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Remove Tech-connect.biz virus (Removal Instructions) - 2020 update

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Tech-connect.biz virus is the browser hijacker that pushes fake search engines

  Tech-connect.biz
Tech-connect.biz is the browser hijacker that shows sponsored search results.

Tech-connect.biz virus is a malicious search engine that should be avoided. No matter that it looks like a convenient way to search the web, this questionable search tool can hijack your computer without your approval and then change its settings. Typically, it adds related browser extensions and alters the start page, the default search engine, and new tab URL. 

Questions about Tech-connect.biz virus

After each of these alterations are finished, the victim[1] starts noticing redirects to the Tech-connect.biz site. This web address looks like an ordinary search engine that seems like any other web search tool. Sadly, it cannot be trusted because it might trick you into clicking on sponsored search results, which are not only relevant but also can open dangerous third-party websites.

Name Tech-connect.biz
Type Browser hijacker[2]
Issues Changes settings on the browser and affects the speed with redirects, pop-ups, banners
Distribution Freeware installations load PUPs as additional applications
Repair Restore affected or corrupted programs and files using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego since PUPs trigger changes in the system folders behind your back
Elimination Remove Tech-connect.biz with anti-malware tools since those can find and delete any malicious parts of the intruder

Although we cannot claim that all of these search results are deceptive, you should still be careful. After adding your search query to this search engine, you can be redirected to plusnetwork.com which is another questionable search engine. In addition, you can start noticing third-party ads, slowdowns, and similar problems that can result in strange websites. The best solution would be to avoid these sites and remove Tech-connect.biz from the system. 

The only reason why this site causes these redirects is pay-per-click revenue. However, ads that are displayed via this search engine can redirect you to questionable Internet sites. Besides, you should think about Tech-connect.biz removal because it is capable of tracking its victims.

Beware that such Tech-connect.biz activities are used for collecting people's search terms, information about their most visited websites, details related to their computers, and so on. It might be a harmless activity but we should warn you that non-personal data can also be used for identity theft and similar uses!

If you want to protect yourself, you should uninstall the Tech-connect.biz virus without any delay. The fastest way to do that is to check the entire computer system for threats. For that, you can use anti-malware software. However, you can also perform this task with the help of a manual removal guide which is revealed down below. 

Of course, you can access this website by yourself and set it as your homepage manually. You might also change your homepage settings and set this search tool as a startup page as well. You need to change those settings back from Tech-connect.biz manually by using the instructions below.

However, if you haven’t initiated these changes but this search engine appears in your browser, it means that you have become a victim of Tech-connect.biz hijack. Please do not be mistaken and do not confuse the word “hijack” with “hack.” 

Tech-connect.biz search engine
Display of Tech-connect.biz search engine and bogus search results

Methods used to proliferate the number of users

This program hijacks user’s computer system only after receiving permission to do that, so you need to learn how to take away such authorization. When you install computer programs, check what lies behind “Advanced” or “Custom” settings.

These settings can reveal what programs are bundled with your downloaded application, and allows to reject them. Users often install additional unwanted software because they think that “Default” or “Standard” settings are reliable.

In most cases, these settings are auto-selected and include user’s agreements to install all “recommended” software. This software can include hijackers, adware programs, and other annoying parasites. Experts[3] always warn about that.

Focus on Tech-connect.biz virus removal

In order to remove Tech-connect.biz virus, check the instructions provided below. Feel free to choose either manual or automatic removal technique – you can quickly uninstall this hijacker using one of the anti-spyware programs we recommend, or, if you prefer, delete it manually.

Please remember that despite being non-malicious, this browser hijacker is still an unwanted program, which can leave your computer vulnerable to malware attacks. That is why Tech-connect.biz removal should be carried out with care.

Although you might find these instructions confusing, give them a try, and remove Tech-connect.biz manually. Jut keep in mind that you need to repair system files and functions too.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. 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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To remove Tech-connect.biz virus, follow these steps:

Remove Tech-connect.biz from Windows systems

  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 Tech-connect.biz and related programs
    Here, look for Tech-connect.biz 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 Tech-connect.biz 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.

Delete Tech-connect.biz 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 Tech-connect.biz 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'

Get rid of Tech-connect.biz 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 Tech-connect.biz 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 Tech-connect.biz removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Uninstall Tech-connect.biz virus 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, Tech-connect.biz should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase Tech-connect.biz 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 Tech-connect.biz 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 Tech-connect.biz removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate Tech-connect.biz from Google Chrome

  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 Tech-connect.biz 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 Tech-connect.biz removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove Tech-connect.biz 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 Tech-connect.biz 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 Tech-connect.biz, 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 Tech-connect.biz removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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 a 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. 

Nevertheless, there's a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various circumstances, malware is also one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. Potentially unwanted programs may clear files that keep the application from running smoothly.

More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, or images get locked. Ransomware is the one that is focused on such functions, so your device gets useless without access to needed data. Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for such recovery in the system.

In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 

 

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  1. Oblivi0n says:
    September 12th, 2016 at 6:04 am

    Thanks for sharing info about Tech-connect.biz. I was planning to use this search engine, but now I am glad that I didnt.

  2. Jordan008 says:
    September 12th, 2016 at 6:05 am

    I have been attacked by a different browser hijacker a while ago; yesterday, my mom asked why Tech-connect.biz website appears in her browser and i immediately recognized that it is a browser hijacker. as always, I came to this site for removal instructions. Thanks again!

  3. Willym says:
    September 12th, 2016 at 6:06 am

    I just cannot stand computer viruses! Its so hard to remove them!

  4. mcqueen says:
    September 12th, 2016 at 6:07 am

    Tech-connect.biz has redirected be to some really suspicious sites. I wonder if this search engine is safe to use. Maybe it is better to avoid it!

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