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Remove GrandBurst.com Redirect and Extension

This article will aid you to remove GrandBurst.com and its extension fully. Follow the browser hijacker removal guide given after the end of the article.

GrandBurst.com is a browser hijacker redirect. The website for it consists of a home page that has a search bar which serves as a redirect. On top of that, a related extension is also affecting PCs with the hijacker in question. You could witness lots of adverts and sponsored content that is shown when you use any service of GrandBurst. The hijacker can modify the home page, new tab, and search engine of your browsers.

Threat Summary

Name GrandBurst.com
Type Browser Hijacker, PUP
Short Description Each browser application on your computer could be affected. The hijacker can redirect you and will display lots of advertisements.
Symptoms Has a browser extension. Browser settings could be modified – the homepage, search engine and the new tab, in particular. You see third party content when using its website.
Distribution Method Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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GrandBurst.com – Delivery Ways

GrandBurst.com might be delivered in multiple ways. One of these ways is via third-party installations. Those installer setups come from bundled applications and freeware that could be set to install additional content by default on your computer system. Usually, that might happen without any notification. You might have tried installing a media player or some free software and got your browser settings modified by this hijacker. To prevent unwanted programs like these from affecting your computer is doable. You have to find Custom or Advanced settings to deselect anything that is undesired.

GrandBurst could be delivered through other ways, as well. On the image above you can see a direct download button of the browser extension which installs it on your browsers. More delivery ways use advertisements, such as banners, pop-ups, pop-unders, and redirect links. Sponsored advertisements, including targeted content on suspicious websites could deliver the hijacker, as well. These websites might also be partnered or affiliated with the GrandBurst.com service. The following browsers could be affected: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari.

GrandBurst.com – More Information

GrandBurst.com is the main web address and search engine for a browser hijacker that has the same name – GrandBurst. You will get redirected from its search results and from links and third party content placed on the different pages of that website. The main page can be seen from the screenshot that is provided right here:

The GrandBurst.com browser hijacker also has a browser extension. The extension can further affect your browser experience as it does the following things:

  • Read and change all your data on websites you visit
  • Read and change your browsing history
  • Communicate with cooperating websites
  • Change your search settings to search.grandburst.com
  • Manage your apps, extensions, and themes

Be advised that each of your search queries that you make on its pages will be sending information to servers which are tightly associated with the GrandBurst.com website, as well as its affiliates and business partners. The page which is displayed in the above picture will replace the homepage, new tab and default search page of every browser applications that you have on your PC.

The picture that you can view underneath this paragraph displays one example of how the search results look like when they go redirect to the Google search results page. These search results are hosted on the same domain or on Home.GrandBurst.com and Search.GrandBurst.com. Every query from the search will get filtered and sent to servers connected to the hijacker. Thus, be wary of everything that you give out as information.

The website can cause quite a lot of redirects and the appearance of advertisements which could place browser cookies on your computer system, which can track you and your online activity. Moreover, advanced tracking technologies are also used for spying on you. Be careful of any information you give to services of GrandBurst.com and know that it also acquires heaps of data about you automatically.

GrandBurst.com – Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy of the GrandBurst.com site is located on the main Web address and search pages of the website. From reading the Privacy Policy it becomes apparent that both personally and non-personally identifiable information is collected by GrandBurst.

In the screenshot below, you can see the Privacy Policy:

The following is an interesting excerpt from the Privacy Policy of GrandBurst.com, which is about third party content that is integrated into the site and extension of the browser hijacker:

The Extension and Website may integrate third party content (“Third Party Content”) in order to display trending topics and search results to you. Such Third Party Content may include feeds, search results, APIs, links, information, websites, web pages, services, claims, promotions, offers, statements, data files, images, graphics, software, videos, music, photographs, sounds, or other content displayed, promoted, or otherwise made available through third parties. Such Third Party Content also may include advertising, or advertising-supported search results, which will be displayed to you if you use the search box or click on trending terms.

To delve deeper into the policy, below are some lists regarding what data, specifically, will be obtained from you in terms of having the hijacker on your browsers in one form or another.

Information and data collected from all users of the service:
  • Your name
  • Email address
  • Physical address
  • Other information (personally and non-personally identifying)
  • Information You Provide
  • Telephone number
  • User names
Information and data collected by the Extension:
  • Your IP address
  • Device type
  • Country code
  • Unique identifier number
  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Configuration
  • Operating system information
  • Browser
  • Usage patterns
  • Capability
  • Performance
  • Search queries
  • Terms you clicked on
  • Time of day
  • Browser type
  • Default language setting
  • A code identifying you as a user of the Extension
Information and data collected by the Website:
  • Your IP address
  • Country code
  • Unique identifier number
  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Configuration
  • Operating system information
  • Access times
  • The content of any cookies that your browser previously accepted from the site
  • Usage patterns
  • Number of clicks on the Website
  • Session duration
  • Referrer URL
  • Your search query
  • Term you clicked on
  • Time of day
  • Browser and browser type
  • Language and default language setting

Technologies that are used both by the hijacker, its website service and its extension are: cookies (including session cookies and persistent cookies), Adobe Flash, pixels, beacons, iFrames, Javascript, web and DOM storage data, and other tracking and data collection technologies, which can acquire most of the information listed above, plus your geographical location.

Further inside that Policy, it is clearly stated that part of that information is disclosed to third parties and ad networks. All of the information might be disclosed to third parties in terms of a merger, transfer or when there is a sale of assets of the company-developer in question. The privacy policy can be changed from time to time, including the way that information is treated.

Thus, in case you do not approve of the way your information is being collected, stored and shared or the fact that that so much data is acquired about you and your Web activity in the first place, you should remove the GrandBurst.com browser hijacker.

Remove GrandBurst.com Completely

To remove GrandBurst.com 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 redirect and its files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such a program can keep your computer safe in the future.

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How to Remove GrandBurst.com from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove GrandBurst.com

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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 GrandBurst.com 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 GrandBurst.com 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 GrandBurst.com 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 GrandBurst.com 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 GrandBurst.com from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall GrandBurst.com and remove related files and objects

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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 GrandBurst.com:

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 GrandBurst.com. 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 GrandBurst.com. 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 GrandBurst.com 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 GrandBurst.com. 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 GrandBurst.com files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as GrandBurst.com, 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 GrandBurst.com:


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Remove GrandBurst.com 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 GrandBurst.com 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 GrandBurst.com 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 GrandBurst.com 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".

stf-safari preferences


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 GrandBurst.com 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 GrandBurst.com 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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