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Deepteep — browser hijacker seeking to trick its users into thinking that it is a legitimate search engine virus

Deepteep is a PUP[1] that affects Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Safari and other web browsers. The main goal for these unwanted programs is to change the settings of the target computer system and track information regarding users' web browsing activities. This might sound not that harmful but if you happen to find instead of your default search engine or homepage, you need to get rid of it immediately. The virus is mainly set to affect web browser and redirect you to sponsored websites, but it can also attract malware[2] and bigger threats. Also, note that this potentially unwanted program can initiate data tracking activity. Because of Yahoo! used as a search provider, this hijacker might seem legitimate. However, you should uninstall Deepteep as soon as you notice any changes done to your browser.

Name Deepteep
Type of malware Browser hijacker
Symptoms Web browser's settings compromised, continuous redirects to suspicious websites, an excessive amount of ads
Main dangers Redirects to malicious websites, leakage of some personally identifiable information
Distribution Software bundling
Elimination Run a scan with Reimage and get rid of malware automatically

In short, the virus hasn't been invented to help Internet users with their searches. While it can display fair search results, just like Google and other reliable sources, these results are not useful and are supposed to redirect victims to various commercial sites that are trying to increase their visitors' traffic.

In fact, the purpose of this hijacker is essentially different. First of all, you should note that this redirect virus aims at promoting third-party websites. Its developers, DeepTeep, generates revenue from affiliate marketing.[3] In other words, it collaborates with various third-party website owners and advertisers and agrees to promote their content for monetization.

It means that search results that this search site presents are, mildly saying, irrelevant. Instead of results corresponding to people's search queries, it may display links to questionable online shops, third-party service providers or software downloads sites.

In addition to irritating browser's redirects, this dubious search can display an excessive amount of third-party ads. Keep in mind that neither of them is controlled by DeepTeep, meaning that clicking on them is at your own risk. Here's what a fraction from the Terms of Use indicates:

If third-party advertisements are displayed after being directed by Software in any way to online landing pages, the responsibility and liability for such ads, their content and any website they redirect and their respective content and security will reside at their applicable owner, and we do not claim any responsibility or liability.

To protect yourself from malicious advertisements, you should ignore the ads generated by this search engine. Instead, you should perform a full Deepteep removal.

Deepteep virus
Deepteep is a program that produces various commercial content

The security of Search Data and some personally identifiable information is yet another aspect why you need to remove Deepteep from Chrome or another browser. According to[4] team, this search uses tracking cookies to accumulate the following information and subsequently share it with third parties:

  • Search queries;
  • Websites visited;
  • IP address;
  • Clicks;
  • Approximate geographical location;
  • Email address;
  • Your name, etc.

This information helps to personalize the commercial content based on your preferences and habits. Therefore, do not let third-party advertisers find out your browsing preferences and flood you with tricky ads. Eliminate this hijacker. For this purpose, we recommend using Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes. browser hijacker attacks most popular web browsers with an intention to track people's web browsing activities and display irrelevant ads.

Dubious software purchases may contain malware

Quick/Basic/Recommended installation settings might seem the best option for in a hurry. However, we would like to draw people's attention to the fact that the mentioned installation options usually lead people to malware infections.

Quite often, freeware developers attach additional programs to their software for monetization purposes. Thus, those additional apps cannot be prevented from installing, unless the PC's user opts for Advanced or Custom installation options.

In this case, all you have to do is to deselect additional components that travel preselected by the developer. Unmark the ticks saying that you agree to install toolbars, extensions, add-ons, and other freeware.

Terminate Deepteep virus ASAP

Less experienced PC users might find Deepteep removal a complex task to perform. However, it's not difficult to get rid of it manually, except that the sequence of steps is very important. You can find a step-by-step tutorial at the end of this article, so make sure you follow every step in exact order.

However, if you fell for installing a software package, there's a high risk that several unwanted programs are installed on your PC. To remove Deepteep and its companions, we recommend running a full system scan with a reputable anti-malware tool. You can find our recommended programs right down this article.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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Alternative Software
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Different security software includes different virus database. If you didn’t succeed in finding malware with Reimage, try running alternative scan with Combo Cleaner.

To remove, follow these steps:

Remove from Windows systems

To get rid of Deepteep from Windows, you should follow 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 and related programs
    Here, look for 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 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 '' 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 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 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'

Eliminate from Internet Explorer (IE)

As soon as you eliminate malware, reset web browser's settings to disable unwanted extensions.

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

Get rid of from Microsoft Edge

If Microsoft Edge has been compromised, follow these steps to reset previous settings:

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, should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall 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 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 removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase from Google Chrome

To delete the browser hijacker, you should remove its components, including browser add-ons, extensions, and plugins. To fix your browser's settings, follow this guide:

  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 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 removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove 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 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, 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 removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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