A new web browser extension, called AudioVisualizer has been reported to hijack the web browsers of the affected users. The browser extension begins by displaying ad-supported search results on Google, Bing and other search engines and shows browser redirects to Yahoo. In addition to displaying advertisements, the suspicious software may also collect different data to target the user with advertisements oriented towards his/her interests. Furthermore, since some of the websites to which AudioVisualizer may introduce risks to computers, it’s removal is highly advisable. If you have the AudioVisualizer extension installed on your computer, recommendations are to read the following article to learn more about it and how to remove it fully from your computer.
|Short Description||Aims to modify the settings on your web browser in order to get it to cause browser redirects and display different advertisements.|
|Symptoms||Your web browser begins to display various types of online advertisements, which results in slowing down of your PC.|
|Distribution Method||Bundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.|
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AudioVisualizer – How Did I Get It
The main method via which this unwanted Google Chrome browser extension is spread is via a suspicious web page, which locks your web browser and the only way to get out of the locked page seems to be accepting AudioVisualizer as a browser extension on your web browser.
In addition to this, the AudioVisualizer may also be added via another method on your web browser and this is as a result of having a potentially unwanted program, like a browser hijacker, previously installed on your PC. Such hijackers usually display various different types of advertisements to suspicious web pages, among which could be the AudioVisualizer install web page.
AudioVisualizer – More Information
As soon as AudioVisualizer is installed on GoogleChrome, the app does little to hide, so you can detect it manually in the Extensions segment of the web browser:
The browser extension may perform different modifications on the web browser it’s installed on. Most of what the extension does is to begin to display different types of ad-supported search results. The ads displayed by AudioVisualizer may be of different types, such as:
- Banners on the websites you have visited.
- Different types ad-supported search results and redirects to Yahoo.com searches.
- Highlighted text ads.
In addition to this AudioVisualizer may employ different types of tracking technologies, such as:
- Session cookies.
- Flash Cookies.
- Tracker Identifications.
In addition to this, AudioVisualizer is the type of software which may lead you to third-party websites of unwanted character, such as:
- Tech support scam sites.
- Malware, such as ransomware.
- Other unwanted pop-ups and hoax antivirus software.
This is the main reason to consider removing the potentially unwanted AudioVisualizer extension from your web browser.
Remove AudioVisualizer Completely from Your PC
In order to remove this browser extension, we advise you to follow the removal instructions underneath this article. They are created in order to help you isolate and delete this software either manually or automatically. Since manual removal takes some knowledge and experience so that the settings changed by AudioVisualizer are reversed and it is completely removed, experts always advise using an advanced anti-malware software to automatically delete this and other unwanted programs or malware to completely secure your system, in the event it has already been compromised. More so, installing such program will also ensure that your computer is protected against any future infections as well.
- Guide 1: How to Remove AudioVisualizer from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of AudioVisualizer from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove AudioVisualizer from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase AudioVisualizer from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall AudioVisualizer from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove AudioVisualizer from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate AudioVisualizer from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove AudioVisualizer from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove AudioVisualizer
Step 2: Uninstall AudioVisualizer 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 AudioVisualizer 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 AudioVisualizer there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of AudioVisualizer from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall AudioVisualizer 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 AudioVisualizer 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 AudioVisualizer files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as AudioVisualizer, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove AudioVisualizer 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 AudioVisualizer 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 AudioVisualizer 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 AudioVisualizer 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 AudioVisualizer will be removed.
Eliminate AudioVisualizer 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.