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How to remove eType (Virus removal guide) Updated

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eType is the browser hijacker that comes together with shareware applications and can install additional extensions

eType

Search.etype.com is the program that significantly affects time online with tons of redirects and altered search results so that it can be categorized as a browser hijacker. The program also called eType offers a dictionary, translator, and other options that seem to be useful for today's Internet user. However, people who have installed the suspicious software on purpose claim that their computers have started to behave strangely. People mostly report about continuous browser's redirections and commercial content injected on commonly visited pages.

In reality, Search.etype.com virus uses hijacking functionality and keeps the user form searching online normally. Also, it tends to alter DNS settings and redirect people to other domains filled with advertisements or even malicious material. If you suffer from annoying browser's redirections, your PC has been infected and affected by the PUP, so you should scan your computer immediately to end the annoying activities.

Name Search.etype.com
Alternate name eType
Type Browser hijacker
Category Potentially unwanted program[1]
Symptoms Makes changes on the browser, delivers pop-ups and redirects to suspicious pages, installs other extensions and toolbars
Main danger Tracks online browsing-related data and details about users' habits online, location. This information can be shared with third-party companies
Distribution Freeware, software bundling,[2] and other cyber threats
Elimination Install Reimage for Search.etype.com removal

eType is the alternate name of this browser hijacker program that infects common types of web browsers like Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari. It adds plugins or toolbars and extensions that supposed to improve the in-browser searching activities and make a major difference in your satisfaction. The program keeps you from finding the needed information because commercial content is all that you see since redirecting is the main purpose the PUP got designed for.

Instead, this potentially unwanted program changes various settings on the machine and the browser itself. eType alterations include:

  • new tab settings,
  • homepage preferences,
  • default search engine;
  • startup program preferences.

Search.etype.com is not a genuine search provider, so you should avoid using it as your search engine on the browser. Instead, get rid of the PUP as soon as it appears on the machine, especially when your DNS and browser settings get altered without permission. 

eType hijack
eType is the browser hijacker that affects browsing online with commercial content, redirects and pop-ups showing promotional material.

Search.etype.com has another annoying feature – installation of eType toolbar and other applications based on hijacking and redirecting the user. Although the extension claims to be a useful utility for dictionary and translation while you typing, the internet is filled with such useless tools and you can encounter more severe cyber infiltrations instead of getting the useful service.

eType, as any other PUP can access information about you:

  • IP addresses;
  • location;
  • browsing history;
  • most viewed items;
  • commonly visited sites.

Bare this data tracking and sharing function in mind and rely on tools that experts[3] recommend for eType removal. Anti-malware tools are highly suggested for infections like this because of the information recording. Adware, rogue tools, browser hijackers and other viruses of this type haven't disclosed the issue fully.

All those details needed for the sponsor or publisher of the program- advertiser. So, eType itself can be promoted to other users and pushed as free download program on pop-up ads. Avoid clicking on such material yourself because PUPs can automatically install from these banners or redirects from one click on the content.

When inside the system, a user may be suffering not only from annoying redirections – this browser hijacker can also change the start page and also make the victim continuously confront sponsored advertisements, spam, and similar, suspiciously-looking websites. So, we do NOT recommend ignoring redirections to search.etype.com website because it's dangerous.

In order to stop this activity, you must uninstall eType software and also check your computer with an anti-malware program to remove search.etype.com from your computer altogether. For this, you can rely on Reimage and other anti-malware tools designed to eliminate such programs.

Search.etype.com virus
Search.etype.com is the in-browser intruder that makes users frustrated and annoyed with unwanted advertising content.

Hijacker spreading methods involve deceptive promotional content

Such useless and intrusive software can get inside the system either voluntary or not:

  • it can be downloaded from its official page,
  • loaded from misleading promotional notifications, that pop-up out of nowhere and offer free dictionaries and translators.

Basically, as soon as click on such alert, you may download the PUP on your computer, which alters homepage and other browser's settings. We do not recommend leaving this software on your computer because its advertisements may lead you to additional software of third party spyware platforms.

Also, choose Advanced or Custom options during the installation and de-select toolbars, add-ons, other suspicious material from the list on the installation setup. When you go to Recommended or Quick installations, all the included programs get automatically added on the computer. 

Delete eType virus from the system and get rid of the unwanted behavior

You should focus on cleaning the system when performing Search.etype.com removal because the program reads and changes various settings, so you need to pay attention to alterations and reverse them back. Employ anti-malware tools, and this way you can save you precious time for resetting the browsers because that is the process that requires manual interference but the malware elimination gives better results with professional tools.

Finally, scan your computer with a reputable anti-malware program to remove Search.etype.com or any corrupted, useless, or even infected files from your computer. Tools like this can check the system fully and indicate various issues with your machine besides the infiltration of PUPs.

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 search.etype.com redirect, follow these steps:

Erase search.etype.com from Windows systems

eType removal should improve the speed of the machine and affect the performance in a positive way

  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 search.etype.com and related programs
    Here, look for search.etype.com 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 search.etype.com 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.

Remove search.etype.com 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 search.etype.com 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'

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

Uninstall search.etype.com redirect 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, search.etype.com should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of search.etype.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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

Eliminate search.etype.com from Google Chrome

You need to remove Search.etype.com from the browser too

  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 search.etype.com 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 search.etype.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase search.etype.com 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 search.etype.com 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 search.etype.com, 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 search.etype.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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