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Information vine: a creation of Ask Media Group

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

Information vine is a deceptive search provider which alters your search results to earn the money virus is the browser hijacker that makes various changes on the hijacked browser and keeps the user from accessing useful content. Information vine is a potentially dangerous search site which can alter various browser settings including new tab and homepage preferences to increase pay-per-click revenue.[1] Intrusive behavior is then followed by numerous ads and commercial content which modifies search results and returns misleading information. Please, do not fall for this browser hijacker because you can end up with more malware. We highly recommend removing Information Vine from the system.

Type Browser hijacker
Category Potentially unwanted program
Symptoms Changes homepage, new tab settings, set the search engine on the browser to, installs other PUAs
Distribution method Software bundling, deceptive techniques, questionable websites
Elimination Use the anti-malware program and clean the machine fully

Information vine search engine is developed by Ask Media Group, the company known for delivering various questionable programs to the internet. The website itself has a Privacy Policy section where developers state about possible issues with data tracking.[2] 

PUPs are known for accessing users' details, information about the machine, online browsing habits and similar data. can track details including IP addresses, location, search queries, most viewed and searched items, sites.

Information Vine developers state in their Privacy Policy:

We may use your personal information to deliver relevant advertisements to you and measure the effectiveness of the advertising we serve to you. It is in our legitimate interest to provide more relevant and interesting advertising messages and inform our marketing strategy. We may use automated decision-making to deliver tailored advertisements based on your personal information. Where necessary, we will obtain your consent before sending such marketing messages.

This data tracking for malvertising purpose means that Informationvine delivers more and more commercial content geared towards you and your preferences regarding online browsing.[3] Unfortunately, more personalized advertisements lead to redirected online traffic and may end up in purchasing useless programs or tools. This way your machine gets even more affected by various PUPs.

Once Information vine comes to the system, it sets Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or any other browsers to the preferred page. It adds various processes that it runs in the background and installs other intrusive programs on the PC. This is why performance and speed get affected immediately. However, Information vine malware shouldn't be the name for the PUP since this is not a malicious intruder.

Besides all that behavior, users also complain that this PUP keeps them from accessing the desired content and using the internet properly. Information vine is associated with advertisers, so it redirects people to third-party sites to create views and visits, and then get monetized. Unfortunately, that is why users can get exposed to possibly malicious material. is the potentially unwanted program that may appear as the legitimate and useful search engine but it is an intrusive cyber threat.  

Informationvine gets set as a new default homepage, new tab, search engine. This way the browser hijacker and every search control all the activity on your browser, page visit gets altered with commercial banners or redirects. This PUP may also conceal the presence of other intrusive programs and tools. 

Information Vine can install toolbars, bookmarks, extensions or tools without your permission and this fact makes it more persistent on the machine since you need to terminate all associated content to delete the program entirely. For that reason, experts[4] recommend using antivirus programs for PUP removal. 

Remove Information vine from the machine by employing the reputable anti-malware tool and scanning the system thoroughly. This way your device gets a full system check and all intruders get deleted from the PC at once. 

Rely on professional antivirus tools like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego for the proper Information vine removal. Remember that antivirus tools have different databases and cannot recognize the PUP at first, so try a few different tools and scan the system repeatedly. Also, check some additional removal tips listed below the article.

InformationvineInformationvine is a hijacker that can appear on both Windows and Mac operating systems

In addition to Information Vine elimination, you should clean suspicious content from your browsers like extensions, toolbars or even bookmarks. When you leave content related to this intruder, it keeps running on the machine and affecting your time online significantly because it is not fully removed.  

Unfortunately, even changes Windows registry[5] entries to keep running in the background and appearing on the screen each time the machine gets rebooted. To change these settings, check a guide below the article. Here you will also find virus removal steps for the Mac OS X operating system.

You need to get rid of Information vine entirely in order to succeed in the virus removal process. For this purpose, removing various add-ons, plug-ins, extensions, and cleaning web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Safari is a necessary thing to do.

Possible dangers that might relate to Information Vine activities

Even though Information Vine is not a virus itself and it is not considered to be dangerous, it still is categorized as a potentially unwanted program. This name is given to the program not for no reason as it has capabilities of performing a wide range of suspicious activities by manipulating the infected web browser application.

The main danger might be redirecting as redirects can take you to any type of source possible. As a result, you might end up on a potentially dangerous page which distributes trojans, spyware, ransomware, cryptocurrency miners, or other similar malware forms that can enter your computer system unknowingly.

This is one of the top reason's why we recommend getting rid of Information vine search engine and all its helper objects from your computer and web browsers. If you get any malware installed on your machine/device, it might relate to data theft, security break, file and software corruption, and unrepairable system damage.

Deceptive search engines, adware, and other PUPs come from insecure installations and questionable freeware providers

Shady techniques that help conceal the presence of potentially unwanted programs also help to spread cyber threats all over the internet. Such intrusive applications spread via software bundles and freeware packages when the software installations run on the machine. 

Choosing questionable sources for your software or programs, updates can lead to these unwanted infiltrations when the provider packs other PUPs with the installation setup. Opting for Default or Quick installations automatically allows installing all of those extra programs and files. 

You need to build a routine of running a full system from time to time and keeping it running on the system so PUP-filled sites can get blocked before the infiltration occurs. Advanced or Custom installations gives the opportunity to de-select all unwanted programs from the setup. You should always opt for Advanced or Custom freeware installations to avoid these cyber threats. 

Information Vine browser hijacker

Get rid of Informationvine and other cyber threats with professional tools

Users often think that there is no easy Information vine removal method because it keeps appearing on the computer over and over again even when users try to delete the program themselves. This is because of the additionally installed content and other alterations designed to keep it on the PC.

Automatic virus termination is the way to remove Information vine virus because using a professional antivirus program and scanning the system fully can indicate all associated programs and files. When the anti-malware tool dies that for you the only thing left to do is delete them all at once.

Perform removal by following the video guide

Since is a potentially unwanted program that comes in bundles and can either install additional applications or be a part of the freeware package itself there is a high risk of having more than one intrusive cyber threat on the system. You may encounter a few symptoms or computer issues, but the computer needs a thorough clean. The video has all the needed termination and uninstallation steps shown exactly.

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To remove, follow these steps:

Erase from Windows systems

Clean the system with proper tools and delete

  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.

Get rid of from Mac OS X system

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

Remove from Applications folder:

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

Remove from Internet Explorer (IE)

You can easily clean and refresh Explorer with the help of these instructing steps:

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 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,
  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 removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete 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

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

Uninstall from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Keep your Firefox clear from questionable content

  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

Eliminate from Google Chrome

Search for or different suspicious content on the browser

  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

Erase 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

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. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

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 server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

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. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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