Underline is the name of a strange browser extension that can alter the main settings in the browser and force it to show a hoax search engine on the homepage, default search engine setting, and every new tab page.
Commonly used web browsers may get affected by the Underline browser extension. Such a type of infection is defined as a browser hijacker. Its appearance in the browser is often unexpected while all modifications it applies are unwanted.
The purpose of all redirects by Underline to the suspicious domain bbbn.xyz and then to websearches.club is to convince you to use suspicious searching services. This, in turn, enables fraudsters to obtain certain details about your online behavior. You may be presented with bogus sponsored content as a result.
The sooner you check the security of your system and ensure that no suspicious or potentially harmful files are running on it the better.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, PUP|
|Short Description||Pretends to be an useful and reliable search engine. Applies modifications to browser homepage, new tab page and default search engine without asking for perission.|
|Symptoms|| The homepage, new tab page and search enigne in preferred web browser are set to display a hoax search engine.
Browser is slowed down by an increased number of online ads.
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
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What is Actually Underline?
Underline is a bogus browser extension that once installed on a browser start pushing it to load ureliable search engines. The first search engine it opens is hosted on the domain bbbn.xyz. This fake search engine redirects to another hijacker called websearches.club. Websearches.club, in turn, is a hijacker managed by third bogus program called s3arch.page.
Such browser rediredt loops may be very dangerous because certain malicious scripts may be activated to enable fraudsters:
- Obtain data;
- Install additional unwanted programs;
- Make you visit phishing pages and corrupted sites;
- Drop tracking technologies such as cookies, web beacons, scripts, etc.
All these annoying redirects during your online browsing occur after the unnoticed installation of the potentially unwanted program – Underline. This browser hijacker may have landed on your device by being included on the installer of software you consciously downloaded and installed.
One of the main goals of this type of apps is to monetize its access to affected browsers and computers. That’s why they tend to deliver various types of adverts – sponsored search results, banners, pop-ups, redirect pages, new browser windows, etc.
Once your online interests are familiar to Underline’s owners, which happens via a process of unsolicited data collection, they may configure their hijacker to deliver targeted advertisements.
Beware of all these ads. For the sake of your online security refrain from visiting questionable ads, using services of hoax search engines, and installing freeware.
Remove Underline Redirect from Affected Browser and Secure PC
To remove Underline you should complete several removal steps in a precise order. The guide below presents you with a manual and automatic removal approach. In order to fully get rid of files installed by undesired programs and strengthen PC security, we recommend that you combine the steps.
Some of the files associated with the hijacker may not be removed manually except you are an experienced computer user. So the manual removal might be quite a complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps, navigate to the automatic part of the guide.
In case you have further questions or need additional help with the removal process, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Underline from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Underline on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Underline in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Underline from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Underline from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Underline from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Underline from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Underline Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove Underline from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Underline
Step 2: Uninstall Underline 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 Underline 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 Underline there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Underline from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Underline 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 Underline 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 Underline files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Underline, 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 Underline 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 Underline 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 Underline 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 Underline 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 Underline will be removed.
Eliminate Underline 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.
Remove Push Notifications caused by Underline from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".