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Remove Home.grandburst.com virus (Free Guide) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Reasons to avoid Home.grandburst.com search engine

Home.grandburst.com virus is another questionable search engine that caught malware researchers’ attention. At first glance, it looks like a well-designed and absolutely safe tool that offers shortcuts to the popular social networks, email services, shopping websites, etc. Users can install Grand Burst Chrome New Tab Extension from the official website or access this search engine directly. The presentation of this search engine does not differ from descriptions of the other browser hijackers[1]. It is also supposed to enhance the browsing experience. However, its installation is unnecessary; this website might appear on your browser after you install new program incorrectly[2]. The Home.grandburst.com hijacker might sneak inside computers secretly. It seems that the virus mostly targets Google Chrome browser; however, after hijack, you should check all browsers that are installed on your PC and fix them if it’s necessary. This potentially unwanted program[3] alters browser’s settings and sets its domain as homepage and default search engine. These changes are necessary for delivering sponsored content and tricking users into visiting third-party websites. The developer generate revenue from this activity; meanwhile, users might have to deal with concerning Home.grandburst.com redirect problems. Some links or ads delivered by this search engine might lead to malicious websites that have been created for spreading malware. Therefore, using it you might catch other computer infections, lose your files or money.

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Questions about Home.grandburst.com virus

If you have been looking for a new search engine, you might have encountered this tool created by the GrandBurst. However, before using it or installing the extension, you should read provided documents. In the Terms, developers note that the extension may integrate some third-party content and reveal that some of the search results might also include advertising-supported search results. Therefore, instead of organic and relevant search results, Home.grandburst.com virus provides lots of commercial content that makes looking for information an unbearable process. What is more, if you click on one of these results, you take full responsibility for that happens there. The developers do not take any liability for the credibility of the third-party content. Indeed, some of these sites[4] might be dangerous, so we do not recommend risking your computer’s safety. Initiate Home.grandburst.com removal as soon as this bogus search engine replaces your default homepage. However, it’s not the only reason why you should get rid of it. The browser extension and website might track and collect your data. In the Privacy Policy, the developers claim that they automatically collect information such as IP address, device type, country code, unique identifier number, hardware, software, configuration, operating system information, browser, usage patterns, capability, and performance. However, if you decide to contact developers, you provide your personal details voluntarily, and they might also be collected. This information is necessary for providing better services, delivering accurate search results and links, etc. However, it might also be shared with third-parties, and they might have different purposes how to use your personal data. Do not wait to see what might happen and remove Home.grandburst.com immediately. Run a full system scan with ReimageIntego or follow manual removal instructions at the end of the article.

How can browser hijacker end up on the PC without my knowledge?

For many computer users, it might be surprising and strange to learn that they agreed to install the browser hijacker. Well, they agreement have been indirect. Home.grandburst.com hijack might happen when users install free programs from the Internet using “Basic” or “Standard” installation mode. The hijacker is hidden under these settings and using this setup, users agree to install all additional components that might be added to the software package. However, it’s not hard to stop PUPs from getting inside your PC. All you have to do is install new software using “Advanced/Custom” installation settings. During the process, you have to watch every installation setup and look for a checkbox with suggested applications. You might also see the statement saying that you agree to make Home.grandburst.com as your homepage and default search engine. If you want to avoid browser hijackers, adware[5] and other suspicious tools, you should deselect all the apps and statements. Only then you can be sure that PUPs haven’t sneaked inside and will not cause you troubles.

How can I get rid of Home.grandburst.com virus?

Browser hijackers are not hard to remove, so you should not delay this process. The simplest way to get rid of it is to employ strong malware removal software and run a full system scan. However, you have to make sure that you use up-to-date program! Outdated versions might not be able to remove Home.grandburst.com completely. This method is perfect for not so advanced computer users; however, some of the users might be willing to remove hijacker without additional software. This method is also valid; however, it takes more time and effort because you have to find and delete all hijacker-related files and additional applications that might have been installed as well. Lastly, after Home.grandburst.com removal don’t forget to fix web browsers that are installed on your PC.

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To remove Home.grandburst.com virus, follow these steps:

Uninstall Home.grandburst.com from Windows systems

Home.grandburst.com virus removal requires removing browser hijacker, the program that brought it in, and other suspicious applications that might have been installed to your PC and web browser. The hijacker mostly targets Google Chrome web browser; however, we recommend checking all browsers that are installed on your computer.

  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 Home.grandburst.com and related programs
    Here, look for Home.grandburst.com 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 Home.grandburst.com 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.

Remove Home.grandburst.com from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Home.grandburst.com virus from Applications folder:

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

Get rid of Home.grandburst.com 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 Home.grandburst.com 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 Home.grandburst.com virus removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete Home.grandburst.com 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 Home.grandburst.com 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

Eliminate Home.grandburst.com 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 Home.grandburst.com 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 Home.grandburst.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase Home.grandburst.com from Google Chrome

Check the list of the Extensions. There you might see new suspicious entries. Uninstall them all and reset browser’s settings.

  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 Home.grandburst.com 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 Home.grandburst.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall Home.grandburst.com 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 Home.grandburst.com 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 Home.grandburst.com, 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 Home.grandburst.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

No backups? No problem. Use a data recovery tool

If you wonder how data loss can occur, you should not look any further for answers – human errors, malware attacks, hardware failures, power cuts, natural disasters, or even simple negligence. In some cases, lost files are extremely important, and many straight out panic when such an unfortunate course of events happen. Due to this, you should always ensure that you prepare proper data backups on a regular basis.

If you were caught by surprise and did not have any backups to restore your files from, not everything is lost. Data Recovery Pro is one of the leading file recovery solutions you can find on the market – it is likely to restore even lost emails or data located on an external device.

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