Referral spam caused by a suspicious redirecting domain, known as Googlemare(.)com has been reported to advertise a suspicious Firefox plugin that may collect various information from users. The referral spam can quickly corrupt Google Analytics data and affect users with a browser hijacker leading to a website called iLoveVitaly(.)com. The plugin changes Mozilla Firefox’s home page to iLoveVitaly(.)com and uses browser redirects. All users who have been affected by this nasty browser extension should immediately remove it from their computers.
|Name||IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker|
|Short Description||Sets hoax search engine as a home page and new tab page..|
|Symptoms||The user may witness online advertisements, browser redirects and PC slow-down.|
|Distribution Method||Via Referral Spam or bundled programs|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker.|
IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker – How Is It Spread
The suspicious browser extension is distributed via Googlemare(.)com referral spam links. The referral spam may be either Ghost Referral or Web Crawler. The spam messages feature a web link whose host Is classified as a spam domain, called Googlemare(.)com.
The spam messages may redirect to the following web page:
The suspicious browser extension, called Google Improver may offer the user to set iLoveVitaly(.)com as a home page. In case you meet the questionable extension somewhere else, it is strongly recommended to keep away from it.
IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker – Description
Once installed on the user’s Mozilla Firefox, the Google Improver plugin begins to use different tracking technologies. One of them is a unique identifier, preventing the application to install twice, hence the pop-up below:
Other technologies used to collect user information may be pixels, cookies, tags, etc. and they are used by the extension most likely to display various advertisements to user PCs.
Furthermore, if the plugin is installed without adding the questionable website, it may begin to display ads and it causes a redirect to the following web link:
After this it redirects back to Google. This is most likely to obtain browser information, and all users who have installed the suspicious extensions may not be able to see it in Firefox’s plugins or extensions.
If the hoax search engine is somehow set as a homepage, similar to other hijackers like Sugabit(.)net it displays the following web page:
The web page claims to be a service to stop “Google greed” in the following message:
→“o-o-8-o-o prOject is the search shell from seal aviator with google search without greed, sites opening by only one first letter, and with a wide choice of search engines, torrent trackers, bookmarks to favorite websites and every time a new picture to set the mood. Beat with a shovel the weak google spots! Details about google greed, how it steals your time and how to cure it. To begin just enter text for search here and press Enter or Find or Download button.”
Furthermore, the search engine does not have encrypted connection, and this is something that is highly untypical for search engines. The search engine is also a hoax one, displaying search results from Google. Also, it contains numerous web links to various websites that may or may not be phishing ones.
Removing IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker Completely
To get rid of IloveVitaly(.)com you should know that the application may not be available for removal using conventional methods. This is why it is advisable to employ a specific anti-malware software. Installing such program will also stop further programs of such character from intruding your device.
Delete IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker from Windows and Your Browser
Remove IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
- Guide 1: How to Remove IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker
Step 2: Uninstall IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker 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 IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker 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 IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker 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 IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker 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 IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker 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 IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker 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 IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker 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 IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker 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 IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker will be removed.
Eliminate IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker 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.