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Remove Browser-net.net virus (Simple Removal Guide) - Tutorial

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Browser-net.net might hijack the most popular web browsers

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Browser-net.net is a suspicious Russian news website that includes a web search function. This website might appear on your browser after incorrect installation of freeware.

Due to its suspicious infiltration method and other negative features, it is classified as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and a browser hijacker. [1]

On the affected computer, it might modify Windows registry and alter targeted browsers’ settings. As a result, Browser-net.net becomes default homepage. In order to replace it with another domain is not as simple as you might think.

The hijacker takes control over the web browser and prevents users from customizing it. Thus, you won’t be able to delete this URL and type your preferred one.

However, it’s still possible to remove Browser-net.net either manually or automatically. At the end of the article, you will find manual elimination instructions. However, you can speed up this procedure with ReimageIntego and opt for the automatic elimination option.

Undoubtedly, there’s no need to delay a removal of the sneaky program that managed to get inside the system without asking direct permission. However, it’s not the only reason why it should not stay on your PC.

Browser-net.net has a search box that offers to browse the web. Currently, it redirects searches to Google. It seems that developers only participate in Google’s affiliate program. However, the situation might change soon, and they might be capable of altering search results.

Browser hijackers are known for the ability to replace organic links with sponsored ones. This activity helps to trick people into clicking on promotional links. By boosting traffic to particular sites, developers generate advertising-based revenue.

This potentially unwanted program might also be used as an advertising tool. It may deliver numerous online ads and redirect to promotional sites. The biggest issue here is not disturbed browsing sessions, but Browser-net.net redirect problems.

After clicking on an ad, you might be redirected to the infected or scam website.[2] Some of these ads might lead to tech support scam, phishing or other suspicious sites where you might be tricked into revealing your personal information.

Fortunately, Browser-net.net removal can help to avoid all these possible threats.

The picture of Browser-net.net virusBrowser-net.net might hijack your startup page after incorrect installation of freeware or shareware.

Browser hijacker spreads in the software packages

This potentially unwanted program might enter the system and hijack all popular web browsers after incorrect installation of freeware or shareware.

The distribution relies on bundling – a deceptive software marketing method. This strategy allows adding PUP in software package as an optional component.

When users install new programs downloaded from the Internet, they are asked to choose between Advanced and Recommended settings. To avoid installation of additional components, selecting Advanced settings is a must.

The installation wizard will show up the list of pre-selected entries. It’s important to untick all third-party programs and statements agreeing to make Browser-net.net your default homepage.

If you rush through the Advanced installation settings by quickly clicking “Next” button, you might overlook this important step. Thus, you should pay attention to this process to avoid PUPs.

Relying on Quick or Recommended settings might lead to Browser-net.net hijack and installation of other undesired applications. Thus, you should never choose these settings.

Removal of the Browser-net.net virus

There are two ways how you can remove Browser-net.net from your browser’s homepage – manual and automatic.

Manual method requires looking up for the hijacker and its components in the system. By following the instructions below, you have to investigate the system. You need to find and delete all suspicious programs and browser add-ons that may have been installed too.

Indeed, this elimination method requires putting more effort and time. What is more, if you fail and leave at least one hijacker-related entry, this PUP might show up again on your browser.

If you want to be 100% sure that Browser-net.net removal is successful from the first time, you should opt for the automatic elimination method.

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To remove Browser-net.net virus, follow these steps:

Erase Browser-net.net from Windows systems

In order to remove Browser-net.net manually from your PC, you need to make sure that any suspicious programs haven't been installed on your device too.

  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 Browser-net.net and related programs
    Here, look for Browser-net.net 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 Browser-net.net 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.

Uninstall Browser-net.net from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Browser-net.net from Applications folder:

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

Remove Browser-net.net from Internet Explorer (IE)

Follow the steps below to remove the virus from the Internet Explorer.

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 Browser-net.net 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 Browser-net.net removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate Browser-net.net virus from Microsoft Edge

These instructions will help you to terminate the hijacker from the Edge entirely.

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 Browser-net.net-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

Delete Browser-net.net from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Open the list of Firefox's extensions and remove suspicious entries. In order to delete all tracking cookies that may have been installed by Browser-net.net or third-parties, you should reset the browser too.

  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 Browser-net.net 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 Browser-net.net removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of Browser-net.net from Google Chrome

From the list of extensions remove all entries that might be related to Browser-net.net. Then reset Chrome as shown below.

  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 Browser-net.net 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 Browser-net.net removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase Browser-net.net 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 Browser-net.net 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 Browser-net.net, 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 Browser-net.net 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. 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 the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. 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.

 

Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.

Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 

 

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