When you open your browser and attempt to search for something, you will be redirected to this website: http://188.8.131.52 reluctantly? Cannot change your homepage back owing to the 184.108.40.206 hijacker which is occupying your browser? Cannot uninstall it completely even though you have tried various antivirus software? Is it really a legitimate search engine?
220.127.116.11 is a malicious domain promoting a fake search engine called Scour, which can hijack your browser. When your computer is infected with this virus, your search results will be redirected to some random websites belonging to 18.104.22.168. Such websites may contain lots of advertisements luring you to purchase things, even Trojans or other malware virus. It will also prevent you from changing your browser’s homepage and default search engine.
Additionally, 22.214.171.124 tends to slow down the performance of your computer considerably including being unable to run programs, shutting down your computer automatically, and slow Internet, which makes you feel like that the computer gets stuck seriously. You will also get many annoying pop ups because it can modify your windows registry to deploy pop-up ads. To make things worse, this hijacker is a tool for the hacker to invade your infected computer and steal your information including credit card, bank account information and individual privacy, even to install more threats into your computer.
So far no security software can find out a good way to protect Internet users from being attacked by this malicious virus. Since this virus uses complex methods to conceal itself, therefore, it is very hard for security software to detect it and remove it completely. Thus, manual removal can be the best choice. Please be informed that manual removal is a cumbersome procedure for the virus is very tricky to hide itself deep and automatically recrudesce later.
126.96.36.199 is a high-risk browser hijacker which will change the homepage and browser settings, and redirect your web search results to random sites containing lots of illegal advertisements, even Trojan, rootkit or other malware virus. Sometimes the antivirus software cannot identify the computer threat accurately and timely or remove it permanently, therefore, manual removal is the best choice to uninstall it completely from your computer. Users can follow the manual guide here to have this virus removed instantly.
1. Clean cookies
* Internet Explorer: Tools → Internet Options →the General tab, Delete the Cookies button can be directly seen in IE6, IE7 is to click the Delete Browsing History button then tick Cookies and click Delete.
* Firefox: Tools → Options → Privacy → Remove Individual Cookies → Delete corresponding cookies in the cookies showing box.
* Opera: Tools → Preferences → Advanced → Cookies →Delete corresponding cookies in Management Cookies.
2. Clean add-ons and extensions
* Internet Explorer:
(1). Click Start, type: Manage browser add-ons
(2). Hit Enter on your keyboard
(3). Click Manage add-ons and disable all the suspicious add-ons.
（1）. Click the Firefox menu and click Add-ons
(2). Click Extensions, select the related browser add-ons and click Disable.
* Google Chrome:
(1). Click the Customize and Control menu button → Tools → click Extensions
(2). Select the related Extension and click Disable.
3. Show hidden files
(1). Click on the Start button and then on Control Panel
(2). Click on the Appearance and Personalization link
(3). Click on the Folder Options link
(4). Click on the View tab in the Folder Options window
(5). Choose the Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category
(6). Click OK at the bottom of the Folder Options window.
4. Delete virus files
Find out and remove the associated files of this browser hijacker virus:
In summary, 188.8.131.52 is a malicious domain which disguises as a legitimate site to treat the users. The appearance of this browser hijacker looks very professional with a confusing search bar, thus you may think it is an authentic website which can provide some useful information or services. In fact, it is a redirect virus containing Trojan or other malware virus. Once installed, it will slow down the computer system and redirect users to unsafe sites. After that, the infected computer may be linked to the hacker’s server which facilitates the hacker to intrude the computer and steal user’s confidential information. Anti-virus and anti-spyware cannot handle it completely and even could be shut down by it, leaving the computer in a high-risk condition. Whatever, you must remove 184.108.40.206 as early as possible to protect your computer and your privacy.
Published by Selina Lynmich on November 2, 2012 | Browser Hijacker Removal Guide