Hey, there. I just detected that my computer got hacked by a hijacker with its name of Safetyscan.info Pop-up. Was it a browser hijacker? It was so unbelievable! I was thinking that it was a good program that could help me scan my computer for “free”. Now the reality told me that the thing for free turned out doing nothing good for me. What should I do now? My antivirus can’t remove this virus completely! Help, please!
Safetyscan.info Pop-up is known as a member of browser hijacker family which has the ability to infect all browsers on your computer, including Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and safari etc. It will install on your computer without permission at the time you are downloading freeware programs, visiting the suspicious websites, responding to the spam emails and reading its attachments. Once it gets into your computer, it will cause lots of computer troubles for you. To prevent this virus from infecting your computer, you should keep an eye on your online activities. You should browse the Internet safely.
Once Safetyscan.info Pop-up dived into your computer, it will take over your online activities immediately. Then it will change your system setting like your browser settings as well as DNS settings. Your default homepage will be changed to its domain, so that it can monitor you to its domain when you start to go online. This search engine is not as good as Google and Bing. It is not a beneficial search tool. After installed, this hijacker will run suspicious web cookies, and display disturbing easy-access links or advertisements. Later then, countless of ads and pop-ups will come into your computer and then take a large part of your resource. The performance of your system will be infected so greatly. You may find that your web page keeps crashed or stuck so frequently. In one word, with this virus on your computer, you can not do anything normal on your system. The only way to get your computer back to normal is to remove this virus as soon as you find it on your system. You should also note that only manual removal can remove this virus completely and permanently.
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!
Safetyscan.info Pop-up 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”
Safetyscan.info Pop-up is a malicious browser hijacker which has the ability to bring into other infections like spyware, adware, malware as well as Trojan and so on. It is capable of recording your online activities and then pilfering your sensitive data like your brank information, credit card details, log-in usernames and password and so on. It will transfer your information to remote hackers who may misuse your information to make illegal profit. This virus is so dangerous. You are suggested to get rid of it as soon as you can.
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 July 13, 2015 7:59 pm
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