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Remove Unalytics (Virus Removal Instructions) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

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Unalytics – a potentially unwanted program that negatively affects browsing activities

Unalytics alert example

Unalytics is a cyber threat that is identified as a browser hijacker. This browser redirect virus spread as a browser extension called Better History which was sold to third-party. Current owners decided to modified the app and included potentially dangerous details in the code. As a result, user’s browsing sessions were diminished.

Summary
Name Unalytics
Type Browser hijacker
Danger level Medium. Might redirect to questionable and infected websites
Distribution method Better History browser extension, software bundling
Symptoms Browser redirects to Unalytics.com and other possibly dangerous sites, the appearance of browser security alerts, modified browser shortcuts, installation of browser extensions
To uninstall Unalytics, install ReimageIntego and run a full system scan 

Unalytics virus causes the majority of problems for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox users. According to the recent reports on Reddit,[1] users have to deal with the following problems:

  • frequent redirects to unalytics.com or receiving Chrome security alerts[2] about detected attempts to enter this site;
  • redirects to websites that inform about installed malware;[2]
  • browser tabs opening randomly and showing questionable sites;
  • strange security notifications are popping up not the screen.

Unalytics redirect issue is definitely annoying and seems unstoppable. However, in some cases, it might be dangerous too. The malicious extension might redirect to malicious websites. Some of the sites might be used for spreading malware in the form of security tools or scanners. Others might be used for obtaining sensitive data from the user, such as credit card information or login credentials.

Unalytics.com virus might also be used for tracking information about users too. There’s a chance that it might not only be interested in non-personally identifiable information but personal details too. Hence, this cyber threat might pose a danger to your privacy.

Just like other cyber parasites, this one should not stay on your PC too. Unalytics removal requires uninstalling suspicious browser extensions from Chrome, Firefox or another browser you use. Browser reset is also needed to make sure that any tracking tools were not left.

Once you remove Unalytics, you should also scan your computer with ReimageIntego or another anti-malware. This step ensures that any other malware or spyware were left on the system.

Unalytics virus imageUnalytics is a browser hijacker that aims to redirect users to suspicious websites.

Potentially unwanted programs can infiltrate sneakily

Typically browser hijackers are spread bundled with freeware or shareware. It means that along with the primary program you want to install, you are offered to download additional third-party apps.

Of course, you can opt them out. However, in order to do so, you have to use Advanced/Custom installation settings. But researchers from LosVirus.es[3] tell that such activity is rare among computer users. The majority of them rely on Standard/Recommended settings which do not have this feature and lets installing the whole package.

In some cases, developers of PUPs create legit-looking apps and can quite easily trick you into installing it voluntarily. However, Unalytics hijack is quite unusual because authors sold their add-on, and there are two main problems. First, users were not informed. Second, new owners have malicious purposes. For this reason, it’s important to check the list of installed extensions and make sure that they are working properly.

Uninstall Unalytics from the browser

Unalytics removal requires uninstalling suspicious browser extensions. You can find detailed guidelines on how to get rid of them from Chrome, Firefox, and other web browsers. Additionally, we suggest checking the system for other unwanted apps too. The same software bundle may have brought useless security programs or other potentially dangerous components.

To make sure that your computer is virus-free you can use security programs. However, some users report that they were unable to remove Unalytics automatically. But we still recommend checking your device with security software after manual elimination to check if nothing suspicious was left on the system.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. 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 Unalytics, follow these steps:

Erase Unalytics from Windows systems

We recommend looking for suspicious programs on Windows as well as checking installed browser extensions.

  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 Unalytics and related programs
    Here, look for Unalytics 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 Unalytics 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.

Uninstall Unalytics from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Unalytics from Applications folder:

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

Get rid of Unalytics from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Unalytics and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Unalytics removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete Unalytics 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 Unalytics-related 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

Reset MS Edge if that 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 DeleteAdvanced 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” -VerboseAdvanced 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 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 Unalytics from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Get rid of all questionable add-ons from Mozilla Firefox to stop redirects to Unalytics.com:

  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 Unalytics 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 Unalytics removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate Unalytics from Google Chrome

Follow these steps to uninstall Better History or other questionable extensions that might be related to Unalytics malware:

  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 Unalytics 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 Unalytics removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase Unalytics 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 Unalytics 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 Unalytics, 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 Unalytics removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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