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How to Remove HeadlineAlley Browser Extension

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This article aims to help you with the removal of the nasty extensionHeadlineAlley from affected browser and system. Follow the detailed guide at the end to get rid of all harmful files in full.

HeadlineAlley is a deceptive browser extension that could suddenly start to appear in your preferred web browser. It is owned by MindSpark which is a company often associated with the distribution of various potentially unwanted apps. Their nasty browser extension is designed to obtain certain details from affected web browsers and keep a record of them on its servers. Once installed in the browser it usually injects many ads and interrupts browsing sessions with redirects to other poorly secured websites.

Threat Summary

Name HeadlineAlley
Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, PUP
Short Description A questionable browser extension that alters basic brower settings in order to provide deceptive search enigne and hoax services.
Symptoms The homepage, new tab page and search enigne in preferred web browser could be set to dislay the main page of a browser hijacker. Browser slowdowns occur due to increased number of online ads.
Distribution Method Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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HeadlineAlley Extension – Spread Techniques

One of the most preferred spread paths for potentially unwanted and harmful programs like HeadlineAlley is software bundling. This technique enables developers of various free third-party apps to inject the installation code of the PUP into their installers and which allows them to monetize their projects. In order to trick as many users as possible to install the undesired app without noticing it the regular steps presented in the installers do not reveal the existence of any additional components. So in case that you regularly install new apps only by clicking the Next button until the Finish one appears on screen, you may have unintentionally allowed HeadlineAlley to access your device.

If you wonder how to prevent such unpleasant consequences and keep your system secure, the advice is simple – find the Advanced/Custom configuration steps and read carefully what is mentioned there. Most of the times these steps notify you of the presence of any bundled “useful” apps that will be installed along with the primary one. There is no doubt that you don’t need such apps to reside on your device so to keep it safe you need to opt out their installation or at least have a second chance to decide whether you want the primary app or not.

This undesired browser extension may be also distributed by other deceptive websites and undesired apps. One of the websites detected to be used as a spread channel for HeadlineAlley spying extension is getlocalnewsnow.com. The main page of this website presents misleading messages that offer you instant access to fresh news from your browser new tab as shown below:

getlocalnewsnow.com website redirects to headlinealley extension download page

However, a click on the “Continue” button causes a redirect to the official download page of HeadlineAlley PUP which appears to be another spread channel used for the distribution of its infection code:

HeadlineAlley deceitful browser extension official website

How you may land on these websites is by browser redirects caused by any other potentially unwanted program installed on your PC. Except these two websites, various other domains may be used for the distribution of this nasty program.

HeadlineAlley Extension – More About Its Impact

Once HeadlineAlley accesses your browser it automatically receives the following permissions:

  • Read and change all your data on the websites you visit
  • Replace the page you see when opening a new tab
  • Manage your downloads
  • Manage your apps, extensions, and themes

By obtaining all these permissions, the undesired extension becomes able to alter main browser settings that affect the homepages, new tab pages and default search engines of all target browsers. Upon changes you may find that the infamous browser hijacker MyWay.com to be set as homepage in your preferred web browser. No matter that the design of this search engine resembles a lot the designed of Google and other trustworthy search engines, its deceptive services may cause more harm than good.

In fact, the main purpose of HeadlineAlley and its services is the collection of valuable details from the infected browser. Once it sends the data to its servers its owners could use it for aggressive advertising campaigns based on your interests. As a result, your browsing sessions may be invaded by numerous online ads of all kinds – banners, videos, pop-ups, pop-unders, in-text links, misleading images, etc.

This, in turn, slows down the performance of your browser and what’s worse puts your system at risk of malware infections. You need to be very careful which of the displayed ads you visit as some of them may land you on compromised web pages that install severe malware infections directly on your PC.

HeadlineAlley – Privacy Policy

As found in the policy the undesired HeadlineAlley extension and toolbar is owned by the company MindSpark which in fact is a well-known distributor of numerous nasty apps designed to track online activities. Just to name a few reported by our team – ShoppingDealsLive, , VideoConvert, Mywebsearch.com.

The policy further reports that HeadlineAlley is an app that could gather both personally and non-personally identifiable information from all infected browsers. So as long as it is running in your browser and its files on your system it receives your agreement for the collection of the following details:

  • Your name
  • Your address
  • Email address
  • Number of your page views
  • What links you clicked
  • Telephone number
  • Username and password
  • Browser type
  • Preferred language
  • Other browser-related data
  • Keyword query, search query text and search results you clicked on
  • Adverts clicked and cookie data
  • Your login times

If you are now a little bit confused and wonder what purposes stand behind the collection of all these details of yours here is a quote from the Privacy Policy that contains the answer:

We may receive information from third-parties, including our authorized service providers, IAC affiliates, advertising companies, and ad networks. These third parties may display ads via the MS Services.These companies may use tracking technologies, such as cookies, to collect information about users who view or interact with these advertisements.

All information acquired by Mindspark could be shared with third-party businesses. In case you value your private space and want to stop this nasty app from spying on your online behavior, you should remove it and its associated files instantly from the infected system.

How to Remove HeadlineAlley Browser Extension

In order to remove the undesired HeadlineAlley and all associated files from your PC make sure to complete all the steps listed in the removal that follows. It presents both manual and automatic removal instructions that combined will help you to remove this undesired program in full. The automatic approach guarantees maximum efficiency as a scan with an advanced anti-malware tool reveals the exact location of all malicious files and objects created by HeadlineAlley. The results enable you to access and remove all harmful files from the infected PC. Have in mind that files associated with this hijacker may be detected with different names than HeadlineAlley.

In case that you have further questions or need additional help, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact us via email.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has a bachelor's degree in Marketing. She has been with the STF team for five years, researching malware, reporting on the latest computer infections, and following digital marketing trends.

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How to Remove HeadlineAlley from Windows.


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

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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 HeadlineAlley 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 HeadlineAlley 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 HeadlineAlley 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 HeadlineAlley 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 HeadlineAlley from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall HeadlineAlley and remove related files and objects

OFFER
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 HeadlineAlley:

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 HeadlineAlley. 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 HeadlineAlley. 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 HeadlineAlley 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 HeadlineAlley. 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 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.



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Remove HeadlineAlley 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 HeadlineAlley 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 HeadlineAlley 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 HeadlineAlley 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.

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


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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