Domain Trust Checker browser hijacker Removal Guide
What is Domain Trust Checker browser hijacker?
Domain Trust Checker is a bogus browser extension that monetizes user activity
Domain Trust Checker is a dubious browser extension
Domain Trust Checker is a potentially unwanted program that gets added to the browser and changes various settings like the homepage, new tab address, and search engine. As with many other PUPs, like system tools, the extension most likely does not actually do anything, and the domain checking just shows random numbers to appear functional.
The main purpose of such apps is to monetize user browsing activities with the help of pay-per-click advertising. The plugin may generate commercial content like surveys, banners, giveaways, cause redirects, inject promotional links in the research results. Because the developers of such add-ons do not care about user privacy or security, the ads can lead to dangerous websites where people can get tricked by social engineering techniques.
Scammers target less IT-savvy people and they can fool them into providing personal information, downloading PUAs, malware which could lead to monetary losses, or even identity theft. Phishing pages have become very sophisticated over the past years and even more experienced users can get tricked by them.
|Domain Trust Checker
|Browser hijacker; potentially unwanted program
|Changed browser settings, different appearance, increased amount of commercial content
|Web stores, shady websites, deceptive ads, freeware installations
|The extension can manipulate the search results and lead users to dangerous websites where they could get tricked into providing their personal information or downloading PUPs, malware
|Remove an extension via browser settings
|Use a maintenance tool like FortectIntego to clear your browsers completely and optimize the machine
Although we always tell our readers to only use official web stores to get their apps from, they are not completely safe. The problem is that web store owners have trouble deciding what is an unwanted program so users can get their browsers hijacked even from the chrome web store.
Nowadays, people have to start doing their own research because picking a random extension and trying it out is not an option anymore. We recommend looking for reviews, amount of users, information on the external sources, etc. Although it is quite a lengthy process, it is worth keeping your digital bubble safe.
Another way people install PUAs is without even knowing. This happens when users choose a program they want to download from a freeware platform. The owners of such sites still need to make money, so they include additional programs in the installers without notifying the users.
Because most people find the installation process boring, they just skip through the steps and rush in order to try out the newest software as soon as possible. The next time you want to install free software, follow these steps to minimize the risk of uninvited guests:
- Choose the “Custom” or “Advanced” installation method
- Check the file list and see if there are any additional apps. If you see some, untick the boxes next to their names so they would not install in your machine
Domain Trust Checker does not provide any benefits for the users
Try not to visit shady sites as they can be full of deceptive ads and sneaky redirects. For example, some illegal streaming platforms have fake “Download” and “Play” buttons. When users click on them, a new tab opens and they get redirected to a random ad. That is why sometimes browser hijackers have their own dedicated promotional websites that boast about how great the app is making people want to try it.
Start the removal by going to your browser settings
First, you need to remove the Domain Trust Checker extension from your browser:
- Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
- In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to the unwanted program by clicking Remove.
- Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
- From the list, pick the extension and click on the Gear icon.
- Click on Uninstall at the bottom.
MS Edge (Chromium)
- Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
- Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.
- Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
- Select Add-ons.
- In here, select unwanted plugin and click Remove.
- Click Safari > Preferences…
- In the new window, pick Extensions.
- Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall.
- Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
- Pick Manage Add-ons.
- You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.
After you have finally got rid of the hijacker, you might still experience messed-up settings. We suggest using FortectIntego repair tool to clear your browsers and to completely get rid of any remaining damage. By the way, it can also optimize your device and improve performance.
There still might be a PUP hiding in your machine
As we said before, you can infect yourself with PUAs by not paying attention during the installation process and browsing through shady sites. If the previous removal method did not get rid of the intruder, and you still experience changed settings, you most likely have an unwanted program performing tasks without your consent. Identifying the program responsible for hijacking your browser might be difficult if you do not have experience. It could be disguised as an antivirus, image editing software, or anything else and look like a “handy” tool you may need.
If you are not sure what to do and you do not want to risk eliminating the wrong files, we suggest using SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes security tools that will scan your machine for suspicious processes, eliminate them, and prevent such infections in the future by giving you a warning before a malicious program can make any changes.
If manual removal is what you prefer, we have instructions for Windows and Mac machines:
- Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
- Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.
- From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
- Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
- If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
- Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.
- Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
- In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.
- Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
- At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
- In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
- Click OK once the removal process is finished.
- From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
- In the Applications folder, look for all related entries.
- Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)
To fully remove an unwanted app, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:
- Select Go > Go to Folder.
- Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
- In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries and then delete them.
- Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files.
How to prevent from getting browser hijacker
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