The Checking-your-browser.com redirect is a new web threat which we have received security reports about it. It is being spread using a multitude of delivery mechanisms and once it is installed on a given computer it will execute a lot of malicious actions. It can hijack data, modify system settings and deploy other threats.
|Short Description||Checking-your-browser.com is a web page, caused by a browser hijacker. It is unwanted, because it may lead you to dangerous sites.|
|Symptoms||Your web browser may start to behave in a strange way. You may receive redirects and other types of ads and your PC’s performance may sharply decline.|
|Distribution Method||Bundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.|
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Checking-your-browser.com Redirect Overview
The Checking-your-browser.com redirect is a common hijacker and redirect combination that is directed against users worldwide. There is no information available about the exact criminal group behind it. We remind our readers that there might be a legitimate site called this way which has not connection to the virus-infected copy. Multiple distribution strategies can be used to spread it to the prospective victims. The most common form is the preparation and infection of victims of browser hijackers which are plugins made for the most popular web browsers. They are advertised as useful for adding in new functions or promising to improve the application’s performance. Common places where they can be distributed include specially made landing pages which can be hosted on similar sounding domain names. Links to them can be placed in email messages which can be sent in bulk using SPAM-like strategies.
The browser hijackers can also be installed via scripts that are placed in different types of file carriers. Two popular options are documents and software installers. The documents can be of popular file formats which are opened by popular office programs: presentations, text documents, databases and spreadsheets. When opened they will ask the users to enable the built-in macros to correctly view the contents. This will run a script that will lead to the virus execution. The other popular mechanism is the creation of software setup bundles which are virus-infected installers of applications which are frequently downloaded and installed by end users.
As soon as they are installed on the machines the Checking-your-browser.com redirect will most probably follow the most commonly used sequences in this type of genre. A typical action will be the modification of the default options of the installed browsers to point to the hacker-controlled site: the home page, new tabs page and search engine. This is done in order to show the page as often as possible. When it is accessed for the first time tracking cookies will be deployed automatically. They will monitor the interaction of the users with the site and report it back to the hackers.
Other malicious actions which are run include a data gathering process which can be configured to hijack system values and personal information based on the hacker configuration. When this step has finished another related mechanism can be invoked — the additional virus installation of other prepared malware. In most cases this includes a remote control Trojan which will allow the hackers to take over control of the contaminated machines. In other cases the hackers may choose to install file encrypting ransomware that will process data with a strong cipher. As these attacks happen primarily through the web browsers, the users can also get infected with cryptocurrency miners — scripts that will download a sequence of performance-intensive tasks from a remote server and execute them on the local computers. For every completed and reported task the criminals will receive a cryptocurrency reward.
NOTE! At any time the behavior of the Checking-your-browser.com redirect may change. It is designed to look like a legitimate and safe sounding portal page. The hackers may modify the built-in sequence at any time and add in new modules.
How to REMOVE Checking-your-browser.com
The removal of Checking-your-browser.com may be a very tricky process, because of the fact that the unwanted program introducing this scam page may have files spread all of your hard drive. This is the main reason why we strongly advise you to follow the removal steps below. They are made so that if the problem persists after step 1 and 2, you can use a powerful anti-malware software(recommended). Be advised that security professionals often advise victims to remove this adware via an advanced anti-malware program. This will help save you significant time and will make sure that all of the persistent files and objects of Checking-your-browser.com are fully gone from your PC.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Checking-your-browser.com from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Checking-your-browser.com from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Checking-your-browser.com from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Checking-your-browser.com from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Checking-your-browser.com from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Checking-your-browser.com from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Checking-your-browser.com from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Checking-your-browser.com from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Checking-your-browser.com
Step 2: Uninstall Checking-your-browser.com 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 Checking-your-browser.com 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 Checking-your-browser.com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Checking-your-browser.com from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Checking-your-browser.com 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 Checking-your-browser.com 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 Checking-your-browser.com files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Checking-your-browser.com, 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 Checking-your-browser.com 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 Checking-your-browser.com 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 Checking-your-browser.com 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 Checking-your-browser.com 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 Checking-your-browser.com will be removed.
Eliminate Checking-your-browser.com 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.