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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.

NameIloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker
TypeBrowser Hijacker
Short DescriptionSets hoax search engine as a home page and new tab page..
SymptomsThe user may witness online advertisements, browser redirects and PC slow-down.
Distribution MethodVia Referral Spam or bundled programs
Detection ToolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker
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:

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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:

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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:

  • Ilovevitaly(.)com/browser.php?s=smartphones

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:

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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

1.Remove or Uninstall IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker in Windows

Remove or Uninstall IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker in Windows.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker 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. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
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  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
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  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
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    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker.

    2.Remove IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker from Your Browser

    Remove IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker from Your Browser.

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window

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    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

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    Select IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker and click “Remove

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    After IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu

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  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
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  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
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  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
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    Select IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker 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’.

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    After IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.
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    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker
    Click ‘Uninstall’

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    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker will be removed.

    Remove IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    1. Remove IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Remove IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Install SpyHunter to scan for and remove IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker.2. Scan with SpyHunter to Detect and Remove IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker.
    Step 1: Click here to go to SpyHunter’s download instruction page.
    Step 2: Guide yourself by the download instructions provided for each browser.
    Step 3: After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to automatically update.

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    Step1: After the update process has finished, click on the ‘Scan Computer Now’ button.
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    Step2: After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker files, click on the ‘Fix Threats’ button to remove them automatically and permanently.
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    Step3: Once the intrusions on your PC have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart it.

    2. Back up your data to secure it against attacks related to IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker in the future

    4. Back up your data to secure it against attacks in the future

    Security engineers recommend that you back up your files immediately, preferably on an external memory carrier in order to be able to restore them. In order to protect yourself from IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker (For Windows Users) please follow these simple steps:

    1. For Windows 7 and earlier 1. For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 1. Enabling the Windows Defense Feature (Previous Versions)

    1-Click on Windows Start Menu
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    2-Type Backup And Restore
    3-Open it and click on Set Up Backup
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    4-A window will appear asking you where to set up backup. You should have a flash drive or an external hard drive. Mark it by clicking on it with your mouse then click on Next.
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    5-On the next window, the system will ask you what do you want to backup. Choose the ‘Let Me Choose’ option and then click on Next.
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    6-Click on ‘Save settings and run backup’ on the next window in order to protect your files from possible attacks by IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker.
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    1-Press Windows button + R
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    2-In the window type ‘filehistory’ and press Enter
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    3-A File History window will appear. Click on ‘Configure file history settings’
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    4-The configuration menu for File History will appear. Click on ‘Turn On’. After its on, click on Select Drive in order to select the backup drive. It is recommended to choose an external HDD, SSD or a USB stick whose memory capacity is corresponding to the size of the files you want to backup.
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    5-Select the drive then click on ‘Ok’ in order to set up file backup and protect yourself from IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker.

    1- Press Windows button + R keys.
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    2- A run windows should appear. In it type ‘sysdm.cpl’ and then click on Run.
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    3- A System Properties windows should appear. In it choose System Protection.
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    5- Click on Turn on system protection and select the size on the hard disk you want to utilize for system protection.
    6- Click on Ok and you should see an indication in Protection settings that the protection from IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker is on.
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    Restoring a file via Windows Defense feature:
    1-Right-click on the encrypted file, then choose Properties.
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    2-Click on the Previous Versions tab and then mark the last version of the file.
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    3-Click on Apply and Ok and the file encrypted by IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker should be restored.

    Optional: Using Alternative Anti-Malware Tools

    Remove IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker Using Other Alternative Tools

    Malwarebytes Anti-MalwareSTOPZilla Anti Malware
    1. Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to scan for and remove IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker.
    Step 1: Download Malwarebytes by clicking here.
    Step 2: A pop-up window will appear. Click on the ‘Save File’ button. If it does not, click on the Download button and save it afterwards.
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    Step 3: After you have downloaded the setup, simply open it.
    Step 4: The installer should appear. Click on the ‘Next’ button.
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    Step 5: Check the ‘I accept the agreement’ check circle if not checked if you accept it and click the ‘Next’ button once again.
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    Step 6: Review and click on ‘Next’ on the following 4 steps that will appear afterwards and after that click on the ‘Install’ button.
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    Step 7: After the installation process has completed click on the ‘Finish’ button and check the ‘Launch MalwareBytes AntiMalware’ check box.

    2. Scan your PC with MalwareBytes to remove all IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker associated files automatically.

    Step 1: Launch MalwareBytes if you havent launched it after install.
    Step 2: Wait for the software to update and then click on the blue ‘Scan Now’ button. If it doesnt start updating automatically, click on the blue ‘Update Now’ highlighted text.
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    Step 3: At this point, after clicking the ‘Scan Now’ button, the system should start scanning your PC. It may take a while but be patient – it is worth it.
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    Step 4: After the scan has been complete and all of the threats have been identified, click on the ‘Remove Selected’ button to delete them permanently.
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    Step 5: Once the scan has completed, MalwareBytes will prompt you to restart your computer. It is recommended to save all your data you are working on before restarting.

    1. Download and Install STOPZilla Anti-malware to Scan for And Remove IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker.
    Step 1: Download STOPZilla by clicking here.
    Step 2: A pop-up window will appear. Click on the ‘Save File’ button. If it does not, click on the Download button and save it afterwards.
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    Step 3: After you have downloaded the setup, simply open it.
    Step 4: The installer should appear. Click on the ‘Next’ button.
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    Step 5: Check the ‘I accept the agreement’ check circle if not checked if you accept it and click the ‘Next’ button once again.
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    Step 6: Review and click on the ‘Install’ button.
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    Step 7: After the installation process has completed click on the ‘Finish’ button.

    2. Scan your PC with STOPZilla Anti Malware to remove all IloveVitaly(.)com Browser Hijacker associated files completely.
    Step 1: Launch STOPZilla if you haven’t launched it after install.
    Step 2: Wait for the software to automatically scan and then click on the ‘Repair Now’ button. If it does not scan automatically, click on the ‘Scan Now’ button.
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    Step 3: After the removal of all threats and associated objects, you should Restart your PC.

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