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Apusx. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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Apusx browser hijacker might cause unwanted changes on web browsers

Examples of Apusx redirects

Apusx is a browser hijacker[1] that is capable of altering browser’s settings installed on any Windows computer. This potentially unwanted program (PUP) might infiltrate computer’s unnoticed, alter browser’s settings, change its startup page and display aggressive or questionable ads.

When Apusx virus gets into the system (usually with the help of free program installers), it alters browser’s settings, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer or other browsers that are supported by Windows OS.

Typically, the hijacker sets Apusx.com as browser’s startup page. Researchers detected two versions of this website. One of them displays Windows Server webpage which provides Internet Information Services. Clicking on “Welcome” icon redirects to Microsoft IIS website.

The second version of the apusx.com is a suspicious search engine which is called a “Dreamer” and promoted as a “new way to explore the world.” However, security specialists do not recommend trusting and using this Google-based search engine because it might trick you into visiting potentially dangerous websites.

Apusx.com virus might trigger unwanted redirects when you click on a specific link on the results page. Instead of redirecting you to the needed site, you might end up on a commercial third-party site. However, specialists from the bedynet.ru[2] report about highly suspicious Apusx redirect tendencies when users are rerouted to phishing sites where they can lose personal information or money.

Additionally, the appearance of the browser hijacker might increase the risk of infiltration of other malware. Apusx might also display ads that might contain misleading or malicious content. Thus, it’s highly recommended staying away from them and taking necessary measures for the hijacker’s removal.

To sum up, Apusx might cause these problems on the affected computer:

  • alteration of homepage or default search engine;
  • installation of unknown browser add-ons or extensions without asking user’s permissions;
  • modification of Windows registry and browser’s settings in order to prevent users from reverting all the changes;
  • diminished browsing experienced due to the delivery of ads and redirects;
  • the general sluggishness of the computer due to the above-mentioned activities or data tracking.

In order to remove Apusx and change your homepage, you should perform a full system scan with a professional and updated anti-malware software. Tools like Reimage can easily locate all hijacker-related entries and wipe out this cyber threat within a couple of minutes.

However, if you can also opt for the manual Apusx removal. However, we want to warn that many users encountered difficulties with this method due to hijackers complexity. Though, we cannot stop you from trying to do it. Thus, we have provided detailed guidelines at the end of the article in order to help you.

Software bundling – the major hijacker’s distribution method

This potentially unwanted application spreads with the help of many programs that are available to download for free on various websites or P2P networks. The majority of users make the major mistake when installing freeware, so they are potential targets of the Apusx hijack or installation of other unwanted apps.[3]

The problem is that users employ “Recommended” or “Quick” installation settings that do not disclose about third-party applications that might be included in the software packages. However, using “Custom” or “Advanced” settings help to avoid this mistake.

When using “Advanced” installer, you have to unmark all pre-selected applications that are offered to download along with the primary program. It doesn’t matter they promise to improve your browsing life or to optimize your PC, most of the time it’s not true.

Remove Apusx.com and get back access to your web browser

In the first part of the article, we have mentioned two possible Apusx removal methods. One of them is automatic which requires just scanning the device with reputable anti-malware software. However, we recommend resetting the browser too to delete tracking cookies or other invisible components.

Another way to remove Apusx.com allows looking for hijacker-related components manually. We have provided detailed instructions that will help you to succeed with the removal. However, if you fail and hijacker comes back, please switch to the automatic elimination.

You can remove Apusx automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareWebroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus, Malwarebytes Anti Malware. We recommend these applications because they can easily delete potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Apusx, follow these steps:

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Delete Apusx from Windows systems

To get rid of Apusx manually, follow these steps attentively and set your web browsers to the default state:

  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 Apusx and related programs
    Here, look for Apusx 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 Apusx 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.

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Eliminate Apusx 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 Apusx 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'
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Get rid of Apusx from Internet Explorer (IE)

After the hijack, follow these steps to fix Internet Explorer:

  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 Apusx 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 Apusx removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Remove Apusx from Microsoft Edge

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, Apusx should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Erase Apusx from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Uninstall suspicious Firefox extensions and reset its settings to remove Apusx.com from the startup page:

  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 Apusx 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 Apusx removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Uninstall Apusx from Google Chrome

Follow these steps to recover Google Chrome after the virus attack:

  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 Apusx 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 Apusx removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Delete Apusx 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 Apusx 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 Apusx, 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 Apusx removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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