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Remove Becovi (Free Instructions) - Virus Removal Guide

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

Becovi is the browser hijacker that changes default search engine to search.becovi.com to control results

BecoviBecovi – a search engine that redirects to commercial pages and injects online search results with advertisements not originating from the pages. That behavior creates more reroutes of online traffic and exposes the user to unwanted and intrusive advertisements. Browser hijackers are typically more focused on controlling the content that the viewer gets to see and changes particular web browser settings like homepage, default search engine, new tab, and similar preferences. Since this is the potentially unwanted program, it can track your online browsing preferences and details regarding the content you mostly view and visit or search for. Unfortunately, this is not the biggest issue regarding the intruder – the online ads that get delivered to your screen can include malicious material and lead to more serious infections.[1]

The Becovi hijacker is almost identical to tons of other fake search engines, but the specific intruder is focusing on affecting macOS devices and primarily comes to Google Chrome and Safari browsers. However, there is no guarantee that Windows machine or Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer users cannot experience content related to this shady PUP. Such rogue application gets promoted online, and deceptive advertisements even trigger the automatic download of the hijack, so there is little to none possibility to easily notice infiltration when it actually happens. Even the symptoms of the browser hijacker appear after a while, so you need to react to the redirects and suspicious content as soon as possible. 

Name Becovi
Type Browser hijacker
Additional symptoms It affects the speed and performance of the machine and web browser because it shows additional commercial content and redirects to pages where the user gets exposed to the possibly dangerous material. Hijacker changes the preferences and settings of the web browsers to affect the inline traffic
Target macOS running devices
Distribution Freeware installations from deceptive pages, misleading promotional content, websites that provide free software and other PUPs
Elimination Becovi removal should include a full system scan using professional anti-malware tools, so all the traces and associated programs get to be eliminated entirely
Repair Besides affecting the browsing online, this intruder causes issues with system functions and files that get altered or damaged. get a PC repair tool or a cleaner like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego and run the software to see any parts that need fixing

The so-called Becovi virus may resemble a legitimate search engine that gives improved results and useful content. However, the minute you try to search for anything using this search engine, you get redirected from search.becovi.com to shady services showing online advertisements and promotional material. There are no improvements that were promised by developers on those promotional ads and websites.

This fake search engine is a rogue application that is not providing useful results. Becovi makes unauthorized changes to your web browser settings and replaces the default search engine with its own search.becovi.com, so all the online search attempts get redirected through this engine that delivers altered results filled with redirects, banners, pop-ups, and in-text hyperlinks.

Becovi also employs additional data tracking features and gets to access users' browsing activity and preferences needed for personalized advertising campaigns.[2] Since this is a cyber threat that falls into the category of potentially unwanted programs, it is related to many ad-supported sites that base their content creation on users' details, so views, page visits, and clicks on pop-ups can be ensured. This is how pay-per-click revenue is generated that advertisers live off.[3] 

However, aggressive advertising campaigns also mean that people who encounter all the Becovi redirects and other commercial content related to this PUP are at risk of getting their details sold, exposed, or misused for more malicious purposes besides advertising. When IP addresses and technical information about devices are collected, there is not much risk.  Becovi virus
Becovi - the potentially unwanted program that controls internet browsing activities, so intrusive ads can be displayed.
Remember that when you wait to perform Becovi removal for too long, more personalized information like email addresses, location, social media activities, and preferences may get tracked and recorded. This data is exceptionally valuable when it comes to scammers and malicious actors. You may get ads more geared towards you or emails containing your personal information that trick into downloading more malware or blackmailing messages.

There are many reasons that should encourage you to remove Becovi, but as many experts,[4] we recommend to do that as soon as possible to avoid privacy issues and get rid of the unwanted commercial content that keeps you from accessing useful material online. 

You should also note that besides a full system scan using anti-malware tools that can terminate Becovi and additional threats, you should go through the web browsers manually. You need to find suspicious extensions, applications, and other questionable material and block, remove, delete that from the system. As for direct system changes, go for professional system optimization tools like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

Shady services promote dangerous programs and tools

When you encounter redirects to shady sites and get on software promoting pages, you should consider everything dangerous because online content can include malicious programs and scripts that launch automatic infections. Even when the site is promoting useful and legitimate-looking material, there is no need to fall for such tricks when you are not guaranteed that the source is trustworthy.

Freeware promotions claim about non-existent features, and this is how PUPs end up installed by the user willingly. However, such intruders mainly come due to insecure installations and occur on the machine without your knowledge. Choosing Recommended or Quick installation options means that you agree to get all the programs and tools included in the installation setup. 

However, that also means downloading PUPs, useless system utilities or even more dangerous programs. When you go for Advanced or Custom installations from the first step, you can see the full list and de-select anything that is not desirable or creates suspicions.

Removal steps for Becovi browser hijacker

You should remove Becovi from your Windows or macOS computer system as soon as you see this browser hijacker lurking on your machine. Despite initiating changes on your web browser's search engine, new tab URL, and homepage, the potentially unwanted program can also fill directories such as Task Manager, Registry, and Applications folder (Mac) with questionable-looking components that also need to be eliminated for a full removal process.

There are two ways in which you can complete Becovi removal. The first technique is known as the automatic one that requires purchasing and downloading reliable antimalware software. Afterward, you can initiate and complete the entire task within a few minutes of time. Continuously, you can try to get rid of the cyber threat with the help of the manual guidelines that are added at the end of this article and are there to help you clean both your OS and browser apps.

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To remove Becovi, follow these steps:

Delete Becovi from Windows systems

To eliminate the browser hijacker from Windows, use these instructing steps

  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 Becovi and related programs
    Here, look for Becovi 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 Becovi 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.

Erase Becovi from Mac OS X system

To get rid of the potentially unwanted program from your macOS computer, apply the following guide

  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 Becovi 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 Becovi from Internet Explorer (IE)

  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 Becovi 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 Becovi removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Get rid of Becovi 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, Becovi should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove Becovi from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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

Eliminate Becovi from Google Chrome

To clean Google Chrome from unwanted components and reverse all the changes that were done by the browser hijacker, complete the following guidelines

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

Delete Becovi from Safari

To bring Safari back to its previous position and eliminate the browser-hijacking product, you should follow the below-provided instructing steps

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

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