As an introduction -browser hijackers are programs that might be capable of changing your browser apps immediately after they become components of your system. What you can expect to happen because of the inflicted modifications of your Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Explorer or any other browser, are the changes discussed below:
- setting absolutely new and unfamiliar new search engines and homepages;
- making your browser apps redirect you to locations you have never wanted to visit;
- and, last but not least, displaying such a big number of ads that your browser tabs could get fully covered and your browsing could even get interrupted.
The actual representative of this software category we are elaborating on here is called Trackmedia101.com “Virus”. It might possess the abovementioned traits. Provided that you want to learn more about the nature of this kind of software, go on and read the whole article.
Common trains of Browser hijackers as a whole:
Typical manner of acting:
The common representatives of this software family behave exactly in the way we have described above. They may only enter your system, access and change the settings of your browser apps. Furthermore, such a program could perform a really careful review of your browsing history so as to broadcast exactly the ads that could suit your personal tastes. Also, at times the mass production of pop-up ads could become a reason for a complete slowdown of your device, an effect which is highly unlikely to happen. As far as we are aware, such software category has no malicious members.
Why do hijackers exist in the first place?
This software can simply serve marketing-directed purposes. The actual goal of the so-called hijackers is to advertise all kinds of products, web pages, search engines, browser homepages – and whatever other product may need promotion. This marketing-related behaviour entirely explains the hijackers’ potential consequences. However, do not get crazy – advertising is legal and very common everywhere nowadays!
What distinguishes Trackmedia101.com “Virus” from the most malicious viruses? Is it harmless for sure?
Real malware such as the viruses based on Ransomware and Trojans CAN and usually REALLY harm you and your PC. Simply the opposite, browser hijackers can never do anything hazardous or damaging. For instance, if your PC has caught a Ransomware program, all of the files you use on a regular/daily basis are in a grave danger. You might ask for the reason and it is the fact that such viruses are likely and known to encrypt data, and demand a ransom in exchange for the encoded files. If you are facing a Trojan-inflicted infection, you might be experiencing a great deal of potential issues, including identity theft, destruction of data, corruption of files, and PC crash.
Fortunately, these effects are very improbable when we talk about an infection with any hijacker.
Where and in what way you might catch Trackmedia101.com “Virus”:
The most common sources of ad-showing software (such as hijackers and Adware) are the ones here: torrents, shareware, spam and software bundles. The discussed bundles in fact represent sets of games, various versions of Adware and hijackers, different apps and some newly- made programs. Such a bundle is available for free practically everywhere online. Nonetheless, it is not the process of downloading such a mix that infects you with a hijacker, it is actually the way you handle the installation.
How it is very likely to end up contaminated with a browser-hijacker
All the software you get from the Internet should be installed in the most careful way for the purpose of avoiding all annoying possible infections. Here comes the way of installing any program properly and safely:
- Look for the Advanced installing option when the installer gets displayed. In some wizards this feature may be called Custom [or Customised]. What’s essential is that such a way of installing will let you safely install the wanted bundle, and manually choose what to leave behind and what to put into your PC.
Some more tips on how to stay away from programs like Trackmedia101.com “Virus”:
It is a wise idea to install the most efficient anti-virus program you can find. Invest a little more money in prevention and you will never regret it.
The way to safely remove Trackmedia101.com “Virus”:
To uninstall this hijacker, you are supposed to follow the instructions we have attached below in the corresponding Removal Guide.
Trackmedia101.com “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.