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Spaceforyou.cc. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Spaceforyou.cc is a PUP that negatively affects your web browsing experience

Spaceforyou.cc fake search engine
Spaceforyou.cc is a hijacker that affects your browser
 

Spaceforyou.cc – a fake search engine that changes your browsers' settings. This browser hijacker can affect Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari and modify its settings. Additionally, it can also install suspicious browser extensions, add-ons, toolbars and other useless software without users' consent. The dubious app is also related to questionable third-party websites that can display intrusive advertisements and redirect to affiliated sites.

Name Spaceforyou.cc
Type Browser hijacker
Subtype PUP
Affected browsers Microsoft Edge, IE, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, etc. 
Symptoms Homepage, new tab, default search engine changed, intrusive ad content
Distribution Software bundles
Elimination Use Reimage for removal

Spaceforyou.cc hijack can greatly impact your browsing experience. The delivery of adverts, pop-ups, hyperlinks, auto-play video and audio ads can cover up the legitimate content of the websites which typically does not include advertisements. What is more, the amount of the disturbances increases over time, as the hijacker installs additional bloatware on your machine.

Additionally, you will also notice the difference in the search results that are delivered to you. The first few results will show you sponsored links, making you more likely to visit affiliated websites, and even make a purchase. Such activity guarantees increased traffic to less-known domains and artificially increases website rankings. Developers of Spaceforyou.cc hijacker generate pay-per-click[1] revenue in the meantime.

Probably the most dangerous feature of a browser hijacker is its redirect tendencies. Even accidental clicks can lead you to phishing, fake update, cracked software or even malware-infested sites. Do not forget that every executable can be injected with malware, even if it looks legitimate. Therefore, never click on hyperlinks that Spaceforyou.cc virus might lead you to.

Spaceforyou.cc removal is required if you want to get back to safe web browsing. It can be adequately done with professional guidance. We can recommend Reimage anti-malware tool for the job, as it can find any additional components and eliminate them quickly.

You can also remove Spaceforyou.cc manually if you want to, but this method is time-consuming and does not work if executed incorrectly.

Browser hijackers use bundling to spread threats 

Product bundling is a widely used marketing technique. Unfortunately, this tactic is also utilized by potentially unwanted program authors' as well. When PUP[2] developers make arrangements with freeware providers, these programs are bundled together. So if you download software or tools, you might get some infections at the same time if you are not paying attention while installing.

Also, redirects and advertisements might offer to purchase programs that are not useful at all. They can be promoted as optimization software or even security tools. However, this is done to merely trick users into buying useless software that does not bring any benefits. Semvirus.pt[3] team recommends you to choose freeware providers wisely.

Spaceforyou.cc removal needs to be done now

To remove Spaceforyou.cc virus, you should use anti-malware tool because unwanted programs can have related additional components that were installed without your knowledge. Additionally, this software can be disguised under legitimate names, or have no process running in the task manager, which makes it harder to detect.

If you want to perform manual Spaceforyou.cc removal, you can check our step-by-step guidelines. As soon as the elimination is complete, you will have to reset each of the affected browsers individually, so that no traces of the hijacker are left on your system. 

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes 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 Spaceforyou.cc, follow these steps:

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Remove Spaceforyou.cc from Windows systems

Terminate browser hijacker from your Windows OS:

  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 Spaceforyou.cc and related programs
    Here, look for Spaceforyou.cc 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 Spaceforyou.cc 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.

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Erase Spaceforyou.cc 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 Spaceforyou.cc 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'
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Get rid of Spaceforyou.cc from Internet Explorer (IE)

Clean IE by following these steps:

  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 Spaceforyou.cc 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 Spaceforyou.cc removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Delete Spaceforyou.cc 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, Spaceforyou.cc should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Uninstall Spaceforyou.cc from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove Spaceforyou.cc traces from your Firefox browser:

  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 Spaceforyou.cc 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 Spaceforyou.cc removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Eliminate Spaceforyou.cc from Google Chrome

Chrome browser can be cleaned. Follow this guide:

  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 Spaceforyou.cc 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 Spaceforyou.cc removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Remove Spaceforyou.cc 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 Spaceforyou.cc 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 Spaceforyou.cc, 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 Spaceforyou.cc removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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