Some of the more typical symptoms of a Browser Hijacker program such as Mobifoth are unwanted changes to the user’s Chrome, Firefox, Edge or IE browser along with frequent page redirects to random sites, some of which might be potentially harmful. The browser modifications enforced by the Hijacker usually include a changed homepage, the addition of a new search engine that replaces the previous one and installation of a new toolbar. If you’re experiencing any of those symptoms, then you have probably recently had Mobifoth installed on your machine. Most Browser Hijackers get installed via some form of stealth installation method, which is why most users do not realize that the unwanted program has gotten inside their system until it starts to mess with their browser and their internet settings. Nevertheless, since you’re already here, then you’ve most likely already found out that there is a Hijacker on your computer and you’re probably looking for more information on that matter. Here, we will help you learn more about this type of programs and we will also show you how you can uninstall it and remove it yourself.
Browser Hijacker programs
The majority of programs that can be categorized as Browser Hijackers are primarily for the purposes of the online marketing. The developers of those programs are known to earn large amounts of money simply by making sure that their products are getting installed onto enough PC’s. Some Hijackers even appear to have different “useful” functions such as PC optimization, a safer or more comfortable browsing experience, enhanced online security, etc. However, oftentimes what actually happens is that those programs make matters worse for all of the aspects we mentioned above. Besides, most Browser Hijackers do not even try to seem remotely desirable as programs, they just get onto the PC via some stealth installation method and start carrying out their agenda until they are removed.
Malware and Hijackers
So far, a lot of experts have agreed that programs such as Mobifoth cannot be regarded as a form of malware. However, what many people fail to realize is that there is a big difference between an actual malicious PC virus such as for example Ransomware or a Trojan and an annoying and unpleasant program from the Browser Hijacker type. Obviously, Hijackers can undoubtedly be a major pain in the neck, but they are, for the most part, relatively harmless. After all, their purpose is not to lock your files and ask for a ransom payment which is typical for Ransomware or mess with your OS and make your PC unusable which is something Trojans are known for. A Browser Hijacker would use all sorts of aggressive online marketing techniques in order to generate more income for its creator but it would usually not try to harm your PC or data.
The purpose of Mobifoth might not be damaging your computer but it could still make it more vulnerable to other programs that could do that. There are a lot of different things that a Hijacker might do which could compromise your machine’s security. For instance, Hijacker are known to mess with the PC’s Registry which can lead to security vulnerabilities making the computer more susceptible to all sorts of hacker attacks. Additionally, software of this type might also display fake and deceitful online offers/browser warnings which might sometimes redirect the user to malicious and dangerous websites. Generally speaking, if a program on your computer tends to display any sort of shady behavior, it should probably be gotten rid of which is why we strongly advise you to utilize our guide and eliminate the unpleasant piece of software.
Stopping Browser Hijackers in the future
In order to prevent any future installations of unwanted programs such as Mobifoth and other Hijackers, it is important that you adhere to a couple of simple, yet momentous protection guidelines and rules:
- Avoid visiting websites that might expose your system to security hazards. Usually, it is not that difficult to discern which sites could be potentially harmful, yet keep in mind that sometimes there are web addresses that mimic legitimate sites and seem to be trusted while they are in fact shady and possibly even dangerous.
- Be very careful with file attachments/web-links that get sent to you via e-mails or Facebook/Skype messages. If you have the slightest suspicion that the message might be spam, do not open its contents.
- Anti-malware programs are usually great at preventing sketchy software like Mobifoth from getting installed on your computer so if you don’t have such a program, consider equipping your machine with one.
- Our final advice for you is to look out for file bundles when installing new software on your PC. Hijackers are oftentimes added to the installers of other programs and if you fail to notice that and install the program, the Hijacker would get inside your PC as well. Therefore, always examine all options that are available within the setup wizard and if there are added installs which might turn out to be unwanted, be sure to leave them out of the installation before you proceed.
Mobifoth Pop-up Ads “Virus” Removal
Before you begin completing the steps from the following guide, we advise you to place a bookmark on this page or have it opened on a separate device since some of the following steps will require you to close your browser.
Enter Safe Mode. If you don’t know how to do it, use this guide.
Open the Task Manger by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc. Go to the processes/details Tab and take a look at the resulting list. If you see a process with the name of the unwanted program or looks shady, right-click on it and select Open File Location. If you believe it is part of the infection, delete the files.
Use the Winkey+R key combination to open the Run window and in the search field type appwiz.cpl. Hit Enter and in the resulting list, look for recently installed programs that look potentially unwanted. If you find anything – uninstall it.
Re-open Run and this tie type msconfig. Hit Enter again and in the resulting window, go to the Startup tab. See if there are any shady programs there and if anything looks suspicious uncheck it and then select OK.
In the Start Menu search field, copy-paste the following line: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts . Open the first result and look at the bottom of the file where it says “Localhost”. If there are any IP addresses below that, tell us what they are in the comments since they might be coming from the unwanted software.
Type Network Connections in the Windows search field and click on the first result. Right-click on the adapter that you are using at the moment and go to Properties > Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IP) > Properties.
If the DNS line is not set to Obtain DNS server automatically, make sure to check that option.
Now go to Advanced > DNS tab and remove everything in DNS server addresses, in order of use.
Right-click on your browser’s icon and select Properties. Delete everything in Target that is after .exe”.
For Chrome users
Close Chrome and go to this folder: C:/Users/*Your username*/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. Change the name of the Default folder to Backup Default. Re-open Chrome.
For Firefox users
Open Firefox and click on the Main Menu > Add-ons > Extensions. If you see anything suspicious there, remove it.
For IE users
When you open the browser, go to Tools > Manage Ad-ons and remove the unwanted software if you see it there. Next, go to Tools > Internet options and change the homepage URL to whatever you are normally using.
Open Run (Winkey+R), type Regedit and click on OK. Next, press Ctrl+F and type the malware name. Hit Enter and delete everything that gets found.
If there are no results from the search, manually visit those folders in the Registry Editor.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main
If you find there any suspicious keys that have names with a lot of random letters and numbers, delete them or if you are not sure, tell us in the comments what you saw.