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FileShareFanatic Browser Hijacker Removal Guide

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The article will help you to remove FileShareFanatic effectively. Follow the browser hijacker removal instructions at the end of this article.

FileShareFanatic is malicious browser extension (also known as a hijacker) that misconfigures key web browser settings and can cause serious issues to the security and browsers of the affected victims.

Threat Summary

Name FileShareFanatic
Type Browser Hijacker, PUP
Short Description Every browser application which is on your computer will get affected. The hijacker can redirect you and show you lots of advertisements.
Symptoms Browser settings that get changed are the start page, search engine and the new tab page.
Distribution Method Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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FileShareFanatic – Delivery Methods

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FileShareFanatic is a recently discovered browser hijacker made for several of the most popular web browsers. The security experts that reported the infections note that it has the same goals as other similar malware. This is a type of computer virus that alters the default and user-provided settings of popular web browsers to redirect to a hacker-controlled site or service.

The majority of the infections were caused by a Google Chrome malicious extension available on the Chrome Web Store. It is called simply “FileShareFanatic” as is offered by a developer that uses the domain name “filesharefanatic.com”. It reads the following description:

Access the tools you need to easily upload, transfer, store, share and send files. All from one FREE and convenient spot!
This extension configures your New Tab page to FileShareFanatic™ to provide these features.

Share files quickly – FREE from your PC.

Click “Add to Chrome” to install FileShareFanatic™. Free Download.

FileShareFanatic gives you access to FREE file sharing and storage services, plus much more.

File to file sharing – with a simple click!
With FileShareFanatic, you can…
• Share 1000s of files, images, notes, videos and documents quickly!
• Easily access online data storage services.
• It’s FREE!

So, join our loyal users. Try FileShareFanatic today.

The FileShareFanatic extension offers convenient web search and features from the Chrome New Tab page.

Please read carefully: By clicking the “Add to Chrome” button in the top right hand corner and installing the FileShareFanatic extension, you agree to install this application, and you agree to the End User License Agreement and the Privacy Policy and to receiving any future updates and upgrades. The application communicates with our servers to deliver its functionality and record usage metrics. You can uninstall the program at any time.
End User License Agreement: https://eula.mindspark.com/eula/

Privacy Policy: https://eula.mindspark.com/eula/#Privacy

To remove our extension from Google Chrome:

1) Click on the three horizontal lines icon in the upper right-hand corner of your Chrome browser.
2) Go to “Settings”.
3) In the menu that appears click on “Extensions”.
4) From the list of installed Extensions, find the name of the toolbar extension you wish to uninstall.
5) Click on the trash can icon to the right of “Enable” (for the toolbar extension you wish to uninstall).
6) Close your browser completely and reopen it. Our toolbar extension should be removed from your Chrome browser.

For instructions on how to remove our extension from Firefox or Internet Explorer, or for other support, please visit us at https://custhelp.myway.com/.

If you are still seeing Myway after uninstalling our extension, it is likely that your browser’s homepage has not yet been reset back to its previous setting. For instructions on resetting your homepage, please click here: https://eula.mindspark.com/eula/#Uninstall/Removal.

For assistance from our customer service team, please email us at customer@help.myway.com or contact us here: https://custhelp.myway.com/ics/support/ticketnewwizard.asp

Help & Feedback: https://custhelp.myway.com/

Policies: https://eula.mindspark.com/eula/#Privacy

Uninstall: helpcenter.mindspark.com/chromeuninstall

Contact Us: https://custhelp.myway.com/ics/support/ticketnewwizard.asp

The Google Chrome extension poses as a legitimate cloud storage service provider while at the same time uses the collected information for criminal purposes. Other hijackers can also be made for other popular applications: Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Opera and Safari. Such extensions employ the use of fake comments and ratings that are machine-generated or made by infected hosts to make the plugin appear as an useful tool.

