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Regevpop virus Removal Guide

What is Regevpop virus?

Regevpop is an annoying browser hijacker that attaches itself to Safari or another browser and displays intrusive ads

RegevpopRegevpop is a deceptive download manager that also changes users' web browser settings without the permission

Regevpop is a browser extension designed for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari browsers for Macs. It is advertised as a download manager that allegedly can make downloads faster and guarantees a “better user experience and more successful installations.”

However, Regevpop is also a potentially unwanted program, also known as OSX.Genieo – a browser hijacker which travels within software bundles, meaning that it gets installed without users' permission. Once inside the system, it changes web browser settings and assigns as a homepage and the new tab address, as well as introduces a custom search engine that redirects all results to Yahoo.

The intrusive activity does not stop there, however, as the infected users will quickly notice a bunch of sponsored links when searching up something online. Additionally, users will also see an increased amount of ads on most sites that they visit. Unfortunately, Regevpop removal might be slightly complicated unless a reputable security application is used.

Name Regevpop
Also known as OSX.Genieo
Type Browser hijacker
Category Potentially unwanted program
Developer Genieo Innovation
Advertised as Download manager
Homepage set to
Symptoms Changed web browser settings, slow operation of the computer, sponsored search results, intrusive ads on all sites, etc.
Distribution Software bundles, third-party sites, fake Adobe Flash updates
Termination To remove Regevpop virus automatically, use FortectIntego

Despite the fact that Regevpop virus uses the legitimate party to display the search results (Yahoo), they are not genuine, as the sponsored links at the top are presented in order for users to visit predetermined websites. In such a way, developers inflate the rank of promoted sites and generate revenue for each click made by users. Therefore, it is in their best interest to have as many users infected with Regevpop browser hijacker.

The developer of the Regevpop is Genieo Innovation – an Israeli company that was established back in 2008 and later acquired by Somoto – another suspicious PUP developer. Over the years, it engaged in a variety of dodgy practices, including using the infamous “Your Flash Player is out of date” technique,[1] which prompts users to update Flash but instead installs a potentially unwanted app. By far the worst case was noted by security researches in 2015 when a malicious installer would access sensitive information inside the keychain.[2]

While most of Regevpop hijack symptoms are quite apparent (changed homepage and new tab URL), other modifications to the system might be hidden from the users' eyes and can have much more serious ramifications. One of such hidden traits is data tracking, and the developers collect and share the following information:

  • Search data
  • Search queries
  • Technical details
  • Cookies[3]
  • Installation information, etc.

Thus, users should be concerned if they see their web browser showing as the homepage.

Regevpop hijackRegevpop is a browser-hijacking application that displays sponsored search results and shows intrusive ads on all sites that users visit

To remove Regevpop virus safely, we suggest downloading and installing FortectIntego security software, although other reputable applications can be used. Simply download, install, and a run a full system scan – it should terminate all the potentially unwanted programs along with the found malware.

After that, we suggest you reset all the installed browsers, as Regevpop's changed settings might not go away even after its terminations. For full instructions, please check the bottom section of the article.

Do not get deceived by rogue installers and install free applications with care

Third-party installers often include bundled software. Unfortunately, users are not that well aware of the distribution technique and often end up installing software that they normally would not. While software bundling seems to be like a great option to try programs for free, it is often abused, and users end up with applications that change their browser settings without permission or even expose them to online risks.

Therefore, when downloading new applications, make sure the source is legitimate in the first place. Once the process starts, never skip through steps, decline all offers or deals, and always opt for the Advanced/Custom installation method rather than Recommended/Quick one. Unmark all the pre-ticked boxes that emerge and you will end up with the app that you intended to install instead of a bunch of PUPs.

Regevpop privacy policyRegevpop is an application developed by Genieo Innovation - a company that developed multiple PUPs that engaged in illegal distribution and operation practices

Regevpop removal instructions

You can try to remove Regevpop virus manually by following our guide below. However, please do not forget to check for the traces of the potentially unwanted application in the following folders:

  • /Library/LaunchAgents
  • /Library/Application Support
  • /Library/LaunchDaemons

If you are too confused about this, you should instead use anti-virus software for full Regevpop removal. Security software can find all the entries that are left after the PUP infection and restore your Mac to normal automatically.

Regardless of which option you choose to get rid of Regevpop, you should still make sure you reset all the installed browsers, as tracking technologies like cookies might still be present.

You may remove virus damage with a help of FortectIntego. 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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Getting rid of Regevpop virus. Follow these steps

Delete from macOS

If your Mac is experiencing symptoms of a browser hijacker, remove Regevpop by following these steps:

Remove items from Applications folder:

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

Remove 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 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 Delete Advanced 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” -Verbose Advanced 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, search 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

Remove 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 unwanted plugin 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 Settings.
  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

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, 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. Reset Firefox 2

Remove from Google Chrome

Browser hijackers usually implement tracking technologies like cookies or web beacons and these are can only be removed after Chrome is reset:

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 the unwanted program 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 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 unwanted 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. Reset Chrome 2

Delete from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension 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 Regevpop 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: FortectIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

How to prevent from getting browser hijacker

Stream videos without limitations, no matter where you are

There are multiple parties that could find out almost anything about you by checking your online activity. While this is highly unlikely, advertisers and tech companies are constantly tracking you online. The first step to privacy should be a secure browser that focuses on tracker reduction to a minimum.

Even if you employ a secure browser, you will not be able to access websites that are restricted due to local government laws or other reasons. In other words, you may not be able to stream Disney+ or US-based Netflix in some countries. To bypass these restrictions, you can employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN, which provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, not slowing you down in the process.

Data backups are important – recover your lost files

Ransomware is one of the biggest threats to personal data. Once it is executed on a machine, it launches a sophisticated encryption algorithm that locks all your files, although it does not destroy them. The most common misconception is that anti-malware software can return files to their previous states. This is not true, however, and data remains locked after the malicious payload is deleted.

While regular data backups are the only secure method to recover your files after a ransomware attack, tools such as Data Recovery Pro can also be effective and restore at least some of your lost data.

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