A potentially unwanted program called InitialPage123 “Virus has recently caused a lot of browsing disturbance to some online users and our team has received a lot of complaints. This program is newly released and it seems to have some typical traits of a browser hijacker. InitialPage123 “Virus tends to integrate with some of the most popular web browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, etc. and impose some changes to their homepage, install a new search engine and cause frequent page redirects, which land the users on different intrusive advertising pages full of ads, pop-ups, and banners. Apart from that, there are a few more potential issues, which could make the users remove this software from their machines and in the next lines, we are going to tell you more about them. If you landed on this page because you want to uninstall the browser hijacker and get rid of all of its annoying activity, then stay with us because at the end of the page we have published a free removal guide, which can help you effectively eliminate the source of your disturbance. But first, let us tell you how dangerous this program could be and what issues you can expect if you don’t remove it.
Is InitialPage123 “Virus a dangerous virus?
You may find many different opinions about the danger level of InitialPage123 “Virus, and you might be wondering exactly how dangerous a browser hijacker like this one could be. Many people, who are not really familiar with the typical behavior of this type of software usually refer to programs like InitialPage123 “Virus as viruses, or some nagging malware. However, this is not quite true. Browser hijackers are generally non-malicious pieces of software. They usually get installed on your computer along with some attractive free application, which comes in the form of a software bundle. Most of the times, however, you may not be aware of their presence inside the bundle unless you check it through the “Advanced/Custom” option. Many people simply skip that important option, but the moment they click on the “Automatic/Quick/Standard” installation, they actually give their permission for this software to be installed on their machine.
However, unlike viruses or some of the worst threats like Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware and other nasty malware, browser hijackers don’t aim to do harm to your PC. They are primarily focused on the aggressive, but still, harmless advertising activity, which is related to the online advertising industry. Different vendors, marketers, and software developers use programs like InitialPage123 “Virus as effective, and sometimes even intrusive ad-generating tools, which help them promote their services, products and web pages. Sometimes, they even use methods like Pay-Per-Click to display some sponsored ads on the users’ screen for profits. According to the law, there is nothing threatening in such activity, but still, some people may really get irritated by the aggressive way the browser hijacker messes up their browser and exposes them to hundreds of ads every time they open their default browser. For this reason, they may often seek for ways to remove the unwanted changes, but this can only happen if they fully uninstall the program that is causing them.
What issues can InitialPage123 “Virus cause?
Applications like InitialPage123 “Virus are legitimate software products, which are usually developed by big and even well-known software companies, and as we already said, they won’t harm your system seriously, unlike the threats created by cyber criminals like Ransomware or other viruses. Still, this doesn’t make the browser hijackers software, which you would like to keep on your computer. There are a few issues, which most of users find extremely irritating and even disturbing. One of them is the way InitialPage123 “Virus affects the overall performance of the affected browser and the machine itself. To generate ads, this program may use a considerable amount of your system resources, not to mention the frequent screen freezing, browser crashes and generally sluggish performance it may cause. Another activity, which some people may find disturbing, is the “traffic data” collection. InitialPage123 “Virus may be programmed by its owners to gather some information about your browsing habits, the sites you visit frequently, your search queries, bookmarks, likes, and shares. This data is very valuable for most advertisers because this is how they can learn more about your preferences and based on that, they can target you with corresponding advertisements. However, if you think of clicking on the randomly generated ads, pop-ups, banners, and pages, think again. Such sketchy content may potentially redirect you to some shady web locations or insecure sites, where nasty malware may be lurking.
InitialPage123 “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.