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Remove Esurf.biz Browser Hijacker

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Esurf.biz is the main web address for a browser hijacker. The hijacker redirects you from its main page buttons and when you do a search. You can land on a Yahoo search results page or that of another reputable search engine. Your search queries will go through SafeFinder, which is another browser hijacker. Esurf.biz can change the homepage, new tab and the search engine of each browser you have. A browser extension could be installed, too. To remove the hijacker and all of its files, you should read the article to the end.

Threat Summary

Name Esurf.biz
Type Browser Hijacker, PUP
Short Description All browsers on your computer could be affected. The hijacker redirects you and filters your searches.
Symptoms Browser settings that can be modified are the homepage, search engine and new tab, and possibly browser extensions as well. You might see sponsored content and advertisements.
Distribution Method Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Esurf.biz – Delivery Methods

Esurf.biz can utilize a couple of delivery methods. Third-party installations are usually to blame for the unwanted application of getting to your PC. Software that is in a bundle and some free programs too can place the hijacker on your computer. Freeware setups can have more components for installation by default. Different settings can get modified before you find out how the unwanted app tampered with your computer or browser. To avoid such installations is possible if you find Custom or Advanced options inside the installation.

Esurf.biz could use other methods to get the search engine to appear when you browse. One of these methods is via both advertisements and redirects on websites, like banners, pop-ups and the like. The hijacker might be distributed with the helping hand of dubious websites which are hosting redirect links. Such websites might be in a partnership or an affiliate program with Esurf.biz. The following browsers could be affected: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Mozilla Firefox.

Esurf.biz – Detailed Description

Esurf.biz is the primary web address for a browser hijacker. You can take a look at how this online address looks in the image below:

The Esurf.biz domain is composed of a search bar and multiple buttons, supposedly leading to notable social media sites. Some of the buttons lead to sponsored or targeted content while using redirects. That web page with the search engine will replace the search engine of your browsers, plus their new tab, and home page. Browser preferences could be modified, too. An extension might be set on top of that.

If an application connected to Esurf.biz is somewhere on your computer or browser, then you will certainly see changes made to your browsers’ settings. Applications such as that could get inside your computer with bundled software. Plugins, extensions, and add-ons, as well as other extra components, could all generate advertisements and spread redirects. The redirects could lead you to suspicious sites or ones with third party content. The owners of the pages could be partners or affiliates of Esurf.biz.

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In the picture above, you can see how the search results of Esurf.biz look. As you can see, you can get redirected to the search results page of Yahoo. Redirection could lead you to other known search engines as well. Browser hijackers can use this as a trick to get you to trust them to use their search. But if you look closely, you will see how the search results from your queries go through this redirect:

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Esurf.biz gets information about you and browsing habits from these search queries that go through the servers of the Safe Finder Hijacker.

Both search engines are associated in some way and probable affiliates. All obtained information from the search queries can be sent to them. You should be careful with any information you input in search bars of these sites, especially if you search for personal things. Read on, to see what data can be acquired from you by Esurf.biz.

Esurf.biz – Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy of the Esurf.biz cannot be seen neither in the search results nor on the main page of this browser hijacker. As all of your searches go through the site of Safe Finder, it is sure that its policy is applied when you use the search. The policy is transparent and states that the site can collect personally and non-personally identifying information. If you read it, you will see that all information, which is gathered may be shared with third-parties.

You can view the Privacy Policy here:

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According to the policy, the information which can be collected is:

  • Browser (type and language)
  • Operating System (type and language)
  • Your name and address
  • Geo location and IP address
  • Date and time of access
  • Your time zone
  • Advertisements viewed
  • Offers and services that interest you
  • Default search
  • VPN and Proxy services
  • Internet Service Provider (ISP)
  • Interaction with social networks
  • Screen Resolution
  • Search quires and browsing history
  • Pages browsed and content viewed

If you use any services of Esurf.biz or those of Safe Finder, including applications which are related to them, you automatically grant your consent for your personal information to be collected. In the policy, it is openly stated that cookies, web beacons even pixel tags or similar technologies are used for data accumulation.

Remove Esurf.biz Completely from Your PC

To remove Esurf.biz manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the hijacker and all of its files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software can keep your computer safe in the future.

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How to Remove Esurf.biz from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Esurf.biz

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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 Esurf.biz 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 Esurf.biz 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 Esurf.biz 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 Esurf.biz 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 Esurf.biz from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Esurf.biz and remove related files and objects

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We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
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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 Esurf.biz:

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 Esurf.biz. 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 Esurf.biz. 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 Esurf.biz 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 Esurf.biz. 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 Esurf.biz files from your Mac

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


Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for Esurf.biz:


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Remove Esurf.biz 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 Esurf.biz 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 Esurf.biz 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 Esurf.biz 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 Esurf.biz 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 Esurf.biz 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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