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Remove MountainBrowse.com Redirect

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MountainBrowse(.)com is the web address for a browser hijacker that goes by the same name. The hijacker can redirect you, which usually happens when you do a search. You will end up on the search results page of SafeFinder, which looks almost exactly like the one of Yahoo. SafeFinder is a known browser hijacker and will filter your searches. MountainBrowse(.)com can switch the homepage, new tab and the search engine of the browsers you use.

To remove the hijacker and all of its files, you should read the article carefully.

Threat Summary

NameMountainBrowse(.)com
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionAll browsers on your computer could be affected. The hijacker redirects you and filters your searches.
SymptomsBrowser settings that can be changed are the homepage, search engine and new tab. You might see sponsored content and advertisements when you browse.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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MountainBrowse(.)com – Methods of Distribution

MountainBrowse(.)com has a few methods of distribution. The undesired platform can get onto your computer via third-party installations. Software, bundled with others or one which is freeware can deliver the hijacker on your computer system. Such setups usually have more components for installation, set by default. The hijacker can switch browser settings, and before you know it, your whole computer is affected, and your browsers have changed settings. To avoid similar installations is manageable if you find a Custom or an Advanced option menu inside the install setup.

MountainBrowse(.)com could use other methods to distribute its search engine to your browser applications. One of those could be through redirecting links and advertisements on various websites. Pop-ups, banners and similar types of ads might be used, as well. The hijacker could distribute itself with the help of websites pushing such redirects and ads. These websites might be affiliated or partnerned with MountainBrowse(.)com. The following browsers could be affected: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Mozilla Firefox.

MountainBrowse(.)com – Details

MountainBrowse(.)com is the domain of a browser hijacker which has the same name – Mountain Browse. You can see its main page in the screenshot below:

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The MountainBrowse(.)com online page is very simple and consists of a picture of some mountain, a search bar with the name on top of it and a link to the Privacy Policy of the hijacker. That page will replace the new tab page, start page and the search engine for nearly all browsers you have. The hijacker can alter the preferences of browsers, as well.

There could be an extension and add-on related to the hijacker as well as additional components found on your personal computer, which can generate adverts and redirects. From the redirects, you might land on suspicious websites or others which deliver third party content. The owners of those websites might be partnered or affiliated with MountainBrowse(.)com.

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In the image shown above, you can see the search results of MountainBrowse(.)com. You might think at first that it is the search results page of Yahoo but it only looks like it. In actuality, you get redirected to the search results of SafeFinder, which is another browser hijacker. The hijacker probably uses this imitation of a reputable search engine for trying to trick people and get them to trust it and continue using it.

MountainBrowse(.)com can obtain all sorts of information from you and your specific browser habits, including the searches you do. Servers of the hijacker and those of SafeFinder will collect that information. You can read more about the Safe Finder Browser Hijacker from the article on our blog.

The search engines are connected and probably affiliated. They acquire all information from your search queries. You should be careful with the information you provide with every search you do while using the hijackers’ search bars. Do not type out personal details. Continue to read and see what these privacy policies state and what data precisely MountainBrowse(.)com acquires from you.

MountainBrowse(.)com – Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy of the MountainBrowse(.)com site is present on its main domain on the bottom left. Because of the search queries going through the Safe Finder hijacker, too – its policy also applies here. From reading both policies, you find out that both platforms gather personally and non-personally identifying information. That information can be disclosed to third-parties.

You can see the Privacy Policies for both hijackers right here:

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According to the Mountain Browse policy, information which can be collected is:
  • The type of your browser
  • The type of your device
  • Language preferences
  • Time stamps
  • Clicks and visited pages
  • Facebook Login, Google+, etc. data stored in such social media sites
  • Email address
  • Search logs
  • Operating system
  • Utilized internet service provider
  • Other similar information
According to the policy of Safe Finder, 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 are using any services related to MountainBrowse(.)com or Safe Finder, including applications tied to them, you automatically give your approval for the collection of your data. The policies state that cookies, web beacons, pixel tags and similar technologies can be used for accumulating further data. In the case of merger, sale or bankruptcy of the MountainBrowse site, personal information can be sold and provided as an asset to another company.

Remove MountainBrowse(.)com Completely from Your PC

To remove MountainBrowse(.)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 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.

Manually delete MountainBrowse(.)com from Windows and your browser

Note! Substantial notification about the MountainBrowse(.)com threat: Manual removal of MountainBrowse(.)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.

1. Remove or Uninstall MountainBrowse(.)com in Windows
2. Remove MountainBrowse(.)com from Your Browser
3. Fix registry entries created by MountainBrowse(.)com on your PC

Automatically remove MountainBrowse(.)com by downloading an advanced anti-malware program

1. Remove MountainBrowse(.)com with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
2. Back up your data to secure it against attacks related to MountainBrowse(.)com in the future
Optional: Using Alternative Anti-Malware Tools

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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