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Remove Amigo virus (Removal Guide) - Aug 2017 update

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

Amigo adware might hijack your browser and initiate redirect to suspicious sites

Screenshot of Amigo website

Amigo is developed by Mail.Ru Group and presented as a powerful web browser with built-in social networks. However, it has more negative features than positive, and for this reason, it is categorized as a potentially unwanted program.[1]

This ad-supported application mainly targets Russian-speaking users.[2] It is usually distributed using “bundling,” which allows third-party apps to spread bundled with various freeware as “optional components.” Thus, it might enter the system without asking direct permission.

Immediately after successful infiltration, Amigo browser may replace Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari or any other web browser that is set by default. In addition to that, it may initiate continuous redirects to domain, which is an untrustworthy search site. Be careful and avoid making searches with it as it may deliver altered search results filled with sponsored links and advertisements.

However, not only search can initiate undesired redirects but also predetermined ads that may show up while you are using this browser. The most important thing that you have to keep in mind is related to the reliability of the websites that Amigo ads can try to promote. It has been found that it can try to support both reliable ant untrustworthy sites, which may even be involved in suspicious activities.

If you click on ads or third-party links, Amigo virus might redirect you to websites that were created for spreading malware[3] or various scams.[4] Thus, cyber criminals might have prepared various tricks to get your sensitive information or convince to download bogus software.

Not to mention, this browser is also blamed for spying on its users and collecting personally non-identifiable information related to their browsing habits. Keeping in mind that this program is closely related to third parties and may leak data to them, we highly recommend to remove Amigo and set one of the trusted browsers, such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer by default.

Questions about Amigo virus

At the end of the article, we have provided instructions that will help to get rid of the adware manually. However, we suggest saving your time and scanning computer with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. This anti-malware[5] will complete automatic Amigo removal for you.

The picture of Amigo virus
Amigo is a suspicious browser that might infiltrate computers with the help of freeware.

The hijack might occur during incorrect installation of freeware or shareware

The browser is promoted via the official website and can be downloaded right there. However, it is seldom installed manually as the site can hardly be found accidentally, whereas the program does not seem that trustworthy to be used instead of the most reliable browsers.

In most of the cases, it is distributed via other freeware and shareware, such as download managers, PDF creators, media players, games, etc. that are promoted on such popular websites as,,, and so on.

Such marketing method is known as “bundling” and is deceptive enough to make people install unwanted apps without being noticed. To prevent this from happening, whenever you decide to install a freeware, keep in mind these tips:

  • opt for Advanced/Custom installation (instead of Quick/Basic),
  • read all terms carefully,
  • unmark ticks that are set alongside statements that you agree to install Amigo or another suspicious application.

Uninstall Amigo virus from the computer

To reset a default web browser, first of all, you will have to remove Amigo and other related programs, such as Search ProtectWebSparkleMyAllSearch and so on. In order to do that, you can follow manual removal guidelines below.

If you decide to uninstall the adware manually, you should be careful. Various programs, files, and extensions might have been installed in numerous places on the system. It’s crucial to find and delete all these entries in order to stop redirects, ads and get back control over your browser.

However, we want to remind that automatic Amigo removal can protect you from failure. Install reputable anti-malware, update it and scan the system. Within several minutes this PUP will be terminated from your PC.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Amigo virus, follow these steps:

Remove Amigo from Windows systems

Go to Control Panel and look up for Amigo. Uninstall this program together with other unknown applications.

  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 Amigo and related programs
    Here, look for Amigo 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'

Delete Amigo from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Amigo or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Uninstall Amigo from Internet Explorer (IE)

Follow the steps below to clean Internet Explorer from virus-related components.

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Amigo and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Amigo removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Erase Amigo virus from Microsoft Edge

After adware infiltration, some suspicious components may have been installed to Microsoft Edge. Thus, you need to fix this problem by following these steps:

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Amigo should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of Amigo from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Make sure that any suspicious extensions or add-ons haven't been installed to Mozilla Firefox. These guidelines will help you to get rid of these entries.

  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 Amigo 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. 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'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Amigo removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate Amigo from Google Chrome

Follow the instructions to delete all components from Google Chrome that might be related to Amigo virus.

  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 Amigo 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. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. 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
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Amigo removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove Amigo from Safari

  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 Amigo or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. 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...'
  4. 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 Amigo removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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