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Remove Blekko virus

removal by Olivia Morelli - -   Also known as blekko.com, blekko toolbar, blekko virus, Blekko redirect | Type: Browser hijacker

What is Blekko?

Blekko is a web search engine, which claims that it is capable of providing the best search results for its users. Please, do NOT think that they are better than those that are offered by Google Search, Bing, Yahoo and other well known search sites. In reality, there is no guarantee that they won’t be filled with suspicious links that may lead you to suspicious, questionable and even dangerous websites. After clicking them, you may be tricked into downloading other suspicious programs to your computer, so you should never visit them. Besides, this site, which was launched to the public on November 1, 2010, may cause slow downs and annoying pop-up ads on each of your web browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, etc.). If you have just discovered Blekko virus on each of these browsers, it means that you have downloaded a program, which was involved to the distribution of this search site. That’s not a new thing. This distribution method is called bundling and the only way to avoid it is to start monitoring installation of the freeware. Last, but definitely not the least, issue that can be initiated by this search engine is tracking of people’s browsing habits. In most of the cases, it is interested in people’s search terms, mostly visited websites, data that they enter when visiting them, etc. No matter that such information is called ‘personally non-identifiable’ web don’t recommend sharing it with unknown parties. If you want to protect yourself, you have to remove Blekko hijacker from your computer. This can be done with a help of ReimageIntego or other reputable anti-spyware.

How can Blekko hijack my computer?

Blekko is not as malicious as rogue anti-spywares or ransomwares. However, as you may have already understood, it may cause lots of issues on your computer. That’s why we highly recommend you to avoid this search engine and continue using Google, Yahoo or Bing. In order to protect yourself from this and other browser hijackers that may try to redirect your browser to unknown websites, you should start monitoring installation of the freeware. Please, select only Custom or Advanced installation of the freeware because there are hundreds of download managers. PDF creators, video streaming software and similar programs that have been involved to Blekko distribution. After doing so, you should deselect pre-checked check boxes that may inform you that you want to set blekko.com as your start page or default search engine. If it has already showed up on your computer, you can fix this issue with a help of a guide below.

How can I remove Blekko virus?

Questions about Blekko virus

It is hard to delete Blekko manually because this browser hijacker drops various components on the system and hides them. That’s why it may reappear on your computer after rebooting your computer. In order to avoid that, you should use programs that are given below. They will help you to delete Blekko toolbar with all components that it has. Of course, if you have downloaded Blekko manually and you think that it’s useful, you can leave it.

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To remove Blekko virus, follow these steps:

Delete Blekko from Windows systems

  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 Blekko and related programs
    Here, look for Blekko 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 Blekko 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.

Get rid of Blekko from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Blekko virus from Applications folder:

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

Eliminate Blekko 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 Blekko 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, 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 Blekko virus removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove Blekko 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 Blekko 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

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

Uninstall Blekko from Google Chrome

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

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

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  1. copywriter says:
    June 17th, 2012 at 1:41 am

    Most likely youve downloaded a program from Cnet and (unasked) got Blekko with it. How to get rid of it?

    Step 1
    go to your program list and remove Blekko and at the same time remove the program youve downloaded from Cnet at the time, just to be on the safe side.

    Step2
    Run CCleaner to remove any traces left behind

    Step3
    Go to your browser and set it to your preferred search engine.
    Then check ALL your browser settings. I mean ALL.
    Wherever you see Blekko remove it, could be 3 or 4 settings.
    If its still there then youve missed a setting somewhere.
    Check again.

    Step 4
    AVOID Cnet and Blekko LIKE THE PLAGUE
    and put them on your blacklist.

    I positively hate it when people are installing all kinds of unasked garbage on my computer. Ive wasted an hour to figure it all out and to get rid of it.
    An hour I could have spent more productively.
    $%*&*$@ Cnet and Blekko.

  2. danny says:
    June 19th, 2012 at 1:21 am

    The funny part that they brand therself as “spam free”

  3. wolftone says:
    June 22nd, 2012 at 4:16 am

    I followed your instructions as well as doing a manual Registration clean, I also ran CCleaner and Malwaebyres full search. This removed all blekko from my computer including my browsers IE9 and Firefox, with the exception of Google Chrome where it was still showing. I did a seperate removal on Chrome but to no availl so I ended up removing Chrome altogether.
    Regards Wolftone

  4. CNET downloader says:
    October 13th, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    I confirm. I just installed some software from CNET and Blekko got installed on all my browsers.

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