Browser Hijacker Manual Removal Guide

Hello. Need help of removing I used yahoo as my search engine all the time. Somehow, this one appeared and became my homepage. I tried to reset Firefox, but still can come back. Not to be mean, but I don’t like this domain. Too many ads show up on my screen since I have seen it on my browser. It brought unknown programs on desktop while I can’t uninstall them. I would like to delete it as soon as possible. Can you help me? Thank you in advance.

Brief Information of Browser Hijacker is a potential unwanted program that changes the system and browser settings without your permission. This program has been spread widely as a free Internet browser extension for emails. According to the research, it supports Internet Explore, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. It claims that it provides computer users quick access to email, such as Gmail, Yahoo mail, Outlook and Hotmail etc. In this way, it is able to achieve your trust gradually so as to have more rights on your computer. In fact, it is not a reliable domain. Not like Google or Yahoo, its main task is not providing useful information or quick access to email. If you use frequently, it will change your default browser settings with special code that make it very difficult to change back. Various ads from unknown websites will be injected to your browser. You will receive ads now and then and cannot block the ads with security program. No matter you run browser or not, it works silently and interrupts your work badly. It also collects information for its developers. To protect your computer and information, delete browser hijacker thoroughly.

What Browser Hijacker can do?

After your computer is infected with browser hijacker, things will change without your knowledge. First of all, the homepage and search engine will be replaced by or other suspicious domain. Secondly, unknown extensions, add-ons and plugins are installed to support its activities. Unreliable links are added to your Bookmarks. As time goes by, you will see icons of suspicious dictionary, media player, browser and other programs on your desktop. In reality, you don’t need them because you already have similar ones. They only take up resource and slow down your computer. Besides, most of them are ad-supported programs that will bring you endless ads. Thirdly, you will notice that search results supported by are full of ad links that have nothing to do with what you want. Fourthly, you will be redirected to wired websites that you never intend to visit. You may simply want to close a popup ad or click on a picture of beautiful clothes while a new tab of attractive ads opens automatically and quickly. That will waste lots of your precious time. Fifthly, it makes you grant it access your personal data. While you use it to login your email, it may require the users to connect their email providers and social media accounts so as to grab important information. It also accesses your browsing histories to know your browsing habits. They will send away that information to develop their new products for more profit.

Ways that Browser Hijacker Access Your Computer

No.1: illegal movies or music. You may note that lots of illegal movies and music demand a certain media player. The website provides link to download the software, but you need to be careful. The malware like browser hijacker is embedded in the downloaded software on behalf.
No.2: pop-up ads. The cyber criminals usually design the browser hijacker programs very well and make them pop up in an attractive form. We have to tell you that unexpected clicks on suspicious links or pop-up ads may install this nasty browser hijacker on your computer.
No.3: malicious Trojan programs. Most of the Trojans are spreading via malicious software nowadays. Users who access these malicious programs in conjunction with Trojan virus will severally got infected with this browser hijacker.
No.4: ad-supported programs. Many people would like to download free software from the Internet. You should know that browser hijacker program usually is bundled with free software and shareware. It will be installed along with this kind of software as a plug-in. Cancel the plug-in installation to avoid unwanted programs.

Processing manual removal is supposed to have a certain level of computer literacy. If you are not sure how to start and are afraid of making any critical mistakes damaging the computer system, please live chat with YooCare Expert now.

Screenshot of

search-searchleasier-com browser hijacker Removal Guide

1. Clean Add-ons and Extensions

* Internet Explorer:

(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Internet Options

Tools in IE

(2). Click Programs tab, click Manage add-ons and disable the suspicious add-ons


* Firefox:

(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Add-ons


(2). Click Extensions, select the related browser add-ons and click Disable

* Google Chrome:

(1). Click Customize and control Google Chrome button → Tools → Extensions


(2). Disable the extensions of Redirect Vrius

2. End Relevant Processes

(1). Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc together to pop up Windows Task Manager, click Processes tab


*For Win 8 Users:

Click More details when you see the Task Manager box


And then click Details tab


(2). Find out and end browser hijacker’s processes

3. Show Hidden Files

(1). Click on Start button and then on Control Panel

(2). Click on Appearance and Personalization


(3). Click on Folder Options


(4). Click on the View tab in the Folder Options window

(5). Choose Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category


(6). Click OK at the bottom of the Folder Options window

*For Win 8 Users:

