Thursday, April 10, 2014

Remove Browser Hijacker [FAQs]





What Is

This article should not be mistakenly taken as being associated, affiliated, sponsored or owned by creators or distributors. However, VilmaTech technicians consider it necessary to correct cognition of that it is technically not a virus and serving as a traffic exchanging site working on the margins of the law to help with Internet marketing.

FAQ1 – If is not a virus, then how it manages to hijack homepage and will not be removed by conventional means?

Just as what has been said in the preceding paragraph that works on the margins of the law. It employs legit technologies to run maliciously. The technologies are usually BHO, ActiveX and Script technologies. BHO is created to preload web applications’ code into system configuration so that it won’t take away plenty of CPU whenever the applications are launched to work; ActiveX is made to help control search destination and Script is used to track down online whereabouts for the analysis of PC users’ preference so that improvement can be made to the Internet marketing. With the three major techniques working jointly, removing related items unilaterally will not drive away browser hijacker. More steps are required to be involved.

FAQ2 – If dangerous when it keeps hijacking?

Let’s firstly take a look at the common affection symptoms before get details on the dangers.
  • Computer becomes tardy in response, so does browsers (IE/Chrome/Firefox/Opera/Safari).
  • It takes longer to load an intended web page.
  • More web applications, toolbar and adware particularly, are caught to be installed without knowledge.
  • Unknown website would sometimes pop up when surfing the Internet.
To get to know the preference of most PC users for better promotion, maker uses Script technology to record data and access to the data through a self-made backdoor program. Backdoor program is not necessarily malicious. Most programs have it for convenience improvement and inspection in the future. But as one of the numerous broswser hijackers and substitutions, it is not strictly programmed, which is to say that the backdoor program can be easily attacked and captured by infections embedded on some sites.

Once being attacked, the legit technologies will be utilized maliciously to collect log-in credentials and other confidential details. Besides the information security, one should also know that explorer.exe is always called by when it is doing its work. To achieve more aggressive promotion, additional web applications will be introduced in, which will increase the burden of explorer.exe to result in browser crash and more running processes such as dllhost.exe.

Below is the removal thread to follow up. If you are a rookit and cannot find a way to carry out the steps correctly and successfully, it is advisable to contact Global PC Support Center and get exclusive help from their senior technicians.
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Removal Thread to Remove Browser Hijacker from Browsers

Step1. Remove the extensions created on the day when was firstly detected.

Internet Explorer
Tools > Manage add-ons > ‘Toolbars and Extensions’ > remove's extension > ‘Search Providers’ > remove's extension.

Mozilla Firefox
Tools > Options > ‘Extension’ > remove's extension > ‘Plugins’ panel > remove's extension.

Google Chrome
Spanner icon > "Tools" > ‘Extensions’ > remove's extension.

Opera menu > Extensions > Manage Extensions > remove's extension.

Safari Menu > Preferences > extensions tab > remove's extension.

Step2. Restore the homepage from

Internet Explorer
‘Search Providers’ > select desirable search engine > press “Set as Default” button.

Mozilla Firefox
Options > General tab > "homepage" > type your desirable URL.

Google Chrome
Spanner icon > "Settings" > Search section > click dropdown menu to select desired search engine.

Opera menu > Settings > Preference > General tab > "Home Page" > set your desirable homepage.

Safari Menu > Preferences > General tab > Default Search Engine > set desirable search engine.

Step3.  modify host file to remove

Win+R key combination > type CMD > hit Enter key > type "ping" > Enter key > note down the IP address for > navigate to C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc > click open Hosts file > paste the IP address to the last line > save file.

Mac OS X
Finder launchpad icon > Utilities > Terminal > type "ping" > Enter/Return key > note down the IP address for > shift+command+g key combination > type “etc” (/private/etc/hosts) > Enter/Return key > click open Hosts file > paste the IP address to the last line > save it to modify host file.

Removal Not

If one gets additional infections because of hijacking issue, one should pay attention to the explorer.exe, winlogon.exe and the like. Should there be any cases that the system processes are taken advantage, one should get solutions to fix and repair. Explicit steps are shown in virus reservoir.
If no additional infection is found, it is also recommended to remove all the items generated by in an attempt to wipe out any possibility to get error message due to conflict in the future or sluggish PC performance due to fragments scattered in the local disk randomly.
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