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Remove Binkiland Search (Free Guide) - updated Feb 2020

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

Binkiland Search is the program that sets itself as a default search engine or even installs its own browser to replace your preferred one

Binkiland.comBinkiland Search is the program promoted as a functional and useful browsing tool that should improve your experience online and provide results improved by altered entries. However, this is the program considered to be a browser hijacker or a redirect virus because it spreads around via other freeware installations and affects the time online significantly with its alterations and material displayed on the screen. This is the program almost identical to Vosteran.com, which is also considered potentially harmful and intrusive because it causes redirects to ad-supported pages and PUPs promoting websites. The most annoying feature if such intruders – the fact that all the changed made to your browser settings and preferences can affect the persistence of the app itself and even keep the annoying activities running when the PUP gets removed.

When you experience redirects to questionable commercial sites, pop-ups, and banners, different content appearing on common sites that typically don't have advertisements and notice that Binkiland.com is set as your homepage or other PUP-related changes, you should consider the machine affected by the browser hijacker.

Name Binkiland.com/ Binkiland Search
Type Browser hijacker
Symptoms The site appears on the browser and manages to set itself as a default homepage, search engine, and new tab. Fake search engine redirects every in-browser search session through commercial services and sponsored sites, so it generates views and visits on affiliated pages
Danger This is the potentially unwanted program that gathers, and misuse data collected about the users' habits while online and shares that data with third-parties. The intruder can also expose the user to possibly harmful material online
Distribution Freeware installations don't disclose additional downloads fully, and deceptive sites promote PUPs as useful browser tools
Elimination Remove Binkiland.com with proper anti-malware tools and clean the machine from any traces of the shady PUP
Repair Remember to clean the system from virus damage and repair crucial functions. Get Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or a PC repair tool and do that automatically

Binkiland Search or Binkiland.com is a browser add-on that may replace your homepage and search engine without permission asked. Due to such ability, security experts have categorized it as a browser hijacker.[1] Besides, it is labeled as a potentially unwanted program or PUP since its developers spread it by means of free software.

It is adapted to fit Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and other less frequently used web browsers. Like any other browser hijacker, the Binkiland Search virus modifies the start page, search engine, and a new tab. Besides, it may land on Windows startup, drop several registries, and install tracking cookies on each of the aforementioned web browsers.

Users reported that the program causes installations of additional programs and keeps the applications running on the machine. Unfortunately, Binkiland can keep add-ons, toolbars and system apps installed on the device, make them persistent and control the online traffic without any interruption:

I tried to uninstall it, but there was always a pop up that says, close all windows and try again. I deleted some files using regedit, and it doesn't pop up as default browser anymore, but i still couldn't uninstall it.

If it manages to do that, Binkiland virus gains control over the user's search sessions and may reroute him/her to predetermined websites. As research has shown, this hijacker is a customized Yahoo! search site. However, it's affected by third parties and set to display paid search results with sponsored links in priority.  Binkiland Search
Binkiland Search is a potentially unwanted program that claims to provide improved search results and improve the time online. This is the application promoted by PUP developers
Unfortunately, clicking the links delivered by this search engine may cause Binkiland Search redirects to suspicious or even unsafe websites. In addition to that, you should not trust this search site as it may interfere with your privacy and may collect personally non-identifiable information related to your browsing habits.

Beware that after gathering enough information, third-party advertisers may prepare customized advertisements and deliver them to you via Binkiland Search or other ad-supported PUPs. Even when such fake search engines resemble the legitimate one, you are not advised to use these tools. If you are experiencing any inconveniences related to a suspicious application, we recommend you to use a reputable anti-spyware and remove the intruder.

Also, system repairing software such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego should be used after Binkiland.com removal because you need to fix these issues with the registry, system performance, and speed without any delay. Go below the article to find additional tips and tricks for manual fixes in your web browsers.  

Make sure to remove Binkiland.com completely from the system of your machine before you change settings or go back to browsing online because any traces left on the computer can still affect the performance and cause those unwanted changes, affect the behavior. If you cannot find the program to uninstall, go for the better option – anti-malware tools and clean the machine thoroughly.

Freeware and shareware distribution risks

This search engine as any other hijacker may enter your system bundled with freeware. Bundled software may be downloaded from various download websites, such as soft32, softpedia.com, brothersoft.com, and many other torrent services or deceptive free pages.

The bundling distribution method allows freeware developers to earn the money; therefore, it's not surprising that this unfair distribution method is widely used. Research has shown that this intruder is commonly distributed via InstallCore installers and via Serif Movieplus Starter edition.[2] However, it can certainly be added to other third-party installers, such as InstallRex, CNET, Softonic, and so on.

We have received several reports that this plug-in has been installed from malavida.com along with TeamViewer Update. Keep that in mind and avoid visiting suspicious websites and installing unfamiliar programs. Besides, it has been noted that freeware bundles that carry one PUP can also install other intruders.[3] Binkiland Search redirect virus
Binkiland.com is the fake search engine that gets promoted and delivered via deceptive sites claiming about all the useful search engine features.

In order to prevent installing such and similar apps, it's very important to opt for the Advanced or Custom installation option. This way, all components, including additional browser add-ons, plug-ins, or toolbars, will be disclosed, and you will be able to deselect them. Be very attentive since they may be disclosed in a misleading manner.

Tips for the proper Binkiland Search virus termination

Remove Binkiland Search ASAP even though it's not considered to be malicious or a virus. It may still cause various computer-related issues and diminish your experience while browsing online. Therefore, take needed actions and get rid of it without any delay.

However, it may seem to be too difficult to achieve the best Binkiland Search removal results because you don't have particular knowledge or experience. The best way to tackle such an infection is to rely on professional anti-malware tools or AV engine-based programs.

When you treat this Binkiland.com virus as a real malware, the system can be cleaned fully, and all the potentially dangerous programs eliminated once and for all. To ensure that the PUP hasn't damaged the machine or affected vital functions, run a proper PC repair tool or a system optimizer that can fix virus damage regarding corrupted files or affected settings.

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To remove Binkiland Search, follow these steps:

Get rid of Binkiland Search from Windows systems

You should follow the instructions and clean the system from the intruder

  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 Binkiland Search and related programs
    Here, look for Binkiland Search 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 Binkiland Search 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.

Delete Binkiland Search 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 Binkiland Search 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'

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

Uninstall Binkiland Search 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, Binkiland Search should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase Binkiland Search from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Follow the guide and terminate any additional applications added without your permission

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

Remove Binkiland Search from Google Chrome

Since Binkiland.com is the browser-based virus it can install tools, add-ons and other content directly on the browser, so reset the Chrome to Default to reverse any unwanted changes

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

Get rid of Binkiland Search 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 Binkiland Search 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 Binkiland Search, 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 Binkiland Search removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

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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