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Remove eFast Browser (Removal Instructions) - Jul 2017 update

removal by Linas Kiguolis - -   Also known as eFast | Type: Adware

eFast Browser is a bogus copy of Google Chrome

The picture of eFast Browser

eFast Browser, or simply eFast, is developed by ClaraLabs S.A. It is presented as “fast, stable, and easy to use” Chromium-based web browser[1] that is an excellent alternative to Google Chrome browser. However, security experts warn that this program belongs to the group of potentially unwanted programs (PUP) and adware.[2]

The main characteristics of this ad-supported program:

  • copies the design and interface of Google Chrome;
  • creates a bunch of shortcuts to popular websites on the desktop;
  • might alter search results;
  • delivers an excessive amount of online ads;
  • redirects to potentially dangerous websites;
  • might collect information about users.

Authors of this product are already known for spreading Unico Browser, Tortuga Browser, and other software that are considered to be potentially unwanted and dangerous for people’s privacy and PC’s security. In most of the cases, the browser is installed on computers without being noticed in a software bundle.

From the first glimpse, eFast Browser virus does not differ from Google Chrome web browser. To be more specific, these two web browsers use the same color scheme, logos, and apply Google as a default homepage/search provider. However, these two services cannot be compared.

The research revealed that the content provided by this browser is potentially dangerous. It is supported by advertising, what means that one of its tasks is to generate sponsored advertisements while people are browsing the net. Consequently, when using this web browser for surfing the net, you may notice an excessive amount of “Ads by [name of the adware],” [name of the adware] Ads,” “Brought by [name of the adware],” and similarly.

Supporters of this fake browser are may be of questionable reputation due to attempts to spread malware[3] or virus on random computers. Thus, it’s highly NOT recommended to click on any of the eFast Browser ads. This browser can display misleading advertisements and expose you to the pages embedded with fake software updates, infected links, unwanted software installers, and so on.

What is more, developers claim that this web browser allows to “Browse the web more safely with malware and protection built-in Chromium.” However, it’s not true. It has been found that this browser may not conform to proper security updates.

Questions about eFast Browser

In order to protect your computer from possible cyber threats, you need to remove eFast from the device. However, your PC is not the only one that needs to be taken care of. This browser extension might also be used for analyzing people’s web browsing habits. For that, it may be filled with tracking cookies, web beacons, and similar software used for collecting, storing, and transmitting to remote control servers information like:

  • PC’s IP address;
  • location;
  • email address;
  • search queries;
  • pages viewed;
  • download/upload details;
  • and similar data.

Aggregated data is usually used for marketing purposes. However, it might also be sold or shared with third parties. Thus, if your privacy matters to you, you should run a full system scan with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego and perform the automatic eFast removal.

The image of eFast Browser virus
eFast is a bogus software that pretends to be a copy of Google Chrome.

Chromium-based browser might travel in software packages

eFast is most likely to be spread by bundling. In other words, it can hardly be found on the Internet as an individual tool. Usually, it travels bundled with other free programs, for instance, PDF converters, movie players, and other freeware or shareware. Thus, anyone from United States, Brazil or France[4] can download this PUP unintentionally.

To prevent this pest from unauthorized infiltration, we highly recommend you to check advanced or custom settings of each freeware and reject installation of “additional components.” Keep in mind that eFast hijack might occur when you install software under quick or recommended mode.

What is more, you should also read the Privacy Policy and EULA[5] before installing a new program. These documents might reveal about bundled software or suspicious data tracking techniques.

Elimination options for eFast virus

To remove eFast Browser from the computer, you have two choices. The first method suggests locating adware-related entries manually. The second method offers to dedicate this task for security software.

If you decide to get rid of the adware manually, you need to check the system for suspicious components. In order to do that, you should follow the steps below and uninstall all unknown entries from the Control Panel and web browsers.

However, if manual eFast removal seems complicated, you should hesitate and opt for the second elimination option. This method asks to install security software and scan the system with the help of it.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. 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 eFast Browser, follow these steps:

Erase eFast Browser from Windows systems

Open Control Panel and have a look through the list of recently installed programs. If you find eFast and other suspicious programs, uninstall them immediately.

  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 eFast Browser and related programs
    Here, look for eFast Browser 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'

Get rid of eFast Browser 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 eFast Browser 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'

Remove eFast Browser from Internet Explorer (IE)

Follow the instructions to get rid of the adware-related components from Internet Explorer.

  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 eFast Browser 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 eFast Browser removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete eFast Browser from Microsoft Edge

After the hijack, you should take care of Microsoft Edge by following these guidelines:

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, eFast Browser should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Eliminate eFast Browser from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

First of all, uninstall eFast Browser extension, as well as other add-ons that may have been installed without your knowledge as well. Secondly, reset Mozilla Firefox in order to get rid of tracking cookies.

  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 eFast Browser 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. 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'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete eFast Browser removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall eFast Browser from Google Chrome

These instructions will help you to delete eFast from the Google Chrome entirely. Please follow them carefully and do not leave any adware-related entries installed.

  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 eFast Browser 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. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. 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
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete eFast Browser removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase eFast Browser 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 eFast Browser or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. 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...'
  4. 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 eFast Browser 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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  1. jim jia says:
    December 22nd, 2015 at 4:34 am

    I did not understand that eFast browser is on my PC as it does not actually differ from Chrome. Nevertheless, I started suspecting something to go wrong due to lots of eFast ads during browsing. Be careful

  2. Bob Degus says:
    December 22nd, 2015 at 4:36 am

    Is this browser work as an extension of Chrome? Im using Google Chome browser, but what raise my doubts is lots of advertisements marked as “Ads by eFast.”

  3. Bill Webb says:
    December 22nd, 2015 at 4:37 am

    I think that eFast Browser virus can cause other browsers to display ads. Thats my opinion, but you should ask professionals for that. In my case, eFast Browser has been set by default and I could not use another browser

  4. Las Vegas says:
    December 22nd, 2015 at 4:38 am

    REMOVE EFAST BROWSER ASAP!!! It can cause browsers redirections to malicious pages..

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