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Fantasy-Sports browser hijacker Removal Guide

What is Fantasy-Sports browser hijacker?

Fantasy-Sports hijacks the browser by changing the main settings and collecting data

Fantasy-SportsFantasy-Sports alters the user experience by changing the browser settings

Fantasy-Sports is a browser hijacker because it changes the main settings, like the homepage, new tab address, and search engine. It can completely alter the user experience and cause unwanted symptoms. Besides, users are forced to search only through selected channels which raises many user security and privacy concerns.

Web-based applications can also keep track of user browsing activities by using various tracking technologies. The collected data can later be sold to advertising networks or other third parties for profit. Besides the changed settings, the application can cause ads, banners, and redirects in the browser that generate developers revenue with PPC advertising.[1]

Users might get redirected to pages that use social engineering techniques to trick them into providing personal information or downloading PUPs (potentially unwanted programs)[2] or even malware. Such intruders can sometimes lead to monetary losses or identity theft if users stumble upon a malicious site.

NAME Fantasy-Sports
TYPE Browser hijacker; potentially unwanted program
SYMPTOMS The main settings, like the homepage, new tab address, and search engine get changed
DISTRIBUTION Shady websites, deceptive ads, freeware installations
DANGERS The extension can lead to misinformation and dangerous pages that may trick people into providing personal information or downloading PUPs and malware
ELIMINATION Remove the plugin via browser settings
FURTHER STEPS Use ReimageIntego to clear your browsers and optimize the machine

The application changes the search engine to Fantasy-Sports Search, and redirects users' queries through search.fantasy-sports.xyz. You can actually see these changes even before you add an extension to your browser. Normally, a browser prompt pops up informing you about the changes to be made if you add the app. You should look out for them and make sure you do not introduce anything into your system that you do not want.

You might also see that the application will be able to read your browsing history so it is worth stopping and thinking for a second if you are sure the application is safe to add. You can always stop the tracking and delete the existing data collected by cookies[3] with a repair tool like ReimageIntego. Of course, you cannot take back the data that the plugin developers have already seen, so it is best to always be cautious of who you are sharing your information with.

Distribution techniques

Generally, users infect themselves with such hijackers because they do not perform any research. They download apps from random websites and advertisements without trying to look for any additional information. You should always use official web stores for such tasks as they are the safest. Extensions that get listed on the store, go through an extensive review process.

Another way that the add-on could have ended up on your system is through freeware distribution sites. Sometimes freeware comes together with browser extensions that get applied automatically. These platforms also engage in software bundling which means that they include additional programs in the installers that you did not even choose to install.

To avoid this, next time go through all the installation steps. Choose the “Custom” or “Advanced” installation method, read the Terms of Use and the Privacy Policy. Most importantly, check the files up for installation. If you see any suspicious apps that look completely unrelated, untick the boxes next to their names.

Fantasy-Sports browser hijackerFantasy-Sports may collect browsing-related data about users

Get rid of browser intruders

Generally, browser extensions are created to provide users some benefits, like masking the geolocation, blocking ads, and suspicious links, or automatically finding discount coupons while shopping online. People add them to make their browsers more functional and smart. However, you need to know how to remove them if something goes wrong.

You can remove browser add-ons by going to your settings. Find the list of extensions installed in your browser and remove Fantasy-Sports. We show you how to do that in the guide below:

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

MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

MS Edge (Chromium)

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

Mozilla Firefox

  • 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.Remove extensions from Firefox

Safari

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

Internet Explorer:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. 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

Scan the system for PUPs

If the previous removal method did not get rid of the hijacker, that means that you might have a PUA installed in your system. In this case, if you try to change the homepage or other settings to the way they were before, or remove the add-on, the PUP will just keep messing up with the settings until it is eliminated from the machine.

The program that is causing settings changes could have any name or icon because fraudsters often disguise them as handy tools that you would not even suspect. Manual removal may also fail because less IT-savvy users cannot locate all the related files. This can sometimes result in the renewal of the infection.

So if you are not sure what to do and you do not want to risk deleting the wrong files, we suggest using SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes anti-malware tools that will scan your machine, eliminate intruders, and prevent such infections in the future by giving you a warning before a PUP can make any changes. If manual removal is what you still prefer, we have instructions for Windows and Mac machines:

Windows 10/8:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

Windows 7/XP:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Mac:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for all related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove an unwanted app, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files.Uninstall from Mac 2
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How to prevent from getting browser hijacker

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. 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 the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. 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.

 

Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.

Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 

 

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