What is EngDesktopTool?
The IT security specialists have determined that EngDesktopTool is a browser extension that belongs to the Browser hijackers category. It affects your computer and changes web-browser settings. EngDesktopTool can take over your internet browser and force you to use an unwanted site as your search engine, newtab page and home page. When EngDesktopTool in the computer, it can gather confidential information such as search queries as well as browsing history. So if you find this browser extension on the PC you need to remove it. The detailed removal guidance will assist you delete EngDesktopTool and protect the system from more dangerous software.
The EngDesktopTool browser hijacker takes over your browser’s default search engine and controls what will be shown to you whenever you do a searching. Other than the search results, it also can display lots of intrusive ads on the search page. Some of these advertisements developed to trick you into buying certain questionable products and applications. Moreover, sometimes, those ads could redirect you to misleading or harmful websites.
In addition to the above, EngDesktopTool is able to gather lots of sensitive information about you which can be later used for marketing purposes. You do not know if your home address, account names and passwords are safe. And of course you completely do not know what will happen when you click on any ads on the EngDesktopTool webpage.
If you are unfortunate have browser hijacker, adware or malicious software running on your computer, you can follow the tutorial here to delete EngDesktopTool from your web browser.
How can a browser hijacker get on your personal computer
PUPs and browser hijackers commonly comes on computers with other free software. Most often, this unwanted software comes without the user’s knowledge. Therefore, many users aren’t even aware that their PC has been affected by browser hijackers. Please follow the easy rules in order to protect your PC from any unwanted software: don’t install any suspicious applications, read the user agreement and select only the Custom, Manual or Advanced installation mode, don’t rush to press the Next button. Also, always try to find a review of the program on the Internet. Be careful and attentive!
|Type||search provider hijacker, redirect virus, PUP, startpage hijacker, browser hijacker|
|Affected Browser Settings||new tab URL, search provider, start page|
|Distribution||suspicious pop up ads, fake software updaters, free applications install packages|
|Symptoms||You experience a huge number of of unwanted advertisements. Your internet browser is re-directed to web sites you did not want. Unexpected program installed without your say-so. New web-browser toolbars suddenly installed on your internet browser. Unwanted changes in your web browser like using a new default search provider.|
|Removal||EngDesktopTool removal guide|
How to remove EngDesktopTool from Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge
Fortunately, we’ve an effective way which will help you manually or/and automatically remove EngDesktopTool from your computer and bring your browser settings, including start page, search provider and new tab page, back to normal. Below you will find a removal instructions with all the steps you may need to successfully remove this browser hijacker and its traces. Read it once, after doing so, please bookmark this page (or open it on your smartphone) as you may need to close your browser or restart your PC system.
To remove EngDesktopTool, follow the steps below:
- How to manually delete EngDesktopTool
- Automatic Removal of EngDesktopTool
- How to stop EngDesktopTool redirect
How to manually delete EngDesktopTool
Manually removing the EngDesktopTool browser hijacker is also possible, although this approach takes time and technical prowess. You can sometimes locate browser hijacker in your computer’s list of installed applications and uninstall it as you would any other unwanted application.
Remove unwanted or recently added apps
First method for manual browser hijacker removal is to go into the Microsoft Windows “Control Panel”, then “Uninstall a program” console. Take a look at the list of applications on your personal computer and see if there are any dubious and unknown apps. If you see any, you need to remove them. Of course, before doing so, you can do an Web search to find details on the program. If it is a potentially unwanted program, adware or malware, you will likely find information that says so.
Make sure you have closed all browsers and other applications. Next, delete any unwanted and suspicious programs from your Control panel.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Now, click the Windows button, type “Control panel” in search and press Enter. Select “Programs and Features”, then “Uninstall a program”.
Look around the entire list of applications installed on your PC. Most probably, one of them is the EngDesktopTool browser hijacker. Select the suspicious program or the application that name is not familiar to you and remove it.
Windows Vista, 7
From the “Start” menu in MS Windows, select “Control Panel”. Under the “Programs” icon, select “Uninstall a program”.
Select the dubious or any unknown programs, then click “Uninstall/Change” button to remove this unwanted application from your device.
Click the “Start” button, select “Control Panel” option. Click on “Add/Remove Programs”.
Select an undesired program, then click “Change/Remove” button. Follow the prompts.
Remove EngDesktopTool hijacker from Internet Explorer
By resetting IE browser you restore your internet browser settings to its default state. This is first when troubleshooting problems that might have been caused by browser hijacker such as EngDesktopTool.
First, launch the Microsoft Internet Explorer, press ) button. Next, press “Internet Options” like below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, click Reset button. The Microsoft Internet Explorer will display 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 computer for the changes to take effect. It will get rid of EngDesktopTool browser hijacker, disable malicious and ad-supported browser’s extensions and restore the Internet Explorer’s settings such as startpage, search provider by default and new tab page to default state.
Remove EngDesktopTool from Chrome
If you have browser hijacker problem or the Chrome is running slow, then reset Chrome settings can help you. In the steps below we will show you a solution to reset your Google Chrome settings to default state without reinstall. This will also allow to get rid of EngDesktopTool from search engine, new tab page and start page.
First open the Google Chrome. Next, press the button in the form of three horizontal dots ().
It will show the Google Chrome menu. Choose More Tools, then click Extensions. Carefully browse through the list of installed extensions. If the list has the plugin signed with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following tutorial: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
Open the Google Chrome menu once again. Further, press the option named “Settings”.
