What is Feed.utilitooltech.com

Feed.utilitooltech.com or Utilitool Default Search or Utilitool.co is molestful browser hijacker, that infects Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. Upon infection, it alters the settings of browser search, homepage and newtab. Malicious extension intercepts control over searchscopes and won’t allow you to make changes, unless you remove it. Feed.utilitooltech.com gets access to private user data, stored in browsers, and generates ads and pop-ups based on users online behaviour. In this article we will show how to remove Feed.utilitooltech.com and overcome problems during this process.

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How Feed.utilitooltech.com infected your PC

Feed.utilitooltech.com is promoted through “bundled installers” using so-called “freemium” marketing model. Or by ads in browsers, that encourage users to download “useful” browser add-on (on the picture below). Users download free, but ad-supported applications and receive ads, pop-ups and search hijacks in browsers. When such programs infiltrate without users agreement, they can be categorised as adware, browser hijackers or potentially unwanted programs. Below you can find download link for SpyHunter 5 – leading application in the field of malware removal and protection in Windows.

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To remove Feed.utilitooltech.com completely we recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 from EnigmaSoft Limited. It detects and removes all files, folders and registry keys of Feed.utilitooltech.com and several millions of other adware, hijackers, toolbars.

Remove Feed.utilitooltech.com manually for free

Here is manual step-by-step tutorial for full Feed.utilitooltech.com removal from your computer. This works 99% and was checked with the latest versions of Feed.utilitooltech.com installer on operating systems with latest updates and browser versions.

Note: Feed.utilitooltech.com can be installed as Google Chrome extension as Administrator (you may see Installed by enterprise policy inscription near it), and this will not allow removal. Therefore, before starting removal process, perform these actions:

  1. Start the Command Prompt by clicking the Start menu button and typing command prompt (or just searching for “command prompt” in Windows 10 search field). Right click on the Command Prompt result and choose Run as Administrator.
  2. start command prompt as administrator

  3. Type in and execute the following commands:

    rd /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicyUsers"
    rd /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicy"
    gpupdate /force

  4. update group policy in windows

Remove Feed.utilitooltech.com from Control Panel

To start removing Feed.utilitooltech.com you should uninstall it using Control Panel. It can be present by different names – “Utilitool Default Search” or just “Utilitool”. It should uninstall correctly, however, we recommend you to use IObit Uninstaller to clean leftover items after uninstalling. Here are instructions for Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Remove Feed.utilitooltech.com from Windows XP:

  1. Click on Start button.
  2. Choose Control Panel.
  3. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Find Utilitool Default Search.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Remove Feed.utilitooltech.com from Windows 7:

  1. Click Start button.
  2. Then go to Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a Program.
  4. Find Utilitool Default Search and click Uninstall.

Remove Feed.utilitooltech.com from Windows 8:

  1. Hover mouse pointer to the bottom-right corner to see Menu.
  2. Click Search.
  3. After that click Apps.
  4. Then Control Panel.
  5. Click Uninstall a Program under Programs.
  6. Find Utilitool Default Search, click Uninstall.

Remove Feed.utilitooltech.com from Windows 10:

There are 2 ways to uninstall Feed.utilitooltech.com from Windows 10

Way one
  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Settings.
  3. Click on the System tile.
  4. Click Apps & features and locate Utilitool Default Search in the list.
  5. Click on it and then click Uninstall button near it.
Way two (classic)
  1. Right-click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Programs and Features.
  3. Locate Utilitool Default Search in the list.
  4. Click on it and then click Uninstall button above.

