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Remove Elex Browser Hijacker Completely from Your PC

It has been reported that an intrusive adware application also known as Elex has been administering heavy advertisements. The questionable browser hijacker is believed to affect users who download software that has bundled installers. The hijacker inserts toolbars, may change the default search engine and significantly slows down the user PC. All users who have been affected by this intrusive ad-supported application should immediately take actions and guide yourself by the instructions in the article.

NameElex Browser Hijacker
TypeBrowser Hijacker
Short DescriptionThe program modifies the settings of the user’s web browser and is heavily ad-supported.
SymptomsThe user may witness fake Java Update downloads as well as redirects to other potentially harmful domains.
Distribution MethodVia PUPs, installed by bundling (Browser Hijackers) or by visiting a suspicious third-party site that is advertising it.
Detection ToolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Elex Browser Hijacker
User Experience Join our forum to discuss Elex Browser Hijacker.

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Elex Browser Hijacker – How Did I Get It

One possible way your computer could have Elex “on board” is bundled installers of free programs you may have downloaded online. Such software usually contains the so-called bundled applications that are added there under the pretext of “a free extra”, for example. However, some third-party sites do not mind what applications they market this way, and this is how users get affected. We strongly advise only to download free programs from their official sites. If there is no such option, it is highly recommended to at least use reputable download sources and always go through the “Custom” or “Advanced” installation option.

Elex Browser Hijacker – How Does It Work

As soon as the software has been silently installed on your computer, it may tamper with the registry entries of your browser. This basically means modifying the browser’s settings and it could be for various reasons:

  • To enable the silent adding of its and other extensions.
  • To collect information via the web browser. (online searches, clicks, browsing history, etc.)
  • Settings that conceal its extensions and allow it to have permissions to modify the browser.
  • Preferences to change the default homepage and new tab page.
  • Permissions that make it difficult to uninstall.

You may find such random registry keys and values in your browser’s registry entries in Windows Registry Editor. For example, if you are using Google Chrome, the entries would be in:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Google/Chrome
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT

Once activated and set, Elex Browser Hijacker’s presence may be immediately noticed on the user PC. One sign for this is the significant slowing down of the computer by taking up its access memory as well as CPU’s power. The software then, based on collected information may display targeted advertisements to the user in various forms:

  • Pop-up ads.
  • Banners.
  • Highlighted text.
  • Intrusive browser redirects.

This is the main reason that makes this ad-supported program indirectly dangerous for your computer. Elex Browser Hijacker may display advertisements to different third-party websites. This dark type of advertising may be malicious since it may also advertise dangerous web links that might infect your computer with more adware or even malware.

Remove Elex Browser Hijacker Completely

To remove this privacy invasive software, you must first save all your important data on an external device, just in case. Then it is strongly advisable to follow the step-by-step instructions after this article to methodologically get rid of this software. It is also advisable to use an advanced anti-malware program which may assist with removing all associated files and detect and remove malware on your computer, in case you have been infected.

Delete Elex Browser Hijacker from Windows and Your Browser

1.Remove or Uninstall Elex Browser Hijacker in Windows

Remove or Uninstall Elex Browser Hijacker in Windows.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Elex Browser Hijacker 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 Elex Browser Hijacker.

    2.Remove Elex Browser Hijacker from Your Browser

    Remove Elex Browser Hijacker 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 Elex Browser Hijacker and click “Remove

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    After Elex Browser Hijacker 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 Elex Browser Hijacker and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After Elex Browser Hijacker 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 Elex Browser Hijacker 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 Elex Browser Hijacker 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 Elex Browser Hijacker
    Click ‘Uninstall’

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

    Remove Elex Browser Hijacker automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    1. Remove Elex Browser Hijacker with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Remove Elex Browser Hijacker with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Install SpyHunter to scan for and remove Elex Browser Hijacker.2. Scan with SpyHunter to Detect and Remove Elex Browser Hijacker.
    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 Elex Browser Hijacker 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 Elex Browser Hijacker 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 Elex Browser Hijacker (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 Elex Browser Hijacker.
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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 Elex Browser Hijacker.

    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 Elex Browser Hijacker 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 Elex Browser Hijacker should be restored.

    Optional: Using Alternative Anti-Malware Tools

    Remove Elex Browser Hijacker Using Other Alternative Tools

    Malwarebytes Anti-MalwareSTOPZilla Anti Malware
    1. Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to scan for and remove Elex Browser Hijacker.
    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 Elex Browser Hijacker 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 Elex Browser Hijacker.
    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 Elex Browser Hijacker 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 Elex Browser Hijacker threat: Manual removal of Elex Browser Hijacker 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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