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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

Informationvine.com
Informationvine.com 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.

Name Informationvine.com
Type Browser hijacker
Category Potentially unwanted program
Symptoms Changes homepage, new tab settings, set the search engine on the browser to Informationvine.com, 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. Informationvine.com 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.

Informationvine.com hijack
Informationvine.com 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 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.

Informationvine
Informationvine 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, Informationvine.com 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 Informationvine.com removal by following the video guide

Since Informationvine.com 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 Informationvine.com, follow these steps:

Erase Informationvine.com from Windows systems

Clean the system with proper tools and delete Informationvine.com

  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 Informationvine.com and related programs
    Here, look for Informationvine.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 Informationvine.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.

Get rid of Informationvine.com 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 Informationvine.com 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'

Remove Informationvine.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

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

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

Delete Informationvine.com from Microsoft Edge

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, Informationvine.com should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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

Eliminate Informationvine.com from Google Chrome

Search for Informationvine.com 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 Informationvine.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 Informationvine.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase Informationvine.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 Informationvine.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 Informationvine.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 Informationvine.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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