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EWoss.com. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Browser hijacker

eWoss.com – browser hijacker that claims to be more private than Google

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eWoss Search is a misleading search provider that was designed to earn money by showing sponsored search results and redirecting people to third-party websites. No matter that ewoss.com claims to be capable of enhancing users' browsing experience by avoiding tracking and letting them search thru the address bar, the site should be avoided.

The way this browser hijacker[1] finds its way to users' computers is the problem number one. Typically, eWoss reaches targeted PC systems with the help of other software installers as an optional component. You can prevent its infiltration (also known as bundling) only if you pay close attention to the installation procedure of every freeware and shareware.[2] In this case, make sure you are very careful with PDF creators, video streaming programs, torrent files, etc.

Once eWoss.com virus infiltrates the system, it initiates specific modifications right after that. Its main task is to change browsers' settings without user's consent and also prevent changing them back to normal. For that, hijacker uses browser helper objects and similar components that travel in a bundle with it. 

The result of system hijack is constant redirects to sponsored websites that are typically initiated as soon as this PUP finishes its unwanted system changes. Beware that using this site instead of your homepage, a new tab URL, and a default search engine poses some serious risks as you can be redirected to a malicious website. To prevent redirects, make sure you remove eWoss virus.

Another problem related to eWoss.com is data gathering. This service gathers specific information about its users, including computer's IP address, location, user's visited sites, viewed pages and search queries. There is a high risk that the site will start gathering personally identifiable data and will share this data with third parties.

Bear in mind that dealing with browser hijackers is usually a dangerous thing. There is no guarantee that they won't start initiating shady activity (for example, mining cryptocurrencies)[3] in your system background.

As a result, you can find out that your computer runs slower, your email address is full of spam, and you can't visit your favorite websites without being redirected to unknown domains. To protect yourself from these activities, please, think about eWoss.com removal from the system before it is not too late.

Browser hijackers' distribution techniques that you must know

The developers of potentially unwanted programs are commonly relying on the marketing method called „software bundling.” It takes advantage of people who are in a rush to download programs and tend to skip some of the installation steps. In this case, they put themselves at the risk of missing important details about the software and its additional components.

To prevent such cases, you need to opt for Custom or Advanced installation mode instead of Standard, Quick or Recommended wizards. Then, make sure you keep an eye on every installation step of the program and uncheck pre-checked check marks that claim something like that: “Make XXX my default search provider” or I agree to make XXX my homepage.”

eWoss removal is simple and easy task

You can remove eWoss.com from your computer using guidelines presented by our experts. Keep in mind that this browser hijacker will never improve your browsing experience, so there is no point of waiting and dealing with its annoying redirects. However, make sure you are careful enough while performing these manual removal steps because eliminating useful system components may cause even more issues on your computer.

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To remove eWoss.com, follow these steps:

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Delete eWoss.com from Windows systems

Windows performance can be significantly decreased if eWoss.com is present on your computer. Likewise, remove it with the help of the this guide:

  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 eWoss.com and related programs
    Here, look for eWoss.com 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 eWoss.com 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.

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Get rid of eWoss.com 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 eWoss.com 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'
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Erase eWoss.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

Your Internet Explorer might be disrupted if you keep hijacker-related components on the computer. These instructions will show you how to uninstall all suspicious extensions from your browser.

  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 eWoss.com 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 eWoss.com removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Eliminate eWoss.com 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, eWoss.com should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Remove eWoss.com 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 eWoss.com 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 eWoss.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Uninstall eWoss.com from Google Chrome

To complete eWoss.com removal and reset Chrome to the primary parameters, you have to delete all elements of the browser hijacker.

  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 eWoss.com 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 eWoss.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Delete eWoss.com 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 eWoss.com 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 eWoss.com, 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 eWoss.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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