Hijacker Removal

Hi there. I seem to have a hijack virus on my Firefox browser. It changed my homepage to and altered my search results. I tested on Chrome and it was working fine, only Firefox. It keeps going to random sites and even after I close it out, in the task manager the firefox.exe starts back up by itself and totally kills my CPU! So far I have used avast, malware bytes to scan the PC, but still no luck. What should I do? How do I get rid of this hijacker completely? Virus Description: Hijacker Virus is labeled as browser hijacker that modifies your browser settings and disturbs your online activities. It pretends to be a legitimate search provider that offers an advanced search, but in reality it is sponsored by third parties and used for increasing web traffic and generating income via the pay-per-click system. You may download this hijacker accidentally along with other freeware, such as video or music players, download managers, or other popular free tools. The virus can disguise as a helpful add-on hidden under quick/basic installation option. It uses unfair method to get into your system and then starts various marketing campaigns no matter whether users want that or not. is a third-party search engine and it looks no different from other search engines. Many users try using it after it appears as their homepage. However, they’ll only find it difficult to get any information that they need. This bogus search engine just shows users altered search results and lots of sponsored links. It aims to redirect users to predetermined websites (usually those websites are suspicious, unsafe or very untrustworthy) again and again in order to increase the traffic and distribute potentially unwanted programs. Besides, this hijacker can monitor your browsing activities and collect your search terms in order to steal your personal information and involve you into various marketing related projects. As a result, there are plenty of pop-up ads on your browser that won’t go away and prevent you from using Internet properly. This hijacking malware can also be a reason why your web browser keeps freezing and crashing. You are strongly recommended to remove from your PC.

The following instructions require certain levels of computer skills. If you’re not sure and are afraid to make any critical mistakes during the process, please live chat with YooCare Expert now. Hijacker Screenshot

Potential Dangers Caused by A Hijacker Virus:

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.

How Can Hijacker Get On Your PC?

Browser hijacker infection like 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.

It May Initiate the Following Symptoms:

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

Malicious Browser Hijacker Manual Removal Guides: Hijacker Virus 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.

Since this tricky hijacker virus has the ability to use cookies for tracing and tracking the internet activity of users, it is suggested users delete all the cookies before a complete removal.

Google Chrome:

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.

Internet Explorer:
Open Internet explorer window
Click the “Tools” button
Point to “safety” and then click “delete browsing history”
Tick the “cookies” box, then click “delete”


Mozilla Firefox:

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 hijacker 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 virus manually.

C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main StartPage

Video Shows You How to Safely Modify Windows Registry Editor: is not malicious on its own sense, it is categorized as a ‘browser hijacker’ and a ‘potentially unwanted program’ (PUP). That’s because it initiates unauthorized browser’s modifications and takes control of the Web browser to do things that the user may not have specifically requested. This hijacker is not only annoying, but also can interfere with your privacy and security. You can not leave it as your default homepage because this website can only display unwanted sponsored links and ads but not your desired search results. It replaces your start page, search engine, new tab, and delivers suspicious looking search results filled with various questionable links and pop-up ads. It adds malicious add-ons and toolbars without your approval to slow down your browser performance. Therefore, in order to prevent various inconveniences during your browsing and protect your privacy, you have to get rid of hijacker immediately.

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 on January 14, 2016 2:37 am, last updated on January 14, 2016 2:37 am

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