A new browser intrusive software has been reported to be associated with multiple different types of websites, including SimilarWeb. The software heavily modifies the web browser of the affected computers while in the same time aims to display you different advertisements, which may result in your computer’s performance to decrease significantly. In addition to this, SimilarWeb hijacker may also lead you to third-party websites, which may be scamming and even malicious for your computer. If you want to remove the SimilarWeb-related hijacker, we recommend you to read the following article.
|Type||Browser Hijacker / PUP|
|Short Description||The software may change the default search engine of your web browsers and display different advertisemens.|
|Symptoms||The home page of your browser may be changed to SimilarWeb’s home page (see picture above).|
|Distribution Method||Via being bundled or other adware, previously installed on your PC.|
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SimilarWeb Redirect – How Did I Get It
In order to slither in your computer without you noticing it, the SimilarWeb hijacker may use different strategies. It may come unnoticed as a result of having another adware on your computer which has obtain administrative permissions to automatically install other ad-supported programs alongside it.
The primary method by which potentially unwanted software, like SimilarWeb may spread is via bundled installers of third-party applications. Such installation programs are usually helping programs that users often download, like .iso mount tools, CD/DVD burning software, media players, etc. Since some freeware providing websites make profits by adding installers of third-party programs, you may also ecounter SimilarWeb unwanted software in one of those installation steps. Since it is not easy to find, you can usually locate it in the “Custom” or “Advanced” installation modes and it may pretend to be added as a free extra to the installation.
SimilarWeb Hijacker – More Information
When it has been installed on your computer, under the pretext it is a “helper” software, SimilarWeb browser hijacker may do a lot more harm than actually help your online browsing experience. Besides adding values in the Windows Registry Editor which may result in the PUP (potentially unwanted program) to run on Windows start and be automatically added as a browser extension, the SimilarWeb – related program may also change your home page to the following one:
This web page may or may not be from the actual SimilarWeb website and it includes tracking technologies in order to monitor your online activities. Such can be:
- LSOs or Flash Cookies.
These tracking technologies could be used for different purposes. In the case of SimilarWeb redirect “virus”, they may be used to obtain your:
- System information.
- Online clicks history.
- The websites you have visited.
- Where you have clicked online.
This information may be used for different purposes and this does not exclude the possibility of it being shared or sold for profit for online advertising research. In addition to this, the information may also be used to display you targeted adverts. These are different types, and they are based on what you looked for while browsing. Such ads may come in different forms, for example:
- Pop-up ads with or without sound.
- Browser redirections.
- Highlighted text with suspicious web links on the web pages you visit.
The websites these advertisements may lead you may be different types and this also includes suspicious websites, scamming sites and even malicious web links that may infect your computer with malware (worst case scenario). Only one more reason to remove the SimilarWeb hijacker if you see it’s suspicious web page appearing on your computer without your permission or knowledge of installing it on purpose.
Remove SimilarWeb Redirect “Virus” Completely
In order to remove this unwanted program from your computer, you should follow the removal instructions for SimilarWeb hijacker below. They are divided in manual removal and automatic removal. Since manual removal may not guarantee you will remove SimilarWeb hijacker fully, because you may miss something. security experts strongly recommend using a SimilarWeb removal software which will automatically scan for and remove all objects in a fast manner.
Manually delete SimilarWeb from Windows and your browser
Note! Substantial notification about the SimilarWeb threat: Manual removal of SimilarWeb 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 SimilarWeb by downloading an advanced anti-malware program
- Guide 1: How to Remove SimilarWeb from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of SimilarWeb from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove SimilarWeb from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase SimilarWeb from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall SimilarWeb from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove SimilarWeb from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate SimilarWeb from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove SimilarWeb from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove SimilarWeb
Step 2: Uninstall SimilarWeb 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 SimilarWeb 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 SimilarWeb there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of SimilarWeb from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall SimilarWeb 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 SimilarWeb 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 SimilarWeb files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as SimilarWeb, 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 SimilarWeb 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 SimilarWeb 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 SimilarWeb 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 SimilarWeb 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 SimilarWeb will be removed.
Eliminate SimilarWeb 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.