Auto Purge Browser Hijacker – Overview
Auto Purge is the name of a browser hijacker that affects trustworthy web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Safari, Opera, etc. It is considered to be a program that users do not want on their systems but somehow, they have it. This makes Auto Purge a potentially unwanted program.
Such programs are spread via shady techniques like software bundling, installers of third-party apps, bogus/corrupted websites, and fake software update notifications.
In this guide, you will find instructions on how to remove Auto Purge hijacker from the affected browser and its files from the system.
|Name||Auto Purge hijacker|
|Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, PUP|
|Short Description||Pretends to be a reliable search engine and a tool that clears browsing history. Applies modifications to browser homepage, new tab page and default search engine without asking for perission.|
|Symptoms|| The homepage, new tab page and search enigne in preferred web browser are set to display the hoax search engine autopurge.org
Browser is slowed down by an increased number of online ads.
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
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More Information About Auto Purge Browser Hijacker
Auto Purge may drop its installation files on a computer system by tricking users into installing its associated browser extension. As promoted on its official website ”Auto Purge keeps your chrome information safe by removing browsing data for you automatically.” However the truth is that by doing this the app receives the right to read and operate with valuable details about your machine and online behavior. Here is what the hijacker can do once it is installed in the browser:
- Replace the page that you see when opening a new tab
- Read your browsing history
- Change your search settings to: autopurge.org
- Manage your downloads
So, as long as this hijacker is running on your system and browser, it will be able to obtain your IP address, search term, clicks on ads, web results clicked and other technical details that will help its operators to improve their ad campaigns. Data records may also be released on dark web markets for revenue.
As of the ad campaigns, they will be realized through the browser hijacker. Hence, your affected browser and system will be flooded with lots of annoying ads of different types – pop-ups, search results, banners, redirects, new browser windows, etc.
On the one hand, all these ads are likely to slow down your browser as it may need to take a significant amount of your PC resources to load them. Consequently, your system may have issues to perform at ease. On the other hand, the promoted websites may be poorly secured or even compromised by experienced cybercriminals. If Auto Purge redirects your browsing to a poorly secured or a hacked website then you may become a victim of a drive-by attack. As a result, your system may be infected with severe malware on the background of your browser.
For the sake of your PC security, it’s best to consider the complete removal of Auto Purge hijacker from the affected browser and system.
How to Remove Auto Purge Browser Hijacker
In order to remove Auto Purge browser hijacker along with all associated files, you should complete several removal steps in a precise order. The guide below presents you manual and automatic removal approach. In order to fully get rid of files installed by undesired programs and strengthen PC security, we recommend that you combine the steps. The manual Auto Purge hijacker removal might be quite a complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps, navigate to the automatic part of the guide.
In case you have further questions or need additional help with the removal process, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Auto Purge hijacker from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Auto Purge hijacker on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Auto Purge hijacker in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Auto Purge hijacker from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Auto Purge hijacker from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Auto Purge hijacker from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Auto Purge hijacker from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Auto Purge hijacker Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove Auto Purge hijacker from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Auto Purge hijacker
Step 2: Uninstall Auto Purge hijacker 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 Auto Purge hijacker 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 Auto Purge hijacker there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Auto Purge hijacker from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Auto Purge hijacker 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 Auto Purge hijacker 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 Auto Purge hijacker files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Auto Purge hijacker, 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 Auto Purge hijacker 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 Auto Purge hijacker 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 Auto Purge hijacker 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 Auto Purge hijacker 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 Auto Purge hijacker will be removed.
Eliminate Auto Purge hijacker 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.
Remove Push Notifications caused by Auto Purge hijacker from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".