My homepage is changed to Siteken.com. Is it a normal website? Actually my computer can’t work as usual after it is in my computer. When I go online or run a program, many ads pop up crazily. I tried to use my Norton to delete it but failed. Is there any effective way to completely deal with the annoying infection? Any suggestion will be highly appreciated!
Siteken.com is a new browser hijacker created by cyber criminals to invade target computers and perform many malicious activities. Once executed on targeted computer, it can change default settings of all the browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome. And then your browser can’t perform well as usual since it can add relevant extension, plugin and etc to your browser to disable some functions of the browser. At first glance, you may think it is a friendly search provider, but actually it will redirect you to some malicious websites frequently by modifying the internet DNS setting. If you try to make a search using the Siteken.com, you will receive numerous sponsored websites and many annoying things will pop up whether you want them to or not. What is more, the virus is able to track your online record to collect vital personal data like your search queries, recently browser history, etc and transfer them to the cyber criminals sitting remotely.
What is more, just like many other browser hijackers, Siteken.com virus collects useful personal information for its creator’s unethical purpose. You can soon notice it floods you with ads that targeted to your interests. Don’t be tricked by its canting surface, actually it does not enable you to improve your browsing experience. Since Siteken.com virus comes is bundled to other applications, you only have to be more careful when you download some unwanted freeware or visit a malicious web site. It would like to take this chance to penetrate into the computer if you install any additional programs which aren’t reliable and useful. Once executed on targeted computer, it is able to make the computer face a slow performance and make the computer get stuck. And it can bypass antivirus program to escape detection and removal since it is able to hide deeply in the computer system and antivirus programs cannot trace all its components. Thus, if you want to protect your computer, you should remove it manually as soon as possible.
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.
Siteken.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 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 Siteken.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 Siteken.com hijacker manually.
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main StartPage
Siteken.com is a nasty browser hijacker which becomes a headache for many computer users. The victim browser will have its domain as the default homepage and it increases their traffic and page ranking in search results. You won’t get the intended search results since some unwanted malicious ads pop up crazily. Furthermore, you computer will suffer from many potential threats as it can bring other malware or spyware to invade your computer. As a result, the computer performance will be degraded and your work efficiency will be affected seriously on the computer. And it is difficult for anti-virus program to deal with the hijacker. Therefore, you should take manual measure get rid of Siteken.com as quickly as possible.
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 November 4, 2014 6:01 am