EmailCheckToday browser hijacker (Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge) - Free Guide

EmailCheckToday browser hijacker Removal Guide

What is EmailCheckToday browser hijacker?

EmailCheckToday is a potentially unwanted application that takes over your browser

EmailCheckTodayEmailCheckToday is a potentially unwanted application that often spreads with freeware

EmailCheckToday is a browser-hijacking application that can be installed on your browser without you realizing it. This usually happens when users install freeware from third-party sources and don't pay attention to the optional apps that are offered in a bundle. Alternatively, you might have after seeing a misleading ad on some suspicious site or were attracted to its alleged function of providing quick access to various email services.

As soon as the EmailCheckToday hijacker is installed on the system, the homepage and the search engine of the browser are immediately changed. While this may initially not seem like a big deal, users would soon see that their searches are being redirected to an alternative provider, such as Bing or another one – it usually depends on your location and other preferences. This would also change the way search results are displayed, as they would be filled with sponsored links.

Another issue with EmailCheckToday is data tracking, as all browser hijackers gather at least some amount of information for as long as they are installed on the browser or system. Data can even be shared with or sold to unknown third parties. Thus, we recommend you remove the browser extension as soon as possible.

Name EmailCheckToday
Type Browser hijacker, potentially unwanted browser extension
Distribution Software bundles, ads, redirects
Symptoms Homepage and new tab address hijacked by the extension; promotional links are displayed as top search results; intrusive ads on various visited websites
Risks Data tracking from various third parties, exposure to malicious ads, redirects to malicious sites
Removal To remove the unwanted browser extension, you should access your browser's settings. Checking the system with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner security software can also ensure that there is no adware or malware running in the background
Other tips After you've removed all undesirable and harmful software from your computer, make sure to clear your web browsers and repair system files. You may do so automatically with ReimageIntego or check our step-by-step instructions

Browser hijackers often come to users' systems uninvited

Browser hijackers are not new, and they've been around for a while. They fall into the “potentially unwanted program” category due to several characteristics shared by the EmailCheckToday browser plugin as well. One of the best examples of this is the distribution technique that is so commonly used by PUPs, resulting in the unintentional installation by users.

Software bundling[1] is a method used by distributors to install additional unwanted programs onto people's computers during the installation process of shareware or freeware.[2] This typically happens quickly and without much input from the person installing it. For example, pre-ticked checkboxes give automatic permission to install extra apps, or there might be fine print that goes unnoticed.

To avoid this, please be wary when installing new apps from third-party websites, as they often use bundling as one of the main monetization methods. Never rush through the installation steps and always make sure you remove ticks from pre-selected checkboxes. Likewise, pick Advanced settings instead of Recommended ones when prompted, as this would provide you much more control of what is actually being installed on your device.

EmailCheckToday hijackUpon installation, EmailCheckToday changes the homepage and new tab settings of the browser

Another way how users could get infected with EmailCheckToday accidentally is when browsing the web and encountering a phishing[3] website. For example, they might be told that their system is lacking Flash Player or that some update for already installed software is available. Please ignore all the requests like this, as you would only be letting in other potentially unwanted programs or malware into your system.

How to remove EmailCheckToday browser hijacker

While browser hijackers are not as dangerous as ransomware or other serious threats, they can still be detrimental on the quality of browsing experience. Therefore, we recommend you hurry and get rid of potentially unwanted applications. In this case, you should be looking at the browser extension section, as this is how the app spreads.

Google Chrome

  • 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.Remove extensions from Chrome

Mozilla Firefox

  • Open the Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the window's top-right).
  • Select Add-ons.
  • Here, select the unwanted plugin and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

MS Edge (Chromium)

  • Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  • Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Safari

  • Click Safari > Preferences…
  • In the new window, pick Extensions.
  • Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Internet Explorer

  • 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.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Don't forget to take care of your privacy and scan check for other threats

If you have found an EmailCheckToday browser hijacker on your system out of the blue, you should be concerned about other unwanted programs being installed on your device as well. Therefore, you should make sure you scan your system with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes to check it thoroughly.

Potentially unwanted applications collect data, but there are ways to stop them. You could remove the extension, but that might not work because some tracking cookies may stay in your computer's cache directories. If you want to get rid of them easily, use a PC maintenance and repair program ReimageIntego. If you'd rather do it yourself, follow these steps:

Google Chrome

  • Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  • Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  • Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  • Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Mozilla Firefox

  • Click Menu and pick Options.
  • Go to Privacy & Security section.
  • Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  • Click on Clear Data…
  • Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content, and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

MS Edge (Chromium)

  • Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  • Select Privacy and services.
  • Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  • Under Time range, pick All time.
  • Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Safari

  • Click Safari > Clear History…
  • From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  • Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Internet Explorer

  • Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  • Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  • Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer
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How to prevent from getting browser hijacker

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

No backups? No problem. Use a data recovery tool

If you wonder how data loss can occur, you should not look any further for answers – human errors, malware attacks, hardware failures, power cuts, natural disasters, or even simple negligence. In some cases, lost files are extremely important, and many straight out panic when such an unfortunate course of events happen. Due to this, you should always ensure that you prepare proper data backups on a regular basis.

If you were caught by surprise and did not have any backups to restore your files from, not everything is lost. Data Recovery Pro is one of the leading file recovery solutions you can find on the market – it is likely to restore even lost emails or data located on an external device.

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Julie Splinters - Anti-malware specialist

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