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Remove Becovi (Simple Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

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Becovi is an application that can be downloaded along freeware

BecoviBecovi is an alternative search engine that can provide you with improved search results

Becovi is an application that is offered to users as an alternative search engine on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge, or another web browser. In some cases, users reported that they had found an extension installed on their system seemingly out of nowhere – this is because they haven't noticed a notification during the tool's installation. It states that the homepage and new tab address will be altered to search.becovi.com.

In some cases, users even called it “Becovi virus,” although this is far from the truth. Viruses are not browser add-ons, as they propagate within the system by injecting their codes in system and program files. Therefore, extensions are not capable of such functionality.

While the Becovi app can indeed be installed via software bundles downloaded from third-party websites, it is up to users to decline the offers that are not comfortable with. Due to this function, some people might call the app as a potentially unwanted program,[1], although there are thousands of reputable applications that are spread via bundles.

Name Becovi
Type Browser extension
Functionality Users alternative search engine to provide improved search results to users without displaying excessive ads
Compatible with macOS and Windows machines
Installation You can download the app from several sources, including third-party sites that bundle software
Elimination You can easily delete the extension or an application by following our guide provided below
Optional Steps To keep the computer performance at its peak, we recommend using ReimageIntego. Keep in mind that adware and other PUPs might be spreading via software bundles, so it is recommended to scan the device with anti-malware solution

Becovi application is a legitimate search engine that provides improved results and useful content. Unlike browser hijackers, the app does not include a variety of sponsored links that are presented as real results. Instead, it uses a customized search engine with a clean user interface (UI) to provide an alternative browsing experience. Thus, do not be surprised once your searches are redirected to search.becovi.com.

As soon as Becovi is installed on the system, regardless if it was done via the software bundle or another method, it will modify the new tab address and the homepage, which includes an alternative search engine. If you believe that the app does it without permission, it is not true, since there is a clear notification about the browser changes. If you want to remove Becovi functions, you can easily do so by declining them in the first place.

Just like any other application that provides various features, Becovi uses monetization practices called pay-per-click.[2] Therefore while using the search engine, you might see some advertisements that can show you websites that might be useful for you. For example, if you are looking for a reputable anti-malware software, you can receive offers and discounts via the Becovi search tool.

However, for such practice to be advantageous for both parties, Becovi must collect a certain amount of anonymous information – this is also clearly stated on the official website:

We will use this data in order to operate and provide you with the Services and to customize and improve it. We will also use this data to assist us in implementing the advertisements incorporated within the Services (where applicable). For example, your IP address may be used to determine your approximate location (e.g., country) and thereby assist us in displaying relevant advertisements. Additionally, we may process this data in order to track usage, statistics and traffic flow, detect fraud, or any other security or technical issues that may arise in connection with the Services as well as for our internal analytical and statistical purposes.

To improve services and provide offers that are most relevant for your needs, Becovi might also collect search history, technical information of the device, installed operating system, browser type, etc.

Becovi appBecovi - a browser extension that can be downloaded with freeware

Keep in mind that, if you are not happy with this information gathering practices, you can perform Becovi removal easily – all you have to do is follow the instructions we provide below. Nonetheless, most tech corporations, including Google[3] and Facebook, also gather your data for monetization purposes. If information collection is your concern, we suggest you opt for more privacy-focused browsers/search engines, e.g., Brave browser, DuckDuckGo, the new MS Edge, etc.

We would also like to point out that not all applications spread via software bundles have an open approach when it comes to information gathering practices and ad integrity as Becovi. Some potentially unwanted programs might be harmful, so you should rely on reputable anti-malware programs to help you detect them. Additionally, we recommend using ReimageIntego for the best results.

Pay attention when installing freeware

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

You should remove Becovi from your Windows or macOS computer system if you are unhappy with the service it provides. For example, if the app ended up on your system after the installation of freeware, and you accidentally installed it. Besides, some users might not be keen on other companies tracking their online behavior.

Becovi appBecovi provides clean interface and minimal amount of ads

Becovi removal should not be difficult:

  • If you have an extension installed on the web browser, you can easily eliminate it by right-clicking on it or accessing the add-on section via the settings menu;
  • If you have a program installed on your Windows or Mac, you should access the Programs & Features/Applications section and perform uninstallation from there.

Additionally, if you frequently use third-party websites to download applications (especially untrustworthy ones), you are highly recommended to perform a full system scan with anti-malware software and then reset the installed web browsers.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. 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 Becovi, follow these steps:

Delete Becovi from Windows systems

To eliminate programs 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 unwanted apps from macOS, follow this guide

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

Remove Becovi from Applications folder:

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

Uninstall Becovi 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 Becovi 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 Becovi removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of Becovi 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 Becovi-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

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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