Press Win+E together to open Computer window, click View and then click Options


Click View tab in the Folder Options window, choose Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category


4. Delete Relevant Registry Entries and Files

(1). Delete the registry entries related to browser hijacker through Registry Editor

Press Win+R to bring up the Run window, type “regedit” and click “OK”


While the Registry Editor is open, search and delete its registry entries

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun ‘Random’

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionRandom

(2). Find out and remove the associated files




Video Shows You How to Safely Modify Windows Registry Editor:


All in all, is not a useful search engine as it claims to be. Instead, it messes up your computer. Do you notice the unknown extensions, plugins and popups on your computer? The extensions and plugins can open backdoor for other malware without your approval. The popups and browser redirects will take you to dangerous websites where viruses are waiting for your visits. Trojan and ransomware will be downloaded immediately when you are redirected to compromised websites. If you leave this threat on your computer, more and more useless programs will be installed and appear on your desktop. Your computer will become slower and slower. Sometimes, it even gets stuck and crashes suddenly while you are using the computer to do important work. That will drive you crazy. Do not tolerate it. Though it is not easy to get rid of this threat, there is still a quick way to fix it. We are glad to tell you that manual removal is the most effective way to deal with this threat. Search for all the related files and remove them completely. Get browser hijacker off your computer once for all.

Can’t remove the virus and are afraid of making any critical mistakes damaging your computer? please contact YooCare Expert for further removal help.

The post Browser Hijacker Manual Removal Guide appeared first on YooCare How-to Guides - YooCare Blog.

Read More »

Technology and Family Matters

You don’t have to be up to date on the latest technological trends to know that technology is changing family dynamics.

A recent article in the New Yorker entitled “Stop Googling. Let’s Talk” voices concerns about how the next generation– through years of practice– is adept at splitting their attention between conversations happening in real life (IRL) and those happening over text.

This author recently experienced the phenomenon at dinner with my 18 year old younger brother. I noticed he was able to make eye-contact with me while simultaneously texting his friend under the table. He said he honed the skill in school; this skill set allowed him to answer questions in class AND pass notes!

Many psychiatrists worry that this signals a breakdown in communication, altering a child’s ability to focus on one thing for a prolonged period of time.

In many ways, the ubiquity of smartphones and digital devices do make family life more complicated–kids are distracted, making “quality time” a little harder to cultivate.

No doubt about it, technology is changing the way we communicate. But the great majority of innovations actually seek to enhance and strengthen how we connect with others.

In today’s ever-changing world, many families are dispersed geographically. Grandparents, parents and children may be spread across multiple provinces or states. Keeping in touch is a lot easier with tools like Skype and social media.

Even within the family unit, applications like Foursquare use GPS tracking to allow families to track each other’s movements–making keeping tabs on those notoriously rebellious teenagers a lot easier.

Beyond staying in touch, technology also has the ability to change the quality of our communication by changing how and what we are comfortable sharing. The added distance of a keyboard made Alyson Shafer’s 15 year old daughter more comfortable starting a difficult conversation about a friend’s struggle with an eating disorder. Shafer told the Toronto Star that this was simply not a conversation she could start face-to-face. She still needed to talk to her mom, but without scrutiny.

The important thing is to stay safe while using digital devices to connect. No matter what generation you belong to, education is key. New users need to remain wary of online threats to make the most of their experience–and we’re here to help.

skype-icon-logo-62e333bbba-seeklogo-comOne of the most popular applications families use to stay in touch is a piece of software called Skype. Skype allows users to make audio and video calls for free– typically by connecting to the user’s webcam. Skype is a great tool especially for users who do not want to incur costly long-distance charges when calling internationally.

However, Skype has not been overlooked by scammers and hackers. In the past, Skype has been the vehicle for distributing the Dorkbot malware and is a popular choice for distributing phishing links. When in doubt, never click on links sent to you unless you confirm the source.  

As the holiday season approaches, many will look forward to seeing their loved ones in person. But why not increase that time spent together? Being able to safely navigate new technological tools can help to enrich, rather than take away from, family relationships.


