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Pesquisa.ninja Browser Hijacker Description and Easy Removal

NamePesquisa.ninja
TypeSuspicious Site, employed by a browser hijacker on the PC.
Short DescriptionMay display ad-supported search results. May display pop-up advertisements.
SymptomsInstant redirects. Pop-up advertisements. Slow PC. Changed home page and new-tab bage.
Distribution MethodBrowser Redirect by clicked ads or by PUP applications.
Detection toolDownload SpyHunter, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Pesquisa.ninja

pesquisa.ninjaAnother annoying browser hijacker has appeared lately, terrorizing the computers of mainly Latin-American users. It is located on the domain http://pesquisa.ninja and uses Yahoo search as a redirect to display search results. Some users have reported seeing advertisements connected with this browser hijacker and their homepage and new tabs changed to its domain. Browser hijackers are believed by experts to be relatively dangerous ad-supported applications, and their removal is often recommended.

How Did Pesquisa.ninja Hijack My PC?

There are several ways by which you may have initiated the installation of pesquisa.ninja related programs on your computer. The most widely employed one is called ‘bundling’ it involves the combination of this app in other program installers. In case you have recently installed a freeware app or added an extension, beware that this may be the cause of having this program hijack your computer. Such free programs may include suspicious third-party apps or search engines like pesquisa.ninja with the purpose of taking advantage of pay-per-click deals and affiliate schemes with third-parties. And third-parties have their agreements and privacy policies, some of which may be in breach with user interests, mainly in the sense of information aggregation. This is why programs, downloaded from third-party sites that are not their official providers should not be entirely trusted.

More About Pesquisa.ninja Hijacker

When visited, the first thing noticed about this suspicious search engine is that it uses Yahoo search as its database, which immediately reduced the trust level in it. More to it than that, the search engine installs tracking cookies which are text files on the computer that collect and store different information, such as online clicks, searches, etc.
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Most hoax search engines employ other search results to inject ad-supported search results that lead to third parties. More to it than that, some users have reported that after seeing pesquisa.ninja hijack their PC, it may have caused several redirects to unknown third-party sites. Redirects may vary from completely harmless sites through malvertising sites, all the way to web locations that inject malicious code or download malware onto the user PC. Malware can vary since there are different types of it, but the most dangerous of them are:

  • Ransomware.
  • Trojan horses.
  • Worms.
  • Viruses.
  • Dangerous Scripts.
  • Keyloggers.

This is why tech geeks always advise users and businesses to learn how to browse safely and install all the necessary software they need to:

  • Block advertisements and pop-ups
  • Prevent unknown apps from starting on the computer.
  • Look for modifications on the registries of the computers.
  • Find a good anti-malware program.

More so, it is a fact that the main reason for $67.2 billion expenses on computer crime is usually the after-effect of poor online behavior. Because, face it, even if you have the best antivirus, the most efficient solution for all types of unwanted code on your machine is you. That is the reason it is essential to keep up with the latest in both malware and risky non-malware applications.

How To Remove Pesquisa.ninja Browser Hijacker

To remove this unwanted software from your computer, you must act fast. To uninstall manually, first you should immediately disconnect the internet connection from your device and then follow the step-by-step removal guide below. After that you should take into consideration the installation of a powerful anti-malware program that will not only remove any traces left after uninstall, but will provide you with an active shield, preventing future threats from entering your computer.

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1. Remove/Uninstall Pesquisa.ninja

1. Remove/Uninstall Pesquisa.ninja 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 Pesquisa.ninja.

    2. Restore the settings in your browser

    2. Remove Pesquisa.ninja 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 Pesquisa.ninja and click “Remove

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    After Pesquisa.ninja 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

    uninstall-fig7

  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
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  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate Pesquisa.ninja and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After Pesquisa.ninja 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 Pesquisa.ninja 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’.

    uninstall-fig12

    After Pesquisa.ninja 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 Pesquisa.ninja
    Click ‘Uninstall’

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    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Pesquisa.ninja. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Pesquisa.ninja will be removed.

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    3. Remove Pesquisa.ninja automatically with Spy Hunter Malware – Removal Tool.

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    Berta Bilbao

    Berta is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space. Her fascination with IT security began a few years ago when a malware locked her out of her own computer.

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