has been a nightmare for internet users all over the globe. Many people get the “Congratulation” message when they are using browsers. Different browsers all turn out to be possible hacked by the nasty hijacker virus. It happens on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, etc. There’s no exception which can avoid being attacked by the virus. How can we get rid of it once get hacked?

Learn More about This Browser Hijacker is a deceitful pop up that can appear itself on IE, Firefox and Google Chrome without asking for any permission. In fact, this pop up is closely associated with adware that gets installed on your computer by bundling with other ad-supported programs. Once loaded, you will see various pop-ups, banners and coupon ads whenever you are browsing online. For this one, it particularly takes you to its own site and then it displays fake survey information, hoping the user can spend 30 seconds in filling up all the information. As a return, they can get a free gift like iPhone, iPad or others. However, we all know that there is no free lunch in this world. The hackers who distribute this adware just want to collect your information and steal your privacy, they won’t really give you the prize as they mentioned. Instead, all they do is to boost traffic and generate pop up ads to make money.

After the system gets invaded by this browser hijacker, whenever users go to the Internet they will keep receiving message from unknown resource like informing they are missing plug-in to play video or telling that they are the winners of the day and they need to fill out certain “sponsor offers” in order to get a “free gift” or something like that. In addition, an adware can cause immense problems on the affected computer by altering the browser settings and changing browser settings. It slows down the Internet speed and may even corrupt the target browser, making your browser freeze all the time. In a word, if you don’t want your personal information in high risk of exposure to public or let other viruses ruin your computer, you should ignore pop up and remove it ASAP instead of filling in the fake survey which gives you nothing as a result.

For the sake of computer safety and privacy security, remove the hijacker 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:

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 browser 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 hijacker. 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 hijacker 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  virus 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 hijacker please open general tab under Internet Options.

homepage set

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Conclusion: is a browser hijacker which often uses fake awarding messages to cheat computer users to finish a survey claiming they will be sent prizes by its sponsors. Don’t be fooled by its tricks! The browser hijacker is using fake messages to appeal computer users to spend more time on its page to get itself more popular. It may cause more threats settling down to your vulnerable system during the time you are on it. It arises the rank of its sponsored sites and will take changes to your browser settings and system default setting. You should never believe this redirect is only a domain in your browser. If you don’t remove it as soon as possible, your computer can be in great trouble. This browser hijacker can not only interrupt your from your concentration while you are using your infected computer, but also can brings more viruses and other threats into your hard drive. Furthermore, computer can work improperly if this redirect has produced many junk files into it.

Note: 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 20, 2014 9:42 am

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