Delivery methods used to distribute the FileShareFanatic browser hijackers also include hacker-controlled web scripts and other redirects. Infected software bundles can also lead to a FileShareFanatic browser hijacker infection. They are usually modified binaries downloaded from their official sources and distributed on hacker-controlled sites or P2P networks like BitTorrent. In some cases the users can disallow the FileShareFanatic installation by looking out for checkboxes or prompts hidden in the displayed options – they are usually labeled as “Advanced” or “Custom”.

FileShareFanatic – In-Depth Overview

The browser hijacker redirects the users to a hacker-controlled domain (www.filesharefanatic.com) where a search engine and icons to various services are placed. If the users visit the site without having the browser hijacker extension installed they will be shown a message that reads the following:

Fast & Free File Sharing
and direct access to web search on your new tab page.

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Such behavior is expected as the site attempts to infect the visitors with the hijacker in order to access their data. We remind our users that using such services leads to surveillance as it imposes a lot of tracking cookies.

FileShareFanatic tracking cookies image

They gather information about the system hardware, software configuration, browsers, geolocation and can track the behavior of the users when interacting with the hacker-controlled services. The browser hijacker itself can also lead to additional malware infections by redirecting the users to download sites hosting viruses or opening pop-ups, redirect users to affiliate networks and etc.

The home page itself is designed to be reminiscent of popular search engines. The search box is located in the middle with buttons to social media and other useful services below it. We have discovered that the site and hijacker is operated by Mindspark a well-known provider of malicious sites. It is probably part of an affiliate network run by the company.

A WHOIS database search reveals the following contact information about the site owners:

Name:Domain Administrator
Organization:Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc.
Street:29 Wells Ave,
City:Yonkers
State:NY
Postal Code:10701
Country:US
Phone:+1.9145912000
Fax:+1.9142064559
Email:email@mindspark.com

The network icons and all links are all part of the tracking information. By clicking on them or interacting with site elements in any way the users actions are recorded.

FileShareFanatic – Privacy Policy

The privacy policy is available from the site’s footer. It reveals the reasons why interaction with the site and associated hijacker have been labeled as malicious. Some of the serious issues include the following:

  • Network-wide Usage – The privacy policy is hosted on Mindspark’s official site and signals that it is in effect across all sites and domains operated by the company. This includes all partner and affiliate networks in use.
  • Settings Changes – The privacy policy clearly outlines that web scripts or browser extensions can freely modify the web applications by changing the default home page, start page, new page and/or search settings.
  • Data Collection – Interaction with sites or services offered by the company leads to advanced behavior and information tracking. According to the privacy policy the browser hijacker is able to harvest both personally-identifiable and anonymous data. The malicious plugin can harvest stored information such as: browser history, bookmarks, preferences, form data, passwords and credentials. In addition the imposed tracking cookies can capture social media accounts if the service-provided links are used.
  • Tailored Ads – As every victim is assigned a unique victim ID the browser hijacker and all associated sites create list of preferences. It is used to load appropriate interests and display relevant sponsored ads.
  • Data Sharing – The collected information can be shared with partners and affiliate sites under terms agreed by the company.

Remove FileShareFanatic Effectively

To remove FileShareFanatic 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 redirect and its files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such a program can keep your computer safe in the future.

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How to Remove FileShareFanatic from Windows.


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

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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 FileShareFanatic 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 FileShareFanatic 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 FileShareFanatic 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 FileShareFanatic 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.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


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

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


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.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

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


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Get rid of FileShareFanatic from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall FileShareFanatic 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 FileShareFanatic:

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 FileShareFanatic. 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 FileShareFanatic. 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 FileShareFanatic 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 FileShareFanatic. 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 FileShareFanatic files from your Mac

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


Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for FileShareFanatic:


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Remove FileShareFanatic 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 FileShareFanatic 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 FileShareFanatic 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 FileShareFanatic 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.

stf-safari-extensions


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


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

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