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Can’t Remove Browser-net.net hijacker virus? This page includes detailed Browser-net.net Removal instructions!
Browser-net.net is a page foreboding trouble. If it pops up on your screen one day, be wary. If it continues to pop up all day, every day, be worried. The website is a clear indication there’s a cyber infection on your PC. It managed to invade undetected, and the page is its way of announcing itself. The infection falls under the browser hijacker category. And, in case, you weren’t aware, these tools are a menace. They plague your browsing, mess with your system’s settings, and ruin your daily online activities. But, the absolute worst part, of dealing with a hijacker, is the privacy risk. The nasty tool jeopardizes your private life. It follows programming to spy on you. It begins as soon as it invades. The program tracks your every online move, and records it. After it determines it has collected sufficient data, it sends it. Oh, yes. It hands every bit of stolen information to the people that unleashed it onto the web. Then, strangers have access to your personal and financial details. Once they get a hold of it, they can use it as they see fit. There’s nothing you can do to stop them from that point on. So, don’t allow your predicament to escalate that far! Keep your private life private. As soon as the Browser-net.net page shows up, take action. Locate the threat’s hiding place, and remove it on discovery.
How did I get infected with?
Browser-net.net shows up in case of a hijacker invasion. And, to make that clear from the start, hijackers do NOT just pop up. They don’t appear out of thin air. These programs need approval to install themselves. Yes, approval for their installment. They ask you for it, and only proceed with admission after you give it. Let that sink in for a moment. An infection sought your consent on its install in your system. And, you gave it. If you had denied it, you wouldn’t get stuck in the swirl of Browser-net.net. So, how do you suppose you gave access to your PC to an infection? Odds are, you don’t remember the exact moment the exchange took place. And, that’s not surprising. Hijackers are sneaky. They don’t seek entry straightforward. If they did, what’s to stop you from refusing them? Instead of taking chances, they turn to trickery. They do ask your permission. But they do it in the sneakiest way possible. There’s an array of methods they can use to deceive you. But all rely on one crucial ingredient. Your carelessness. If you are thorough, odds are in favor of catching the infection in its invasive attempts. And, prevent its success. If you give into gullibility and haste, those odds decrease. Don’t rush. Don’t throw caution to the wind. Always take the time to familiarize yourself with the terms and conditions. Don’t agree to everything, and hope for the best. That’s a mistake, you’ll come to regret. Due diligence is imperative when dealing with freeware. Or, supposed updates. Or, spam email attachments, et cetera. Remember that next time you’re inviting something into your computer.
Why is this dangerous?
After the hijacker invades, Browser-net.net turns into a bothersome, clingy online companion. You see it at every turn. Every move you make gets intercepted by the display of the site. The hijacker forces it on you incessantly. No exceptions. Open your browser, it’s there. Open a new tab, guess what pops up? Search the web, you find it among the suggested links and results. It’s everywhere. It even replaces your preferred homepage and search engine. Why? Because it can. Did you agree to the switch? Were you even aware of it? ‘No’ on both accounts. But it’s fact. That’s what hijackers do. Once they slither into your system, they have full rein. They are no longer required to seek your approval, or even inform you. They can spring changes on you as a surprise. And, imagine your dismay to come to a PC, riddled with malware. Oh, yes. That is a possibility. The hijacker, calling your system home, can flood it with more unwanted infections. And, how long do you think it takes before that takes a toll on it? How long before it impacts your computer to the point it gets overwhelmed, and gives up? The Blue Screen of Death is a valid possibility, albeit a minute one. Last time we checked, minute did not equal non-existent. So, as insignificant as the odds of the dreaded blue may be, are you willing to risk it? Are you okay to gamble with your system’s well-being? And, that’s on top of risking your privacy getting stolen and exposed. Don’t take such unnecessary risks. Protect yourself, and your personal and financial data. The Browser-net.net site’s display is a clue. Accept it as the sign of trouble it is, and act. Find the hijacker’s hiding place, and delete it ASAP. The sooner you do, the better.
