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Remove Liketour.org redirect (Removal Guide) - Jan 2021 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.

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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.

To remove Liketour.org redirect from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Liketour.org redirect (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Get rid of Liketour.org from Mac OS X system

Remove Liketour.org redirect from Applications folder:

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

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the 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:

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Liketour.org redirect and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

In case Liketour.org redirect did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Liketour.org redirect removal.Reset Firefox 2

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:

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Liketour.org redirect by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site like Liketour.org redirect in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Liketour.org redirect-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Liketour.org redirect removal.Reset Chrome 2

Delete Liketour.org from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Liketour.org redirect and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Liketour.org registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

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