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Remove Explorednow.com Browser Hijacker Completely

NameExplorednow.com
TypeBrowser Hijacker
Short DescriptionThe homepage of a browser may look like a legitimate search engine with links to well-known pages.
SymptomsThe user may have his homepage changed without his consent. Sets a custom search engine and a new tab. The user may have installed the application without his approval.
Distribution MethodBundling, Freeware installers
Detection toolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Explorednow.com

“Explorednow.com” is a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) that after being installed on your computer will attach itself to your browser, change its homepage, new tab page and search engine. The user may be redirected to unwanted sites and may be shown different advertisements.

Explorednow.com – How Did I Get It?

The “Explorednow.com” PUP usually gets into your computer through third-party installers. It can sneak into your computer without your consent, by concealing itself in freeware installations and bundled packages. In these packages, additional components for installation are not always disclosed properly, and people get tricked into installing potentially unwanted programs such as “Explorednow.com”. Sometimes that can be avoided by clicking on the “Advanced” or “Custom” option in an installation setup to see what, exactly, will be installed.

Other ways of getting infected are by opening spam emails and downloading e-mail attachments, or by clicking on various ads and banners containing malicious content which may also add a browser extension.
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Explorednow.com – More About It

“Explorednow.com” is classified as a browser hijacker. When it is installed on your computer, it may change different browser settings, such as the homepage, new tab and search engine, and may also install a browser extension. It does that in order to get you to use “Explorednow” as a default search engine and for you to use the “Explorednow.com” domain whenever you try making a search query.
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When you try searching for something in your browser, this can show you inaccurate results and sponsored links. You may also be shown advertisements in the form of pop-ups or banners, even if the page you are on is not related to them. You can also be redirected to various sites which generate profit when you visit them on a pay-per-click basis and they could contain other malicious content to infect your computer further.

It is an affiliate program of GoodAsFound and shows similar results such as only 6 specific images or videos, but they can change now if you are more descriptive in your search, although again most of them might be sponsored results. The developer of these sites and hijackers is unknown but many similar sites have popped-up in the past few weeks. They seem to be affiliates and emerge with an evolving search engine, trying to provide more functions like a legitimate one.

“Explorednow.com” may also collect different non-personally identifiable information about your internet activity and usage such as your search queries, the websites you visited, your IP address, what have you clicked on and etc. If you interact with ads that are generated by the hijacker in any way, personal data will be shared to the third party sites it opens via cookies. This information is used to show you advertisements that can potentially intrigue you more, so you might be tricked into clicking them and for other marketing purposes.

Remove Explorednow.com Completely

To remove “Explorednow.com” manually from your computer, make sure to follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of this malware completely, you should search for and remove the leftover files with an advanced anti-malware program. Installing such a program will also make sure that your system is safe from other threats you may come across.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Explorednow.com 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 Explorednow.com.

    Step 2: Remove Explorednow.com 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 Explorednow.com and click “Remove

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    After Explorednow.com 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 Explorednow.com and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After Explorednow.com 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 Explorednow.com 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 Explorednow.com 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 Explorednow.com
    Click ‘Uninstall’

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

    In order to remove any associated objects that are left after uninstall and detect any other threats, you should:

    Step 3: Start Your PC in Safe Mode to Remove Explorednow.com.

    Removing Explorednow.com from Windows XP, Vista, 7 systems:

    1. Remove all CDs and DVDs, and then Restart your PC from the “Start” menu.
    2. Select one of the two options provided below:

    For PCs with a single operating system: Press “F8” repeatedly after the first boot screen shows up during the restart of your computer. In case the Windows logo appears on the screen, you have to repeat the same task again.

    For PCs with multiple operating systems: Тhe arrow keys will help you select the operating system you prefer to start in Safe Mode. Press “F8” just as described for a single operating system.

    3. As the “Advanced Boot Options” screen appears, select the Safe Mode option you want using the arrow keys. As you make your selection, press “Enter“.
    4. Log on to your computer using your administrator account

    While your computer is in Safe Mode, the words “Safe Mode” will appear in all four corners of your screen.

    Removing Explorednow.com from Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 systems:

    Substep 1:

    Open the Start Menu
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    Substep 2:

    Whilst holding down Shift button, click on Power and then click on Restart.

    Substep 3:

    After reboot, the aftermentioned menu will appear. From there you should choose Troubleshoot.
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    Substep 4:

    You will see the Troubleshoot menu. From this menu you can choose Advanced Options.
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    Substep 5:

    After the Advanced Options menu appears, click on Startup Settings.
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    Substep 6:

    Click on Restart.
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    Substep 7:

    A menu will appear upon reboot. You should choose Safe Mode by pressing its corresponding number and the machine will restart and boot into Safe Mode so you can scan for and remove Explorednow.com.

    Step 4: Remove Explorednow.com automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all Explorednow.com associated objects.

    NOTE! Substantial notification about the Explorednow.com threat: Manual removal of Explorednow.com 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.

    Berta Bilbao

    Berta is the Editor-in-Chief of SensorsTechForum. She is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space.

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