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Remove esurf.biz (Chrome, IE, Firefox and other browsers)

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

Esurf.biz is the deceptive software that hijacks your browser by modifying various settings

Esurf.biz Esurf.biz is the redirect-based cyber threat that creates frustration with its intrusive behavior and browser hijacker activities. This type of program is offered through advertisements, promotional content and gets bundled with software, so it gets on the system without your permission or knowledge. You cannot notice the initial infiltration, but all the symptoms indicate the existence of the PUP.

Questions about Esurf.biz hijack

When you encounter Esurf.biz virus on the system, your homepage, new tab and default search engine gets set to this or a similar website. Then all your searching online activities get injected with promotional material and banners, hyperlinks, pop-ups with suspicious commercial content. Avoid clicking on those intrusive ads and remove the browser hijacker fromt he system as soon as possible.

Name Esurf.biz
Type Browser hijacker
Symptoms Changed settings on the browser, added other programs and tools, continuous redirects and search results injected with pop-ups, banners, and in-text links
Distribution Freeware installations, software bundling, deceptive sites, other PUPs
Main danger Tracks and records information about the user, shares those details with third-party advertisers
Elimination Clean the system fully with Reimage Reimage Cleaner to remove Esurf.biz

Esurf.biz is a browser hijacker that is not leaving your machine that easily once it gets on the system. This PUP is created tor the purpose of redirecting online traffic, causing people to visit affiliated pages, advertisers' sites. Unfortunately, the search engine can resemble legitimate search providers, so people are not eliminating the program in time.

If Esurf.biz PUP has enough time it can:

  • install shady programs;
  • modify browser settings;
  • alter Windows Registry entries;
  • add other programs or files;
  • change startup preferences;
  • add various background processes.

When Esurf.biz infiltrates the machine, you need to get anti-malware tool to end all the associated activities and fully remove this hijacker. Even though this hijack has its own official site or gets promoted in various pop-ups, sites, and banners, there is no value in using this fake search engine. Experts[1] always talk how shady all those online advertisers work and this is one of the products distributed by commercial content creators. Esurf.biz hijack
Esurf.biz is the redirect virus that causes installations of other shady tools and programs.
You need to think about Esurf.biz removal because this program has already been added to a “browser hijacker” category. If you have been thinking that dealing with such apps is not a dangerous thing as they are not considered malicious, you should take into account that they are capable of manipulating your search terms, information about mostly visited websites and similar data.

This information is typically collected behind users' back, and the only way to prevent the loss of non-personally identifiable data is to remove this browser hijacker from your computer.[2] Also, if you have been dealing with Esurf.biz virus for a while, you should know its ability to redirect people to unknown websites.

As a rule, it fills its search results with banners, pop-up ads and third party links that are seeking to redirect PC users to predetermined websites. Unfortunately, but most of the PC users think that Esurf.biz redirect is a harmless activity that just interrupts them against their will.

However, you should always keep in your mind that you may be rerouted to a suspicious website seeking to increase its visitors' traffic and other indicators. If you don't want to end up with more suspicious programs on your computer, make sure that you remove Esurf.biz from it.

Usually, people report that they cannot delete Esurf.biz because it keeps reappearing on their computers after rebooting it. It is because of those alterations and files added to the system. To prevent this issue, we recommend you to try running a full system scan with Reimage Reimage Cleaner or other reliable anti-spyware.  Esurf.biz virus
Esurf.biz PUP is the type of cyber threat that offers to install programs during freeware installations and this is how it loads on the computer.

Browser hijackers infiltrate the system behind your back

Such browser hijacker may appear on your computer out of nowhere, and this problem bothers all PC users. That's because the most popular method used for promoting questionable search engines is called bundling.[3]

Each time you decide to install a download manager, PDF creator, video streaming software and the similar program that is free, you may end up with a shady site added as a default homepage. To protect yourself from that, you should know what you have to do to prevent the appearance of browser hijackers, adware, and similar potentially unwanted programs. Here are the most important steps that you need to perform each time you install freeware/shareware:

  • Pay more attention to the End User's License Agreement, Privacy Policy, and similar information;
  • Monitor the installation process of the freeware by selecting the Custom or Advanced installation option;
  • Check every window that is displayed on your computer's screen while installing the freeware;
  • Uncheck pre-checked check marks claiming that you want to change your start page/the default search engine/the new tab page.

Esurf.biz removal requires tools and 

If you have failed to install freeware correctly and ended up with Esurf.biz virus, then you should stay away from this search engine as far as you can. Otherwise, you may start noticing annoying ads redirecting you to unknown websites. Also, you may reveal your email address, an IP address and similar information for the developers of this search engine without even knowing.

The easiest way to protect yourself is to remove Esurf.biz. You can do that with the help of manual removal guide that is given below or several anti-spyware tools that we selected after testing this PUP. Make sure that you update them before scanning your computer to remove all components related to this search engine.

The best Esurf.biz removal method is scanning the system with anti-malware tools. You shouldn't interfere with settings and programs by yourself because any changes performed by the inexperienced user can lead to permanent damage to the device.

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To remove Esurf.biz hijack, follow these steps:

Eliminate Esurf.biz from Windows systems

Remove Esurf.biz from the machine fully

  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 Esurf.biz and related programs
    Here, look for Esurf.biz 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 Esurf.biz 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.

Remove Esurf.biz 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 Esurf.biz 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'

Erase Esurf.biz from Internet Explorer (IE)

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

Delete Esurf.biz hijack from Microsoft Edge

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, Esurf.biz should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of Esurf.biz 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 Esurf.biz 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 Esurf.biz removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall Esurf.biz from Google Chrome

Eliminate all the traces of Esurf.biz from your 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 Esurf.biz 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 Esurf.biz removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate Esurf.biz 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 Esurf.biz 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 Esurf.biz, 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 Esurf.biz removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. BellaH says:
    January 8th, 2016 at 6:22 am

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    January 8th, 2016 at 6:23 am

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    January 8th, 2016 at 6:24 am

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