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Can’t Remove Newssocial.org hijacker virus? This page includes detailed Newssocial.org Removal instructions!
The appearance of the Newssocial.org website as your new homepage is bad news. This page is nothing but trouble. It appears to be an endless stream of news articles, with a search bar for fast access to anything on the web. Not a bad choice for a homepage, isn’t it? Well, it is actually one of the worst possible choices. First of all, you should not put up with the fact that someone forced this page on you. This is your computer. You are the one who chooses the start page. Second, this site is just the front of a nasty browser hijacker infection. The Newssocial.org hijacker entered your PC unnoticed and is now wreaking havoc on it. It changed your homepage and default search engine. All search results you are seeing are corrupted. They do look provided by a well-known search engine, yet, in reality, the hijacker injects fake entries among them. Don’t trust anything you see on your screen while this parasite remains active on your device. Hackers often use such tools to spread corrupted ads and links. One click is all it takes for a dangerous virus to be downloaded to your machine. What will you do if this happens? It is best if you remove the Newssocial.org utility as soon as possible. Use our guide to do it manually. If you are not confident in your computer skills, use a trustworthy anti-virus program.
How did I get infected with?
The Newssocial.org hijacker is a program that managed to lure you into installing it on your system. Do you remember doing it? It is not a surprise if you don’t. After all, this tool did not ask you openly. Such apps use trickery to get your permission. You won’t even realize what is going on until it’s too late. Not until the dreaded Newssocial.org website appears. This infection succeeded only because you were careless. How often do you install free programs? Frequently? And how often do you choose the advanced installation method? If your answer is not “always”, you must change your habits. Developers add extra programs to the installation files of many free programs. Only by using the custom installation wizard can you see and deny the installation of those extras. Be vigilant and doubting! Your caution today can save you many troubles in the future.
Why is this dangerous?
The Newssocial.org hijacker is exposing you to numerous advertisements. Have you noticed that all of them are related to your recent online activities? Well, you are not imagining it. The Newssocial.org hijacker chose those ads for you. It is constantly spying on you and uses the collected information to pick the right advertisements. Yet, that is not the only use of the data it collected. The hijacker is designed to make money for its owners. It will sell your information to third parties. And this is something you would like to avoid. The malicious tool can steal your email addresses, usernames and passwords. You would not want this information to become a possession of some dangerous hacker, wouldn’t you? The troubles this hijacker is bringing to you are not ending here. This malicious program can create an ad-layer which is forcing advertisements on all opened websites. Even on the ad-free ones. At the same time, it is blocking content from its competitors. You are seeing only what the Newssocial.org hijacker allows you to see. Thus, it robs you of your free choice of information sources. Eventually, you will lose track of the current situation on the market. Don’t become an easy target. Remove this threat immediately.
How to Remove Newssocial.org virus
The Newssocial.org 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 Newssocial.org 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 Newssocial.org 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 Newssocial.org 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 Newssocial.org 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 Newssocial.org traces from Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer
Open Google Chrome
- In the Main Menu, select Tools then Extensions
- Remove the Newssocial.org 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 Newssocial.org
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 Newssocial.org, 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 Newssocial.org 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 Newssocial.org 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.