I’ve recently downloaded some video players from the Internet but I found them useless and already uninstalled them. From that time my computer was extremely slow. It took forever to load up a page. And whenever I browse online, I have lots of pop-up ads which I couldn’t find a way to stop. I also noticed my homepage somehow has been changed to Fissa.com. This annoying problem happened on both IE and Firefox. I have tried to reinstall them, it did the same thing. I also ran security tool but it found nothing. So my question is how to get rid of Fissa Search page completely and its related pop-up ads?
Fissa.com (Fissa Search) is classified as browser hijacker that commonly attacks web browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. Now this type of threat can secretly integrate into the targeted browsers for promoting the potentially unwanted programs, dangerous viruses, or even for increasing web traffic and sales of the partner web sites. It modifies your browser settings without your permission by changing your home page, new tab page and default search engine. Although its search page seems to be harmless, if you take a closer look, you’ll see sponsored ads everywhere that may provide you misleading information such as “Your download manager may be outdated” or “Your computer is in a poor performance”. Don’t be taken in and click any of these ads, or you will end up installing various malware on your computer and make it in a worse situation. This is a low-quality search engine created by the adware producers in order to generate web traffic of certain pages and make profit. You cannot use Fissa Search to replace your current default search providers like Google or Bing. Fissa.com hijacker only displays excessive advertisements in all places in the browsers which drive you crazy.
Please be aware that this Fissa Search thing is not beneficial in any way and actually exposes you to unsafe content. It may mislead you to open malicious sites and download some malware applications without knowledge. It takes over your default homepage and search engine and replaces to its page without asking for your permission. Therefore, every time you open your browser you will be forced to see this Fissa search again and again. However, that is not the main problem that compromises your security. Along with this site come other issues like adverts and sponsored links that will appear on your screen, not to mention various redirects. This redirect malware can even collect your search keywords and cookies in order to steal your private and confidential information like credit card detail, bank account information, user name and sensitive passwords. To sum up, Fissa.com redirect is an annoying and unwanted thing that harms your computer, so you have to go to Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs list and uninstall the associated program related to this hijacker and remove infected files and registry manually.
It belongs to browser hijacker virus which can totally mess up your browser setting.
It changes your default DNS configuration and blocks you accessing your favorite sites.
It may install some malware in your computer to make bad influence without your consent.
It degenerates your computer performance gradually.
Browser hijacker infection like Fissa.com may enter your system as an add-on for your browser or bundled-up with some free software. Most of time, it can be downloaded from a website you visited, something you clicked on, or a pop-up that you did not request to view. You may not even know when and how you download this browser hijacker which compromises your internet security until you find your computer is fully messed up. A hijack virus is a type of computer virus known for its ability to disrupt your Internet browsing. It can redirect your Internet searches to random sites, disallow you from visiting certain Web sites, and change your Internet home page. In addition, it is able to slow your computer, decrease your available memory, and flood your computer with popup advertisements. When you detect the presence of such malicious hijacker, a complete removal is needed without any hesitation.
If you open your browser window (includes IE, Firefox, Safari and Google Chrome etc.) and notice immediately that your home page has been changed to a page you do not recognize, then your browser may have been hijacked by a virus. For this type of hijack virus, it can change your homepage to Fissa.com without your permission. Other malicious activities can be shown on your computer after hijacked are listed below:
1. It can not only change your web pages, but also alter other settings to add toolbars, pop-up advertisements, and bookmarks that you did not create.
2. It can modify the homepage settings of your web browser, more commonly by reducing your internet security options. And the worse thing is it prevents you from changing them back.
3. New toolbars or Favorites are installed that give you icons and links to web pages that you don’t want.
4. It may block you from visiting certain website you’d like to visit and show an error page instead.
5. It will display constant pop-up ads, sometimes in such large amounts that you are not able to close neither the ads nor the browser.
Fissa.com 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.
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.
Open Internet explorer window
Click the “Tools” button
Point to “safety” and then click “delete browsing history”
Tick the “cookies” box, then click “delete”
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
2. End the malicious process from Task Manager.
Once Fissa.com 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：
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 Fissa.com hijacker manually.
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main StartPage
Fissa.com is associated with a browser hijacker that may redirect to its generic search engine or automatically load when opening a new browser window. When this redirecting malware 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. Thus, it causes internet searches inputted into the browser address bar redirecting to Fissa.com randomly. Fissa Search is a low-quality search engine that displays more advertisements than legitimate results and you shouldn’t let it stay on your computer any longer. Manual removal is the best option to get rid of Fissa.com redirect.
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 & last updated on September 22, 2014 9:41 am