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Remove hijack (Removal Instructions) - Jun 2017 update

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Browser hijacker browser redirects might pose a threat to your computer search engine virus is yet another browser-hijacking program that has been classified as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) due to several reasons, which we will discuss step-by-step. After hijacking the target system and adding FVD Speed Dial extension to major web browsers, this PUP starts redirecting user to hxxp:// whenever the user attempts to perform a web search.

If you have already installed it on your computer, do not get fooled by its ordinary and trustworthy appearance because it is NOT reliable, to say the least. In fact, the majority of computer security experts will recommend you to remove as soon as you can.

The main purpose of a browser hijacking[1] is to make money from advertising. Thus, once it infiltrates the system, it may embed predetermined links and tens of sponsored advertisements into your search results. Our security experts have found out that this search supports all the most popular web browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer.

Besides, it has been noted that in comparison to other hijackers, redirect virus works much faster. Nevertheless, keep in mind that it is just another marketing technique used to convince people that the search tool is handy. Unfortunately, it may initiate a whole range of suspicious activities during your browsing. Some users even complain that the links displayed by the redirect to random websites, so you may be forced to visit questionable and potentially infectious[2] third-party websites unintentionally.

Questions about hijack

It is far from a program which you could make any use of; therefore, it is highly advisable to remove this program from your computer without a delay. For a quick and guaranteed removal, use a reputable antivirus software such as Reimage. virus search engine can't be trusted - it provides altered search results that link to potentially hazardous external sites.
Once the plug-in gets inside the computer, hxxp:// may be set as your default start page, search provider, and a new tab page. Be aware that your permission for such modifications will not be asked directly, so it might seem that a virus or something entered your machine.

Besides, it may also install tracking cookies on each of your web browsers and start tracking your online activities to find more about your browsing habits. This way, this search provider is capable of displaying more customized advertisements search results. Unfortunately, it does not mean that all links and ads are reliable and will make you visit reliable websites. In reality, these redirects can expose you to suspicious websites, which may be filled with various links, ads, fake update alerts, etc. leading to another computer infection. Therefore, if you suspect this hijacker to be hiding in your computer, we highly recommend to remove the hijacker right away.

Users tend to install browser hijackers unknowingly

People who are blaming browser hijackers for spreading just like viruses (via spam, corrupted websites, etc.) are obviously wrong. Potentially unwanted programs do not possess such power to breach security system and enter computers without permission asked. In fact, the majority of them spread either via official websites or software packages alongside various PDF creators, media players, download managers, games, and similar software.

The latter method is a tricky one because it allows unsolicited apps to infiltrate computers without being noticed because additional components, such as virus are usually hardly noticeable and may be overlooked by inattentive computer users. Thus, whenever you are about to install freeware or shareware programs, make sure that you check whether it has optional components or not.

However, you will only get the ability to do that after selecting “Advanced” or “Custom” installation, so make sure you do not skip this step. After selecting one or another option, remove ticks from permissions to change default search settings, add new tabs or install other suspicious pieces of software.

Easiest removal options

There is no reason to let browser hijackers stay on your computer longer than it takes for you to notice it. To remove virus, run a full computer check with anti-malware software or try your malware removal skills and delete the hijacker by yourself. For your convenience, the manual removal instructions are provided below this article.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, 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 hijack, follow these steps:

Delete from Windows systems

Find suspicious programs in your system and then delete them according to the instructions we provided. Do not let any shady programs stay on the system as they can greatly increase computer's vulnerability to further spyware or malware attacks.

  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 and related programs
    Here, look for 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 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 '' 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.

Eliminate 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 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'

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

Uninstall hijack 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, should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

To prevent Firefox from redirecting you to page, delete FVD Speed Dial and other shady add-ons:

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

Remove from Google Chrome

Clean Chrome by deleting all search-related extensions, such as FVD Speed Dial. However, if you spot a suspicious extension that wasn't installed by you, delete it as well.

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

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

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  1. Zzzoomm24 says:
    April 19th, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Virus removal- check. Donation-check!

  2. GoodieJeopard says:
    April 19th, 2016 at 9:21 am

    more annoying than the inability to change the browsers settings back were the ads.. Good thing it tool a few minutes for SpyHunter to kick this virus away from my pc

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