A domain, called Akamaihd(.)net associated with hoax search engines has been reported to be associated with a Browser Hijacker. The domain is reported to originate from North America mainly affecting users in India, Brazil, Indonesia, Algeria and the US. Users who see one of the akaimaihd(.)net hoax search engines are strongly advised to remove the browser hijacker via an advanced anti-malware tool, back up their data and change their passwords.
|Name||Akamaihd(.)net Browser Hijacker|
|Short Description||The Potentially Unwanted Program modifies the settings of the web browsers on the affected PC, setting custom search engines.|
|Symptoms||The user may witness fake Java Update downloads as well as redirects to other potentially harmful domains and different types of advertisements. Slow PC and internet connection interruptions are highly likely.|
|Distribution Method||Via PUPs, installed by bundling or by visiting a suspicious third-party site that is advertising it.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Akamaihd(.)net Browser Hijacker|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss Akamaihd(.)net Browser Hijacker.|
Akamaihd(.)net Browser Hijacker – How Did I Get It
One method of distribution browser hijackers like Akamaihd use is called bundling download. It means that the program may come added to the installer of another free program you may have downloaded onto your PC. Users usually tend to skip the “Advanced” or “Custom” installation options when they download installers from third-party software providing sites. This is how they tend to miss “Add this as a free extra” installation steps that may have added Akamaihd(.)net browser hijacker.
Akamaihd(.)net – More about It
The domain itself appears to resemble the notorious legitimate company, called Akamai. However, it may have nothing to do with it. Instead, the domain has the following search engines and web links that are reported as its associations:
The different sites linking in with the domain are created with a different purpose. SearchInterneat and SearchSimple are hoax search engines and one of them uses Yahoo search redirects.
Once activated on your computer, the browser hijacker may create executable processes and hijack your browser, change its settings, change your home page as well as your new tab page to one of the above mentioned search engines.
Furthermore, the hijacker may create a value, example for which may be the following in the Run key:
→HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run with value (Default) and data to run the .exe on system startup.
The value may be set to run the executable on system start-up. Experts believe that the browser hijacker may do the following with the purpose of collecting information about the user`s browsing behavior. This is called behavioral advertising and it aims to display targeted advertisements based on what you search online, your browsing history as well as other information. It is being implemented primarily via tracking technologies such as cookies, web beacons, pixels and sometimes even running modules such as the one above. Researchers believe that this running executable that may be used by the Akamaihd(.)net browser hijacker may be to make it difficult to manually uninstall.
The advertisements that may be displayed via the Akamaihd browser hijacker may be served to the user the following ways:
- Taken over banner spaces.
- Direct pop-ups while browsing.
- Ad-supported search results.
- Browser redirects.
All of the advertisements served to the user may link to suspicious third-party sites since this may be the purpose of the browser hijacker. Most browser hijackers aim to drive hoax traffic to third-party websites. And when it comes to such websites, several dangers may be encountered, belonging to these two types:
- Infect the user with different malware via malicious redirects or fake setups (Trojans, Ransomware, Rootkit/Bootkit, Worms, etc.)
- Install a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) as a browser extension that displays even more advertisements.
- Scam the user using scamming websites (fake tech support, fake antiviurus, non-existent product trials or rewards in exchange for financial information).
Remove Akamaihd(.)net Completely
In order to completely be rid of the Akamaihd domain you should make sure you end all active processes in Windows Task Manager before following the step-by-step tutorial below. Also, it is strongly advisable to use an advanced anti-malware software. By doing so you may detect all objects that may be concealed on your PC and also ensure that your computer is protected in the future.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Akamaihd(.)net 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.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Akamaihd(.)net Browser Hijacker.
Step 2: Remove Akamaihd(.)net Browser Hijacker from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Akamaihd(.)net Browser Hijacker and click “Remove”
After Akamaihd(.)net Browser Hijacker is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select Akamaihd(.)net 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’.
After Akamaihd(.)net Browser Hijacker has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on Akamaihd(.)net Browser Hijacker
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Akamaihd(.)net Browser Hijacker. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Akamaihd(.)net Browser Hijacker will be removed.