Recently, I have always been redirected to unfamiliar web sites when I’m surfing with my Mozilla Firefox. And my original home page MSN has been changed without my approval to http://utils.montiera.com webpage. I’ve done some researches online and find out that this Utils.montiera.com is in fact a Browser Redirect Virus. How do I remove it from my computer?
Utils.montiera.com is defined as a browser hijacker or browser redirect virus. This computer virus is well known for hijacking browsers mostly on infected computers. Unlike common web sites, a browser hijacker is not a real webpage. How do we know that there is a browser redirect virus inside our computers? If you know the characters of a hijacker, you will be able to judge right away and thus prevent your computer from suffering more.
Let’s take a look at the characters of this Utils.montiera.com browser hijacker. First of all, different from common web sites, a browser virus will forcibly change or reset your favorite homepages and make itself your new and only homepage. You cannot change it easily. Second of all, a redirect virus usually likes to lead you while online to unwanted places and results. As a matter of fact, these results given by a browser hijacker are very dangerous as well. There are many Trojans, malware and ransomware hidden among those sites and links. Furthermore, a browser redirect virus can also bring constant pop up windows to interrupt your online surfing. All these characters of Utils.montiera.com browser hijacker are visible. Thus it isn’t a hard job to distinguish a browser redirect virus. Also, when your browser is hijacked by this Utils.montiera hijacker, you can see your new unwanted homepage as below:
Still wonder why your antivirus programs have failed to remove this browser hijacker for you? Does Utils.montiera.com browser hijacker show up as a program in Control Panel where you can uninstall it? The fact is, even if it does show up in Control Panel, you cannot successfully uninstall it by a simple click of Uninstall. It is believed that once this hijacker gets in, it will also change several default settings or structure of computer system in order to make its stay stable. Therefore, manual removal way is suggested here to help one get rid of this annoying browser redirect virus. it is guaranteed with manual removal process.
Notice: You may not find certain files or entries listed as below because of the changeable characteristic of this browser hijacker. Please consider making a backup of important files beforehand if you don’t want to mess up all the other system files and data.
1. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del on your keyboard or right click on the bottom task-bar to open the Windows Task Manager; then scroll down to find [Utils.montiera.com].exe and End process;
2. Open Folder Options from Control Panel, then click View tab to tick Show hidden files and folders and non-tick Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) then click OK;
3. Press Windows+R keys to open the Run window and then type in regedit to open Registry Editor;
4. Find out and delete all these associating files as below:
%Documents and Settings%\[UserName]\Application Data\[rnd]
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System “DisableRegedit” = 0
5. Go to Tools on top of Mozilla Firefox and select Options, on Startup column, select Show my home page as When Firefox starts; then type favorite homepage address in the Home Page bar and click OK.
Browser getting infected by this Utils.montiera.com redirect virus is quite annoying! Not only can you not have your favorite webpage as the Startup home page, but you will not be able to get wanted results as you will always be redirected to other fake sites. This character could be the most annoying one of a browser hijacker. Other than that, a browser redirect virus can also help remote hacker collect your valuable information and make them benefit. More malicious programs could also be installed without permission from you. All in all, having a hijacker like this Utilis.montiera.com redirect virus is not a safe thing to do.
Suggestion: Have finished all the above steps but Utils.montiera.com still comes out every time after restarting computer? Then you haven’t been able to completely get rid of it yet. Don’t know what else you can do? Contact Online PC Expert now for further and complete removal assistance.
Published by & last updated on December 15, 2012 12:58 pm