I’ve been trying to get rid of Atajitos.com hijacker from my Windows 7 laptop. This webpage has taken over my homepage without my approval. Also whenever I go online, tons of ads came to my screen. It happened on both Firefox and IE. I don’t know why it happened and how to get rid of them. I have tried bothe Norton and malwarebyte anti-malware but neither of them worked. What should I do now?
Atajitos.com is not a reliable web page, instead it could be associated with adware or browser hijacking malware that replaces the default homepage and search engine against your will. It is regarded as an online platform that only designed to carry advertising and promote online contents. This hijacker tends to attack web browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome and any other browsers. It usually comes bundled with other free software that you may obtain from various web sites and servers. Without a doubt, you will never know that the download could bring you such annoying hijacker because Atajitos.com pop-up won’t even inform you its oncoming installation. However, once it is arrived it can modify your browser settings and cause a lot of troubles to interrupt your browsing activities. So users are recommended to select custom installation instead of the default installation. Whenever you try to download programs or other files, never allow any additional applications to access your computer at the same time or even make changes in your browser settings unless you have known what results those changes can bring to you.
Another problem that Atajitos.com hijacker brings to you is constant pop-up ads. Whenever you surf the Internet, you will see tons of ads on your screen and you couldn’t find a way to get rid of them. Some of those ads may offer you good deals and coupons while some will display misleading information (eg. Your computer is at risk! or You won the prize!) . However, don’t take the risk of clicking on this misleading information. Those ads are designed to trick inexperienced users into downloading unwanted programs or even steal their information. Any clicks may help install other malware on the target machine. This redirect malware also can change your default homepage and search provider to a deceitful web page. Such web page may look like Google Search or Bing Search that offers various features, like quick access to your Facebook account, Youtube, Twitter, but once you are tricked and typed in your account information, your personal information and your ID could be stolen. Being as a browser hijacker, it has the ability to collect your information like your search keywords, history or cookies, therefore if you find Atajitos.com has taken over your web browser, don’t hesitate to get rid of it from your machine as soon as possible.
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 Atajitos.com pop-up 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.
1. You keep getting random pop-ups opening in new browser tabs.
2. When clicking on Google search links you get taken to sites that have nothing to do with the subject you searched for.
3. Anti-virus and firewall software won’t start.
4. Internet stops working.
5. Unknown software has been installed without your authorization.
6. You can’t access reputable sites unless you type the URL into the navigation bar
Atajitos.com 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 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 Atajitos.com adware 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 Atajitos.com pop-up hijacker manually.
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main StartPage
Atajitos.com hijacker can redirect you to tons of sponsored websites without your permission. You may have never seen those web pages before so it is easy for you to click any malicious links and then download potentially unwanted programs or even malware threats. Installing free software is the most known reason on how you acquire this uninvited guest. Once downloaded, it will be hard for to uninstall it because most antivirus programs have no ability to catch browser hijacker now. This type of hijacker is capable of changing your web browser settings by altering Windows Registry entries and preventing you from changing your home page so you are recommended to remove it manually.
Published by & last updated on September 22, 2014 9:11 am