PlusNetwork.com is the main site page of a browser hijacker. As part of the Plus! Network, you can also witness advertisements and redirects to the rogue anti-malware program ReImage Plus. You can find a download link for that program on the hijacker’s main search page (as it can be viewed from the picture on the right). The hijacker will change the homepage, search engine and new tab of your browsers. An extension or a toolbar could appear as well. To remove the browser hijacker and its files, you should read the article to the end.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The browsers on your PC can have their settings changed, for example – the homepage, search engine and new tab.|
|Symptoms||You can be redirected from your homepage while trying to search the Web, and it’s the same with the new tab setting. You can see adverts in your browser caused by this hijacker.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Plus Network.|
Plus Network – Update September 2017
The Plus Network continues to spread on a mass scale and has many “affiliates” that allow it to do so. Two of them are the following:
Plus Network – How Did I Get It?
Plus Network can be located inside third-party install setups. This hijacker might install and hijack your browser apps without your knowledge. Bundled packages and freeware installations can get such unwanted software on your PC. Installers have additional content set for installation by default. Preventing any unwanted components from installing, you should check for Custom or Advanced settings for a deselect option.
The Plus Network hijacker could also be spread with the help of advertisements, such as pop-ups or banners, or from visiting websites which look suspicious. Such websites are very likely to be partnered in some way with the PlusNetwork hijacker program. Browsers that can be affected are: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox.
Plus Network – More About It
PlusNetwork.com is the main site page of a browser hijacker application called Plus Network. It is typical hijacking software, which can also redirect and deliver adverts. From the image below you can see that there are ads and redirect links/buttons on the main page:
If the hijacker is located inside your computer system, you can see modifications to your browser settings. These browser settings changes will always consist of the homepage, new tab page, and the search engine set. A toolbar can easily be set up as well.
Add-ons and extensions in your browsers could be changed, and you might get one associated with the hijacker. Most of the time such extensions come with bundled applications installed on your computer. The extensions could also redirect you to the PlusNetwork.com website or to other ones who are its affiliates.
PlusNetwork.com will redirect you to various places. The search engine can be filled with ads and redirects. The search engine will be used as a filter every time for each of your search queries. The hijacker could mislead you with targeted content and sponsored results.
In the screenshot above, you see the Plus Network search engine. Results differ from other search engines, but some of them could also redirect. Pop-up ads and banners are not excluded from showing in the results as well.
Usage of the PlusNetwork.com site, services and any software related to it will deem your consent for personal information collection granted. The policy also states that if any changes occur, only the policy page will be updated. Cookies are used in the gathering of the information.
Remove Plus Network Completely from Your PC
To remove PlusNetwork.com manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal manual provided down here. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the hijacker and its files effectively, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such a program will keep your computer safe in the future.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Plus Network from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Plus Network from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Plus Network from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Plus Network from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Plus Network from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Plus Network from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Plus Network from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Plus Network from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Plus Network
Step 2: Uninstall Plus Network 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 Plus Network 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 Plus Network there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Plus Network from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Plus Network 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 Plus Network 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 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.
Remove Plus Network 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 Plus Network 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 Plus Network 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 Plus Network 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 Plus Network will be removed.
Eliminate Plus Network 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.