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Inspiratiooo.com. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Inspiratiooo.com is a browser hijacker which relies on a beautiful background while trying to trick its victims

Image of InspiratioooInspiratiooo.com is another fake search engine created by Aztec Media Inc. It is almost identical to Findiosearch, just relies on a different background picture. The hijack can compromise internet safety, display intrusive ads[1], redirect to suspicious websites and slow down the PC considerably.

Inspiratiooo virus is trying to manipulate victims into believing that the functionality of this supposedly advanced browser is beneficial. It offers a multiple supposedly useful functions: a fascinating background, date, time and a random quote from famous people.

All this “improved functionality” and “enhanced search results” are entirely bogus. Nevertheless, authors put a tremendous amount of time and effort to make their products look attractive to users. However, these products should never be trusted as their operation is dubious. Thus, do not hesitate and remove Inspiratiooo.com virus from your computer.

As soon as the user opens Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Safari browser, the suspicious activity of questionable application can be tracked straight away:

  • New tab URL, homepage and search engine are set to hxxp://inspiratiooo.com/;
  • Layer of intrusive ads cover up the background of legitimate websites;
  • Redirects bring users to unknown domains;
  • Search results are modified and link to sponsors’ sites;
  • Computer performance becomes appalling;

The altered homepage, search engine, and new tab URL might seem like a minor change. However, users who do not appreciate these adjustments and want to browse through a preferred search engine will soon notice that it is impossible as Inspiratiooo.com merely re-applies its settings.

Ads and redirects might bring users to extremely dangerous domains. Inspiratiooo might lead to malware-ridden or phishing websites. It is one of the easiest ways of infecting the PC with various malware, spyware or even ransomware.[2] Thus, we advise to shut down the browser immediately after redirection and never click on any ads.

Be aware the only goal of companies like Aztec Media Inc. is to generate profit. Therefore, they continuously expose users to content represented by their sponsors. This way, a pay-per-click revenue is generated.

Finally, Inspiratiooo.com might run various background processes to display unwanted advertisements. These processes are usually communication between different servers. Hence, browsing sessions become unbearable.

All these above-mentioned adverse effects can be stopped with Inspiratiooo removal. To most users, we suggest picking a robust security tool like Reimage to eliminate the virus automatically. To those who are proficient computer users – check our guide below.

Be careful with software bundles – they hide unwanted programs

Security experts from bedynet.ru[3] concluded that software bundling is very common amongst free software developers. While it is completely legal and approved, we do not think it is entirely fair. This technique promotes installation of unwanted programs at the expense of users’ inexperience, generating profit in the process.

To protect yourself from multiple PUPs, you should always pay great attention to detail while installing freeware from the internet. You should never pick Recommended/Quick settings as these often fail to disclose full lineup of applications which are going to be installed. Therefore, select Advanced/Custom mode and untick any add-ons, toolbars, search engines, optimization tools, etc. which might be offered together with the legitimate content.

Uninstall Inspiratiooo.com and all the other PUPs to avoid compromised computer

If you are affected by a browser hijacker and are aware of it – you should go ahead with Inspiratiooo removal. Fortunately, it is a reasonably straightforward procedure to take care of.

You can employ a robust security software which will quickly and easily take care of everything automatically. Make sure you pick one of the programs mentioned below – these are excellent tools to delete the PUP. Just follow the installation steps, update to latest version and carry out a thorough computer scan.

You can also remove Inspiratiooo virus by using our instructions beneath. However, we would like to warn you – if you are not a computer-savvy individual you should not attempt elimination yourself and trust anti-malware software instead.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Inspiratiooo.com, follow these steps:

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Eliminate Inspiratiooo.com from Windows systems

Uninstall the unwanted program from your Windows OS by following these instructions:

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

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Uninstall Inspiratiooo.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 Inspiratiooo.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'
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Erase Inspiratiooo.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

  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 Inspiratiooo.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 Inspiratiooo.com removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Get rid of Inspiratiooo.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, Inspiratiooo.com should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Remove Inspiratiooo.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 Inspiratiooo.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 Inspiratiooo.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Delete Inspiratiooo.com from Google Chrome

You should reset your Google Chrome settings to default after eliminating Inspiratiooo.com.

  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 Inspiratiooo.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 Inspiratiooo.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Eliminate Inspiratiooo.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 Inspiratiooo.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 Inspiratiooo.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 Inspiratiooo.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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