A browser hijacking software associated with the website search(.)Xfinity(.)com has been reported by researchers to overload user PCs with advertisements and collect different information from their computers. The web page of the software is related to a company, known as Xfinity, a subsidiary of Comcast Interactive Media which is the digital media division of Comcast Corporation. The people behind the browsing hijacker software may have taken advantage of this search engine to use several browser toolbars which set the search engine as a homepage. This article explains how to remove this potentially unwanted program from your computer.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, Potentially Unwanted Program|
|Short Description||Modifies the home page of the web browsers installed on the affected machine, may change the page and may collect user information.|
|Symptoms||Sets the web page as a default for one or more web browsers by modifying the Windows Registry. Displaying of various advertisements. Slow PC.|
|Distribution Method||Bundling or other PUPs|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss Search(.)Xfinity(.)com browser hijacker.|
Search(.)Xfinity(.)com Browser Hijacker – How Does It Replicate
In order to be installed on the computers of unsuspecting users who do not need it, the Search(.)Xfinity(.)com browser hijacker takes different shapes:
- A Xfinity tv toolbar.
- Constant Guard toolbar.
- Xfinity Connect add-on.
These browser extensions may be added unwillingly via free programs downloaded from the web. One of those free programs may be your favorite torrent downloading software, media player or other useful freeware. If downloaded from third-party websites that provide a lot of software in one place, these installers may contain Search(.)Xfinity(.)com browser hijacker added in the form of such toolbars. It can be encountered somewhere along the installation process, for example:
- “Add Constant Guard Toolbar as a helpful tool to protect you online.”
- “Add Xfinity tv to help with your online multimedia experience.”
Users are strongly advised to opt-out of such additional applications while installing free software downloaded from third-party sites. The best method to find them is always to check the EULA agreement of the software they are installing and always choose the “Advanced” or “Custom” installation options.
Search(.)Xfinity(.)com Hijacker In Detail
As soon as it has been installed on your computer, Search(.)Xfinity(.)com may be set as a homepage in Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome web browsers. In addition to that, it may also hijack the new tab page as well.
In addition to that, the search engine itself displays results by Google and in combination with the browser hijacker, may also display ad-supported search results:
Furthermore, the search engine does not have HTTP’s encryption which presents a hypothetical threat to the user, since it allows not only the injection of scripts by third-party sites but also the usage of tracking software. It can be used to display targeted content and infect the computer with malware in a targeted attack.
And it is not even surprising as to how many third-party hosts collect user information via search(.)Xfinity(.)com:
This is an unusual amount of cookies being used, and those third-party websites who collect this information have their privacy policies, meaning that they may obtain and share your:
- IP Address.
- Online search history.
- Browsing history.
- Other non-personal and system information.
Experts consider software like the Search(.)Xfinity(.)com browser hijacker indirectly dangerous since it may display different advertisements or cause browser redirects to various third-party sites of unknown origin. Such sites may additionally collect information, slow down the computer of the user, different display scams or even redirect to malicious URLs that may infect the computer of the user with malware. This is why the removal of this unwanted program is strongly advisable.
Remove Search(.)Xfinity(.)com Software from Your Computer
In case you have decided that this program needs to be removed from your computer, we urge you to do it methodologically. One method is by following our step by step removal manual which is illustrated below. However, in case you lack the experience in removing unwanted programs, experts always advise using an advanced anti-malware scanning program. It will make sure to find all objects associated with it and other unwanted programs as well and protect your computer against future threats as well.
Manually delete Search(.)Xfinity(.)com from Windows and your browser
Note! Substantial notification about the Search(.)Xfinity(.)com threat: Manual removal of Search(.)Xfinity(.)com requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.
Automatically remove Search(.)Xfinity(.)com by downloading an advanced anti-malware program
- Guide 1: How to Remove Search(.)Xfinity(.)com from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Search(.)Xfinity(.)com from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Search(.)Xfinity(.)com from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Search(.)Xfinity(.)com from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Search(.)Xfinity(.)com from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Search(.)Xfinity(.)com from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Search(.)Xfinity(.)com from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Search(.)Xfinity(.)com from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Search(.)Xfinity(.)com
Step 2: Uninstall Search(.)Xfinity(.)com 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 Search(.)Xfinity(.)com 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 Search(.)Xfinity(.)com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Search(.)Xfinity(.)com from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Search(.)Xfinity(.)com 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 Search(.)Xfinity(.)com 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 malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Search(.)Xfinity(.)com 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 Search(.)Xfinity(.)com 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 Search(.)Xfinity(.)com 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 Search(.)Xfinity(.)com 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 Search(.)Xfinity(.)com will be removed.
Eliminate Search(.)Xfinity(.)com 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.