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Remove virus (Removal Guide) - Apr 2017 update

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

The overview of the virus

Despite the fact that virus can sneak into the system unnoticed, the signs of the infection are clear. It replaces current browser’s homepage address and sets Amisites Search as your default search engine. By altering browser’s settings and making modifications to the system, the virus strengthens its presence on the computer. This browser hijacker gets inside having only one purpose – to display commercial content. Sponsored links might show up on the search results page, various pop-ups, banners and in-text ads might appear on each visited websites. Obviously, intrusive ads are annoying and reduce browsing quality; however, they might lead to a computer or privacy-related problems. Thus, if you don’t want to reveal your personal information to suspicious companies and get your computer infected with malware, you should initiate removal immediately. We recommend scanning the computer with ReimageIntego and letting professional anti-malware program eliminating this cyber parasite.

The screenshot of hijacks web browsers imitating a legitimate search engine but in reality its search results contain numerous sponsored links and ads, thus using it may not be safe.

Questions about virus

Amisites Search is presented as a search engine that promises to provide broader opportunities to access various information resources online. What is more, it is available in 20 different languages, and this feature might attract computer users from various places of the world. It uses Google database which has the answer to almost every question if used right[1]. Though search results are pretty much the same as the ones displayed by Google, you should not let your guard down because they can contain sponsored links and ads leading you to unsafe websites. Thus, no matter how trustworthy Amisites malware looks like, you should know that it is not a reliable search engine and that its search results can easily redirect you to malicious websites. What is more, it has been discovered that this questionable search engine is related with another PUP known as If you thought that you are dealing with a less suspicious browsing tool, you should read its EULA or End User's License Agreement that claims:

You understand that by using the Amisites Services, You may be exposed to content that is offensive, indecent or objectionable. Under no circumstances will Amisites be liable in any way for any content, including, but not limited to, any errors or omissions in any content, or any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any content posted, transmitted or otherwise made available via the Amisites Services.

The main negative feature of this hijacker is redirect problem that occurs when you either click on a pop-up or when you attempt to enter the specific web page. Almost all browser hijackers are in vital need of the additional support. Anonymous online advertising companies and suspicious third-parties provide such support in exchange for the display of their commercial offers and advertisements. Besides, virus displays intrusive advertisements based on user’s search habits and other browsing-related information. If you are a cautious person, you may not like the fact that its spies on your browsing activities for collecting this non-personally identifiable information which, fortunately, does not include your logins or social security number[2]. However, your email address, mostly visited websites or computer's IP address can be shared with the developers of this browser hijacker[3]. Thus, if you do not want to lose your personal information or accidentally install malware, you should remove before it entangles your PC entirely.

Why was my browser hijacked? hijack has occurred because you did not pay enough attention to the software installation. Typically, such potentially unwanted programs infiltrate systems when people inattentively install free programs on their computers. You should be especially careful when downloading a free audio converter, a media player or similar software. If you are looking for, let's say, a player, make sure you select official websites and reliable developers[4].

To protect yourself from other common mistakes, you should double check the installation instructions and stop clicking “Next” button to increase the installation speed of the software because you cannot realize that there is a “bonus” application hiding inside it[5]. If you want to escape other potentially unwanted applications in the future, always opt for “Custom” or “Advanced” installation mode. Then, take a good look at the stages to spot any unnecessary applications. If you find some third-party apps or agreements to make your default search engine, unmark them one by one. Next time you are about to choose a new search engine, take a look at the user reviews about the particular search engine of your interest. Other users’ experience might help you to escape the bothersome effects of a hijacker.

Quick and safe ways to remove from the browser

If you want to save your time and energy, install an anti-spyware program for removal. This program will locate the hijacker within a blink of an eye and delete it before you even notice. It is apt in detecting minor potentially malicious files which might be related with the hijacker. What is more, the security program can provide real-time protection against more serious viruses, such as Trojans and ransomware. There is also the second option of eliminating the PUP – manual removal. If you want to remove manually, please have a look at our prepared instructions below. Keep in mind that you have to pay utmost attention and precisely follow each stage of the removal guidelines in order to terminate this virus completely. We want to warn you that it may not be an as simple task as you would like it to be.

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To remove virus, follow these steps:

Remove from Windows systems

To fix your Windows OS manually, you need to open Task Manager and get rid of every element of this browser hijacker. Make sure you get rid of such entries as Amisites Uninstall and similar components.

  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 and related programs
    Here, look for 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 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 '' 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.

Uninstall from Mac OS X system

Amisites virus is not compatible with Mac OS X yet. However, there is no guarantee that it won't be in nearest future. To remove it with the help of manual removal option, you need to uninstall every component of this browser hijacker. Tip: look for Amisites Services and similar developer. If you can't name the developer of the program, you should get rid of it as well.

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

Remove virus from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for 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 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 virus and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the virus-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Erase from Internet Explorer (IE)

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 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,
  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 virus removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate virus from Microsoft Edge

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 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

Delete from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

If your Firefox is infected with Amisites, make sure you remove all suspicious add-ons from the browser. Besides, you should also remove www.[virus name].com/….. line from the Target field (it goes after C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe)

  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 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 removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of from Google Chrome

To fix Chrome after Amisites hijack, you need to eliminate malicious add-ons from the browser. Don't forget to uninstall www.[virus name].com/….. line from the Target field (it goes after C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\chrome.exe)

  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 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 removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove 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 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, 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 removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Data backups are important – recover your lost files

Ransomware is one of the biggest threats to personal data. Once it is executed on a machine, it launches a sophisticated encryption algorithm that locks all your files, although it does not destroy them. The most common misconception is that anti-malware software can return files to their previous states. This is not true, however, and data remains locked after the malicious payload is deleted.

While regular data backups are the only secure method to recover your files after a ransomware attack, tools such as Data Recovery Pro can also be effective and restore at least some of your lost data.

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  1. Dave says:
    June 27th, 2016 at 1:13 am

    Those redirects are becoming quite annoying.

  2. Mike says:
    June 27th, 2016 at 1:13 am

    It doesnt look so bad.

  3. Kylie says:
    June 27th, 2016 at 1:15 am

    How did I end up with…

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