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Tag.imonomy.com “Virus” – How to Remove It from Your PC

This article has been created to help explain what is the tag.imonomy.com web page and how to remove it from your computer completely.

A new browser hijacker program has been detected to ask users to install a file, called preload.js. The hijacker reportedly redirects users to the web page tag.imonomy.com and is likely an ad-supported program that may aim to misuse the victim information and then use it for a variety of purposes from the likes of displaying targeted advertisements, showing multiple different types of third-party websites, like tag.imonomy.com. If you see redirects caused by the tag.imonomy.com virus and the preload.js file prompt that wants you to accept it on your computer, we strongly suggest that you read this article thoroughly.

Threat Summary

Name tag.imonomy.com PUP
Type Browser Hijacker
Short Description Aims to modify the settings on your web browser in order to get it to cause browser redirects and display different advertisements.
Symptoms Your web browser begins to display various types of online advertisements, which results in slowing down of your PC.
Distribution Method Bundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.
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Tag.imonomy.com – How Did I Start Seeing It

The main method by which websites, like tag.imonomy.com land on computers is via adware programs or browser hijackers. These types of unwanted software aim to slither into your computer alongside the installers of other programs, which is basically called bundling. These types of bundled installers may advertise programs, like tag.imonomy.com as a useful extra or optional offer to the program that you are currently installing. This hijacker may exist under different names in the setup, like a helpful program that aims to improve your browsing experience in a way. The installation prompt may be offered as a free extra in the “Advanced” or “Custom” installation modes of the program that you are trying to install. This is the main reason why programs, like tag.imonomy.com browser hijacker should be checked online and evaluated before you let them slither into your computer.

Tag.Imonomy.com – Analysis

Once installed on your computer, the PUP (potentially unwanted program) that is advertising tag.imonomy.com content may create it’s program files and then it may heavily modify the Windows Registry Editor of your PC by adding value strings in it. Another aspect of your computer which could be modified by tag.imonomy.com is believed to be your web browser, where extensions may be added and settings may be changed so that websites, like tag.imonomy.com appear as browser redirections without your consent.

When you get reditrected to this platform which is believed to be a legitimate advertising platform in affiliation with uTorrent, you may be asked to download and execute a javascript type of file, called preload.js.

This file is basically an adware script that may cause the following types of ads to appear on your PC:

  • Pop-ups.
  • Browser redirections.
  • Taken over banner spaces.
  • Browser search result ads.
  • Highlighted text ads on sites you have visited.

In addition to this, when we checked the website of the vendor itself we immediately established that tag.imonomy.com has a lot of tracking technologies added and is not even secured via encrypted connection – something that is essential for legitimate advertising websites:

The cookies which were used were from a lot of different users and vendors as we have detected when we checked thoroughly:

Usually, programs, like the PUP that is causing tag.imonomy.com redirects on your computer are not something new and they are by the billions. These types of programs aim to get users to visit the websites they want so that hoax traffic is driven to those websites. The idea behind the whole thing is to generate income to the adware vendor of this unwanted program on your computer. And the vendor does not care what type of damage will be done to you or your computer afterwards, even if these redirects and ads lead to scamming sites or malicious sites that may infect your computer with malware. This is the main reason why we strongly advise you to remove the tag.imonomy.com redirect program from your computer.

Remove Tag.imonomy.com “Virus” from Your Browser and PC

If you want to remove the tag.imonomy.com we strongly suggest that you follow the removal instructions underneath this article. They have been created with the clear purpose to get users to remove this unwanted program either manually or automatically. If you still see ads after performing manual removal, however, we would suggest what most experts would advise and that is to remove tag.imonomy.com automatically with the aid of an advanced anti-malware software. Such program will scan for and remove all related and unwanted files and objects of this unwanted program and make sure that it does not come back in the future.

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How to Remove tag.imonomy.com PUP from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove tag.imonomy.com PUP

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall tag.imonomy.com PUP 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by tag.imonomy.com PUP on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by tag.imonomy.com PUP there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for tag.imonomy.com PUP with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of tag.imonomy.com PUP from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall tag.imonomy.com PUP and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to tag.imonomy.com PUP:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to tag.imonomy.com PUP. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to tag.imonomy.com PUP. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 tag.imonomy.com PUP 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as tag.imonomy.com PUP. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove tag.imonomy.com PUP files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as tag.imonomy.com PUP, 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.


Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for tag.imonomy.com PUP:


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Remove tag.imonomy.com PUP 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.


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Erase tag.imonomy.com PUP 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.



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Uninstall tag.imonomy.com PUP 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.



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Remove tag.imonomy.com PUP 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".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the tag.imonomy.com PUP will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate tag.imonomy.com PUP 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.


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