|Name||V9(.)Com Browser Hijacker|
|Short Description||The software may change the user`s home page and new tab page. It may be heavily ad-supported and may collect personal infromation.|
|Symptoms||The user may be a subject to different online advertisements as well as slow PC and other after-effects.|
|Distribution Method||Via PUPs, installed by bundling (Browser Hijackers) or by visiting a suspicious third-party site that is advertising it.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by V9(.)Com Browser Hijacker|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss about V9(dot)com Hijacker.|
V9(.)Com Browser Hijacker – How Did It Get in My PC
One way for this ad-supported PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) to slip into your computer is via installing other programs which are downloaded from third-party software providers. Users being users often tend to fast-click their way through steps of the setup of the program they downloaded. Here is where messages in the ‘Advanced’ or ‘Custom’ install may appear prompting them to add programs such as v9(.)com browser hijacker ‘as a free extra’. Such steps are often disregarded and this is the most often situation of such unwanted programs being installed.
V9(.)com Browser Hijacker – What Does It Do
Once it has been installed on your computer, the program may hijack your browser by changing different settings to display the webpage v9(.)com as a Home and a New Tab of it. Then, this software may begin to collect different information via tracking technologies such as cookies, beacons and others.
According to this, the company may collaborate or is an affiliate to another suspicious search engine, going by the name of Coldsearch(.)com, also a reported association with browser hijackers – here is more information about it.
What is more to this, ELEX have very specific demands in their license agreement as well:
Furthermore, if you take a look at the search engine in detail, it is immediately noticed that it does not support HTTPs protocol type of connection (the “s” stands for secure) which is highly uncommon for a legitimate search engine. This means that the connection to the website is not encrypted and your information may be free to be sniffed by cyber-criminals if the website has been targeted. But, do not worry because ELEX itself may sniff and aggregate such information out of you anyways.
Furthermore, when tested, it was immediately noticed that the search engine displayed ad-supported search results, the notification for which was difficult to notice.
When clicked on the advertisements, they led to third-party websites promoting online shopping as well as other online services.
The bottom line for this browser hijacker is that you should stay away from it. It is most likely a sham involving hoax ad-supported search engines that may or may not lead users to suspicious third-party websites. Third-party sites may conceal many risks from users and in general they are two types:
- Scamming sites that aim for money or user information.
- Malware-infested redirect URLs that aim to infect user PCs for different interests (political, financial, etc.)
Also, researchers strongly believe that advertisements provided by this website may be part of an affiliate scheme to boost traffic to other sites and to make the developers of the browser hijacker gain profit from such marketing services or pay-per-click schemes. What is more, the information collected from the user may be then utilized to bring targeted advertisments in different forms to the user – we are talking about not only ad-supported search results but also, pop-ups, banners and other annoying ads that may lead to suspicious websites. Either way, the removal of the v9(.)com Browser Hijacker is highly recommended.
Remove V9(.)Com Browser Hijacker Easily
Removing such browser hijacker from an affected computer may prove to be tricky since the program itself may run active processes in the background that prevent it to casually be deleted.
This is why it is advisable to follow the step-by-step tutorial below in order to completely be rid of this unwanted software. Also, for maximum efficiency and future protection you should download and install and advanced anti-malware software which will also remove all associated files and check whether or not you have already been indirectly influenced by this software.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall V9(.)Com Browser 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 V9(.)Com Browser Hijacker.
Step 2: Remove V9(.)Com Browser Hijacker from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select V9(.)Com Browser Hijacker and click “Remove”
After V9(.)Com Browser Hijacker is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select V9(.)Com Browser 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 V9(.)Com Browser 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 V9(.)Com Browser Hijacker
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall V9(.)Com Browser Hijacker. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the V9(.)Com Browser Hijacker will be removed.