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Remove Grand Burst virus (Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge) - Easy Removal Guide

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Grand Burst virus – the search engine not worth trusting

Grand Burst virus is a browser extension that is supposed to make browsing the Internet more comfortable by allowing access the best search results of the Web. This browser hijacker[1] is also known as Home.grandburst.com virus. Computer users who want to replace their old and boring search engine might found this tool interesting and useful. The main page includes not only eye-pleasing picture of nature but also several links to the popular sites such as Facebook, Gmail, Amazon, Pinterest, etc. Easy access to these websites is probably the only one useful feature of this search engine. Therefore, if you are thinking about installing this browser extension and using it, we want to discourage you from doing this. However, this website might appear on the browsers out of nowhere. Grand Burst Chrome New Tab Extension might sneak inside the computers bundled[2] with freeware and shareware. Once inside it alters Google Chrome’s settings and makes its domain as default homepage and search engine. Since then, there’s nothing much you can do. You can either use this bogus tool (not recommended!) or remove Grand Burst from the computer. We suggest choosing the latter option and scan the computer with ReimageIntego, Malwarebytes or your preferred anti-malware tool. However, if you need more arguments why you should stay away from this search engine, read further.

Previously we mentioned that browser hijacker modifies Google Chrome’s settings, so the first symptoms of the Grand Burst hijack are the changed homepage. The hijacker prevents users from customizing browser’s settings and setting their preferred homepage. It might installed “helper objects”[3] and various third-party apps or add-ons that protect it and help to stay longer on the affected PC. However, as you already know computer users can remove Grand Burst with the help of malware removal tools quite easily. Apart from taking control over the browsers, the virus also might track users’ data. According to their Privacy Policy, the application collects and shares aggregated information to the third-parties. This non-personally identifiable information[4] includes computer’s IP address, computer’s and browser’s data, and various browsing-related information. The developers promise that collected information allows providing better search results; however, Grand Burst redirect tendencies are quite the opposite. In the search results, you might find sponsored links that do not differ from the regular ones. Sadly, they might lead to absolutely irrelevant or even dangerous websites. Some of those high-risk Internet sites might be infected and created for spreading Trojans or ransomware viruses. After the visit on a suspicious website you might be trapped into Tech Support Scam[5] or in any other cyber criminal’s trap. Therefore, you have to be very careful and rush with hijacker’s elimination procedure.

The screenshot of Grand Burst virus

How can a computer get infected with browser hijacker?

When talking about infiltration methods, you should know that Grand Burst virus cannot hijack computers on its own. It’s a weak computer infection that travels bundled with other programs that users download from the Internet. Online you might find lots of suspicious and insecure sources for software installation that should be avoided, for instance, unknown domains, Torrents or file-sharing websites. However, even legitimate programs might have additional components added to the software package. Therefore, you have to be careful with software installation. Always install and update programs using Advanced/Custom setup which allows monitoring and adjusting installation process. During the installation, you might see the checkbox with optional applications in which you might find GrandBurst Chrome New Tab Extension as well. Sometimes instead of apps, you might encounter the pre-selected statement claiming that you agree to make home.grandburst.com your browser’s homepage. Obviously, you should disagree with it and deselect all suggested additional applications. They are more useful for the developers than regular computer users.

Grand Burst elimination guidelines

If you have installed this browser extension and after reading this article you want to remove it, you can uninstall it just like any other extension. However, if this search engine hijacked your browser, you need to work a little bit harder. If you are willing to take down this computer infection bare hands, you can remove Grand Burst manually by following our prepared instructions below. We want to point out that you have to remove browser hijacker, the program that is responsible for installing it, and other apps or add-ons that might have sneaked inside as well. However, if our guidelines seem difficult, you should opt for automatic Grand Burst removal. Although, if you need to install an anti-malware program, do not rush with the installation and follow our previously mentioned tips!

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To remove Grand Burst virus, follow these steps:

Uninstall Grand Burst from Windows systems

Do not rush with Grand Burst removal. Removing browser hijacker with all its components is crucial. If you leave some apps or add-ons, you might soon experience another hijack. After completing all the steps presented below, you have to fix Google Chrome browser. Even though this browser extension is compatible with Chrome, we recommend checking other web browsers that are installed on your PC as well.

  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 Grand Burst and related programs
    Here, look for Grand Burst 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 Grand Burst 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.

Erase Grand Burst from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Grand Burst virus from Applications folder:

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

Eliminate Grand Burst 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 Grand Burst virus 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 Grand Burst virus removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete Grand Burst 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 Grand Burst virus-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

Get rid of Grand Burst 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 Grand Burst 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 Grand Burst removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove Grand Burst from Google Chrome

You have to uninstall Grand Burst Chrome New Tab Extension along with other suspicious extensions, add-ons or plugins that might have been installed without your knowledge. Then, restore browser’s settings as shown below.

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

Uninstall Grand Burst 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 Grand Burst 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 Grand Burst, 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 Grand Burst removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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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