|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The homepage of a browser may look like a legitimate search engine, and there can be page redirects from the search results.|
|Symptoms||The user may have installed the application without his agreement. Sets a custom homepage, search engine and may also change the new tab setting.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installers, Bundling.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Terra.im Hijacker|
|User Experience||Join our forum to follow the discussion about Terra.im Hijacker.|
“Terra.im” is a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) that after being installed on a computer will attach itself to a browser, change the homepage, the new tab page and the search engine. The user may be redirected to websites with potentially malicious content and may be shown various sponsored results.
Terra.im – How Did I Get It?
The “Terra.im” PUP usually gets into your computer through third-party installers. It can sneak into your computer without your consent, by hiding itself in freeware installations and bundled packages. In these packages, additional components for installation are usually not disclosed in a proper way and people get tricked into installing potentially undesirable programs such as “Terra.im”. Sometimes that can be avoided by clicking on the “Advanced” or “Custom” setting in an installation setup to see what may be installed.
Other ways of getting infected are by opening spam emails and downloading e-mail attachments, or by clicking on different advertisements and banners containing potentially malicious content which may also add a browser extension. The domain name is the same: “Terra.im”.
Terra.im – More About It
“Terra.im” is classified as a browser hijacker. When it is installed on your computer, it may change DNS settings, different browser settings, such as the homepage, new tab and search engine, and may also install a browser extension. All these settings are to make “Terra.im” a default search engine and for you to use the “Terra.im” domain whenever you try making a search query. It can affect any browser, especially the most popular ones like Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari.
The Search Engine uses Polish and Russian as a main language very often, even if you try changing it. Most of the time when doing a search, only 10 pages of results are displayed:
Also, when searching for something in any browser, the hijacker can display incorrect or no results and sponsored links. You may also be shown advertisements in the form of pop-ups or banners. The sites which you may be redirected to, generate profit when on a pay-per-click basis and they could contain potentially malicious code to further infect your PC.
Remove Terra.im Completely
To remove “Terra.im” manually from your system, be sure to follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided down below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of this browser hijacker completely, you should search for and remove any leftover files with an advanced anti-malware program. Installing such software will also make sure that your system is safe from other threats that you come across in the future.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Terra.im Hijacker in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 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 get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Terra.im Hijacker.
Step 2: Remove Terra.im Hijacker from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Terra.im Hijacker and click “Remove”
After Terra.im Hijacker is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select Terra.im Hijacker to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.
After Terra.im Hijacker has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on Terra.im Hijacker
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Terra.im Hijacker. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Terra.im Hijacker will be removed.