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Sticky Notes browser hijacker Removal Guide

What is Sticky Notes browser hijacker?

Sticky Notes is a browser extension that may collect browsing information in the background

Sticky NotesSuch plugins change the main settings forcing users to use chosen channels

Sticky Notes is a fraudulent browser extension that claims to be a useful plugin that allows users to add sticky notes to their browser's homepage. However, the plugin modifies the browser's default settings, such as the homepage, new tab address, and search engine. Users are forced to browse only through specific channels, raising numerous privacy and security concerns.

The majority of hijackers are designed to collect sensitive information or generate revenue through pay-per-click advertising. Browser plugins can also cause redirects to other pages. Unfortunately, crooks may use rogue advertising networks to direct victims to fraudulent websites.

NAME Sticky Notes
TYPE Browser hijacker; potentially unwanted program
SYMPTOMS The main settings of the browser get changed, like the homepage, new tab address, and search engine
DISTRIBUTION Shady websites, deceptive ads, software bundling
DANGERS The extension may lead to dangerous websites; display misinformation, and inaccurate search results; track browsing, and collect data
ELIMINATION Remove the extension by going to your browser settings
FURTHER STEPS Use FortectIntego to fix any remaining damage and optimize the machine

Distribution methods

Browser hijackers are frequently distributed via bogus download pages. Crooks create deceptive websites that trick people into thinking they are downloading something when they are not. To avoid such sites, avoid clicking on random links and advertisements, even if they appear to promote legitimate products and services.

Because illegal streaming websites are unregulated, use legitimate streaming platforms instead. They can also show bogus “Download” and “Play” buttons that take you to bogus download sites. Netflix and Hulu have low monthly subscription fees and allow users to watch as much content as they want.

When adding new plugins, it is best to use official web stores. Apps that are listed on digital marketplaces must go through a rigorous review process. You should, however, conduct your own research by reading the reviews, examining the rating, and examining the number of users. You should select apps with a lot of positive feedback and thousands of users.

Sticky Notes browser hijackerThe most important thing is to do your research before installing any apps

Privacy issues

Sticky Notes and many other browser extensions frequently collect information about users' browsing habits. Cookies[1] are used to store information such as your IP address, geolocation, websites visited, links clicked, and items purchased online. It can then be resold to ad networks or other third parties.

That is why security experts advise clearing browsers on a regular basis. You can use a maintenance tool like FortectIntego to automatically delete cookies and cache. This powerful software can also repair system errors, corrupted files, and registry problems, which is especially useful following a virus infection.

How to remove an unwanted extension?

You can remove browser add-ons by going to your settings. Find the list of extensions installed in your browser and remove the Sticky Notes hijacker. Follow the guide below for instructions:

Google Chrome

  • Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  • 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

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

MS Edge (Chromium)

  • Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  • Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Mozilla Firefox

  • Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  • Select Add-ons.
  • In here, select unwanted plugin and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox


  • Click Safari > Preferences…
  • In the new window, pick Extensions.
  • Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Software installation process

Occasionally, simply removing the extension is ineffective, and users continue to experience unwanted symptoms. In that case, you will most likely need to scan your machine for potentially unwanted programs,[2] which are programs that run in the background and generate commercial content. Simply removing the add-on will not suffice because the settings will continue to change until you completely remove it from your machine.

One of the most common ways for these PUAs to spread is via freeware[3] installation sites. In the installers, they include additional programs. The majority of people rush through the installation process, skipping all of the steps. It is critical to be present during the installation if you want to avoid this in the future.

Always use “Custom” or “Advanced” installation methods, and read the privacy policy and terms of use to determine what information will be collected and what the application will be permitted to do in your system. The most important step is to go through the file list and untick any items that appear suspicious or unrelated.

Scan the machine with anti-malware tools

The program that is causing the erratic behavior of the browser could have any name or icon, as crooks often disguise them as “handy” programs. If you are not sure what to do and you do not want to risk deleting the wrong files, we suggest using SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes anti-malware tools that will scan your machine, eliminate it, and prevent such infections in the future by giving you a warning before a PUP can make any changes.

If manual removal is what you still prefer, we have instructions for Windows and Mac machines:

Windows 10/8:

  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 the entry of the 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

Windows 7/XP:

  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.


  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
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How to prevent from getting browser hijacker

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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