Read More »

History of Holiday Tech Toys


Who remembers the Atari 2600? Yeah, I don’t either. Just kidding. Maybe. It’s hard to think about the words tech and toys together before the 1990s. However, they were a thing. Kids of the late 70s reveled in the Atari 2600. It became a staple of pop culture—defining a generation of gaming young enthusiasts. But tech toys didn’t stop there.

history-of-tech-toys_blog_3_600x200Later was the introduction of Game Boy in 1989. The ability to leave your bedroom and actually play video games on the go? That was life-altering for, I dare to say, every teenage boy and girl. Although, for many, the 2000s were the formative years of tech toys. They saw the 90s as a blip on the radar of tech toys’ rise to the domination of Toyland. This group had a front row seat to watch Xbox Live parade onto the scene in all of its glory. The first successful home online gaming console even left this writer a little jealous. Where were you during my gaming days?

history-of-tech-toys_blog_2_600x200The proliferation of tech toys over the years has only been eclipsed by the dangers surfacing from the bowels of cartridge graveyards around the world. I’m talking cybercriminals. They see the one thing that brings joy to so many sugar plum-dreaming cherubs during the holidays – tech toys – as a means to wreak havoc.

history-of-tech-toys_blog_1_600x200I’m not talking script kiddies in their parents’ basements. These aren’t the kids we grew up with then nor the kids growing up now. Dismiss the prevailing idea of what a hacker is. Don’t be mistaken; these cyber thieves are real and dangerous. They pose a threat to your personal security and the sanctity of all that is Christmas morning.

While you’re contemplating that, our team has put together a fun infographic to take you down memory lane through the History of Holiday Tech and emergence of cyber risks. We hope you enjoy!


The post History of Holiday Tech Toys appeared first on Webroot Threat Blog.

Read More »

NoMoreRansom: Bigger, better, faster, stronger!

It feels good when something you created does better than expected. When we posted recently about the NoMoreRansom project, which started as a joint initiative of Europol, the Netherlands police, Intel Security, and Kaspersky Lab, the project was already rather big. By that time, 13 more countries had joined, and NoMoreRansom had already helped more than 2,500 users successfully decrypt data that had been damaged by ransomware — without paying ransom.

NoMoreRansom: Bigger, better, faster, stronger!

Helping even one user get their data back is already well worth the effort, and 2,500 is really great — it means we are doing the right thing.

And now we are pleased to announce that the NoMoreRansom project has become even bigger and better, with new partners and new decryption utilities.

Fellow security companies Bitdefender, Emsisoft, Check Point Security, and Trend Micro joined NoMoreRansom as associate partners, which means that they contributed to the number of free decryption utilities available on the project’s website.

Also, a number of companies and organizations joined the project as supporting partners. Here’s the list: AnubisNetworks, AON, Armor, Association for Preventing and Countering Frauds (APCF), BH Consulting, CECyF (Centre Expert contre la Cybercriminalité Français), Cyberlaws.NET, Cylance Inc., DATTO Inc., ESET, FS-ISAC (Financial Services – Information Sharing & Analysis Center), G-DATA Software AG, Heimdal Security, s21Sec, Smartfense, SWITCH, Ukrainian Interbank Payment Systems Member Association (EMA), CERT-EU (Computer Emergency Response Team for the EU institutions, agencies and bodies), IRISS CERT (Irish Reporting and Information Security Service), CIRCL.LU (Computer Incident Response Center Luxembourg), and SI-CERT (Slovenian Computer Emergency Response Team).

The project is also now supported by the Austrian, Croatian, Danish, Finnish, Maltese, Romanian, Singaporean, and Slovenian police, which are our new supporting partners as well. That brings the number of countries involved in the NoMoreRansom project to 22.

More good news: The site is now available not only in English, but also in Dutch, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Russian, so ransomware victims in different countries will have an easier time using it. As of today nearly 6,000 people have used our utilities to decrypt their data without paying ransom, which gives us an immense sense of satisfaction.

