> VilmaTech Blog > Virus – Browser Hijacker Removal Guides Virus – Browser Hijacker Removal Guides is browser hijacker, a malicious redirect virus made by hijackers to invade into user computer for stealing money or acquiring illegal commercial profit by forcing users into buying their tricked products. By tampering and distorting main Internet Browsers on computer the virus can redirect default search engine to the established hijack site. It means that your browser home page and default search engine are changed to Technically, looks like a genuine site provider that offers advertisements and sponsored links, it makes users believe it to be true that they can get reliable search results form this domain. While in fact, disguising a genuine search domain to ruin the default Internet browser and collect confidential data is a common nasty trick exploited by hijackers. One stealthy thing is that the installs itself on user computers by being bundled with some free Third-Party Windows Programs, which successfully make many unwary computer users become its grey. Of course, those victims always wonder how they got browser hijacker because they didn’t do anything wrong. But usually they always pay a less attention on the download and installation process and can’t be aware that such browser hijacker can install automatically on their computers without any consent while downloading programs. Moreover, the hijack virus is able to hides itself in spam email or stranger attachments. Once you click on them, the redirect virus can be infiltrated on target browsers. Aside from free downloads and spam emails, illegal website or malicious website is another hiding place for browser. Cyber criminals usually plants Nattly Search in those websites. All in a word, the redirect is a hijack virus like ALOT Toolbar so that you had better remove it from infected computer once you find it.

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How to Remove Browser Hijacker

Step 1: Remove by “Uninstall a Program.”
Step 2: Remove Nattly Search redirect from Internet browsers
Step 3: Clean invalid registry entries and leftovers from system registry.

Uninstall browser hijacker from Control Panel

1. Windows 7/ Vista/8. Go to Start menu and click on Control Panel option. Then Click on Uninstall a Program. Click on Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP).

2. In the next window, scroll down and locate at the program referring to the redirect virus. And then click on it, click Change\Uninstall button.
3. Select “Complete uninstall”. Click on Next button. Next follow the required process to completely uninstall the hijack program from the infected computer.
Note: if you are using Windows 8, you need move your mouse cursor or swipe to the exact lower left corner until the Desktop shortcuts menu appears. You then click on the Control Panel.

Uninstall Nattly Search redirect from Internet browsers

For Internet Explorer:
1): Open Internet explorer window->Click the “Tools” button
2): Locate to “safety” and then click “delete browsing history”.

3): To delete all cookies, uncheck the Preserve Favorite Website Data box, check the box next to Cookies, and hit Delete.

4): Delete the malicious toolbar. Click on the Gear on the top right corner of the page. And then click on Internet Options.

5): Click on Tools again and click on Add-ons. Search out suspicious add-ons about the browser hijacker

6): : Click Tools and select Internet Options. Click on the General tab remove the hijack redirect and click Restore to Default or add your preferred URL.

For Mozilla Firefox:
1): Open Firefox browser. Click on Tools, then Options, select Privacy.
2): Click “Remove individual cookies.” In the Cookies panel, click on “Show Cookies.” Remove a single cookie click on the entry in the list and click on the “Remove Cookie button”. To remove all cookies click on the “Remove All Cookies button.”

3): Click Tools and select Options. Click on the General tab, remove the Browser hijacker and click Restore to Default or add you preferred URL.

For Google Chrome:
1): Open Google Chrome. Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar. Select Settings.

2): Click Show advanced settings.

3): In the “Privacy” section, click the Content settings button.
4): In the “Cookies” section, you can change the following cookies settings. Click all cookies and site data to open the Cookies and Other Data dialog
5): To delete all cookies, click Remove all cookies at the bottom of the dialog.
6): Locate as Tools again, click on Extensions. You then delete all malicious extensions about the redirect.

7): Click on the Wrench next to the address bar and select settings. Under the On startup section, click Set pages.
8): Click the X next to hijack webpage made by redirect and other unwanted websites, then add or keep your preferred URL.

Clean leftovers of the Hijacker from system registry

1): Delete browser hijacker files from Local Disk C/D: (it is according to which one is your local system disk). Click on Start button and open My Computer/Computer, and then open local disk, find the below files and delete them.
%Appdata%\roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Templates\random.exe %CommonStartMenu%\Programs\Users\”rnd”
Note: If you can’t find the target files about Somoto Ltd Popup annoying adware, you may show hidden files first. Here is how:

Click on Start button->Click on Control Panel->Double click on Files and Folder Option->Select View tab->Check “Show hidden files, folders and drives”->Uncheck “Hide protected operating system files (Recommended). Then click ok to make changes effect.

2): Delete the browser hijacker registry entries. Press Windows + R keys to reveal Run box and type regedit in Run window, click ok to open Registry Editor.

3): In Registry Editor window, access to below registry keys and delete related entries.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “.exe”
4): Restart the infected computer to effect the redirect removal.

Conclusion browser hijacker is quite malicious especially being bundled with other rogue programs. The purpose of such virus is to cheat users’ money. Thus don’t be taken in when you see the Nattly search thing on your computer. After you has fixed the virus, you still need to take some precautions to defend your computer from getting it again. For one, considering the redirect virus usually hides in some free software, so that you can download some needed programs from official site instead of those unsafe sites. For two, don’t click on any strange email attachments or spam email. Also does not scan some porn sites. For three, the most basic one is to install one high-authority free anti-virus program on your computer to protect it in real-time. At last, if you still need more information on how to remove the browser hijacker, you can contact with VilmaTech Online Support.

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