Getting a browser hijacker installed on your computer can be incredibly annoying and frustrating as due to this, your browser’s homepage and new-tab page might get changed, a new toolbar might get added to your browser, your previous search engine could get replaced and you might also start to get frequent page redirects to random sites that you didn’t want to go to. All of this is typical hijacker behavior and in most cases, it could lead to a severe decrease in the quality of your Internet experience and in your ability to effectively use your Chrome, IE, Mozilla, Opera or any other browser that you might have. Recently, the emergence of yet another hijacker-like software has been reported. It’s name is “Internet Security Alert Code 055bccac9fec” and it seems to have the ability to integrate itself within the browsers of the user in order to later modify them and control some of their settings. Since we understand how annoying a page-redirect like “Internet Security Alert Code 055bccac9fec” could be, we have decided to create an article about it within which we seek to provide some useful and important information that could help users avoid getting the hijacker on their PC or if it has already gotten there help them remove it. As far as the removal part is concerned, you can learn how to uninstall this page-redirect and eliminate all of its remnants from our specialized removal guide which you can find on this page, at the end of the main article. Just make sure that you also read the article itself – the tips and information from it will give you a better idea about what hijackers/page-redirects actually are and how to keep them away from your system in the days to come.
Regarding browser hijackers
Obviously, hijacker-like page redirects such as “Internet Security Alert Code 055bccac9fec” are all about messing with your browser and Internet settings, but to what end? Well, it is quite simple actually – it is all about advertising and hijackers like the one we are focusing on here are one of the most commonly used software tools for generating revenue through online advertising methods. Typically, a hijacker would get used to promote various web services, software products such as apps, programs or online games, different websites, Internet stores or something else. The creator of the pesky advertising software gains income from the ads that it displays – the more users that get affected by the page-redirect, the higher the revenue. This is why a hijacker would try to modify your browser’s settings – the new homepage or new-tab page it sets is done in order to advertise the specific site and the new search engine is likely to display you a lot sponsored content whenever you try to use it regardless of what you are actually trying to search for. Furthermore, some hijackers might go as far as to generate various banners, pop-ups and even misleading malware warnings to trick you into buying some shady piece of security software that would supposedly remove the “detected malware” (which is likely non-existent) from your computer.
But is it dangerous?
Hijackers and page redirects like “Internet Security Alert Code 055bccac9fec” are not the same as Ransomware viruses or Trojan Horses. Sure, they are annoying and will likely nag you all the time but they are usually not regarded as high security risk. That said, you must still be careful around them and especially around the various forms of ads that they could display on your screen – some of the ads might not be safe and you really shouldn’t take any risks clicking on them. Of course, a lot of the offers would indeed be real but it is always better to be safe than sorry so make sure that you don’t take any chances risking the safety of your machine. You surely wouldn’t like to get some nasty virus infections such as a Trojan or a Ransomware.
Hijackers typically get on people’s PCs through methods such as getting distributed via spam messages or through shady and misleading web ads and offers from unreliable sites with low reputation. One other common method used to spread such less-desirable software like “Internet Security Alert Code 055bccac9fec” is the file-bundling. In such a case, the hijacker would get added to the installer file of another program (usually one that is free or cheap). If you do not customize the installation of the said program using the settings from the setup menu, you will likely get the hijacker installed along with the main piece of software as such added applications are typically checked by default. Therefore, if you want to avoid the installation of the potentially unwanted software, you will have to make sure to uncheck it from the setup wizard settings so as to leave out before you start the process of installing the actual program that you want.
Internet Security Alert Code 055bccac9fec 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.