How To Get Rid Of Annoying Browser Malware
Many of us have experienced the symptoms of a “hijacked browser” even though we may not have heard of it. It is very annoying to have a web page or pop-up that keeps endlessly replicating or redirecting you. It is just impossible to navigate the page no matter what you do. This is caused by a malware that’s trying to hijack your browser and corrupting your browser settings. Though the damage done is not permanent yet it is very annoying as it sure does not allow you to work smoothly. Even a reboot fails to fix it at times and it continues to hamper work.
Here are a few ways to Quick Fix a Malware Infected Browser so you can get back to work!
Restore your browser to its default settings (Edge, Chrome, Firefox, Opera)
Generally, a Malware attack tried to take control by installing a malware extension. Apart from this, it may as well alter a few browser settings. This problem can be resolved by trying to restore your default browser settings.
Easier said than done as restoring the browser settings can also remove any add-ons or customizations that you have done. Be cautious while you proceed with restoring your browser.
Traditionally most browsers come with an option for restoring your setting, Edge does not have it.
Instead, it has a “clear browser data” option that does the same job.
Go to Settings menu, click on the three dots in the upper right corner. Click on Settings and choose Clear browsing data.
This will bring up a quick checklist of the types of data to clear and a Show more option for more choices.
Now Click Show more and select all data options, from your history all the way to permissions.
Click the Clear button and it starts removing the data.
This will remove your passwords, auto-fills, history, and so on and will take some time to do so. This will clear all your browser setting and you may have to spend some time setting your browser up the way you like it again.
While using Chrome go to the Menu Button commonly known as the “hamburger” menu in the upper right corner. Click here, and choose Settings.
Sometimes the malware may not allow you to access the settings menu. You try to open a new Chrome window or try to reboot or shutdown your computer. It depends on how badly your computer is hijacked by the malware.
Choose Show advanced settings after navigating to Settings. A list will show up, look for Reset settings. Choose this option and confirm the action.
This will reset your browser and remove most customization — i.e. your pinned tabs, themes, homepage — outside of your accessibility options.
Firefox comes with two options Refresh and Safe Mode option. You can start troubleshooting in the Refresh mode.
Open a clean version of Firefox and choose the Menu button. It is represented by three bars in the upper-right corner of the browser window.
Click on Troubleshooting Information.
A new window will open with many topics to choose from. A window in the upper right side you will find an option that begins with “Give Firefox a tune up.” Click the button below that says Refresh Firefox… to start the process.
Once it’s done it will restore Firefox’s settings to their default state. Yet in the case of Firefox it will try to save as much essential information as possible.
Opera does not come with a default feature to restore browser. Yet manually you can delete all browser data.Go to the Customize and control Opera button and then pick out the Setting choice by pressing Alt+P.
In Settings, choose Privacy & Security and select Clear browsing data. This brings up a pop-up window, select all boxes to delete all data.
In the drop down menu, you will need to choose the timeframe on your own discretion. Deleting your browsing data for the past day or week may remove the problem while saving some of your data, but only a full wipe may ultimately solve the problem. After confirming all the desired options related to the timeframe, select Clear browsing data.
Sometimes you are totally helpless as the malware might simply just won’t allow your browser to respond at all. In this case, users can download third-party software that helps you to reset your browser settings and scan for problems. There are various third party tools like the Norton Power Eraser, Trojan Remover, Trend Micro RUBotted.
Another way to fix and identify potential problems with your browser is to perform a malware scan. A malware scan has its own advantages as it does not delete your browser data, though on the downside it may not work especially if your malware scanning software is not updated recently.
If you are already having a Malware tool on your computer it’s great. Always be sure it is updated and use it to scan for malware activities. Here are a few browser extensions and scanning solutions you can try based on the browser you are using Built-in Utilities for Edge, Built-in Utilities for Opera, Click and Clear for Chrome and Malware Search for Firefox.