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Remove Ageofcomp.com virus (Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge) - Free Guide

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The main facts about Ageofcomp.com virus

The first sign that your beloved computer has been infected with Ageofcomp.com virus is changed browser’s default homepage. This computer infection is classified[1] as a potentially unwanted program. Due to its feature to take over web browsers, it is categorized as a browser hijacker too. Once it gets inside the system, it modifies targeted browser’s settings and sets http://ageofcomp.info/search/start.html as the default homepage and search engine. To force victims to use this strange engine it also modifies Registry and various Windows shortcuts. What is more, it might also install helper objects and other apps that protect Ageofcomp.com browser hijacker and prevents users from making any customizations. The purpose of this PUP is to deliver ads and sponsored links. The developers of this program generate revenue from boosting traffic to the promotional websites and pay-per-click advertising strategy. All businesses are interested in generating as much money as possible, and shady businesses[2] are not an exception. Therefore, after the attack, your browser might be filled with pop-ups, banners or in-text ads. However, you can avoid clicking eye-catching and potentially dangerous ads[3], so developers decided to force you to visit particular domains by initiating redirects. Unwanted redirects might occur when you click on the URL bar to type an address or unexpectedly. Probably, you do not want to be disturbed while surfing the Internet. That’s why you should remove Ageofcomp.com as soon as this suspicious domain replaces your homepage. Scan your device with ReimageIntego and forget about unwanted activities.

Questions about Ageofcomp.com virus

Using this questionable search engine is also not recommended. Many computer users might be tricked that Custom Google search is the same as widely known and used Google; however, it’s not. Ageofcomp.com virus might alter search results and include some third-party links that would never appear on the first page of Google search results. The reason why this engine acts so unfairly is that it has been created to boost traffic to the particular websites. For this reason, some organic links are changed to the sponsored ones. Here it’s important to stop and talk about Ageofcomp.com redirect tendencies. Not only these links might lead to irrelevant sites, but also you might end up on the infected website that has been created for spreading malware. If you found yourself on some questionable site, leave it immediately and start Ageofcomp.com removal. Of course, you can check whether the link is safe or not without clicking on it[4]; however, hijacker’s removal is the better option.

The picture of Ageofcomp.com virus

When did hijack happen?

Finding new homepage might be surprising for many computer users. However, only a few of them understand they did something wrong and got infected with some cyber infection. Indeed, Ageofcomp.com hijack might have occurred during recent software installation process. Browser hijackers spread in the software bundle, so if you have recently installed some applications using Recommended/Standard setup, you might have installed hijacker as well. It happens because this installation mode does not disclose about optional components that are included in the package; it just installs them by default. However, stopping PUPs from stepping inside[5] is simple. All you have to do is to opt for Advanced/Custom setup and monitor the process. If you notice the list of additional downloads, you have to deselect all the offers and continue the installation,

Two methods to remove Ageofcomp.com virus

The first Ageofcomp.com removal option requires dedication and effort. You have to find browser hijacker and delete it with all its components. If you leave some virus-related files, you can expect another hijack soon. However, we recommend following our prepared instructions. If you follow them attentively, you should not encounter any problems. The second way to remove Ageofcomp.com is easier than first. It requires installing an anti-malware program and running a full system scan with an updated tool. However, we want to remind you to install malware removal tool carefully, using Advanced/Custom setup!

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To remove Ageofcomp.com virus, follow these steps:

Erase Ageofcomp.com from Windows systems

Ageofcomp.com virus might be hiding deep inside the system as well as other suspicious components that are related to the browser hijacker. For this reason, you have to follow the instructions carefully and delete all suspicious apps and entries from the computer and all web browsers that are installed on you PC.

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Ageofcomp.com and related programs
    Here, look for Ageofcomp.com or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove Ageofcomp.com from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Get rid of Ageofcomp.com from Mac OS X system

It’s uncommon for Mac’s to be infected with a browser hijacker. However, if it happened, follow these instructions.

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Ageofcomp.com virus from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Ageofcomp.com virus-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Ageofcomp.com virus, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Ageofcomp.com virus and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Ageofcomp.com virus-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Delete Ageofcomp.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

Browser hijacker might have installed some add-ons without your knowledge. Remove them and reset Internet Explorer as shown below.

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Ageofcomp.com virus and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Ageofcomp.com virus removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate Ageofcomp.com virus from Microsoft Edge

This step-by-step guide will help you to fix Microsoft Edge after Ageofcomp.com hijack.

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Ageofcomp.com virus-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Uninstall Ageofcomp.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Ageofcomp.com browser hijacker might have installed suspicious extensions, so you have to remove them. Then, reset Mozilla Firefox settings.

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Ageofcomp.com and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Ageofcomp.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove Ageofcomp.com from Google Chrome

After Ageofcomp.com hijack you might found suspicious entries installed on Google Chrome. Uninstall them all and reset browser’s settings.

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Ageofcomp.com and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Ageofcomp.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase Ageofcomp.com from Safari

Follow these instructions and fix Safari after the hijack.

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Ageofcomp.com or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Ageofcomp.com, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Ageofcomp.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Choose a proper web browser and improve your safety with a VPN tool

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  1. surprised says:
    January 13th, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Ive never seen so many suspicious links included in the search results ;o

  2. qwerty says:
    January 13th, 2017 at 9:16 am

    After I had got infected with this hijacker, I scanned the computer with antivirus program. OMG, I was shocked how many PUPs it detected! Honestly, stay away from this suspicious engine and remove it immediately!

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