malwarebytes banner

Mac

How to remove Custom Search extension

0
Custom Search (customsearch.info) is an unwanted browser extension combining the traits of adware and browser hijackers. The reason for that lies in its post-installation behavior - it changes the default search engine and homepage address to find.customsearch.info and also starts generating additional ads using virtual layers. Many search engines promoted by browser hijackers are fake - they are unable to provide unique and authentic search results. This is why they use legitimate engines like Google, Yahoo, or Bing to display results and earn money on illegal traffic. Adware is a type of software designed to promote various pop-ups, ads, buttons, and coupons which redirect to suspicious or even dangerous websites. Custom Search may use such capabilities to earn extra commissions on visits from affiliated websites. Although the removal of such extensions should be quite primitive, it is not always like this. Developers behind unwanted software may install additional settings preventing users from easy removal. As evidence of this, you can see a message like "Managed by your organization" or "Custom Search is controlling this setting" in the browser menu. Thus, if you are struggling to get rid of this adware-hijacker, follow our tutorial below.

How to remove SHIBA (SHIB) Giveaway pop-up scam

0
SHIBA (SHIB) Giveaway is presented as a legitimate giveaway campaign meant to globalize the use of Shiba Inu, a cryptocurrency supported by Elon Musk. In fact, this is a pure scam intended to extort money from naive people. The Giveaway website claims it will double your coins right after you send them. The amount of coins that can be sent is between 200,000,000 SHIB to 15,000,000,000 SHIB. In dollars, this is 3,000 - 200,000 $. Users are unable to send small amounts of money to test if this scheme actually works. This instantly says they cannot be trusted and should be avoided no matter how attractive it seems. It is less likely that somebody will throw money like this just because there is nothing to profit from. The total giveaway pool is 1 trillion Shiba Inu coins - about 30 Million dollars. Websites like this are very popular across the entire web. Users can be redirected to them after clicking on dubious ads, buttons, or links that are located on unreliable pages. In this case, it is enough to close the page and prevent yourself from getting baited into a scam. However, if you see scam pages like SHIBA (SHIB) Giveaway each time at browser setup, this means some unwanted program like adware or browser hijacker has brought new values into your system to display the page. Users infected with unwanted software experience a number of browsing problems. Sessions may be accompanied by unexpected redirects, overwhelming amounts of ads, and other suspicious content that diminish your usage significantly. In addition, potentially unwanted programs may also stealthily track what you do on the internet. Passwords, IP-addresses, Banking credentials, and other valuable information can be captured and used by cybercriminals for personal benefit in the future. Therefore, it is important to detect and remove it from your system as soon as possible. Our guide below will help you do this.

How to remove Goodcaptcha.top

0
Goodcaptcha.top is unsafe website, that hosts malicious and advertising content. Permanent pop-ups, notifications, and redirects from Goodcaptcha.top in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Edge, or Internet Explorer indicate infection with adware or browser hijackers. It is one of thousands typical websites created by adware developers, that create a low-quality advertising network, to promote the dubious websites or scam. However, often, users themselves allow notifications from certain websites by clicking on malicious links on phishing resources. It can be in form of a browser extension or software installed on your desktop. Such ads distract users, ruin the online experience, and may cause heavy infection, as Goodcaptcha.top promotes third-party low-quality software for Windows or doubtful PC support services. Learn how to get rid of Goodcaptcha.top pop-ups and notifications or remove applications causing it from Windows 11, 10, 8, 7.

How to remove Properties extension (Mac)

0
A questionable Google Chrome extension called Properties has been reported by victims to generate intrusive pop-up ads and redirect queries through search engines different from default settings. The unwanted add-on is compatible with Mac and was spotted infecting this system specifically. It redirects queries entered into the search line by users to Bing.com. Although it is a legitimate search engine developed by Microsoft, cybercriminals behind the Properties extension supposedly use it to generate illegal traffic and earn money on it. Properties has traits of both adware and browser hijackers - this is indicated by the abilities to display additional ads and search manipulations we discussed above. Users infected with it usually do not remember installing it themselves meaning it was likely carried by some other infection or misclicks on dubious websites. To make sure it is no longer active and does not present any potential threats like data collection, we recommend you remove it using our instructions below.

How to remove 1xbet.com

0
On the original basis, 1xbet.com is a legitimate bookmaker company allowing its clients to bet money on various sports. However, some cybercriminals may also create clones (e.g. x-1xbet-93241.world) of the original website impersonating its traits to fool users into depositing their funds. Redirects to both authentic and fake websites via ads, buttons, or links scattered around third-party websites. Users may also get notification pop-ups on their desktop redirecting to such websites due to adware infection. Adware is usually a small application able to change browser and startup settings to display dubious ads on a PC. If you are facing weird computer behavior along with a continuous display of undesirable websites like 1xbet.com or its clones, then follow our tutorial below to remove the infection and restore your safety.

How to remove Star-search.xyz

0
If you see that Star-search.xyz has replaced your homepage and become your default search engine, then you are likely to be infected with unwanted software categorized as a browser hijacker. Star-search.xyz is fake and it will be displayed each time you log into your browser as long as there is an unwanted program running within the system. It, therefore, redirects queries of users through another dubious domain to legitimate engines like bing.com, ask.com, or search.yahoo.com. This is done to generate illegal traffic and earn money on it. In addition, browser hijackers may also be able to show supplementary ads while viewing different pages as well as gather information on them. Data like passwords, IP-addresses, browser history, or geolocations may be collected and misused for further financial purposes. Also worth noting that browser hijackers may spread to both Windows and Mac operating systems to cover more victims in total. Read our guide below to get rid of such threats on both operating systems and restore your safety eventually.