Are you suffering a problem with your computer, which makes you gotten bored so much? What is the problem? Is it that your browser does not work as usual? You are always redirected to an unwanted website which is called Bronzestead.info while you are going online? You can’t find your default homepage? You must feel so confused about where your default homepage is? Why does the unwanted site keep you away from visiting those websites you used to surf to？How can you get your browser back to a normal and safe one?
Bronzestead.info belongs to the family of browser hijacker which is designed by cyber hackers to attack Internet browsers such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari, and Mozilla Firefox, and so on. This browser hijacker is classified to be a vicious infection program which disguises to promise to help save user’s time and money when shopping online. However, what it does is conform to what it states. Just like other malicious browser hijacker, such as spidersearch.net, bit-search.com, etc. these browser hijackers sneak into computer system with being bundled with free software from the Internet or with spam email attachments or with unwanted emails or suspicious websites. This browser hijacker pretends itself as a legitimate search engine, but this hijacker program is categorized as a potential unwanted program. Such malicious website should be deleted from your computer right now.
Bronzestead.info is specially designed by the cyber criminal who is very skillful in the field of computer technology. As a matter of fact, this browser hijacker can escape from the scanning of the antivirus programs and dive into the computer system without the permission of the computer user. Once it installs in the computer system successfully, it cannot be deleted by the antivirus programs. It will set itself as the default homepage and search engine and then change your default browser. It can redirect you to start online activities from its own search engine. As a consequence, the search results provided on the hijacker browser are all fake information. As the virus is so tricky and risky, lots of kinds of viruses maybe hide in those reach results including Trojan, malware and spyware, etc. They are all waiting for the opportunity to attack the victims’ computers. Besides, many pop-up ads will keep popping up when you are surfing the Internet, some of them may be closed while others will stuck on the computer screen unless you reboot the computer. Therefore, when you are surfing on the Internet, you should pay more attention to the behaviors online. Once your computer gets infected, you should take measures to remove it immediately
1. It can be added to Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browsers without your notification.
2. You are rerouted to some unknown sponsored websites that you have never seen before when you surfing online.
3. You can get a bunch of popup ads show on the webpage which you are browsing.
4. It can be installed on your computer slightly.
5. This browser hijacker can introduce various infections and unwanted programs onto your system,
6. It can investigate your browsing behavior and gather your input information online.
7. It is also responsible for collecting computer user’s private information like IP address and online traces for unethical using of online marketing.
Note: If one of symptoms mentioned above is found in your computer, then you must know that your computer is being attacked by the browser hijacker. Since the browser hijacker is so dangerous, once your computer is infected, you should take actions to delete the hijacker. If you are not a computer expert, in case you lose your important data or damage your system, please welcome to contact Yoocare/Yoosecurity Online Expert for help now!
Bronzestead.info hijacks your default browser to redirect your web search results and modifies your default homepage and browser settings. Manual removal is the most effective way to completely uninstall it from an infected computer’s operating system, for the season that this hijacker is so cunning and dangerous, antivirus programs cannot get rid of it permanently. Here are the manual guides for users to remove the annoying hijacker.
1. Clean Add-ons and Extensions
* Internet Explorer:
(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Internet Options
(2). Click Programs tab, click Manage add-ons and disable the dubious add-ons
(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Add-ons
(2). Click Extensions, select the related browser add-ons and click Disable
* Google Chrome:
(1). Click Customize and control Google Chrome button → Tools → Extensions
(2). Disable the extensions of this virus
2. End Relevant Processes
(1). Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc together to pop up Windows Task Manager, click Processes tab
*For Win 8 Users:
Click More details when you see the Task Manager box
And then click Details tab
(2). Find out and end this hijacker’s processes
3. Show Hidden Files
(1). Click on Start button and then on Control Panel
(2). Click on Appearance and Personalization
(3). Click on Folder Options
(4). Click on the View tab in the Folder Options window
(5). Choose Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category
(6). Click OK at the bottom of the Folder Options window
*For Win 8 Users:
Press Win+E together to open Computer window, click View and then click Options
Click View tab in the Folder Options window, choose Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category
4. Delete Relevant Registry Entries and Files
(1). Delete the registry entries related to this browser hijacker through Registry Editor Press Win+R to bring up the Run window, type “regedit” and click “OK”
While the Registry Editor is open, search and delete its registry entries
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run ‘Random’ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Random HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “CertificateRevocation” =Random
(2). Find out and remove the associated files
%AllUsersProfile%\random.exe %AppData%\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Templates\random.exe %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\~random %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\.dll HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Random “.exe”
From the mentioned passage, you have known that Bronzestead.info is a browser hijacker which is designed by hackers in order to process the illegal actions on the targeted computer. Thus, this problem should be solved as soon as possible when your computer is redirected by this vicious browser hijacker. Once your computer sets in this kind of trouble, you do not be nervous and mislead yourself by the trouble. In order to get rid of this annoying hijacker from your computer, you should take any action to remove it. As you know, once this hijacker attacks your computer, it will rule your computer and then alter your default homepage and browser settings. It is a big threat for your operating system and your confidential data. It is not a wise choice to leave it on your computer with the passage of time. Manual removal is recommended to be the most effective way to delete this malicious hijacker.
Suggestion: The above manual removal is quite dangerous and complicated, which needs sufficient professional skills. Therefore, only computer users with rich computer knowledge are recommended to implement the process because any errors including deleting important system files and registry entries will crash your computer system. If you have no idea of how to process the manual removal, please contact experts from YooCare Online Tech Support for further assistance.
Published by & last updated on April 19, 2015 6:00 am