Hello, my browser IE seems to be hijacked by this page Googleleadservices.com, I never use this webpage as my homepage, but today I find it become the start page and my Yahoo is gone. I go into the browser settings to reset the settings and change the homepage back, but nothing changes. Someone on FaceBook said this is browser hijacker, however I don’t know how to remove such infection from browser as my antivirus Avira can’t find any computer threat. Do you guys have any ways to get this browser hijacker removed completely?
Web browser is controlled by Googleleadservices.com Hijacker Virus and can’t remove it completely?
Googleleadservices.com is actually categorized into a browser hijacker which usually attack web browsers like IE, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. The most obvious feature of this browser hijacker is that it changes the targeted browser’s homepage and search engine, redirects you to another strange unwanted webpages and pops up different advertisements and messages. At the beginning, many victims will be tricked by this fake homepage as it looks like the Google search, but once it gets on the web browser, it soon replaces your homepage with its URL and doesn’t allow you to change any settings back. In fact, Googleleadservices.com hijacker is triggered by malicious extension or plugin which has been installed into the computer system without your notice, and antivirus is hard to locate it even can’t remove the suspicious and malicious extension, so that is also the reason why your antivirus can’t help you remove this browser hijacker. In some case, this Googleleadservices.com hijacker can cause some internet connection problem, for example, you will find some webpage which you usually visit can’t displayed or is not available at the moment the browser hijacker controls the web browser. The DNS server settings also can be modified by this nasty browser hijacker to block your access to internet.
Googleleadservices.com hijacker pops up many strange and unwanted even malicious advertising like deals, coupons, discounts, video and fake updates and bogus computer threat warning and so on. However, don’t be attracted by those advertisements, as they may be infected with virus, worm or spyware files. One clicking on those popups, you will activate and install the virus thing into system. So many cyber hackers usually would create such a browser hijacker as a platform to distribute their sponsors’ products and release some computer threats including virus, worm, spyware or rogue programs etc. to hit targeted computer. And the last goal of cyber criminal is to use browser hijacker like Googleleadservices.com or other virus to control victims’ computer and steal victims’ personal information like credit card details, email password or online bank account password for illegal money. Sometimes, hackers would put some virus into your system directly. Googleleadservices.com hijacker is a big threat to computer security and personal info safety. Therefore, to avoid getting such a dangerous browser hijacker as well other infections like virus, worm, spyware or rogue programs, you should not visit malicious websites, click on strange links or files, open shareware or peer-to-peer files, open spam email attachment links or open popups from unsafe sites and so on. To be cautious with online activities will help protect computer from being infected with any risk threats.
What Bad Impact will Happen While Googleleadservices.com Hijacker Virus Comes into Computer?
-Can change your homepage or the default search engine and it totally prevents you from changing them back
-Can always redirect you to other websites
-Can pop up various advertisements and sponsored links randomly to interrupt your online activities
-Can create many junk files which occupy a lot of space in hard drive
-Can download other malicious programs into computer, which make further damage.
-Can collect and send data concerning your search history and other browsing activities.
-Your sensitive information can be tracked and stolen by hacker who can access to your computer with the help of browser hijacker.
NOTE: If you find any of these symptoms on your computer, that proves your PC is under attack and seriously infected with Googleleadservices.com Hijacker Virus. If you are not a computer savvy, Please contact YooSecurity Online PC Experts to remove this browser hijacker for you.
Manual Removal Guide of Browser Hijacker (For Computer Literate)
There is a removal guide of browser hijacker provided here; however, expertise is required during the process of removal, please make sure you are capable to do it by yourself.
Step 1: Press CTRL, SHIFT and ESC these three keys together at the same time to pull up Windows Task Manager; click Processes tab on top and scroll down the list to find and end odd processes related to Googleleadservices.com Hijacker Virus. Names of the processes are random.
Step 2: Open Control Panel from Start Menu, then open Programs, click on Uninstall a program. Find suspicious programs or tool-bars related to the Googleleadservices.com Hijacker Virus. Right click on it and select Uninstall.
Step 3: Go to Folder Options in Control Panel, select the View tab, and then mark “Show hidden files, folders, and drivers” and unmark “Hide protected operating system files” (Recommended) and then click Apply or OK.
Step 4: Go to Registry Editor to delete the path of the related items with the browser hijacker.
Step 5: Clear all history, data and cookies of your infected web browser.
Googleleadservices.com Hijacker Virus has the ability to insert into web browser and spy on user’s online activities, so it is suggested to delete all history, data and cookies of the infected web browser before a complete removal. Take Internet Explorer for example:
a. From the “Tool” menu button in the upper-right corner of the Internet Explorer window, choose “Safety” > “Delete browsing history…“.
b. Then tick Cookie and website data and History, click Delete.
Step 6: Change your homepage of the infected web browser (Take Internet Explorer as Example)
From the Navigation toolbar in Internet Explorer, click Tools menu and select Internet Options, then click General tab, and input the URL you want into the Home page box and then click OK.
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Googleleadservices.com Hijacker Virus is a harmful redirect infection to the computer. It changes the homepage and search engine totally and prevents online users from changing back, redirects them to its URL or other malicious websites, steals their personal data like online banking details, credit card or paypal account information or your business data and displays endless pop-ups on the screen to prevent them from getting online normally and smoothly. Those pop-ups it creates will take up too much Internet resources and slow down Internet speed. The webpage will be hard to load up and even can’t be open after you have tried many times to open the webpage you need. In system, many unwanted junk files will be produced to occupy the rest of system capacity. Even thought at the beginning this redirect infection is not as harmful as those stubborn viruses like Trojan horse, ransomware, worms or payware, this Googleleadservices.com Hijacker Virus also has the ability to bring those harmful viruses to attack computer system, which will greatly slow down PC performance and make it run as a snail and further harm to mess up system files and damage system severely.
Suggestion: To follow removal guide that mentioned above, a level of computer knowledge is needed. Still can’t get out of browser hijacker? Contact online experts for help now!
Published by Tony Shepherd & last updated on September 24, 2016 7:00 am