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Remove Fast-Access-Web virus (Free Instructions) - Virus Removal Guide

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

Fast Access Web virus offers you dubious access to restricted websites

The sample of Fast Access Web main page

Fast-Access-Web.com virus functions as a website which grants you access to the domains such as Netflix, NBC, Spotify, HBO, Youtube, and other domains which might be restricted in your area. All seems fine and dandy except the fact that there have been numerous identical domains: unstopweb.com, webunstop.com, no-block.net, etc.

By changing your DNS settings, you may gain access to the wanted domains. However, like its counterparts, Fast-Access-Web is associated with WPAD.dat file, alternatively known AutoConfigUrl script. Though the script is not malicious by itself, and many web administrators use it for legitimate reasons, adware authors often take advantage of this script. It allows directing users’ browsing traffic to their liking.

In other words, even if this potentially unwanted application grants you access to the promised websites, it will also display “side effects” – banners and advertising content. Note that they are not limited only to Fast Access Web ads. They might also promote third-party content.

According to the privacy policy, the domain collects information about your online activities and keeps it in log files only to prevent abuse. The following paragraph states that third-party cookies are used. Since they are not responsible for them, there is a risk that you can get mislead to an insecure domain[1].

In addition, this domain does not provide information about its developers. If they promote an efficient product, so why do they keep such information in secret? Unfortunately, all domains of this company contain the same flaws. Therefore, Fast-Access-Web.com removal might be a wiser decision. After you complete the below-displayed steps, scan the browser with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or Malwarebytes. The screenshot of Fast-Access-WebFast-Access-Web.com is just another shady adware program

Expanding network of PUP distribution

Elaborating on the promotion techniques of this specific adware program, it tends to use a couple of distribution techniques. First of all, as you may have already noticed, all alternative pages of this company contain the same keywords: “unstop,” “web,” “access.” They boost the probability that if users look for a domain to access mentioned sites, they will be redirected to Fast-Access-Web.

Alternatively, the domain might be promoted in the web pages of its sponsors. Fast-Access-Web hijack is unlikely to happen, though the probability that it is promoted under the “Recommended” settings of free applications[2] should not be excluded. Now let us proceed to the elimination settings. Fortunately, you can remove Fast Access Web quite easily.

Get rid of Fast-Access-Web

If you are already annoyed by Fast Access Web redirect, it is high time you eliminated it from the browser settings. Besides below-given instructions, it is recommended to scan the browser and eliminate the web scrips related to the adware. Manual instructions instruct you how to perform full browser reset which contributes to Fast Access Web removal. All users, regardless whether you live in Norway or Portugal[3], should be wary of this adware.

For Internet Explorer users:

  1. Go to the menu in the upper right corner.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. Go to the Connections tab. In the bottom of the window, select LAN settings.
  4. In the newly emerged window, remove the checkmark from Use automatic configuration script and delete Fast-Access-Web link in the Address bar.
  5. Click OK to apply the changes. Reset the browser. 

For Firefox users:

  1. Click on the Menu in the upper right corner of the browser.
  2. Go to Options and enter Advanced.
  3. Choose Network tab and then select Settings.
  4. Remove the checkmark from Automatic proxy configuration URL and delete the Fast-Access-Web.com address.
  5. Return to the Firefox settings and select Troubleshooting information.
  6. Click on Refresh.

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To remove Fast-Access-Web virus, follow these steps:

Remove Fast-Access-Web from Windows systems

  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 Fast-Access-Web and related programs
    Here, look for Fast-Access-Web 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 Fast-Access-Web 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.

Delete Fast-Access-Web from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Fast-Access-Web from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Fast-Access-Web-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 Fast-Access-Web, 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 related to Fast-Access-Web and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Fast-Access-Web-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Eliminate Fast-Access-Web from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  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 Fast-Access-Web and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Fast-Access-Web removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of Fast-Access-Web virus from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from 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 Fast-Access-Web-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

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

Clear cache and site data:

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

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Erase Fast-Access-Web from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

After you complete the steps, it is recommended to reset the browser to delete any remining Fast-Access-Web elements.

  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 Fast-Access-Web 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 Fast-Access-Web removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall Fast-Access-Web from Google 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 Fast-Access-Web 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 Fast-Access-Web removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove Fast-Access-Web 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 Fast-Access-Web 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 Fast-Access-Web, 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 Fast-Access-Web removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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