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Jav123. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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Jav123 – a browser hijacker that can make you watch porn even if you don't have such intention

Jav123 virus illustration

Jav123 is a potentially dangerous piece of malware, which belongs to the category of browser hijackers. Cyber security experts warn that's not an ordinary potentially unwanted program (PUP) that seek to promote third-party services or expensive products. The Jav123 virus has been designed to promote adult content only regardless your age, gender or religion. 

This tool is promoted via suspicious third-party apps offered on infamous third-party download sources. It may be represented as a useful Chrome extension or reliable Firefox add-on. Anyway, it will be marked as a default component and will be automatically installed unless you select Advanced installation option and unmark a tick marked alongside it. 

As soon as the Jav123 extension is injected into a web browser, it initiates specific modifications on your computer to force using it daily[1]. By “force to use it daily” we mean that you may get the following ads:

  • Adult-only videos and pictures;
  • Violent games for grown-ups;
  • Fake products or discounts;
  • Dating sites, etc.

These ads are highly suspicious since there is no reliable information to identify their origins. They might be marked with “Delivered/Brought/Powered by Jav123”. As we have already pointed out, the content of that the Jav123 virus delivers is exceptionally for adults, but clicking on them does not ask to confirm the age. What these intrusive ads does is redirect to misleading websites full of half-naked women. While some people might find such content attractive, we do not recommend clicking on those ads or clicking or staying on websites they redirect you to. Don't forget that some third-party websites may be illegal[2] and used for malware distribution of malspam. 

Privacy Policy or Terms of Use links on the start page of this search engine should not be clicked as well. Instead of getting acquainted with the terms, you may be exposed to another website filled with adult content. That's yet another reason why Jav123 removal should not be postponed. 

According to cyber security experts, this potentially unwanted program can use tracking cookies and pixels for a straightforward reason – to collect some pieces of information about you. While browsing history and your search queries are the primary targets, your surname, address, location, and even credentials can also be violated. 

For many, non-personal information related to browsing habits does not seem important and they don't mind sharing it with third parties. However, we recommend keeping it for yourself. Beware that PUP developers may sell those details for criminals on the black market who may later initiate misleading advertising campaigns. 

If you have noticed an excessive amount of intrusive ads on your web browser, check the system for malware and remove Jav123 if needed. Reimage is a perfect tool to deal with browser hijackers since it will eliminate the potentially unwanted program automatically. Besides, Reimage will also check for corrupted registry entries or system files, which may cause system's slowdowns or crashes. 

If you prefer manual Jav123 removal, you can find a comprehensive guide at the end of this article. Draw your attention to the fact that PUP removal consists of two parts – removal of PUP from Control Panel and elimination of browser's extensions from within the affected web browser. 

Browser hijackers can sneak onto your computer without notice

While the contrivers are aware of the arbitrary activity their products perform, they bundle them with freeware to increase the number of people using it. Note that installers often advise to choose Quick or Recommended settings and they do not inform people about PUPs that are going to be installed alongside.

Therefore, avoid quick installation. If you don't have enough time to read the terms and Privacy Policy, then you'd better postpone the installation of a freeware for later. You should always pick Advanced or Custom installation settings and carefully look for boxes which are already pre-selected. Such offers might say something like “By clicking I agree to install XXX.” Make sure to opt out of all similar proposals. 

Additionally, it is wise to stay away from ads and other suspicious content promoted online. If you keep visiting unreliable websites, one of them might be programmed to start an automatic installation of high-risk computer threats. Thus, remember to use a powerful security software to protect not only your PC but valuable information as well.

Remove Jav123 virus easily

Experts from Odstranitvirus.cz[3] always recommend opting for automatic Jav123 removal. Get help from an antivirus program to safely perform the elimination procedure:

  1. Download an anti-malware tool from verified developers;
  2. Let it examine your computer files thoroughly;
  3. Proceed to the guide below to remove Jav123 from your system.

Do not try to get rid of the browser hijacker without any assistance since you might fail to uninstall additional extensions which are related to it or harm your PC in other ways.

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To remove Jav123, follow these steps:

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Erase Jav123 from Windows systems

If you want to clean Windows from Jav123 hijacker, follow the instructions below.

  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 Jav123 and related programs
    Here, look for Jav123 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 Jav123 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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Get rid of Jav123 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 Jav123 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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Uninstall Jav123 from Internet Explorer (IE)

If Internet Explorer is corrupted by the browser hijacker, remove all suspicious extensions and reset it.

  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 Jav123 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 Jav123 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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Eliminate Jav123 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, Jav123 should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Remove Jav123 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 Jav123 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 Jav123 removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Delete Jav123 from Google Chrome

In order to fix Chrome from unwanted redirects to adult-only websites, follow this guide:

  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 Jav123 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 Jav123 removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Erase Jav123 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 Jav123 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 Jav123, 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 Jav123 removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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