The web-browser will show the settings screen. Another method to show the Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the web-browser adress bar and press Enter
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “Advanced” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset” section is visible, like below and click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
The Chrome will show the confirmation dialog box as displayed in the figure below.
You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The internet browser will start the task of cleaning. Once it is complete, the internet browser’s settings including default search provider, homepage and newtab back to the values that have been when the Chrome was first installed on your computer.
Remove EngDesktopTool from Firefox by resetting web-browser settings
If Mozilla Firefox homepage or search engine are hijacked by the EngDesktopTool, your browser shows intrusive pop-up advertisements, then ‘Reset Firefox’ could solve these problems. Your saved bookmarks, form auto-fill information and passwords won’t be cleared or changed.
Run the Firefox and click the menu button (it looks like three stacked lines) at the top right of the browser screen. Next, click the question-mark icon at the bottom of the drop-down menu. It will show 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 like the one 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 start a task to fix your problems that caused by the EngDesktopTool hijacker. After, it’s complete, click the “Finish” button.
Automatic Removal of EngDesktopTool
Many antivirus companies have created software that help detect and delete hijacker, and thereby revert back web browsers settings. Below is a a few of the free applications you may want to use. Your computer can have lots of potentially unwanted apps, adware and browser hijackers installed at the same time, so we advise, if any unwanted or malicious program returns after rebooting the PC, then run your computer into Safe Mode and use the antimalware utility once again.
How to get rid of EngDesktopTool with Zemana Free
Zemana AntiMalware is a free program for MS Windows operating system to scan for and delete PUPs, adware, harmful browser extensions, browser toolbars, and other unwanted software such as EngDesktopTool.
Please go to the following link to download Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM). Save it on your MS Windows desktop or in any other place.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
When the download is done, close all applications and windows on your computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup like below.
When the installation starts, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will help you set up Zemana Free on your PC.
Once installation is finished, you will see window like below.
Now press the “Scan” button . Zemana Anti-Malware application will scan through the whole PC for the EngDesktopTool browser hijacker. This task can take some time, so please be patient. When a threat is found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly.
After the system scan is complete, Zemana Anti-Malware will open a scan report. Review the scan results and then click “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti Malware will remove EngDesktopTool hijacker and move the selected items to the program’s quarantine.
Get rid of EngDesktopTool browser hijacker and malicious extensions with Hitman Pro
HitmanPro is a free application which developed to remove malware, potentially unwanted apps, adware and hijackers from your computer running Windows 10, 8, 7, XP (32-bit and 64-bit). It will help to detect and remove EngDesktopTool browser hijacker, including its files, folders and registry keys.
- Visit the page linked below to download HitmanPro. Save it directly to your Windows Desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: June 28, 2018
- After downloading is done, start the Hitman Pro, double-click the HitmanPro.exe file.
- If the “User Account Control” prompts, press Yes to continue.
- In the Hitman Pro window, press the “Next” to detect EngDesktopTool hijacker. While the tool is scanning, you can see how many objects and files has already scanned.
- Once that process is done, you’ll be shown the list of all found items on your computer. Make sure to check mark the items which are unsafe and then click “Next”. Now, press the “Activate free license” button to start the free 30 days trial to delete all malicious software found.
Run MalwareBytes AntiMalware to get rid of EngDesktopTool browser hijacker
We suggest using the MalwareBytes Free. You may download and install MalwareBytes to detect and get rid of EngDesktopTool hijacker from your personal computer. When installed and updated, this free malicious software remover automatically detects and removes all threats exist on the computer.
Visit the following page to download the latest version of MalwareBytes Free for Microsoft Windows. Save it to your Desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
Once the downloading process is done, close all software and windows on your device. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named MBSetup such as the one below.
When the setup starts, you will see the Setup wizard that will help you set up Malwarebytes on your personal computer.
Once setup is complete, you’ll see window like below.
Now click the “Scan” button to begin scanning your personal computer for the EngDesktopTool hijacker. Depending on your PC, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the MalwareBytes Free application is checking, you can see number of objects it has identified as threat.
Once the scan is finished, you can check all threats found on your PC system. Next, you need to press “Quarantine” button.
The Malwarebytes will now delete EngDesktopTool browser hijacker. Once the clean up is complete, you may be prompted to reboot your PC system.
The following video explains tutorial on how to get rid of browser hijacker, adware and other malicious software with MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM).
How to stop EngDesktopTool redirect
Use ad-blocker program like AdGuard in order to block advertisements, malvertisements, pop-ups and online trackers, avoid having to install malicious and adware browser plug-ins and add-ons which affect your computer performance and impact your computer security. Browse the Internet anonymously and stay safe online!
Installing the AdGuard is simple. First you will need to download AdGuard by clicking on the following link. Save it directly to your MS Windows Desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
After downloading it, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown in the following example.
Follow the prompts. Once the installation is complete, you will see a window as shown in the figure below.
You can click “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or click “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 do not need to change anything. Each time, when you run your device, AdGuard will start automatically and stop undesired advertisements, block EngDesktopTool redirects, as well as other harmful or misleading webpages. 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 may be found on your desktop.
Now your computer should be free of the EngDesktopTool browser hijacker. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted popup ads and annoying harmful websites) and Zemana Anti-Malware (to periodically scan your personal computer for new malware, hijackers and adware). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for MS Windows OS. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new browser hijackers, harmful apps and adware are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to get rid of EngDesktopTool from your web browser, then ask for help here.