My browser has been hijacked by Andyounnews.org and I don’t know how to remove it. I usually set my favorite web page as default homepage as well as search engine. But I fail to remove the redirect virus this time even I have empowered my antivirus program to delete it twice. Does anyone know how to remove Andyounnews.org and recover the affected web browser? I need some help!
What is Andyounnews.org?
Andyounnews.org redirect virus, also called Andyounnews.org browser hijacker, usually appears as a website with a search engine, enabling users to search webs, images and videos, etc. When you first take a glance at it, you will think that it is a legitimate website just like google.com or bing.com. There is an search bar in the center. You can use the toolbar to search things. The links on the malicious website are often implanted with dangerous codes. Those irrelevant search results will redirect your browsers to some unknown websites that contain lots of advertisements. So this search engine is fake and useless. If you click on those search results, you will probably get other malware into your computer by visiting those trustless websites. It can allow other unknown Trojan or backdoor programs to insert system. For instance, some browser settings and system settings are changed and the computer security levels become lower. As a result, malware can invade into your computer to steal personal information such as credit card number if you use any online payment. Of course, it can also steal your personal files in your computer. Some people may get into worse condition, for instance, the virus encrypts some personal files and you can never decrypt them easily. Some of the victims may be trapped in the browser hijacker.
This virus is able to get into your system in many ways. Often it goes like this: a window pops up within the webpage, suggesting you to make this website as your default homepage. You may ignore the suggestion if you don’t want. However, some people may click “Yes” without any consideration. Other hazards also have the ability to control your browser as soon as you start to launch them. If the computer is infected, the browser settings are usually changed from default settings to unwanted ones. Some strange and suspicious add-ons, plug-ins and extensions will appear in no time. Since antivirus programs cannot detect and remove the browser hijacker currently, it is suggested that you delete the threat manually. If your antivirus program cannot effectively clean up this redirect virus, then you can try the manual removal way to remove it out of your computer. Don’t ignore the threat nor leave it on your computer too long as soon as you find it. Don’t ever neglect this threat and let it stay in your computer for a long time, for it can cause greater trouble than you can imagine.
Guide to Manually Remove Andyounnews.org Redirect Virus
Tips: Before you remove Andyounnews.org, you need to make a backup of the system in case you make mistakes when deleting the files and registry entries related to the redirect virus. If you don’t want your data be missing or lost, back up it to a safe place except disk C. The most complicated step of the removal task is to identify the files of the virus since the files would be randomly tagged. Any mistakes may result in severe data loss. This needs the user to have properly trained by computer skills. If you are not sure you can do this, you may download a redirect virus removal tool.
- Remove the browser hijacker from the infected computer.
Click on the Start button and select Control Panel. Click on Uninstall a program under the Programs category.
Find out and locate the programs related to Andyounnews.org browser hijacker. Click on the Uninstall button to remove them all.
- Launch the infected browser and remove the add-ons or extensions related to the browser hijacker.
Open IE, click on Tools and then select Manage Add-ons. When it opens a window, click on Toolbars and Extensions. Find out the extensions related to the browser hijacker and select them. Then, right-click them and click on the Disable option. Restart IE to finish the procedure.
Launch Google Chrome. Click on the Three-bar icon on top-right of the browser, select tools and then Extensions from the list. After that, click Extensions on the left side of the window. Locate the extension related to the browser hijacker, select it and click on the trash icon. Restart the browser to complete the procedure.
Start Firefox and click on the tool menu from the top menu. Click on the Add-ons tab to open the configuration window. Then, click Extensions on the left side of this window. Now find out the extensions of the redirect virus and remove them from the browser. Restart the browser to complete the process.
- Show hidden files and folders.
Go to Control panel again and click on Appearance and Personalization. Then double click on Folder Options. Hit the View tab, tick “Show hidden files, folders and drives” and deselect “Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)” . Click on the OK button to apply the changes.
- Delete the malicious files of Andyounnews.org from the local disk.
The files listed below are reference only because the virus may has the ability to changes the names and locations of its files.
%Program Files%\ random
- Open Registry Editor and delete the registry entries of the browser hijacker..
Press Windows+ R keys simultaneously to open the Run window. Then type “regedit” in the run box and press Enter key to open Registry Editor.
After that, find out and delete all the registry entries of Andyounnews.org. The below registry entries are also for reference only.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\browser hijacker name
HKEY_CURRENT_USER \Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System ‘DisableRegistryTools’ = 0
- Restart the infected computer to apply all changes.
Andyounnews.org is so dangerous that it has the ability to totally corrupt the system and result in a complete system re-install if you need to use it. Sometimes, only relying on antivirus programs doesn’t work. Don’t download free software in case the virus may take a chance to slip into your computer. Some may be bundled with malware and damage the system. The manual removal above is recommended for those advanced computer users. Before you take the removal steps, please consider it seriously. Moreover, if you are a professional computer technician or experienced PC users, manual way is a absolute and accurate way for your infected computer. As for Andyounnews.org, it may cause various situations in different computers. More seriously, it may start its variation gradually. As the above has mentioned, the browser hijacker is a cascaded virus. The malicious files may be changed arbitrarily. If you do have enough computer experience, you may not start the removal task yourself.