It has been reported that an intrusive adware application also known as Elex has been administering heavy advertisements. The questionable browser hijacker is believed to affect users who download software that has bundled installers. The hijacker inserts toolbars, may change the default search engine and significantly slows down the user PC. All users who have been affected by this intrusive ad-supported application should immediately take actions and guide yourself by the instructions in the article.
|Name||Elex Browser Hijacker|
|Short Description||The program modifies the settings of the user’s web browser and is heavily ad-supported.|
|Symptoms||The user may witness fake Java Update downloads as well as redirects to other potentially harmful domains.|
|Distribution Method||Via PUPs, installed by bundling (Browser Hijackers) or by visiting a suspicious third-party site that is advertising it.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Elex Browser Hijacker|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss Elex Browser Hijacker.|
Elex Browser Hijacker – How Did I Get It
One possible way your computer could have Elex “on board” is bundled installers of free programs you may have downloaded online. Such software usually contains the so-called bundled applications that are added there under the pretext of “a free extra”, for example. However, some third-party sites do not mind what applications they market this way, and this is how users get affected. We strongly advise only to download free programs from their official sites. If there is no such option, it is highly recommended to at least use reputable download sources and always go through the “Custom” or “Advanced” installation option.
Elex Browser Hijacker – How Does It Work
As soon as the software has been silently installed on your computer, it may tamper with the registry entries of your browser. This basically means modifying the browser’s settings and it could be for various reasons:
- To enable the silent adding of its and other extensions.
- To collect information via the web browser. (online searches, clicks, browsing history, etc.)
- Settings that conceal its extensions and allow it to have permissions to modify the browser.
- Preferences to change the default homepage and new tab page.
- Permissions that make it difficult to uninstall.
You may find such random registry keys and values in your browser’s registry entries in Windows Registry Editor. For example, if you are using Google Chrome, the entries would be in:
Once activated and set, Elex Browser Hijacker’s presence may be immediately noticed on the user PC. One sign for this is the significant slowing down of the computer by taking up its access memory as well as CPU’s power. The software then, based on collected information may display targeted advertisements to the user in various forms:
- Pop-up ads.
- Highlighted text.
- Intrusive browser redirects.
This is the main reason that makes this ad-supported program indirectly dangerous for your computer. Elex Browser Hijacker may display advertisements to different third-party websites. This dark type of advertising may be malicious since it may also advertise dangerous web links that might infect your computer with more adware or even malware.
Remove Elex Browser Hijacker Completely
To remove this privacy invasive software, you must first save all your important data on an external device, just in case. Then it is strongly advisable to follow the step-by-step instructions after this article to methodologically get rid of this software. It is also advisable to use an advanced anti-malware program which may assist with removing all associated files and detect and remove malware on your computer, in case you have been infected.