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 FileShareFanatic |
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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 [email protected] 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.
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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.
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.