A new browser hijacker developed by the infamous Mindspark Inc. has been reported to affect thousands of users. The suspicious browser extension hijacks the web browser of the user installing tracking cookies. Researchers believe that the collected information is used to display targeted advertisements to users and lead them to third-party sites of various origin. Since some third-party websites may be dangerous for users, it is highly recommended to stay away from such PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs).
|Short Description||The software “hijacks” the browser of the user via changing different settings.|
|Symptoms||Slow PC, different types of advertisements. PC freezes. Unknown extensions installed.|
|Distribution Method||Via bundling.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss EasyPhotoEdit.|
EasyPhotoEdit – How Did I Get It
One way to get this program is via bundled installers. Imagine the following scenario – you download a free program from a website that offers different programs for free download, like a torrent site or third-party site such as download(dot)com. And suddenly your computer becomes slower, and you start experiencing pop-ups. This is because of the installers of the program you downloaded. Most users disregard included adware applications like EasyPhotoEdit that come added in incognito mode. You can easily spot them, though – they are located under a pretext like “Add this as a free extra” in the “Custom” or “Advanced” installation option. To avoid bundled software, the best method is always to download it from the official site of the program or choose one of the options in bold above during install.
EasyPhotoEdit – What Does It Do
The software’s website claims that its program can edit photos using various features and photo effects. However, after we tested it, the program does nothing alike. What is more even on the site easyphotoedit(.)com there was a so-called plugin that asks users to drop files for online editing. However, this also doesn’t work because when you drag a file(at the time of writing this) via Google Chrome nothing happens.
So next step is adding the extension. One way or another upon adding it request unusual permissions for its initial purpose:
After the application has started, it immediately takes some preferences of the web browser, possibly by editing Registry values or creating new ones. The home page and the New Tab page are changed to its custom one, and it manages the apps, extensions, and themes.
Furthermore, two types of cookies that have been identified as spyware have been detected with an antivirus program.
- Browsing History.
- Online clicks.
- Various credentials.
- Online searches.
- Location, Language and IP address.
Finally, we decided to illustrate to you the possible risks associated with having a browser hijacker on your computer that is ad-supported:
- Redirect to malicious sites.
- Display advertisements that may lead to scamming websites.
- Significantly slow down the web browser and even cause system freezes at times.
- Install other ad-supported browser extensions on your computer without your consent or approval.
Remove EasyPhotoEdit Browser Hijacker
In case you have decided to get rid of this unwanted Google Chrome extension it is strongly advisable to act swiftly. One specific way to do it is via following the methodologically arranged instructions after this article. It is also advisable to use an advanced anti-malware software that will help you with.
Delete EasyPhotoEdit from Windows and Your Browser
Remove EasyPhotoEdit automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
- Guide 1: How to Remove EasyPhotoEdit from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of EasyPhotoEdit from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove EasyPhotoEdit from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase EasyPhotoEdit from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall EasyPhotoEdit from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove EasyPhotoEdit from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate EasyPhotoEdit from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove EasyPhotoEdit from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove EasyPhotoEdit
Step 2: Uninstall EasyPhotoEdit 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 EasyPhotoEdit 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 EasyPhotoEdit there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of EasyPhotoEdit from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall EasyPhotoEdit 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 EasyPhotoEdit 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 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.
Remove EasyPhotoEdit 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 EasyPhotoEdit 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 EasyPhotoEdit 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 EasyPhotoEdit 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 EasyPhotoEdit will be removed.
Eliminate EasyPhotoEdit 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.