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Remove Greenet(.)xyz Browser Hijacker Effectively

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Greenet(.)xyz is the main web page for the browser hijacker Uportal. Copyrighted by ESOffers Network Co., Limited, that is the company which is believed to be behind it. The hijacker can redirect you and also shows you a Yahoo page for its supposed search results. Before showing the Yahoo page, all of your search queries will go through the SafeFinder hijacker. Greenet(.)xyz changes the homepage, new tab and search engine of ll your browsers.

To remove the hijacker and its files, you should read the whole article.

Threat Summary

NameGreenet(.)xyz
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionAll browsers on your computer can be affected. The hijacker can redirect you and filter your search queries.
SymptomsThe browser settings which can be modified are the homepage, search engine and the new tab, as well as browser add-ons. You might see third party content and advertisements.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Greenet(.)xyz – Delivery Ways

Greenet(.)xyz is primarily delivered through third-party installations. Bundle packages and freeware can put the hijacker on your computer machine. Freeware install setups can have additional components compiled as a default installation. Various settings can get changed until you begin to notice them affecting your browsing. Avoiding undesirable installations like that can be done if you find a Custom or an Advanced options for deselecting in the setup.

Greenet(.)xyz can use different ways for delivery as well. It might push its search engine through advertising on websites, by putting banners, pop-ups or other sponsored content. The hijacker could also be delivered using the helping hand of suspicious websites which host redirect links. All those websites could be partnered or in affiliation with Greenet(.)xyz. These are the mostly affected browsers: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Mozilla Firefox.

Greenet(.)xyz – Technical Information

Greenet(.)xyz is the main domain of the browser hijacker Uportal. The hijacker is believed to be developed by the company ESOffers Network Co., Limited. The company’s copyright is listed at the bottom of that main web page. You can see how the website looks like in the picture below:

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As you can see the Greenet(.)xyz page consists of a search bar, and lots of on-page adverts, which redirect you to websites with low popularity and related to targeted marketing. That same page will be put in the place of your browsers’ search engine, new tab setting, and the starting home page as well. Do not click on any of the advertisements as they are typical redirect links.

When any Greenet(.)xyz related program is inside your computer, then you will see how your browsers will get modified settings. Applications which do that sort of changes can install on your computer system via bundled software. All types of extensions and apps could generate advertisements, and show more targeted content and redirect you while you browse. The redirects will probably send you to sites filled with ads. These pages could be affiliates or even partners of Greenet(.)xyz.

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In the picture above, you can clearly see where the searches via Greenet(.)xyz lead. You are being redirected to the search results page of Yahoo each time you search. It is not excluded for you to get redirected to different reputable search engines. The browser hijacker uses this as a tactic to get you to trust it. If you look closely, you will see how just before that every search query you make will go through the following redirect:

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That way, Greenet(.)xyz can acquire additional information about you and your browsing habits, while the search queries go through Safe Finder servers.

The two search engines are probable affiliates. Every bit of information acquired from your search queries can be shared between them. You should be very careful of what information you enter in search bars. Continue to read and see how much data can be obtained from you and by which sites.

Greenet(.)xyz – Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy of the Greenet(.)xyz is short and transparent. It says what kind of information the site collects and what third parties can also obtain information from you through its services. The redirects from the new tab, home page and the searches of Greenet(.)xyz always go through Safe Finder. The website collects personally and non-personally identifying information. Reading it will prove to you that all of that information, which is collected, may be disclosed to third-parties.

You can see the Privacy Policy right here:

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Information which is gathered by Greenet(.)xyz is the following:
  • Your name
  • Your E-mail address
  • Your IP address
  • Click-through data
  • Type of browser you are using (e.g., Chrome, Internet Explorer)
  • Type of operating system you are using (e.g., Windows or Mac OS)
  • Domain name of your Internet service provider (e.g., America Online, Earthlink)

As we already mentioned above – all of your searches go through the SafeFinder domain, so its Privacy Policy should apply here as well.

Information which is gathered by SafeFinder(.)com is the following:
  • Browser (its type and language)
  • Operating System (its 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

An important quote from the Greenet(.)xyz policy is this:

Some of the web search services provided herein are provided by Trovi Search and powered by Trovi search partners. For information on the web search services data collection, please visit http://info.trovi.com/Privacy, and the search provider’s privacy policy, as applicable.

So Trovi services are involved, and that is not a good sign, head over to the web address given in the above quote if you want to read their policy as well. Surely, all Trovi partners might be involved, so basically a lot of different information can be gathered from you. So be extremely careful about what you search and what information you provide to these services.

Using any services of Greenet(.)xyz or those of its partners and affiliates, including toolbars, extensions, add-ons, or applications tied to them will automatically grant your consent for your information to be acquired. In the policy, it is written that cookies or other tracking technologies are used in the data collection process.

Remove Greenet(.)xyz Completely from Your PC

To remove Greenet(.)xyz 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 secure in the future.

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How to Remove Greenet(.)xyz from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Greenet(.)xyz

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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 Greenet(.)xyz 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 Greenet(.)xyz 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 Greenet(.)xyz 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 Greenet(.)xyz 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 Greenet(.)xyz from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Greenet(.)xyz and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


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 Greenet(.)xyz:

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 Greenet(.)xyz. 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 Greenet(.)xyz. 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 Greenet(.)xyz 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 Greenet(.)xyz. 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 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.



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Remove Greenet(.)xyz 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 Greenet(.)xyz 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 Greenet(.)xyz 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 Greenet(.)xyz 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 Greenet(.)xyz 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 Greenet(.)xyz 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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