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.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||All browsers on your computer can be affected. The hijacker can redirect you and filter your search queries.|
|Symptoms||The 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 Method||Freeware 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:
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.
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:
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.
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)
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:
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.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Greenet(.)xyz from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Greenet(.)xyz from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Greenet(.)xyz from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Greenet(.)xyz from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Greenet(.)xyz from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Greenet(.)xyz from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Greenet(.)xyz from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Greenet(.)xyz from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Greenet(.)xyz
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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Greenet(.)xyz 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 Greenet(.)xyz there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Greenet(.)xyz from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Greenet(.)xyz 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 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:
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 Greenet(.)xyz files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Greenet(.)xyz, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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 Greenet(.)xyz will be removed.
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.