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Remove Terra.im Fully from Your PC

Name Terra.im Hijacker
Type Browser Hijacker, PUP
Short Description The homepage of a browser may look like a legitimate search engine, and there can be page redirects from the search results.
Symptoms The user may have installed the application without his agreement. Sets a custom homepage, search engine and may also change the new tab setting.
Distribution Method Freeware Installers, Bundling.
Detection Tool Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Terra.im Hijacker
User Experience Join our forum to follow the discussion about Terra.im Hijacker.

“Terra.im” is a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) that after being installed on a computer will attach itself to a browser, change the homepage, the new tab page and the search engine. The user may be redirected to websites with potentially malicious content and may be shown various sponsored results.

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Terra.im – How Did I Get It?

The “Terra.im” PUP usually gets into your computer through third-party installers. It can sneak into your computer without your consent, by hiding itself in freeware installations and bundled packages. In these packages, additional components for installation are usually not disclosed in a proper way and people get tricked into installing potentially undesirable programs such as “Terra.im”. Sometimes that can be avoided by clicking on the “Advanced” or “Custom” setting in an installation setup to see what may be installed.
Other ways of getting infected are by opening spam emails and downloading e-mail attachments, or by clicking on different advertisements and banners containing potentially malicious content which may also add a browser extension. The domain name is the same: “Terra.im”.

Terra.im – More About It

“Terra.im” is classified as a browser hijacker. When it is installed on your computer, it may change DNS settings, different browser settings, such as the homepage, new tab and search engine, and may also install a browser extension. All these settings are to make “Terra.im” a default search engine and for you to use the “Terra.im” domain whenever you try making a search query. It can affect any browser, especially the most popular ones like Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari.
The Search Engine uses Polish and Russian as a main language very often, even if you try changing it. Most of the time when doing a search, only 10 pages of results are displayed:
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Also, when searching for something in any browser, the hijacker can display incorrect or no results and sponsored links. You may also be shown advertisements in the form of pop-ups or banners. The sites which you may be redirected to, generate profit when on a pay-per-click basis and they could contain potentially malicious code to further infect your PC.
There are no Terms and Conditions, nor a Privacy Policy (EULA) of “Terra.im” that you can view. The hijacker may potentially collect different information about your internet activity and usage, such as your search queries, the sites you visited, your IP address, what you clicked on, what devices and software you own, your social networks interactions and other similar data.

Remove Terra.im Completely

To remove “Terra.im” manually from your system, be sure to follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided down below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of this browser hijacker completely, you should search for and remove any leftover files with an advanced anti-malware program. Installing such software will also make sure that your system is safe from other threats that you come across in the future.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Terra.im Hijacker in Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
  • uninstall-virus-fig1

  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
  • uninstall-virus-fig2

  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
  • uninstall-virus-fig3

    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Terra.im Hijacker.

    Step 2: Remove Terra.im Hijacker from your browser

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window

    uninstall-fig4

    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

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    Select Terra.im Hijacker and click “Remove

    uninstall-fig6

    After Terra.im Hijacker is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu

    uninstall-fig7

  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
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  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate Terra.im Hijacker and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
  • uninstall-fig9

  • After Terra.im Hijacker is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
  • uninstall-fig10

  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
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    Select Terra.im Hijacker to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.

    uninstall-fig12

    After Terra.im Hijacker has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.
    uninstall-fig13

    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on Terra.im Hijacker
    Click ‘Uninstall’

    uninstall-fig14

    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Terra.im Hijacker. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Terra.im Hijacker will be removed.

    Step 3: Remove Terra.im Hijacker automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    1. Remove Terra.im Hijacker with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
    2. Remove Terra.im Hijacker with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
    3. Remove Terra.im Hijacker with STOPZilla AntiMalware
    4. Back up your data to secure it against attacks related to Terra.im Hijacker in the future
    NOTE! Substantial notification about the Terra.im Hijacker threat: Manual removal of Terra.im Hijacker requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.

    Berta Bilbao

    Berta is the Editor-in-Chief of SensorsTechForum. She is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space.

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