Malware researchers have classified eFast as a potentally unwanted program with browser hijacking capabilities.
|Name||eFast, Ads by eFast_Browser|
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The program may be advertised as useful but it causes issues on the system.|
|Symptoms||Ads are displayed, browser settings may bechanged.|
|Distribution Method||Installation of PUPs, third party software installers, bundling, etc.|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By eFast, Ads by eFast_Browser|
As a result of the program sneaking into the system, advertisements may be generated – pop-ups and banners with texts such as:
“Powered by eFast_Browser”, “Brought to you by eFast_Browser”, “Ads by eFast_Browser”.
The advertisements may not be malicious but they may redirect the user to predefined pages:
- Websites crafted for social engineering scams like phishing.
- Websites prompting the user to give away personal information, including credit card details.
- Websites promoting rogue software products like rogue AV scanners, and similar suspicious pieces of code.
- Websites exploited by malicious software and carrying on drive-by downloads.
eFast Web Browser Characteristics and Distribution
The suspicious program has most likely been mentioned in the installer of a freeware product downloaded from freeware/shareware providers (bundling). However, by quickly going through the setup process, the user may have skipped the option to de-select eFast. The program may also be available for download on the very same freeware/shareware pages. It may have a luring description, tricking the user into believing that it will enhance his online browsing or shopping experience. Such products are usually crafted with the sole purpose to collect user information.
Data collected by potentially unwanted, ad-supported and hijacker programs may include any or all of the following:
- IP address.
- Unique identifier number.
- Configuration settings.
- OS information.
- Used browsers.
- Software usage patterns.
In addition, the developers of eFast and similar software usually are teamed with numerous affiliate and advertising partners. This means that the data collected during the usage of eFast may be given or shared with other third parties. Besides the privacy issues brought by this type of software, browser hijackers and PUPs are also known to change the browser’s default settings.
As a result, the default search page, home page, new tab page and sometimes error page will be changed according to eFast’s preferences. eFast can also add a scheduled task and a desktop icon. Because of its dubious features, the program should be removed from the system.
eFast Removal Options
If the user feels confident enough to manually locate the program and uninstall it completely, he can follow our manual below the article. However, some browser hijackers are known to damage the system in unexpected ways (LSP hijacking, for instance). Multiple files may have been dropped in various system locations. The most secure way to locate every file brought by eFast is by running a full system scan.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall eFast, Ads by eFast_Browser 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.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall eFast, Ads by eFast_Browser.
Step 2: Remove eFast, Ads by eFast_Browser from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select eFast, Ads by eFast_Browser and click “Remove”
After eFast, Ads by eFast_Browser is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select eFast, Ads by eFast_Browser 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’.
After eFast, Ads by eFast_Browser has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on eFast, Ads by eFast_Browser
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall eFast, Ads by eFast_Browser. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the eFast, Ads by eFast_Browser will be removed.
In order to remove any associated objects that are left after uninstall and detect any other threats, you should:
Step 3: Start Your PC in Safe Mode to Remove eFast, Ads by eFast_Browser.
Removing eFast, Ads by eFast_Browser from Windows XP, Vista, 7 systems:
1. Remove all CDs and DVDs, and then Restart your PC from the “Start” menu.
– For PCs with a single operating system: Press “F8” repeatedly after the first boot screen shows up during the restart of your computer. In case the Windows logo appears on the screen, you have to repeat the same task again.
– For PCs with multiple operating systems: Тhe arrow keys will help you select the operating system you prefer to start in Safe Mode. Press “F8” just as described for a single operating system.
3. As the “Advanced Boot Options” screen appears, select the Safe Mode option you want using the arrow keys. As you make your selection, press “Enter“.
4. Log on to your computer using your administrator account
While your computer is in Safe Mode, the words “Safe Mode” will appear in all four corners of your screen.
Removing eFast, Ads by eFast_Browser from Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 systems:
Whilst holding down Shift button, click on Power and then click on Restart.
A menu will appear upon reboot. You should choose Safe Mode by pressing its corresponding number and the machine will restart and boot into Safe Mode so you can scan for and remove eFast, Ads by eFast_Browser.
Step 4: Remove eFast, Ads by eFast_Browser automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all eFast, Ads by eFast_Browser associated objects.
- Guide 1: How to Remove eFast, Ads by eFast_Browser from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of eFast, Ads by eFast_Browser from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove eFast, Ads by eFast_Browser from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase eFast, Ads by eFast_Browser from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall eFast, Ads by eFast_Browser from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove eFast, Ads by eFast_Browser from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate eFast, Ads by eFast_Browser from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove eFast, Ads by eFast_Browser from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove eFast, Ads by eFast_Browser
Step 2: Uninstall eFast, Ads by eFast_Browser 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 eFast, Ads by eFast_Browser 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 eFast, Ads by eFast_Browser there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of eFast, Ads by eFast_Browser from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall eFast, Ads by eFast_Browser 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 eFast, Ads by eFast_Browser 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 eFast, Ads by eFast_Browser files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as eFast, Ads by eFast_Browser, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove eFast, Ads by eFast_Browser 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 eFast, Ads by eFast_Browser 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 eFast, Ads by eFast_Browser 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 eFast, Ads by eFast_Browser 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 eFast, Ads by eFast_Browser will be removed.
Eliminate eFast, Ads by eFast_Browser 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.