has messed up my computer! I got this browser hijacker when I was accidentally clicking on pop-up ads. The redirect replaced my browser homepage and it kept redirecting my Internet search results to unwanted websites. Is it a reliable search engine or a bogus one? How can I get rid of the pesky browser redirect successfully? Learn how to effectively remove this hijacker infection with following removal guide.

Basic Knowledge of Redirect is a fake search engine which supposedly provides net users with functions to browse various online resources and search for whatever they like. Its interface is so similar to real search engines, trying to fool net users to take it as default search engine as well as browser homepage. In fact, it is not a useful search engine but a browser hijacker which users should have it removed immediately. As the browser hijacker adds to the Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Opera etc. it will take advantages of the system vulnerabilities to install some hazardous ads-on and toolbar to the computer secretly. Some potential threats like adware, malware and spyware take chance to attack the computer as well. Moreover, PC users will find it hardly to reach their favorite web search results directly but they are typically redirected to unwanted content. Your default homepage and other browser settings are randomly changed by the hijacker infection. During surfing the net, users also get many pesky pop ups which fool unwary users to view webs, purchase products and install freeware and so on. It is fact that the redirect must be removed completely before it messes up the contaminated computer terribly.

Soon as the browser hijacker modifies the browser settings, you will come across difficulties to visit Yahoo mail, Facebook and Twitter etc. It invades the computer terribly, which results in its slow system performance and poor network connection. The affected computer is easy to get freezes every time you try to load websites and launch large programs. Normal programs are also affected by the redirect, and as a result they won’t take effective as usual. Particularly, the antivirus is easy to get disabled, and it can’t seem to get rid of the browser hijacker. Urgent as the situation is, a redirect removal is very necessary. Actually, the redirect is capable to steal vital information from unknown users to help cyber hackers to gain profits illegally. To avoid any further loss, users need to eliminate the risky browser hijacker from the computer as soon as possible.

For the sake of computer safety and privacy security, remove the with no hesitation. Contact YooSecurity Online PC Experts for assistance if you are not computer savvy and have no idea on how to remove this hijacker:

Screenshot of This Browser Hijacker

Typical Symptoms of Browser Hijacker Infection

  1. Unexpected popping ups appear when you are searching online;
  2. New and strange bookmarks occur in your bookmark list;
  3. Some unfamiliar programs show up in program list from programs and features;
  4. Unfamiliar programs are listed in start menu after you expand all programs;
  5. The computer will not perform correctly when you try to open a new tab or visit a regular web site;
  6. Random stuck will happen to some normal programs which usually work perfectly before.

Browser Hijacker Manual Removal Instructions

Since the advanced anti-virus software can’t take effectively to get rid of the hijacker, then manual removal will be highly required. Generally speaking, manual removal is a complicated and difficult process which requires enough computer skills. To make it easier, basic manual removal steps have been given in the following to help one get rid of the browser hijacker. (Be cautious when dealing with different system files and entries of the redirect.)

Step 1: Open Windows Task Manager to end process related to the We will need to put end to the running of the redirect first. To do that, press Ctrl+Alt+Del keys at the same time to pull up Window Task Manager; go to Processes tab on top and scroll down the list to find odd processes. Names of the processes can be different each time:

windows task manager
Step 2: Open Program List, Find doubtful programs or tool-bars which may come from the browser hijacker. Right click on it and select uninstall.

programs and features

Step 3: Open Control Panel from Start menu and search for Folder Options. Go to Folder Options window, under View tab, tick Show hidden files and folders and non-tick Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK:

folder options
After that we need to check in program files to see if the leaves any files on the machine.

Step 4: Press Windows+R keys together to pull up Run box and type in regedit to open Registry Editor. Delete registry values associating with this redirect. The registry files are listed randomly. Besides, you need to delete the infection files of the redirect virus from your system files to prevent it from coming back. Those files are named randomly also but may be different on different operating systems.

Run box

Go to Registry Editor to delete the path of the related items with the hijacker to stop it from coming back.

Registry Editor

Step 5: Reset the Browser once to get rid of any left setting set by the redirect. Change home page(s) on browsers back from the browser hijacker and other unknown random URLs: Here take Internet Explorer as example.

To reset the browser, you need to click on the gear icon at right top corner of the browser page. Then you will get Internet Options window and move to Advanced tab.

Internet Options

And to set the homepage back from redirect, please open general tab under Internet Options.

homepage set

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Words at the End: turns out to be a bogus search engine which is released by cyber hackers through network. It adds to the Internet browsers together with some nasty ads-on and plug-ins which take use of the system leaks to install in the computer secretly. Also, it may bring extra computer threats to the computer which can be rootkits, adware and malware and so on. Nasty as the redirect is, it casually redirects your specified websites to other malicious content which are related to the redirect or other third-online parties. Users just find that the default search engine, homepage and other browser settings are modified by the hijacker infection, and this makes them very annoyed. Once the redirect targets the computer, it slows down the system and disconnects the network frequently. Meanwhile, constant pop-up ads appear on the screen, luring net users to purchase unwanted products. In fact, the fake search engine does not help you enjoy various online resources but a browser hijacker. Since the antivirus fails to clean out the redirect, manual removal is a better choice. Indeed, a prompt redirect removal is capable to help users enjoy a clean computer soon.

Kindly Reminder: Certain levels of PC skills will be needed during the manual removal process of this hijacker. Please contact YooSecurity Online Experts now to get further help if you have tried but failed time after time.

Published by Tony Shepherd & last updated on January 1, 2014 12:33 pm

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