THREAT REMOVAL

BrowserHunt.com Redirect Removal

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BrowserHunt.com is a fake search engine and the primary domain of a browser hijacker. The hijacker redirects you when you try to do a search from its search pages. The redirect will send you to a search results page that looks like the one of Yahoo. Your searches will go through SafeFinder, which is also a browser hijacker. BrowserHunt.com can replace the homepage, new tab setting and search engine of any browser you use. To remove the hijacker, you should read the article till its end.

Threat Summary

NameBrowserHunt.com
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionAll browsers on your computer could be affected. The hijacker redirects you and filters your searches.
SymptomsBrowser settings that can be changed are the homepage, search engine and new tab. You could witness sponsored content and advertisements.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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BrowserHunt.com – Delivery Ways

BrowserHunt.com can have several delivery ways. Third-party installers are the main cause for this hijacker getting on your PC. Setups of freeware or bundled software could place the unwanted program on your computer. Any such setup can have extra content set up for installation, by default. The hijacker could have altered your browser settings before you come to realize it. Preventing installations like those from adding unneeded components is done by finding Advanced or Custom settings inside the installation’s setup.

BrowserHunt.com can also be delivered with other ways to your computer and browsers. One of these ways is through redirect links and adverts on websites. Pop-ups, pop-unders, banners or other adverts might be used to lure in more users. The hijacker could deliver itself to your PC with the aid of different websites hosting redirects. Websites such as these might be affiliated or partnerned with BrowserHunt.com. The following browsers could be affected: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Mozilla Firefox.

BrowserHunt.com – Overview

BrowserHunt.com is the primary domain for a browser hijacker. It looks like a legitimate search engine, but it is a fake one, which redirects you. The domain is named after the name of the hijacker, and precisely – Browser Hunt. You can view how the official page looks like from the picture below:

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The BrowserHunt.com website is composed of one simple page filled with a picture, search bar, the name on its top and a link to its Privacy Policy at the bottom left corner. That page shown in the above picture will put itself in place of your default start page, new tab setting and search engine for nearly all of your browsers. The hijacker will alter the preferences of your browsers, too.

Add-ons, plugins or extensions related to the hijacker platform and additional components residing on your computer system, could spread redirects and advertisements. The redirects can leave you on very dubious websites or such that distribute third-party content. Owners of those sites can turn out to be partners or in a way affiliates of BrowserHunt.com.

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Above, from the picture displayed, you can grasp the concept of what BrowserHunt.com does, to some extent. No actual Browser Hunt search engine is used. Instead you get redirected to the search results page of what appears to be Yahoo, at least on first glance. If you look more closely, you will find out that the search results are those of SafeFinder, which is another browser hijacker. That is the same action that the MountainBrowse.com redirect does.

BrowserHunt.com can obtain various information about you and your activity when you browse online. The search queries you make will provide extra data through cookies, hosted by both websites.

The two browser hijackers are intertwined in a way, and their owners are probably partners. Every bit of information you provide with your search queries is going to be sent to servers of the search platforms and collected. Be careful when you use their search bars and try not to provide personal details. Read on, to see what kind of information can be acquired from you by BrowserHunt.com.

BrowserHunt.com – Privacy Policy

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You can see the Privacy policies of both hijackers on the left of this paragraph.

The Privacy Policy of the BrowserHunt.com site and the SafeFinder.com are both located on their corresponding, official domains shown in the above screenshots.

Because of the fact that search queries go through the Safe Finder browser hijacker, as well as that of the BrowserHunt.com website – both privacy policies are going to be applied.

By reading both policies, it is revealed that both of the platforms gather personally and non-personally identifying information. All that information may be disclosed between third-parties.

According to the Browser Hunt policy, information which can be collected is:

  • The type of your browser
  • The type of your device
  • Language preferences
  • Time stamps
  • Clicks and visited pages
  • Facebook Login, Google+, etc. data stored in such social media sites
  • Email address
  • Search logs
  • Operating system
  • Utilized internet service provider
  • Other similar information

According to the policy of Safe Finder, the information which can be collected is:

  • Browser (type and language)
  • Operating System (type and language)
  • Your name and address
  • Geo location and IP address
  • Date and time of access
  • Your time zone
  • Advertisements viewed
  • Offers and services that interest you
  • Default search
  • VPN and Proxy services
  • Internet Service Provider (ISP)
  • Interaction with social networks
  • Screen Resolution
  • Search quires and browsing history
  • Pages browsed and content viewed

With using any services associated with BrowserHunt.com or Safe Finder, along with applications which are related to them, you automatically grant your permission for the accumulation of your data. Both policies state that cookies, pixel tags, web beacons, and similar technologies can be utilized for acquiring more data. In the case of a sale, merger or bankruptcy of the BrowserHunt service, all personal information can be provided as an asset to a different company.

Remove BrowserHunt.com Completely from Your PC

To remove BrowserHunt.com manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the hijacker and all of its files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software can keep your computer secure in the future.

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How to Remove BrowserHunt.com from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove BrowserHunt.com

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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 BrowserHunt.com 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 BrowserHunt.com 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 BrowserHunt.com 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 BrowserHunt.com 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 BrowserHunt.com from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall BrowserHunt.com 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 BrowserHunt.com:

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 BrowserHunt.com. 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 BrowserHunt.com. 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 BrowserHunt.com 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 BrowserHunt.com. 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 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.



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Remove BrowserHunt.com 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 BrowserHunt.com 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 BrowserHunt.com 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 BrowserHunt.com 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".

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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 BrowserHunt.com 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 BrowserHunt.com 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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