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Remove Under-Cover.info virus (Removal Instructions) - updated Apr 2019

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

Under-Cover.info is a browser hijacker that modifies web browser settings in order to show users fake search results

Under-Cover.info

Questions about Under-Cover.info virus

Under-Cover.info is a browser-hijacking application developed by Kinner Lake Limited – a Gibraltar-based company. The unwanted programs usually enter machines without users noticing, as software bundles typically try to hide optional installs under Advanced settings, and most people simply skip this step by choosing the Recommended mode. Once inside the machine, Under-Cover.info virus starts performing a variety of changes, including the ones that modify users' homepage and a new tab, along with the search engine. From that point, users are forced to browse via the hijacked engine,[1] which typically shows them fake search results that include a colossal amount of sponsored links, deal with redirects to questionable websites, and suffer from the slow operation of the browser.

SUMMARY
Name Under-Cover.info
Type Browser hijacker, Potentially unwanted program
Related apps Under Cover Search, Flowsurf
Developer Kinner Lake Limited
Distribution Software bundling, third-party websites
Symptoms Homepage set to hxxp://under-cover.info/?home=1&a=notset&u=notset&t=8, excessive amount of sponsored links in search results, pop-up ads on various sites, redirects to affiliated or dangerous websites
Risk factors Money loss, malware infection, data leak
Removal Delete the browser hijacker with security software or use our guide for manual termination
Optimization To recover from the infection, scan your device with Reimage

While browser hijackers are not considered to be severe computer infections, their presence might compromise computer security and users' online safety. In this article, we will explain peculiarities of this type of threat, and will also describe how to remove Under-Cover.info from Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Opera, or another browser.

The primary goal of Under Cover Search developers is to generate traffic to sponsored websites, which would consequently increase the profits for both parties. For that, PUP authors need to make sure that Under-Cover.info hijacker reaches as many users as possible – hence the shady distribution technique.

Once the changes to the installed browsers are made, Under-Cover.info starts its shady activities by displaying sponsored content, placing a layer of ads on most sites, exposing to altered search results, and also tracking users' web browsing activities. This is done with the help of tracking technologies, such as Beacons[2] or Cookies. This information-gathering allows Under-Cover.info developers to gather the following information:[3]

  • technical information transmitted by your device such as type of operating system, device type, default browser;
  • your aggregated use of the Software, basically we know if you installed the software;
  • usage statistics;
  • language and the time stamp;
  • approximate geographical location.

This data is collected in order to generate personalized ads, but these are always coming from the affiliates. Therefore,  Under-Cover.info hijack can manipulate what sites users visit, influence their interests and make them buy products or services that they otherwise would not.

Therefore, while the browser hijacking changes might seem relatively minor, it might result in the installation of potentially dangerous apps, exposure to online scams, and even malware infection. Thus, if you noticed that your homepage has changed, check your system with security software or perform manual Under-Cover.info removal as explained below. After you kill the PUP, make sure you use Reimage or similar repair software to bring your device to a pristine condition.

Under-Cover.info hijacker
Under-Cover.info is a browser hijacker that modifies web browser settings without permission in order to perform the revenue-generating activities

Make use of Advanced installation settings to avoid PUPs

If you do not want to let potentially unwanted programs hijack your computer, you should pay more attention to the software installation process. Contrary to many people’s beliefs, Default or Recommended installation settings are not the ones that should be trusted during the procedure.

In fact, Custom or Advanced settings will allow you to determine which applications are secretly offered to you. Therefore, opt for these settings because they enable you to reject unwanted items added to the desired software. Be aware that most of the free apps will include some sort of “offer” or “deal,” and it might be hidden in various ways, including grayed out buttons, pre-ticked boxes, misleading placement of the toggle, etc.

There are two ways to terminate Under-Cover.info from your computer

As we already mentioned, the presence of a browser hijacker will not bring you any benefit but instead will manipulate the search results and expose you to potentially dangerous content. For that reason, it is best to take care of Under-Cover.info removal before you compromise your computer safety.

You can remove Under-Cover.info virus manually or automatically. The latter option is best for those who are less tech-savvy, however. It will allow you to terminate the unwanted application in just a few minutes. Simply download and install a security program that focuses on potentially unwanted program removal and then perform a full system scan. Alternatively, you can also use our instructions below to delete the PUP manually.

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 Under-Cover.info virus, follow these steps:

Uninstall Under-Cover.info from Windows systems

There are several programs that might be related to appearance of Under-Cover.info site and browser redirect problem. Therefore, you should look for Under Cover, Flowsurf, and other programs published by Kinner Lake Limited. Remove all of them, and then thoroughly check every web browser for suspicious components and revert modified settings. The tutorial we provide should help you to complete this task.

  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 Under-Cover.info and related programs
    Here, look for Under-Cover.info 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 Under-Cover.info 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.

Eliminate Under-Cover.info 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 Under-Cover.info 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 Under-Cover.info 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 Under-Cover.info 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 Under-Cover.info removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove Under-Cover.info 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, Under-Cover.info should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase Under-Cover.info from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Do not forger to reset Mozilla Firefox to make sure that all the setting changes performed by the hijacker are reverted:

  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 Under-Cover.info 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 Under-Cover.info removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete Under-Cover.info 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 Under-Cover.info 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 Under-Cover.info removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall Under-Cover.info 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 Under-Cover.info 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 Under-Cover.info, 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 Under-Cover.info removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. Robert says:
    November 28th, 2016 at 2:08 am

    Under Cover is insanely useless dont try to use it… .Im telling ya

  2. Godzilla says:
    November 28th, 2016 at 2:09 am

    Under-cover.info infected chrome, mozilla, and IE…. now i gotta clean them all, and its so disturbing. i have to waste my time because some nasty browser hijacker wnats me to use this stupid search engine! Thats not fair!

  3. u_n_o says:
    November 28th, 2016 at 2:10 am

    Why did I click on that “Install UnderCover” button….

  4. CoMi222 says:
    November 28th, 2016 at 2:10 am

    Finally fixed the PC!!!! Nailed it

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