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Remove EasyPhotoEdit Chrome Extension Completely

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).

NameEasyPhotoEdit
TypeBrowser Hijacker
Short DescriptionThe software “hijacks” the browser of the user via changing different settings.
SymptomsSlow PC, different types of advertisements. PC freezes. Unknown extensions installed.
Distribution MethodVia bundling.
Detection ToolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by EasyPhotoEdit
User Experience Join our forum to discuss EasyPhotoEdit.

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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:

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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.

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Furthermore, two types of cookies that have been identified as spyware have been detected with an antivirus program.

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Such cookies are used to store different information about various user activities:

  • Browsing History.
  • Online clicks.
  • Various credentials.
  • Online searches.
  • Location, Language and IP address.

This type of information may be used for various purposes, primarily to use the interests of the one who is behind the PC to display targeted advertisements based on them. Furthermore, it is important to know that this software has been developed by the infamous Mindspark and their privacy policy regarding aggregated information may vary:

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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

1.Remove or Uninstall EasyPhotoEdit in Windows

Remove or Uninstall EasyPhotoEdit in Windows.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall EasyPhotoEdit in Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 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 get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes 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:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
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  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
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  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
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    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall EasyPhotoEdit.

    2.Remove EasyPhotoEdit from Your Browser

    Remove EasyPhotoEdit from Your Browser.

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window

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    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

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    Select EasyPhotoEdit and click “Remove

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    After EasyPhotoEdit is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu

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  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
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  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate EasyPhotoEdit and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After EasyPhotoEdit is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
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  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
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    Select EasyPhotoEdit to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.

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    After EasyPhotoEdit has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.
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    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on EasyPhotoEdit
    Click ‘Uninstall’

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    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall EasyPhotoEdit. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the EasyPhotoEdit will be removed.

    Remove EasyPhotoEdit automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    1. Remove EasyPhotoEdit with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Remove EasyPhotoEdit with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Install SpyHunter to scan for and remove EasyPhotoEdit.2. Scan with SpyHunter to Detect and Remove EasyPhotoEdit.
    Step 1: Click here to go to SpyHunter’s download instruction page.
    Step 2: Guide yourself by the download instructions provided for each browser.
    Step 3: After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to automatically update.

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    Step1: After the update process has finished, click on the ‘Scan Computer Now’ button.
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    Step2: After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any EasyPhotoEdit files, click on the ‘Fix Threats’ button to remove them automatically and permanently.
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    Step3: Once the intrusions on your PC have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart it.

    2. Back up your data to secure it against attacks related to EasyPhotoEdit in the future

    2. Back up your data to secure it against attacks in the future

    Security engineers recommend that you back up your files immediately, preferably on an external memory carrier in order to be able to restore them. In order to protect yourself from EasyPhotoEdit (For Windows Users) please follow these simple steps:

    1. For Windows 7 and earlier 1. For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 1. Enabling the Windows Defense Feature (Previous Versions)

    1-Click on Windows Start Menu
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    2-Type Backup And Restore
    3-Open it and click on Set Up Backup
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    4-A window will appear asking you where to set up backup. You should have a flash drive or an external hard drive. Mark it by clicking on it with your mouse then click on Next.
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    5-On the next window, the system will ask you what do you want to backup. Choose the ‘Let Me Choose’ option and then click on Next.
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    6-Click on ‘Save settings and run backup’ on the next window in order to protect your files from possible attacks by EasyPhotoEdit.
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    1-Press Windows button + R
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    2-In the window type ‘filehistory’ and press Enter
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    3-A File History window will appear. Click on ‘Configure file history settings’
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    4-The configuration menu for File History will appear. Click on ‘Turn On’. After its on, click on Select Drive in order to select the backup drive. It is recommended to choose an external HDD, SSD or a USB stick whose memory capacity is corresponding to the size of the files you want to backup.
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    5-Select the drive then click on ‘Ok’ in order to set up file backup and protect yourself from EasyPhotoEdit.

    1- Press Windows button + R keys.
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    2- A run windows should appear. In it type ‘sysdm.cpl’ and then click on Run.
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    3- A System Properties windows should appear. In it choose System Protection.
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    5- Click on Turn on system protection and select the size on the hard disk you want to utilize for system protection.
    6- Click on Ok and you should see an indication in Protection settings that the protection from EasyPhotoEdit is on.
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    Restoring a file via Windows Defense feature:
    1-Right-click on the encrypted file, then choose Properties.
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    2-Click on the Previous Versions tab and then mark the last version of the file.
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    3-Click on Apply and Ok and the file encrypted by EasyPhotoEdit should be restored.

    Optional: Using Alternative Anti-Malware Tools

    Remove EasyPhotoEdit Using Other Alternative Tools

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    1. Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to scan for and remove EasyPhotoEdit.
    Step 1: Download Malwarebytes by clicking here.
    Step 2: A pop-up window will appear. Click on the ‘Save File’ button. If it does not, click on the Download button and save it afterwards.
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    Step 3: After you have downloaded the setup, simply open it.
    Step 4: The installer should appear. Click on the ‘Next’ button.
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    Step 5: Check the ‘I accept the agreement’ check circle if not checked if you accept it and click the ‘Next’ button once again.
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    Step 6: Review and click on ‘Next’ on the following 4 steps that will appear afterwards and after that click on the ‘Install’ button.
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    Step 7: After the installation process has completed click on the ‘Finish’ button and check the ‘Launch MalwareBytes AntiMalware’ check box.

    2. Scan your PC with MalwareBytes to remove all EasyPhotoEdit associated files automatically.

    Step 1: Launch MalwareBytes if you havent launched it after install.
    Step 2: Wait for the software to update and then click on the blue ‘Scan Now’ button. If it doesnt start updating automatically, click on the blue ‘Update Now’ highlighted text.
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    Step 3: At this point, after clicking the ‘Scan Now’ button, the system should start scanning your PC. It may take a while but be patient – it is worth it.
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    Step 4: After the scan has been complete and all of the threats have been identified, click on the ‘Remove Selected’ button to delete them permanently.
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    Step 5: Once the scan has completed, MalwareBytes will prompt you to restart your computer. It is recommended to save all your data you are working on before restarting.

    1. Download and Install STOPZilla Anti-malware to Scan for And Remove EasyPhotoEdit.
    Step 1: Download STOPZilla by clicking here.
    Step 2: A pop-up window will appear. Click on the ‘Save File’ button. If it does not, click on the Download button and save it afterwards.
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    Step 3: After you have downloaded the setup, simply open it.
    Step 4: The installer should appear. Click on the ‘Next’ button.
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    Step 5: Check the ‘I accept the agreement’ check circle if not checked if you accept it and click the ‘Next’ button once again.
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    Step 6: Review and click on the ‘Install’ button.
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    Step 7: After the installation process has completed click on the ‘Finish’ button.

    2. Scan your PC with STOPZilla Anti Malware to remove all EasyPhotoEdit associated files completely.
    Step 1: Launch STOPZilla if you haven’t launched it after install.
    Step 2: Wait for the software to automatically scan and then click on the ‘Repair Now’ button. If it does not scan automatically, click on the ‘Scan Now’ button.
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    Step 3: After the removal of all threats and associated objects, you should Restart your PC.

    NOTE! Substantial notification about the EasyPhotoEdit threat: Manual removal of EasyPhotoEdit requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.
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