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How to Remove the TaxCenterNow Redirect and Restore Your Browser

The article will help you to remove TaxCenterNow fully. Follow the browser hijacker removal instructions given at the end of the article.

The TaxCenterNow is made by Mindspark, a company well-known for creating whole networks of threats. This particular redirect seems to be made in order to promote a web service. Read more about it in our detailed overview below.

Threat Summary

Name TaxCenterNow
Type Browser Hijacker, PUP
Short Description The TaxCenterNow browser hijacker represents a malicious web browser plugin that is used to redirect the victims to a hacker-controlled page.
Symptoms The homepage, new tab and search engine of all your browsers will be changed to TaxCenterNow. In addition viruses and other malware can be installed during the initiation process.
Distribution Method Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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TaxCenterNow – Distribution Ways

TaxCenterNow chrome web store extension entry

The TaxCenterNow redirect is a plugin-based threat that is distributed using different methods. The security research reveals that the main spread way is its availability in the various software repositories used by the most popular web browsers. An example instance is the Chrome Web Store where there is an elaborate description that attempts to coerce as many users to install it.

The browser redirect can also be installed through links and file attachments sent via spam email messages. They typically use forms of social engineering that attempt to coerce as many users into infecting themselves with the plugin. In many cases the senders may take text and graphics taken from legitimate sites and portals.

There are two related strategies that are often combined with email messages:

  • Malware Documents — The operators craft files that contain scripts (macros) that can lead to the TaxCenterNow redirect installation. The documents themselves can be of different types: rich text documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Once the users open up the respective documents they will notice a notification prompt that asks them to enable the built-in scripts (macros). If this is done the infection is downloaded from a remote site and executed on the local machine.
  • Malware Software Installers — The TaxCenterNow browser redirect code can be embedded in software installers. The campaign operators typically choose popular software such as applications, creative utilities, system helpers and computer games.

Using various web scripts such as banners, pop-ups and ad engines the threat can also be deployed to the intended victims.

TaxCenterNow – In-Depth Information

Upon installation of the TaxCenterNow it automatically starts to change browser settings. Usually addons like this one are made compatible with the most popular web browsers: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari, Microsoft Edge. The modified settings include the default search engine, new tabs page and home page. As a consequence the next time the victims open up their browser windows they will be shown the TaxCenterNow page. An additional consequence is the fact that the TaxCenterNow browser redirect institutes a tracking cookie and other web technologies that aim to create a detailed profile of the victims. The data is gathered into databases and they can then be sold to marketing agencies or other third parties.

It is designed in order to coerce the users into using the built-in search engine. Furthermore it is designed using a template used by many legitimate services and similar hijacker sites. Its home page is designed with the following components:

  • Top Menu Bar — It contains a customized Google Search instance alongside the TaxCenterNow online service. Using the harvested data it also displays the current weather conditions using the detected geographical location of the current user.
  • Main Search Engine — It shows a customized Google search engine. Warning: Any entered search queries may lead to false, affiliate or even virus results. Even though Google is shown as the underlying Internet service it is a customized version that is not comparable to the ordinary version.
  • Links — Underneath the search engine there are several links to popular services placed. Depending on the specific version of the TaxCenterNow redirect they may be changed to reflect regional services as well. In certain cases interaction with them may lead to hijacked account credentials.
  • Tax Service Links — They link to specific tax services linked to the linked application.
  • Bottom Menu Bar — It contains links to documents such as the privacy policy and terms of use.

TaxCenterNow – Privacy Policy

The TaxCenter Now redirect and its associated website is operated by MindSpark which is a well-known creator of similar software. They are known for creating hundreds of services that are linked between themselves. Their privacy policy and terms of use reveals that it pervasively tracks the users identity and creates a database containing a profile of each victim. The use of various web tracking technologies captures additional information such as the following:

  • Your name
  • Your address
  • Email address
  • Number of your page views
  • What links you clicked
  • Telephone number
  • Your login times

As stated in the Privacy Policy, Mindspark allows third-parties, including their authorized service providers, TaxCenterNow affiliates, advertising companies, and ad networks, to display advertisements or place ad tags or beacons on or via their Services. Thus, these companies could also obtain information about you and your online behavior. In case you do not want your private space to be invaded in this or any similar way, you should remove the unwanted software.

Remove TaxCenterNow Redirect

To remove TaxCenterNow manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions given below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the browser hijacker entirely, you should search for and remove any leftover items with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software helps keep your computer secure in the future.

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How to Remove TaxCenterNow from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove TaxCenterNow

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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 TaxCenterNow 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 TaxCenterNow 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 TaxCenterNow 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 TaxCenterNow 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'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


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.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of TaxCenterNow from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall TaxCenterNow 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 TaxCenterNow:

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 TaxCenterNow. 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 TaxCenterNow. 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 TaxCenterNow 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 TaxCenterNow. 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 TaxCenterNow files from your Mac

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


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Remove TaxCenterNow 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 TaxCenterNow 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 TaxCenterNow 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 TaxCenterNow 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 TaxCenterNow 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 TaxCenterNow 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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