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.
|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|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss FileShareFanatic.|
FileShareFanatic – Delivery Methods
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.
End User License Agreement: http://eula.mindspark.com/eula/
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 http://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: http://eula.mindspark.com/eula/#Uninstall/Removal.
For assistance from our customer service team, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us here: http://custhelp.myway.com/ics/support/ticketnewwizard.asp
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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.
Download for Chrome
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.
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:
Organization:Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc.
Street:29 Wells Ave,
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.
- 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.
- Guide 1: How to Remove FileShareFanatic from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of FileShareFanatic from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove FileShareFanatic from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase FileShareFanatic from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall FileShareFanatic from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove FileShareFanatic from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate FileShareFanatic from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove FileShareFanatic from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove FileShareFanatic
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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by FileShareFanatic 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 FileShareFanatic there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of FileShareFanatic from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall FileShareFanatic 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 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:
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 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.
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.
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.
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".
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 FileShareFanatic will be removed.
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.