Virus Removal

I downloaded music on the Internet before, and then I noticed that my start up page on Google Chrome has changed to without my approval. I have been trying to change it to the google home page by changing all the start up pages and the search engines in the settings but i can’t get rid of this at all. My computer is running so slowly and I’ve spent literally all day trying to remove this. I tried to downloaded spyware removal program but it said nothing in my computer is corrupted. Is it a virus? Please help me to remove this hijacker, thanks in advance. Hijacker Virus Description: is a sophisticated browser redirecting malware that can be bundled with various music players, video recorders and download managers. It may turn out to be a clear sign that your browser has been hijacked. While you are using Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, your default search provider and homepage are changed to which looks like a normal search page in fact it tries to promote some commercial websites all the time. If you search something on this website, you can never get a result that is related to your search queries but just get constant pop-up ads. Currently, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browser are the main targets of this malicious hijacker. The cyber criminals who create such annoying hijacker want to get money from your browser usage so that you will be forced to this corrupted page again and again after your computer is compromised.

When redirect virus hijacks a system, it uses browser helper objects and third party malware including sponsored adware and spyware platforms to change your homepage and modify your browser settings without your permission. Though it seems to be a tiny thing, your web surfing will simply become a nightmare after that. You will be prevented from accessing your favorite web pages and your security will be minimal, also you cannot use your favorite search engines, and what you request is not delivered. This hijacker will display advertisements and sponsored links in your search results, and may collect search terms from your search queries. Most people get annoyed by hijacker but still find hard to get rid of it because antivirus program always shows you nothing related to this virus:

“I have spent a whole day removing virus but no luck. I looked for add-ons and extensions that might be overriding the default homepage settings, but I didn’t see any such add-ons or extensions. Despite changing the homepage back on the browser settings, the page still loads as the homepage. Thus I thought since the problem doesn’t seem to be with add-ons or extensions, then there might be a program on the computer that’s turning the homepage to this bogus search website. So I ran several anti-virus programs downloaded from Internet that claims to remove this virus but it turns out that none of them can be able to detect this malware,” said one of the victims who was trying to get rid of hijacker.

As mentioned above, we can see hijacker can provide you nothing helpful but just annoy you and interrupt your browsing activities. It aims to advertise and promote several websites to develop certain amount of network traffic for final benefits. Remove it ASAP to protect your computer.

Manual removal becomes a technical process that you should only undertake if you have experience with the Windows registry and know how to view and delete system and program files in Windows. If you’re not sure and are afraid to make any critical mistakes during the process, please live chat with YooCare Expert now. Redirect Screenshot:

How Dangerous If a Browser Hijacker Virus is Installed?

Browser hijacker virus like virus may be installed if a computer user has ever visited illegal or malicious websites or downloaded freeware or shareware from untrustworthy sources. It can cause annoying redirection to disturb users. This problem happen when you use Internet explorer, Mozilla Firefox, even Google Chrome to browse online. Being as a redirect virus, it keeps tracking of computer users’ online activity and causing web browser to display unwanted advertisements and pop-up windows. It poses huge risk for all the computer systems. If you have been forced to visit those unwanted websites against your authorization, particularly for this domain, you must immediately remove redirect as soon as possible in order to secure your computer.

Malicious Browser Hijacker Manual Removal Guides: pop-up hijacks your browser to redirect your web search results and changes the homepage and browser settings. To completely uninstall it from an infected system, manual removal is the first choice because sometimes antivirus software cannot pick up the exact computer threat timely or remove it permanently. Now most browser hijackers are quite similar to spyware and adware threats and therefore they cannot be removed with the help of popular antivirus products. Users can follow the manual guide here to get rid of this browser hijacker completely.

1. Clear all the cookies of your affected browsers.

Since this tricky hijacker virus has the ability to use cookies for tracing and tracking the internet activity of users, it is suggested users to delete all the cookies before a complete removal.

Google Chrome:

Click on the “Tools” menu and click the “Clear browsing data” button.
Select “Delete cookies and other site data” to delete all cookies from the list.

clear browser data

Internet Explorer:
Open Internet explorer window
Click the “Tools” button
Point to “safety” and then click “delete browsing history”
Tick the “cookies” box, then click “delete”

delete browsing history

Mozilla Firefox:

Click on Tools, then Options, select Privacy
Click “Remove individual cookies”
In the Cookies panel, click on “Show Cookies”
To remove a single cookie click on the entry in the list and click on the “Remove Cookie”
To remove all cookies click on the “Remove All Cookies” button

Remove All Cookie

2. End the malicious process from Task Manager.

Once redirect is installed, computer user may notice that CPU usage randomly jumps to 100 percent. At any time Windows always has many running processes. A process is an individual task that the computer runs. In general, the more processes, the more work the computer has to do and the slower it will run. If your system’s CPU spike is constant and remain at a constant 90-95%, users should check from Task Manager and see if there is a suspicious process occupying the system resources and then end it immediately.

(The name of the virus process can be random.)

Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to quickly bring up Task Manager Window:

task manager

3. Show hidden files and folders.

Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.

Click the View tab.

Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.


4. Remove all the malicious files related to hijacker manually.

C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main StartPage

Video Shows You How to Safely Modify Windows Registry Editor:

Although looks like a normal search website as similar as Google, Bing or Yahoo, it is affiliated with browser hijackers and the ZeroAccess Rootkit that can infect a computer by exploiting security vulnerabilities. If you enter search query and start to make a search, you will see it only shows many sponsored websites and various advertisement. This threat is known to attack Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer, and can function in most versions of Windows, including Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. Once inside, it may utilize system loopholes and track your network activities. As a consequence, most of your important personal data will be in the danger of being exposed to cyber criminals. It also slows down your computer by occupying system memory. Therefore, we strongly recommend users to get rid of virus before your infected computer becomes more vulnerable to further infections.

Note: If you are not a computer expert and have no idea how to perform the removal, please contact experts from YooCare Online Tech Support for further help.

Published by on December 11, 2013 4:22 am, last updated on December 19, 2013 1:06 am

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