Cannot uninstall Feed.utilitooltech.com

In some cases Feed.utilitooltech.com won’t uninstall and gives you message that “You do not have sufficient access to uninstall Feed.utilitooltech.com. Please, contact your system administrator” when you try to remove it from Control Panel or “Access denied” error when removing Feed.utilitooltech.com folder and files. This happens, because process or service does not allow you to do it. In this case I will recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 or Malwarebytes or uninstall Feed.utilitooltech.com in Safe Mode. To boot in Safe Mode do the following:

  1. Reboot your computer.
  2. While it starts booting press F8 button.
  3. This will open Advanced Boot Options menu.
  4. Choose Safe Mode and wait until Windows loads.
  5. Go to Control Panel > Uninstall a program and remove “Utilitool Default Search”

>> See detailed instructions and video tutorial on how to boot in Safe Mode

Remove malicious add-ons from your browsers

Uninstalling Feed.utilitooltech.com from Control Panel often does not bring desired effect. It sometimes have browser extension and it may still be active in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Here are instructions on how to remove Feed.utilitooltech.com related extension from your browsers manually.

Google Chrome:

  1. Start Google Chrome browser
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://extensions/.
  3. Find Utilitool Default Search.
  4. Click the trash can icon to remove them.
  5. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:addons.
  3. Choose Utilitool Default Search.
  4. Click Disable or Remove button.
  5. Remove all suspicious extensions from the list.

Internet Explorer (9, 10, 11):

Note: There is no feature to remove browser extensions from browser in latest version of Internet Explorer. To remove Feed.utilitooltech.com from Internet Explorer, please, perform instructions for uninstalling program from Control Panel. To disable Feed.utilitooltech.com, please, do the following:

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on gear/asterisk icon in the top-right corner.
  3. In opened menu Manage Add-ons.
  4. Select Toolbars and Extensions.
  5. Click Disable Utilitool Default Search.
  6. Also disable other suspicious extensions from the list.

Opera Browser:

Generally, Feed.utilitooltech.com does not install in Opera browser however you can always double check. Do the following:

  1. Start Opera browser.
  2. Go to Tools > Extensions > Manage Extensions.
  3. Find Utilitool Default Search extension.
  4. Click Uninstall button.
  5. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.

Reset browsers settings (homepage, default search)

Feed.utilitooltech.com installs search engine that hijacks your browsers. Here is instruction to reset your browsers homepage, newtab and search engine to default values.

Google Chrome:

  1. Start Google Chrome browser
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://settings/.
  3. Scroll down and find Show advanced settings link.
  4. Click on it and scroll down to the bottom again.
  5. Click Reset browser settings button and click Reset to confirm.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:support.
  3. Click Reset Firefox… button.
  4. Click Reset Firefox to confirm.

Internet Explorer (9, 10, 11):

  1. Start Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on gear/asterisk icon in the top-right corner.
  3. In opened menu choose Internet options.
  4. Click Advanced tab.
  5. Click Reset button.
  6. Choose Delete personal settings and click Reset.

Opera Browser:

  1. Close Opera and open command prompt from the start menu.
  2. Type following command del %AppData%\Opera\Opera\operaprefs.ini
  3. Start Opera.

Remove files and folders of Feed.utilitooltech.com

C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mhkgomffpgdlpgmggghambiakjjnffei\

Remove registry keys of Feed.utilitooltech.com

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings "mhkgomffpgdlpgmggghambiakjjnffei"="REG_SZ", "544D01F23EF342B050D33FD37DE568751F6238D9E2F89044A3398DABB5514A8F"

Alternative way to remove adware browser extensions and reset browser settings

avast browser cleanup For safe and effective browser extension removal use avast! Browser Cleanup utility. Run it with administrator privileges and remove all extensions with bad rating including related to Feed.utilitooltech.com. You can also reset your browser settings for each of your browsers: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox.

Download Avast Browser Cleanup

Cleaning browsers shortcuts

shortcut cleaner You can clean your browser shortcuts manually right-clicking on your browser icon, choosing “Properties” and removing hijacker address from “Target” field (leave just the path to your browser). However it is easier to use free Shortcut Cleaner from BleepingComputer. Download it here – its FREE:

Download Shortcut Cleaner

Final tips

Be careful surfing the internet and downloading software, as programs like Feed.utilitooltech.com may become a real headache as they are hard to remove and break your privacy. To keep safe from such threats we recommend you always use antivirus and one of anti-malware programs available on the market. One of the best anti-spyware and anti-malware programs is SpyHunter 5. It can protect your PC from threats like Feed.utilitooltech.com.

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