Better History Extension (Redirects and Ads “Virus”) – How to Remove It
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Better History Extension (Redirects and Ads “Virus”) – How to Remove It

This article is created to help you by showing you how to remove the Better History browser extension from your web browser and secure your computer against this potentially unwanted application from your computer.

A new program which was reported to be causing web browser redirects and different advertisements on the computers it has been installed on has been detected and reported on user forums and online threat centers. The program’s primary purpose is to pretend to improve your web browsing experience, however in reality it does more harm than good, redirecting you to unsafe websites, via the unanalytics.com domain, which we have detected to be associated with a massive wave of browser redirects for the past few days.

Threat Summary

NameBetter History
TypePotentially Unwanted Application
Short DescriptionAn ad-supported browser extension whose primary purpose is to display different advertisements and cause browser redirects to unanalytics.com– related domains.
SymptomsBetter History browser extension added on your web browser. Online advertisements, slow computer performance and browser redirections.
Distribution MethodBundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.
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How Did I Start Seeing Redirects Caused By Better History

According to user reports, Better History was originally designed to help improve your searching process when you are trying to review your web browser history to see a web page you have visited a while ago. This was until adware authors purchased the legitimate applications, according to latest rumors and started using it’s large database of over 200 thousand users to spread advertisements and redirects that lead to deceptive sites. The app is originally installed from it’s main web page which advertises it and since many have trusted it in the past, they may be misled to install it again, which for this moment is not advisable:

In addition to this, users who have had problems with Better History also report having problems with other potentially unsafe browser extensions, similar to Better History such as “Enhanced History”:

Better History PUA Extension – What Does It Do

Better History is categorized by many as a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application). While the app improves the way you search for websites you have visited In the past, it also comes together with a bonus and this bonus is not necessarily a good thing.

For starters, when it is installed on your web browser, Better History may obtain different information from your web broswer, like:

  • Your online search history.
  • Your browsing history.
  • Bookmarked websites.
  • Information about your online clicks.
  • Personal information which you may have entered accidentally.

This information is likely used by the Better History app to do none other than display different advertisements on your computer. The ads that are displayed may be of different types, like pop-ups, taken over banner spaces and many other forms of advertisements, but the main ads that are displayed are browser redirects via the host unanalytics.com, whose primary purpose is to lead you to third-party websites.

The third-party sites that you may be lead to without your consent are usually sites that aim to make money of pay-per click or pay-per-visit schemes by driving hoax traffic to an advertised URL. While this strategy is often used by unwanted programs, like Better History, other risks may be involved with the program as well. One of those is that it can lead you to Phishing pages which are fake web pages of online retailers or login pages for big websites, like Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn. Those fake pages may ask you to enter your online information and try to login, however your password and username may be collected by the third-party vendors of those pages, who may have nothing to do with Better History. And in addition to this, the unanalytics.com browser redirections can also lead you to other websites that can even infect your computer with malware or introduce tech support scam sites that may lock your web browser.

Remove Better History Adware from Google Chrome and Your PC

If you have seen advertisements and browser redirects for quite some time on your computer, chances are that Better History may have spread to your file system and may have added adware as programs as a result of redirects to sites that automatically install other ad-supported programs on your computer. So to remove Better History, you should check your PC and your web browsers for all sorts of software that you do not know existed on your PC and check it’s credibility as well. The best way to do this manually is to follow the manual instructions underneath. However, if you want to be completely sure that your PC is fully secured, cyber-security professionals recommend scanning it with an anti-malware scanner to fully remove Better History and all of the associated files and objects related to it, plus secure your PC against future intrusive software and malware in real-time.

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How to Remove Better History from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Better History

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Better History 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Better History on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Better History there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Better History with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of Better History from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Better History and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Better History:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Better History. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Better History. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 Better History 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Better History. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove Better History files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Better History, 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.



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Remove Better History 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.


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Erase Better History 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.



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Uninstall Better History 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.



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Remove Better History 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".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Better History will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate Better History 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.


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