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Remove ClassifiedList(.)net Browser Hijacker Efficiently

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ClassifiedList(.)net is the web page for a browser hijacker known as Classified List or Local Classified Ads. SaferBrowser made this unwanted software. That company has gained a lot of notoriety with its many browser hijackers. Their software will change the new tab, homepage, and search engine of every browser you have. A toolbar will also be placed in your browsers, as well as an extension, tied to the hijacker. You can get redirected. To remove this hijacker and all related items, you should read the article through.

Threat Summary

NameClassifiedList(.)net
TypeBrowser Hijacker, Adware, PUP
Short DescriptionThe hijacker can modify the homepage, search engine and new tab setting on the browser programs you have.
SymptomsThe homepage, search engine and new tab of your browsers will be changed to ClassifiedList(.)net. You can get redirected and see advertising content.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundle Packages
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ClassifiedList(.)net – Delivery Ways

Classified List has a couple of ways of delivery, and the common one is via third-party installations. Without your knowledge, installers found inside bundled packs and freeware can inject the hijacker inside your computer. These installations could add extra components, by default. Avoiding to get additional programs as browser hijackers from the installers can be done if you find a Custom or an Advanced settings menu. There you should be able to deselect content chosen for installation.

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Classified List could be delivered with the help of different websites and an extension might also be found on the Chrome Web Store. As you see on the above picture, the main domain address at ClassifiedList(.)net is used as a direct download directory for a browser extension associated with it. The hijacker might be delivered through advertisements as well, or with redirect links. Browsers that can be affected are: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari.

ClassifiedList(.)net – Description

ClassifiedList(.)net is the online page for a browser hijacker that is known by the name Classified List or Local Classified Ads. The site states that it can provide an easy access to local deals, coupons, and services in your area. In reality, you get a toolbar with links to sites like Ebay and Craigslist. So, your default search engine is going to be changed to Search.ClassifiedList(.)net.

That is how the search engine looks:

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When the application is present on your PC, you will see many redirects to the newly-set search engine. More browser settings will be modified by this unwanted software, like your default homepage, new tab window, themes, and others. The theme of the new search is the Olympic Games, and the reason is probably the Olympic Games in Rio, which are currently running. The company SaferBrowser is the developer of this hijacker. You can view how many SaferBrowser hijackers we have written about, and you will find out why the company is notorious for that.

Extensions, as well as add-ons, could be residing in your browser apps and tweaking different settings, like the homepage, new tab, default search engine and others. Additional components including these extensions, mainly come from setups of bundled software and install without your notice. In that way, you will see lots of redirects when browsing the Web space. Specific data can be gathered from you and sent to servers of the ClassifiedList(.)net site owners, partners or affiliates.

The extension might do the following:

  • Read and change all your data on the websites you visit
  • Manage your apps, extensions, and themes

If you use the Search.ClassifiedList(.)net page, every one of your searches goes through its servers and gets filtered. Sponsored content and targeted advertising might appear in the search results of your queries. The advertising might be in the form of in-text links, pop-unders, pop-ups or other frequently used ad types.

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From the picture above, you can see the redirect from the search results of Search.ClassifiedList(.)net. Usually, you will get redirected to servers tied to the company that made the hijacker. There your search queries will get accumulated and filtered. Finally, you will end up on the search results page of any reputable search engine. Here, that page is the one of Yahoo Search:

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Be careful with what you write in search bars as credential details, account data and personal information. Read further to find out what information exactly is collected about you.

ClassifiedList(.)net – Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy of ClassifiedList(.)net is transparent and states that both personally and non-personally identifying information can be acquired by this hijacker. The SaferBrowser company has the same Policy for almost every one of their programs with browser hijacking capabilities. The policy has not seen an update since January 2015, or at least that is officially when the last update was put into action. All data gathered from you might be shared with third parties, who could be partners or affiliates of the company.

According to the policy, the following information is collected:

  • Search queries and all data you type in searches
  • Search data and specifics of searches
  • Country of residence, home address
  • URLs and clicks
  • IP address
  • Browser (version and type)
  • Name, education, interests
  • Communications preferences
  • Telephone number
  • Operating System (plus other related data)

The policy can be previewed from the image here:

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Reading the Policy reveals that using any service or software related to the ClassifiedList(.)net website, will automatically be considered as your approval is granted for data collection. The SaferBrowser company will obtain information from you and your browsing habits. The website uses cookies, plus different tracking technologies, such as web beacons, which can collect further data about you. You should be careful when typing into search bars.

Remove ClassifiedList(.)net Completely from Your PC

To remove ClassifiedList(.)net manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions given below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the browser hijacker entirely, you should search for and remove any leftover items with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software helps keep your computer safe in the future.

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How to Remove ClassifiedList(.)net from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove ClassifiedList(.)net

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall ClassifiedList(.)net 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by ClassifiedList(.)net on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by ClassifiedList(.)net there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for ClassifiedList(.)net with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of ClassifiedList(.)net from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall ClassifiedList(.)net and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to ClassifiedList(.)net:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to ClassifiedList(.)net. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to ClassifiedList(.)net. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 ClassifiedList(.)net 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as ClassifiedList(.)net. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.



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Remove ClassifiedList(.)net 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.


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Erase ClassifiedList(.)net 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.



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Uninstall ClassifiedList(.)net 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.



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Remove ClassifiedList(.)net 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".

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Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the ClassifiedList(.)net will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate ClassifiedList(.)net 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.


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