Severity scale:  
  (10/100)

Remove Photorito.me (Virus Removal Guide) - Jan 2021 update

removal by Olivia Morelli - - | Type: Stealing programs

Photorito is a browser-hijacking application that seeks to collect anonymous information about users

Photorito extension image

Photorito is a dubious application that promises enhanced browsing experience. Nevertheless, it typically enters users' machines without their consent and makes unwanted modifications to browser's settings. Namely because of such behaviour, it falls into potentially unwanted program and browser hijacker categories. Although developers of this fraudulent search engine have been promising to enhance users' browsing experience, we believe that changing the background every 6 hours is used just to draw users' attention from more controversial activities.

Summary
Name Photorito
Type Browser hijacker
Homepage Photorito.me
Danger level Low. However, might lead to malware infections or data leak if not being careful
Distribution Software bundling, official website and web store
Symtoms Altered browser settings, intrusive advertisements, additional components installed, etc.
Elimination You can uninstall Photorito using ReimageIntego or by checking our manual instructions below

Photorito virus can be installed manually from Chrome Web Store or an official website. However, as evident, users typically let this dubious app in as an additional component in a software bundle.[1] In this case, the program hijacks the system and gets a chance to initiate needed activities.

Once Photorito.me is let into the system, this potentially unwanted program does the following actions:

  • Replaces the page the user sees after opening new tab/window;
  • Identifies user's physical location;
  • Reads and changes all data on the visited website;
  • Alters search settings to hxxp://photorito.me/.

These actions can force you to use services of Photorito daily. Even though it might not bother you, note that Photorito Search displays biased search results by infusing annoying ads from affiliate pages. As a result, it increases the revenue from the traffic it brings to the sponsored websites. 

Additionally, it can collect various information which might personally identify you. For example, if you submit your name, surname or email address to the search bar, Photorito has full access to it. Sadly, but this data is not protected and can be sold to third-parties or used to deliver ads which would attract you to click on them more.

Photorito.me browser hijacker illustrationPhotorito.me is a fake search engine which is offered as Photorito extension for Chrome.

Therefore, we encourage you to remove Photorito.me and never use its services again. Instead, choose a more reliable search engine like Google, Bing or Yahoo and be sure that your computer's security and privacy is not at risk. You can follow the manual elimination guidelines at the end of this article.

If you still feel that this fake search engine is worth your trust, be aware that the delivered ads might hold a script which can trigger a malware installation. Therefore, if you support Photorito Search and click on the advertisements, you might get infected with various potentially unwanted programs or dangerous viruses, including spyware, trojan horses or key loggers.

Thus, Photorito.me removal is the best decision if you care about your security. ReimageIntego is one of the most convenient options when trying to get rid of the browser hijacker. We recommend it since it takes only a few minutes to complete the termination procedure.

Photorito browsrr hijacker

Prevent unwanted programs by installing freeware correctly

If you are questioning yourself, how the nasty browser hijacker infiltrated your machine, you should look at programs you recently installed. It is because PUP creators add their apps as optional components inside other program's installers. To cleverly hide the application and trick the user to install it, software developers urge victims to pick Recommended or Quick installation mode, which automatically installs optional programs.

Therefore, you should always install software only using Custom or Advanced options and de-select all permissions to install the potentially unwanted program. Additionally, avoid clicking on sponsored ads since, as mentioned above, they might be malware-laden and infiltrate other possible threats on your computer[2].

Finally, employ robust security software that can protect you from dangers that unwanted applications bring with.

Photorito unwanted application

Photorito should be removed from your machine immediately

If you choose automatic Photorito removal, it will only take a few minutes to complete. Also, note that this is the safest option since browser hijackers might hold extra components which you are not aware of. Therefore, do not try to get rid of the potentially unwanted program by yourself. 

Instead, either pick a security software or follow manual elimination instructions to remove Photorito.me from your computer. They will show you how to uninstall additional add-ons which support this browser hijacker. However, experts from LosVirus.es[3] strongly advise you to make sure that you don't skip steps not to harm your PC.

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.

Offer
do it now!
Download
Reimage Happiness
Guarantee
Download
Intego Happiness
Guarantee
Compatible with Microsoft Windows Supported versions Compatible with OS X Supported versions
What to do if failed?
If you failed to remove virus damage using Reimage Intego, submit a question to our support team and provide as much details as possible.
Reimage Intego has a free limited scanner. Reimage Intego offers more through scan when you purchase its full version. When free scanner detects issues, you can fix them using free manual repairs or you can decide to purchase the full version in order to fix them automatically.
Alternative Software
Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Reimage, try running SpyHunter 5.
Alternative Software
Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Intego, try running Combo Cleaner.

To remove Photorito.me, follow these steps:

Eliminate Photorito.me from Windows systems

Windows users should search for hijacker-related components (Photorito, and others) to get rid of the potentially unwanted program.

To remove Photorito.me 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 Photorito.me (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.

Uninstall Photorito.me from Mac OS X system

To remove Photorito.me from Mac OS X, use the following the guide below:

Remove Photorito.me from Applications folder:

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

Delete Photorito.me from Internet Explorer (IE)

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 Photorito.me 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 Photorito.me removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove Photorito.me from Microsoft Edge

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 Photorito.me-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

Get rid of Photorito.me from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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 Photorito.me 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 Photorito.me 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 Photorito.me removal.Reset Firefox 2

Erase Photorito.me from Google Chrome

Remove Photorito extension from Chrome to get rid of annoying redirects. Then, make sure you reset the browser.

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 Photorito.me 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 Photorito.me 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 Photorito.me-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 Photorito.me removal.Reset Chrome 2

Eliminate Photorito.me 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 Photorito.me 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 Photorito.me 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.

Choose a proper web browser and improve your safety with a VPN tool

Online spying has got momentum in recent years and people are getting more and more interested in how to protect their privacy online. One of the basic means to add a layer of security – choose the most private and secure web browser. Although web browsers can't grant full privacy protection and security, some of them are much better at sandboxing, HTTPS upgrading, active content blocking, tracking blocking, phishing protection, and similar privacy-oriented features. However, if you want true anonymity, we suggest you employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN – it can encrypt all the traffic that comes and goes out of your computer, preventing tracking completely.

 

Lost your files? Use data recovery software

While some files located on any computer are replaceable or useless, others can be extremely valuable. Family photos, work documents, school projects – these are types of files that we don't want to lose. Unfortunately, there are many ways how unexpected data loss can occur: power cuts, Blue Screen of Death errors, hardware failures, crypto-malware attack, or even accidental deletion.

To ensure that all the files remain intact, you should prepare regular data backups. You can choose cloud-based or physical copies you could restore from later in case of a disaster. If your backups were lost as well or you never bothered to prepare any, Data Recovery Pro can be your only hope to retrieve your invaluable files.

About the author
Olivia Morelli
Olivia Morelli - Ransomware analyst

If this free removal guide helped you and you are satisfied with our service, please consider making a donation to keep this service alive. Even a smallest amount will be appreciated.

Contact Olivia Morelli
About the company Esolutions

References

Your opinion regarding Photorito.me