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removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Browser Hijackers is a browser hijacker that meddles with Windows registry is a potentially unwanted program which not only changes web browser settings but also Windows registry is a web address that users might see as soon as their Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, gets hijacked by a potentially unwanted program Veba Search. This app is usually bundled with other applications downloaded from third-party websites or installed after users get tricked by fake updates, so they rarely notice the point of intrusion. Nevertheless, the effects of hijack can be felt straight away.

As soon as the virus enters the computer, it changes the new tab URL and the homepage and applies a customized search engine. Due to this, users are presented with sponsored links at the top of the search results each time they look for a query. Additionally, the overall amount of ads on all websites increases, and users' web browsing activities are recorded for monetization purposes (targeted advertising).[1]

Possibly one of the main reasons to remove is due to its intrusive nature, as it also changes settings in the Windows registry, hence it might be difficult to get rid of. However, you can find detailed instructions in the bottom section of this article.

Type Browser hijacker, potentially unwanted program
Associated app Veba Search Tool
Targeted systems  Windows OS (all versions)
Infiltration  The installation of potentially unwanted programs is often missed by users – PUPs are bundled within a software package which is presented as a standalone installer. In other cases, users might get tricked by fake updates or attractive ads
Symptoms  New tab URL, home page and the search engine set to; changes to Windows registry applied; search queries filled with sponsored links; increased amount of advertisement on all visited sites
Dangers Users might be led to insecure websites that host potentially unwanted programs or malware; they might also be exposed to scam or phishing sites. Thus, malware infection, money loss or sensitive data disclosure to unknown parties are possible
Elimination  You can get rid of PUPs automatically by scanning your machine with anti-malware or using manual removal guide below 
Recovery & optimization  For best results, you should scan your machine with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to fix virus damage and reset all the installed browsers 

Veba Search serves mainly for third parties who seek to increase page rank, collect sales leads, or clicks. For this reason, alters search results, includes various sponsored links in the priority, and complements every website with various commercial advertisements. 

However, users infected with the hijacker are exposed to various ads and sponsored links that do not benefit them in any way. If anything, ads may actually lead them to insecure sites filled with inappropriate or dangerous content, including tech support scam, spoofing,[2] or similar websites.

Consequently, users may be shown fake alerts that claim various virus infections or asked to participate in surveys that offer expensive gifts. Nevertheless, these scams usually seen to harvest users' personal information for marketing purposes, make them download unwanted programs, or spend money on fake tech support services. browser is a browser hijacker that enters machines with the help of software bundles mostly unnoticed

Another reason for removal is its data gathering activities – the following information is collected:

  • IP address;
  • Search queries;
  • Installed apps;
  • Links clicked;
  • Browser type, etc.

This data is gathered with the help of cookies[3] or similar tracking technologies, which are stored for up to six months:

This information allows Veba Search to distinguish your Applications for purposes of compensating third parties who distribute its products and to analyze retention and usage on an aggregated basis. Such “cookies” and configuration settings are reset every 24 hours, but the information collected is stored in a query log for up to six months.

To conclude, if hijacked your browsers, make sure to get rid of this app as soon as possible – you can either terminate it as per instructions below or use anti-malware software. Nevertheless, don't forget that this hijacker meddles with Windows registry and alters web browser settings, so you are highly advised fixing the registry with tools like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego and resetting all the installed browsers.

Browser hijackers travel within software bundles

In most of the cases, users install potentially unwanted programs after installing freeware or shareware from third-party sites inattentively. That’s because PUPs usually travel bundled with various download managers, PDF creators, and other types of freeware as additional components that are not disclosed appropriately. To make as many users as possible to install these apps, software developers of hosting sites often use various tricks, including fine print text, pre-ticked boxes, misleading deals/offers, misplaced buttons, etc.

Therefore, to avoid potentially unwanted programs altogether, you should pay close attention to the installation process of freeware/shareware. Here are some security tips from experts:[4]

  • Consider not downloading apps from third-parties and find counterparts on official sources instead;
  • If you decide to download an app from a third-party site, be aware that all of them bundle software;
  • When the installer is launched, look at it carefully: decline all the offers, remove ticks from boxes, watch out for misplaced buttons, etc.;
  • When prompted, always opt for Advanced/Custom installation settings instead of Recommended ones;
  • Employ anti-malware software that could stop potentially unwanted programs. Privacy gathers a variety of browsing-related information, including the IP address and search queries (considered as PII in some parts of the world)

Remove hijacker for a better browsing experience redirects are not malicious from the first glimpse. However, some of them may reroute to suspicious websites and cause infiltration of misleading programs on the system. Additionally, the app is set to modify the Windows registry, which is an unnecessary process for its functionality – it is most likely done to establish persistence and prevent and easy VebaSearch removal.

Nevertheless, you can try and remove via Control Panel as per instructions below. If that does not work (or the app is not listed), you can employ anti-malware software to pull out all the unwanted components from your system with just a few clicks. Regardless of which method you choose, we highly advise you also reset all the installed browsers as the hijacker's set settings might enable it to continue its unwanted activities post-termination.

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To remove, follow these steps:

Uninstall from Windows systems

To uninstall Veba Search from Windows, follow these instructions:

  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 and related programs
    Here, look for 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 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 '' 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.

Erase 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 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 removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Get rid of 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, should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Reset Mozilla Firefox to prevent the hijacker from continuing its activities even after termination:

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

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

Uninstall 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 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, 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 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. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them. Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data 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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