virus (Virus Removal Instructions) - Jun 2020 update virus Removal Guide

What is virus? search can take control over the web browser to promote sponsored websites and track browsing history is a browser hijacker that can track user's web browsing activities for generating more appealing commercial content is a misleading Portuguese search engine that has been around since 2015. It's classified as a browser hijacker and potentially unwanted application (PUA) as it tends to replace the web browser's start page, search provider, and other settings right after the user installs a freeware bundle.

Usually, users agree upon installation inadvertently by selecting the Express installation option of free application. Upon that, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer or another web browser is aggressively altered in terms of settings, i.e. start page, search provider, new tab window, bookmarks, toolbars, and other settings get changed without user's permission. The biggest problem with this search is not the intrusive changes in the settings, but rather the content that it attempts to promote.

According to cybersecurity experts[1], virus is basically used to promote third-party sites, boost traffic to suspicious download sites, rogue services, or other doubtful domains. Therefore, using this search engine poses a risk of downloading unwanted programs, malware, or virus.

Classification Browser hijacker / Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA)
Is it dangerous? The search itself is non-malicious. However, it can promote misleading content and lead to the infiltration of malware.
Symptoms The browser hijacker alters the following web browser's settings:
-start page
-search provider
-new tab window
-bookmarks bar
-adds extensions
Performance Upon infiltration, this hijacker starts initiating redirects to doubtful third-party websites. As an addition, it generates popups, banners, hyperlinks, and other commercial content on random websites to collect clicks
Elimination process Manual and automatic removal of this browser hijacker is possible. To get rid of it completely, one must delete the unwanted apps from the system and then reset web browser's settings
Fix the damage Every time you deal with a PUP, make sure to fix the damage caused to the system by running a scan with FortectIntego repair tool

Do not ignore the presence of hijacker because it may cost you your PC's security and stability. Although initially, it seems like a regular Yahoo-based search provider, our research team has noticed an outstanding similarity between virus,, and search engines. Each of them falls for the class of hijackers [2]and is not recommended using.

In fact, these three search engines are identical, which is an immediate signal that this search is certainly not the one that can be trusted. In fact, the virus belongs to browser hijacker and PUP (potentially unwanted program) category. It has been developed with the intention to generate money from advertising. It's programmed to display links to the websites of its affiliates. Thus, although the search results that it delivers are powered by Yahoo, which is a trustworthy search engine, they are always filled with sponsored search results in the priority.

Keep in mind that each link is governed by a different privacy policy and terms, so you can never know what kind of content is disguised under them. According to our malware research team, redirects pose a risk to the PC's security since some of the sponsored links and advertisements may be involved in the distribution of cyber threats.

Also, another reason you may be forced to use the search engine is data. Third-party advertisers seek to collect as much information about user's browsing habits as possible because it's vital for the development of personalized advertisements. virus can display altered search results with links of its sponsors in priority

However, you may not be happy to hear that redirect virus may cause leakage of your PC's IP address, its location, email address, and other quite sensitive information. Last, but not least, this search engine may jeopardize CPU memory, corrupt some of the vital browser's settings, and make it run as slowly as you probably cannot imagine now.

Therefore, if you seek to protect your computer from the issues we've just mentioned, always make sure that your computer is appropriately protected. For this purpose, use SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes, and similar anti-malware applications. A professional security tool will help to quarantine malware and protect the system from new threats. removal, in general, is not a difficult procedure. For that, you have to delete freeware that came bundled with this hijacker. Yontoo 2.052 is one of the programs that this unwanted search may spread. Thus, you should eliminate it in the first place and then reset the web browser's setting to default.

Reckless installation of freeware ends up with browser-based malware on the system

The majority of the users don't know how PUPs spread. Although there are thousands of applications dubbed potentially unwanted that have direct download websites, the vast majority of cases when people experience browser's hijack happen due to the reckless installation of freeware.

  • Bundling. This is by far the most commonly applied distribution method. This distribution method is inseparable from freeware and shareware. In other words, unwanted programs are usually spread as a component of various download managers, PDF creators, media players, and so on. Thus, each time you install free programs, make sure that you select either Advanced or Custom installation mode and opt-out of all attachments that it bears.
  • Misleading pop-ups. Hijackers and adware may be disguised under propositions to install Java[3], Flash Player, Media Player, and other popular software.
  • Misleading official pages. This browser hijacker may be offered for you while visiting the official page of another freeware.

In conclusion, when you browse the web, you must be very careful. Do not visit unfamiliar pages and never accept to download programs that seem to be suspicious. redirects and ads can trick users in clicking on misleading ads or downloading malware

Options for an easy removal removal can be performed using a professional anti-malware. An automatic removal option is highly recommended because it will ensure the elimination of all cyber threats that may be lurking on your computer. If you cannot get rid of the hijacker easily because it blocks antivirus tools, try restarting your machine into Safe Mode.

Nevertheless, manual removal is also possible, so if you wish to remove by yourself, you can follow the guide given down below. As we have pointed out before, open the Apps folder, and carefully analyze what programs have been installed simultaneously with the hijacker. At best, eliminate all suspicious entries.

Finally, take care of your web browser. If Chrome has been hijacked, delete extension and remove it from the default search engine settings. At best, you should reset settings to default. After that, scan the machine with FortectIntego utility to recover it to the state prior to the hijack.

You may remove virus damage with a help of FortectIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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Getting rid of virus. Follow these steps

Uninstall from Windows

The success of depends on how many supporting applications the hijacker has. So, carefully check the list of programs on your machine and delete unwanted apps without hesitation.

Instructions for Windows 10/8  machines:

  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

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  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.

Delete from macOS

Mac OS X can also be affected by a browser hijacker. If you keep experiencing redirects regularly, follow these steps to stop intrusive activities.

Remove items from Applications folder:

  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

Remove 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 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

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the 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 Delete Advanced 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” -Verbose Advanced 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, search 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

Remove from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select unwanted plugin and click Remove. Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear. Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information. Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox. Reset Firefox 2

Remove from Google Chrome

Google Chrome is affected by virus most frequently. To regain control of Chrome, reset the settings to default. If you are not aware of how to do that, the guide below explains the process step-by-step.

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. 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

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data. Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the unwanted components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings. Reset Chrome 2

Delete from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

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

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History. Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches. Reset Safari

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: FortectIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

How to prevent from getting browser hijacker

Stream videos without limitations, no matter where you are

There are multiple parties that could find out almost anything about you by checking your online activity. While this is highly unlikely, advertisers and tech companies are constantly tracking you online. The first step to privacy should be a secure browser that focuses on tracker reduction to a minimum.

Even if you employ a secure browser, you will not be able to access websites that are restricted due to local government laws or other reasons. In other words, you may not be able to stream Disney+ or US-based Netflix in some countries. To bypass these restrictions, you can employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN, which provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, not slowing you down in the process.

Data backups are important – recover your lost files

Ransomware is one of the biggest threats to personal data. Once it is executed on a machine, it launches a sophisticated encryption algorithm that locks all your files, although it does not destroy them. The most common misconception is that anti-malware software can return files to their previous states. This is not true, however, and data remains locked after the malicious payload is deleted.

While regular data backups are the only secure method to recover your files after a ransomware attack, tools such as Data Recovery Pro can also be effective and restore at least some of your lost data.

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