This article provides details about Utop.it browser hijacker and shows all steps that help for its complete removal from the affected browser and system.
Utop.it is a website that has the function of a search engine. However, security reports classify it as a browser hijacker as it was detected to invade computer systems without users’ permission. Once this undesired program finds its way to the computer system, it accesses the settings of the installed browsers and alters some main browser preferences. As a result, you start noticing its main page every time you decide to use an affected browser. The program usually hijacks the browser start page, new tab page and its default search engine. It is highly recommendable that you perform a thorough removal process the moment you notice the unwanted impact of this nasty hijacker. Otherwise, it may harvest a bunch of sensitive details of yours and misuse them by making you a target of aggressive advertising campaigns for example.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||A website with questionable search enigne that suddenly starts to appear in your preferred web browser.|
|Symptoms||The homepage, new tab page and search enigne in your preferred web browser are configured to dislay the main page of Utop.it hijacker.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
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Utop.it Redirect Virus – More About Its Spreading Techniques and Impact
Being classified as a browser hijacker, Utop.it is probably a program that you have never installed by your will. Hence it is a potentially unwanted program. Programs of this type are usually spread with the help of shady techniques that aim to trick you into running undesired apps unintentionally. Among the most popular techniques are software bundles, corrupted software installers, corrupted web pages and fake software update notifications.
Frequently used web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Opera and Safari could be affected by Utop.it hijacker.
Once the so-called Utop.it virus manages to access your system, it runs files that help it reach the settings of installed browsers Then it alters some main browser preferences like those of the homepage, new tab page and default search engine. As a result, you are forced to use this questionable search engine every time you open the affected browser.
Here is what your preferred web loads when affected by Utop.it redirect virus:
Utop.it as well as some varations of the hijacker dubbed bnsearch.utop.it and savy.utop.it seem legitimate but considering their primary goal it is recommendable that users refrain from using their services. In fact, these websites are primarily used for the collection of sensitive data from the browsers they access.
This could be explained by the fact that data records enable the owners of such undeisred apps to flood affected systems with numerous online ads that will generate them revenue. Unfrotunately, some of the following detials may be harvested from the undesired app:
- Browsing history
- Browser’s home page
- Search queries
- Type of used browser
- Operating system type
- Internet protocol (IP) address
- Geographic location
- The domain name of current Internet service provider (ISP)
- Diagnostic information collected by cookies and other tracking technologies
All annoying ads that could appear on all web pages you visit as a consequence are likely to make your browser sluggish. At worst, they could expose your affected device at risk of severe malware infections.
How to Remove Utop.it Redirect Virus
In order to remove Utop.it virus and all associated files that enable its appearance in the browser, you need to complete the removal steps that follow. The guide below enables you to choose between manual and automatic removal approach. Our advice is to combine the steps as this will guarantee for the complete removal of all undesired and potentially harmful files from the system. The help of an advanced anti-malware tool will strengthen the security of your device as well. Have in mind that files associated with this redirect may be detected with generic definitions that don’t contain the name of the redirect.
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- Guide 1: How to Remove Utop.it from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Utop.it from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Utop.it from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Utop.it from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Utop.it from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Utop.it from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Utop.it from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Utop.it from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Utop.it
Step 2: Uninstall Utop.it 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 Utop.it 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 Utop.it there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Utop.it from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Utop.it 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 Utop.it 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 Utop.it files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Utop.it, 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 Utop.it 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 Utop.it 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 Utop.it 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 Utop.it 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 Utop.it will be removed.
Eliminate Utop.it 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.