Hi. I think my computer has viruses. My computer started to run slowly since I saw Promo.info-giveaways.com on my Chrome. Ads and virus reports pop up all the time. I scanned my computer with the anti-virus program, but nothing has been found. Is Promo.info-giveaways.com a virus? If it is a virus, why my anti-virus can’t detect it?
Promo.info-giveaways.com is a potential unwanted program that belongs to the browser hijacker family. It is tricky enough to escape from some of the anti-virus programs and perform malicious tasks freely. It makes change on your computer so as to take over your browser and firewall settings. Your homepage, default search engine and browsing background will be replaced by unknown programs. Its developers would deliver you ads in order to promote its products and websites. You will suffer a flood of ads every day. One of the most obvious characters of this threat is browser redirect. It forces you to visit unknown websites suddenly while you are browsing. Useless programs will be installed without your knowledge to mess up your computer. As time goes on, your computer will run pretty slow and get stuck frequently. Besides, object helpers will be installed to collect information on your browser. Your personal information is at risk. It is very necessary to get Promo.info-giveaways.com browser hijacker off your computer.
Promo.info-giveaways.com browser hijacker has been developed for marketing purpose. It will try everything it can to promote goods, software, websites and other similar things. First of all, it changes your browser settings so as to have more rights on your computer. It changes your homepage into Promo.info-giveaways.com or other suspicious domain and makes it very difficult to change it back. Unknown extensions, plug-ins and add-ons are installed to deliver ads and redirect you. To make you view their websites, it adds its sponsored links to your favorite silently. If you use it as a search engine, you will find that search results supported by Promo.info-giveaways.com are filled of ads. You will be redirected to website with ads when you click on those search results. Every time you view those websites, its developers get revenue. Also, its developers have a deal with the third party software. This browser hijacker makes you install unnecessary video players, browsers and useless anti-virus program. Sometimes, you may see popup at the right bottom saying that there is too much trash on your computer. It prompts you to click to clear trash. In fact, it is inviting you install a browser or anti-virus program. When you use the computer to work, ads and fake notifications just pop up and occupy the screen which interrupts your work badly. In addition, this threat is able to access your browsing history and collect information from your browser. Your IP address, location, local time, accounts, passwords and other information that you used on the browser will be sent to its developers. That is not a piece of good news for you. To stop it, you must delete Promo.info-giveaways.com browser hijacker right now.
No.1: illegal movies or music. You may note that lots of illegal movies and music demand a certain media player. The website provides link to download the software, but you need to be careful. The malware like browser hijacker is embedded in the downloaded software on behalf.
No.2: pop-up ads. The cyber criminals usually design the browser hijacker programs very well and make them pop up in an attractive form. We have to tell you that unexpected clicks on suspicious links or pop-up ads may install this nasty browser hijacker on your computer.
No.3: malicious Trojan programs. Most of the Trojans are spreading via malicious software nowadays. Users who access these malicious programs in conjunction with Trojan virus will severally got infected with this browser hijacker.
No.4: ad-supported programs. Many people would like to download free software from the Internet. You should know that browser hijacker program usually is bundled with free software and shareware. It will be installed along with this kind of software as a plug-in. Cancel the plug-in installation to avoid unwanted programs.
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 suspicious 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 Redirect Vrius
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 Promo.info-giveaways.com browser 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 Promo.info-giveaways.com 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
(2). Find out and remove the associated files
As we talked above, Promo.info-giveaways.com browser hijacker does not help you at all. It does not like other search engine, such as Google and Yahoo, not helping you look for useful information. It only tries to delivers you ads and make money from that. Though you never intend to visit their websites, it just takes you to those websites without any sign by misleading you with some links and popup ads. We have to tell you that not all of those ads and websites are safe. According to the research, most people picked up viruses after they had been redirected by browser hijacker. Trojan, Worm, Ransomware and other computer threat would hide on unknown websites, waiting to attack you unexpectedly. You must be careful. The worst thing is about information leak. If you use credit card on your browser, you must be as much cautious as possible. If you see the same problem on your computer and are reading this article, remove Promo.info-giveaways.com browser hijacker to protect your computer and precious information. Get rid of it safely and completely.
Published by Emerson L. Sullivan & last updated on December 31, 2016 12:06 pm