So, cybercriminals all over the world, beware. This project is continuing to grow, adding new partners and providing new free tools to decrypt files encrypted by ransomware. The more countries take part in the project, the more criminals will be prosecuted for creating ransomware. And that in turn means we can create more ransomware decryption utilities; government officials can seize the command-and-control servers that hold the keys necessary for decryption.

More security companies joining the initiative also means more utilities through collective effort. So we hope that the project will continue to grow and that with the help of our partners we can halt the trend and stop ransomware from expanding further. As NoMoreRansom makes cryptors less profitable, we hope cybercriminals will abandon them. Maybe they can get jobs.

Try Kaspersky Internet Security for free

However, the fight is not over yet, and everyone has to be aware of the threats that await them on the Internet. To learn more about ransomware we suggest reading this post — and if you are already a victim, visit and look for a proper decryptor. And remember, the best way to deal with ransomware is avoid it using proactive protection.

Read More »

Thai parliament officially strengthens online surveillance

security camera and urban videosecurity camera and urban video

Extensive discussions in the Thai parliament regarding amendments to the 2007 Computer Crime Act have reached a conclusion, and legislation amending a cybercrime law has just been unanimously voted to pass, announced Reuters.

The law, regarded as a threat to online privacy, has been repeatedly criticized by human rights organizations around the world and internet freedom advocates. The groups warn this decision increases state surveillance of online activity and allows invasion of online privacy to prevent critique of the royal family.

Lèse majesté in Thailand, a subjective law that dates from 1908, punishes with prison any insults, threats and negative comments about the royal family.

“Current proposed changes preserve the Act’s powers to violate the right to freedom of expression and the right to privacy including by enabling indiscriminate online surveillance and censorship,” Amnesty International writes.

Online censorship has increased in Thailand since 2014 when the military government took over, following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Any content considered offensive or a threat to national security will be taken down.

“Thailand has some of the world’s toughest laws against royal insult, which has curtailed public discussion about the monarchy’s role following the Oct. 13 death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who was seen as a unifying figure,” Reuters says.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said there is a need for cyber control in Thailand and rejected the allegations. Royal endorsement is expected in the near future from King Maha Vajiralongkorn who was crowned in October.

Read More »

Malicious Chrome Extension Spread through PDFs containing ‘Nude Celebrity’ posted on December 13th, 2016, stating that researchers from Cyren, Firm of Internet Security, based in the McLean, Virginia, identified a Chrome Extension that was malicious. This chrome extension was spreading PDFs that are malicious on the Facebook, promising content related to nude celebrity.

Victims were enticed to click a file, i.e. PDF, on the Facebook with a promise to show nude content of celebrity. According to blog post of Cyren, users goes through a chain of redirects on clicking the Chrome browser, which eventually shows a popup that was asking to install the chrome extension.

Once installed, this malicious extension will be able to read as well as collect personal data of users' on Facebook, and also gain permissions like "posting on their behalf." After this, the process was repeated by the malware by posting the "nude PDF" files on the Facebook timeline, groups, and also sending them to private messages of their friends on Facebook.

When malicious link was clicked by the user in a browser apart from chrome, then it redirects them to many new web pages consisting nude content and adverts.

Here the takeaway is always same: Never click on the poorly written scams of Facebook promising pornographic videos. First indication of illegitimate message (or 2nd or 3rd, depending how much dismissive the users are about poor grammar and certainly also fake nude pictures of celebrity) should be attached file. The attached file is PDF, although MP4 was included in description only for misleading the people. Obviously, PDFs are never video files.

Malware also got installed in the device of user's throughout this process. Aggressive messages of spam were created by this malware, thus driving them crazy! Chrome extension, in addition, includes antispam and antivirus domain names list that was actively blocked by the software, so it might even got missed by the antivirus software.

Once infected, getting rid of this malware from the device becomes very difficult. Victims are required to delete extension in the Google Chrome, along with deleting software from registry key.

The registry can be cleaned little bit by the following process: In Registry Editor (type "regedit" into command line on Windows), find HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareGoogleChromeExtension, then remove all suspicious files. (Go ahead and remove everything; you can always install again your genuine extensions later.) Then, visit the C:UsersUSERAppDataLocalGoogleChromeUser DataDefaultExtensions, and delete all the illegal extension immediately.

Read More »