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.
|Name||Elex Browser Hijacker|
|Short Description||The program modifies the settings of the user’s web browser and is heavily ad-supported.|
|Symptoms||The user may witness fake Java Update downloads as well as redirects to other potentially harmful domains.|
|Distribution Method||Via PUPs, installed by bundling (Browser Hijackers) or by visiting a suspicious third-party site that is advertising it.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss Elex Browser Hijacker.|
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:
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.
- 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
Remove Elex Browser Hijacker automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Elex Browser Hijacker from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Elex Browser Hijacker from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Elex Browser Hijacker from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Elex Browser Hijacker from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Elex Browser Hijacker from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Elex Browser Hijacker from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Elex Browser Hijacker from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Elex Browser Hijacker from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Elex Browser Hijacker
Step 2: Uninstall Elex Browser Hijacker 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 Elex Browser Hijacker 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 Elex Browser Hijacker there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Elex Browser Hijacker from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Elex Browser Hijacker 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 Elex Browser Hijacker 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 Elex Browser Hijacker 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 Elex Browser Hijacker 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 Elex Browser Hijacker 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 Elex Browser Hijacker 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 Elex Browser Hijacker will be removed.
Eliminate Elex Browser Hijacker 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.