How to Remove Browser-net.net virus
The Browser-net.net infection is specifically designed to make money to its creators one way or another. The specialists from various antivirus companies like Bitdefender, Kaspersky, Norton, Avast, ESET, etc. advise that there is no harmless virus.
If you perform exactly the steps below you should be able to remove the Browser-net.net infection. Please, follow the procedures in the exact order. Please, consider to print this guide or have another computer at your disposal. You will NOT need any USB sticks or CDs.
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STEP 1: Track down Browser-net.net related processes in the computer memory
- Open your Task Manager by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+ESC keys simultaneously
- Carefully review all processes and stop the suspicious ones.
- Write down the file location for later reference.
Step 2: Locate Browser-net.net startup location
Reveal Hidden Files
- Open any folder
- Click on “Organize” button
- Choose “Folder and Search Options”
- Select the “View” tab
- Select “Show hidden files and folders” option
- Uncheck “Hide protected operating system files”
- Click “Apply” and “OK” button
Clean Browser-net.net virus from the windows registry
- Once the operating system loads press simultaneously the Windows Logo Button and the R key.
- A dialog box should open. Type “Regedit”
- WARNING! be very careful when editing the Microsoft Windows Registry as this may render the system broken.
Depending on your OS (x86 or x64) navigate to:
- and delete the display Name: [RANDOM]
- Then open your explorer and navigate to: %appdata% folder and delete the malicious executable.
Clean your HOSTS file to avoid unwanted browser redirection
Navigate to %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/host
If you are hacked, there will be foreign IPs addresses connected to you at the bottom. Take a look below:
STEP 3 : Clean Browser-net.net traces from Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer
Open Google Chrome
- In the Main Menu, select Tools then Extensions
- Remove the Browser-net.net by clicking on the little recycle bin
- Reset Google Chrome by Deleting the current user to make sure nothing is left behind
Open Mozilla Firefox
- Press simultaneously Ctrl+Shift+A
- Disable the unwanted Extension
- Go to Help
- Then Troubleshoot information
- Click on Reset Firefox
Open Internet Explorer
- On the Upper Right Corner Click on the Gear Icon
- Click on Internet options
- go to Toolbars and Extensions and disable the unknown extensions
- Select the Advanced tab and click on Reset
- Restart Internet Explorer
Step 4: Undo the damage done by Browser-net.net
This particular Virus may alter your DNS settings.
Attention! this can break your internet connection. Before you change your DNS settings to use Google Public DNS for Browser-net.net, be sure to write down the current server addresses on a piece of paper.
To fix the damage done by the virus you need to do the following.
- Click the Windows Start button to open the Start Menu, type control panel in the search box and select Control Panel in the results displayed above.
- go to Network and Internet
- then Network and Sharing Center
- then Change Adapter Settings
- Right-click on your active internet connection and click properties. Under the Networking tab, find Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4). Left click on it and then click on properties. Both options should be automatic! By default it should be set to “Obtain an IP address automatically” and the second one to “Obtain DNS server address automatically!” If they are not just change them, however if you are part of a domain network you should contact your Domain Administrator to set these settings, otherwise the internet connection will break!!!
You must clean all your browser shortcuts as well. To do that you need to
- Right click on the shortcut of your favorite browser and then select properties.
- in the target field remove Browser-net.net argument and then apply the changes.
- Repeat that with the shortcuts of your other browsers.
- Check your scheduled tasks to make sure the virus will not download itself again.
How to Permanently Remove Browser-net.net Virus (automatic) Removal Guide
Please, have in mind that once you are infected with a single virus, it compromises your whole system or network and let all doors wide open for many other infections. To make sure manual removal is successful, we recommend to use a free scanner of any professional antimalware program to identify possible registry leftovers or temporary files.