|Type||PUP, Browser Hijacker, Search Engine|
|Short Description||Baboom Search promises to enhance online searching; Baboom NewTab is supposed to give access to over 100,000 online radio stations.|
|Symptoms||PC Slowdowns, Altered Browser Settings.|
|Distribution Method||Via freeware packages (bundling), or visiting suspicious websites.|
|Detection tool||Download SpyHunter, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Baboom|
What Is Baboom?
Baboom itself is not an application. It is a developer, which is responsible for two programs: Baboom Search and Baboom NewTab. Both of these are sometimes dubbed “Baboom Virus” and “Baboom Search Virus.” Baboom Search promises that it will enhance your online searching, while Baboom NewTab is supposed to give you access to over 100,000 radio stations that you can listen to while browsing the web. These programs are categorized as browser hijackers as they will change the setting on your browser once they have been installed. Such programs are considered unwanted and potentially hazardous to your system. This is why you should remove Baboom Search and Baboom NewTab from your computer right away.
What Does Baboom Do?
Once installed, the Baboom programs will attach a browser extension to your computer. They will set search.safefinder.com as your default search engine and homepage. This website uses a plethora of browser hijackers to get people to use it. Although it may seem like a regular search engine, it is not advised that you use it. It will show you a multitude of promoted search results. So it is unlikely that it will even be useful.
Where Did Baboom Come from?
The Baboom extensions are available on the Chrome Web Store. This means that you could have acquired them yourself. However, they may have also made their way onto your PC in another way: via bundling. This method consists of the Baboom extensions being attached to installers of free applications. This way, they can get installed without being noticed by users. Other unwanted applications also use the same method. If you do not want unwanted software to enter your PC, you should do the following:
- Download programs from reliable sources only.
- Review all information shown in the installer.
- Opt for the Advanced/Custom option. This will allow you to decline the installation of any additional software.
What Are the Dangers of Baboom?
These extensions can lead to some dire consequences for your system’s security. The search engine will show you numerous promoted websites. It is very likely that these will not be reliable. If you click on them, they can take you to malicious websites. The extensions can also show you pop-up ads. Some of these may also turn out to be misleading and take you to harmful web pages. Because of this, removing Baboom right away is the best thing you can do.
How to Remove Baboom
You can remove the Baboom extensions manually by doing the following:
- 1. Go to Control Panel.
2. Open the list of applications.
3. Find the unwanted extensions.
4. Uninstall them.
You should also reset your browser’s homepage and default search engine. You may think that this is enough to ensure that your system is safe, but it is not. It is possible that more unwanted applications could have entered your system. They could cause you the same problems as the Baboom programs. Even worse, malware could have already infiltrated your system, or can in the future as it is obviously unprotected. This is why the recommended thing to do by cybersecurity specialists is to install a reliable AV program. It will not only rid your system of all intruders, but it will also protect it against any further attempts at compromising it.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter
- Guide 1: How to Remove Baboom from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Baboom from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Baboom from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Baboom from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Baboom from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Baboom from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Baboom from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Baboom from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Baboom
Step 2: Uninstall Baboom and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 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 are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Baboom on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Baboom there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Baboom from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Baboom and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Baboom via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Baboom from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Baboom from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Baboom from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Baboom from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Baboom will be removed.
Eliminate Baboom from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.