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Remove Liketour.org redirect (Removal Guide) - Jun 2017 update

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The main principles of Liketour.org operation

Liketour.org virus

Liketour.org virus is a term which crosses the minds of computer users who get continuously redirected [1] to this shady website. This happens every time the user opens a new browser window, new tab or tries entering their favorite sites. Programs that manifest such behavior have been labeled as browser hijackers. If your web browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, etc.) is redirecting you to Liketour, it is a clear signal that you device has been infected with this particular type of virus. This symptom should not be ignored and Liketour.org removal performed without much delay.

In most of the cases, this questionable Russian page starts bothering PC users after downloading a suspicious free program that was installed on the system without checking what is hiding inside it. If such free program was involved to the distribution of Liketour malware, you may start noticing that each of your search sessions is interrupted. You may notice this news site instead of your start page, the default search engine, the new tab page, etc.

In addition, you may start suffering from Liketour.org redirect issue, annoying pop-up ads, browsers' slow downs and other unwanted activities. Please, do NOT click ads that are displayed on this site because they may trick you into visiting unsafe websites or may also trick you into downloading other suspicious programs.

If you want to keep your PC secure, you should remove Liketour.org hijacker and its malicious components from the system. The easiest way to do that is to run a full system scan with updated anti-spyware. For the removal of this potentially unwanted program we recommend using ReimageIntego or other reputable anti-spyware.

An illustration of Liketour.org hijacker virusLiketour.org hijacker takes over PCs and constantly redirects users to sponsored websites. This earns hijacker creators some advertising revenue, while the users are left with a barely functional browser.

PUP exploits software bundling to get inside computers

Liketour.org can be set as your start page or default search engine voluntarily but, as you may have already understood, we don't recommend that. Otherwise, you may start suffering from totally annoying activities, such as misleading pop-up ads, redirects, slow downs and other issues that are typically initiated by browser hijackers.

In addition, this search site may appear on your machine out of nowhere because it has been spread using bundling. Such distribution method is not considered malicious but it may lead you to the infiltration of various suspicious programs, such as this one. In order to protect yourself, you should try to be very careful when downloading freeware to your PC system. For that we highly recommend you to select Custom or Advanced installation of the freeware [2].

You also have to make sure you follow every installation step and then uncheck check boxes saying that you want to download various browser add-ons, extensions and plugins. Also, you should uncheck all check-boxes saying that you want to change your start page or default search engine. Otherwise, you may lead yourself to annoying Liketour.org redirects and similar problems. If you think that this redirect virus is already hiding in your PC, you should follow a guide below. You can choose from Manual and Automatic removal or this program.

Steps of Liketour.org removal

If you are bothered by Liketour.org virus or other suspicious websites, you shouldn't ignore that because you may be tricked into visiting unwanted websites that may try to trick you into revealing your personally identifiable information. You should take adequate steps to remove Liketour.org from the computer. You can perform the procedure manually or automatically. 

When choosing the method of elimination, keep in mind that browser hijackers are often used for tricking people into downloading other suspicious programs to their PC systems. In case you have accidentally installed on on your PC as well, it would be best to run an automatic scan of your system with trusted antivirus software which will perform Liketour.org removal and locate these PUPs automatically.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Liketour.org redirect, follow these steps:

Delete Liketour.org from Windows systems

Liketour.org is considered as primarily Windows-focused parasite. Some antivirus software may find it difficult to detect and remove it from the computer, luckily, it can be eliminated manually as well. Follow the guidelines below to perform the elimination properly.

  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 Liketour.org and related programs
    Here, look for Liketour.org 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 Liketour.org 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 Liketour.org from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Liketour.org from Applications folder:

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

Remove Liketour.org from Internet Explorer (IE)

When you are done deleting suspicious components from your PC. You should don't forget to take care of your browser, too. Here is how you can clean up Internet Explorer.

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 Liketour.org 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 Liketour.org removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall Liketour.org redirect from Microsoft Edge

After you eliminate the malware from your PC, it is time to finish it by performing a browser reset. Do that like explained here:

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 Liketour.org-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

Erase Liketour.org from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

If you aren't sure how to eliminate the consequences of PUP hijack from your Mozilla Firefox browser, you should check out the tutorial below:

  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 Liketour.org 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 Liketour.org removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate Liketour.org from Google Chrome

If you want to free your Google Chrome browser from unwanted redirects, ads and other hijacker-related problems, you should do that as explained in this tutorial:

  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 Liketour.org 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 Liketour.org removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Delete Liketour.org 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 Liketour.org 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 Liketour.org, 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 Liketour.org removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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