“2016 Annual Visitor Survey” Removal (Chrome/Firefox)

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This page aims to help you remove “2016 Annual Visitor Survey”. These “2016 Annual Visitor Survey” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

“2016 Annual Visitor Survey” is a type of Browser hijacker that is mostly famous for the excessive amount of advertisements, search engine redirects and homepage changes it imposes to your Chrome, Firefox, IE, Opera or other browsers you may use. This activity may sometimes be so intrusive and irritating, that it may literally make you forget all modern technology and go back to living in the woods. Luckily, you’ve just found our removal guide before all hope has gone and here we are going to help you restore your browsing back to normal. Below you will find some detailed instructions on how to uninstall “2016 Annual Visitor Survey” from your system once and for all. We believe it won’t take you much time to find and remove all the related files, especially if you double check your system with the professional “2016 Annual Visitor Survey” removal tool, which is also available on this page. Just stay with us until the end and you will also find some useful information on not only how to remove, but also how to prevent browser hijackers in the future.

The 2016 Annual Visitor Survey quickly gets tiresome.

Unless you take action you’ll see the 2016 Annual Visitor Survey quite often.

What is “2016 Annual Visitor Survey” and how does it behave?

Like any other Browser hijacker, “2016 Annual Visitor Survey” is also created with the idea of generating tens of thousands of ads, pop-ups, blinking boxes, colorful banners, all sorts of page redirects to promotional messages, new tabs and sponsored pages. On top of that, they all seem to be incredibly difficult to close and the moment you get rid of one tab, ten more would quickly occupy your screen. Apart from this, a changed homepage or a different search engine may mess up your browser settings, preventing you from accessing the web the way you used to before. These all are typical characteristics of this type of software. But what is this whole ad-generating circus for? The main reason is money. You may find it strange, but every time you click on some of the messages or pages on your screen, that click turns into income for the “2016 Annual Visitor Survey” developers. This is possible through a well-known online money-making scheme called Pay-Per-Click or PPC. This is, in fact, a remuneration strategy that many online businesses and developers rely on and you may be amazed, but there is nothing illegal or wrong with it. The only problem may occur when the browser hijacker developers try to make the most money of it and try to flood the users with way too many ads than what is tolerable.

What are the issues with “2016 Annual Visitor Survey”?

You probably know firsthand how extremely invasive and intrusive the ads and sponsored pages can be. But there is also a tracking activity that happens in the background and may monitor your searches, the latest websites you visit, the things you like or share on social platforms or even your bookmarks and favorited sites. This data may be silently collected and analyzed by developers in order to match the displayed ads with your interests. As a result, you may be exposed to more targeted advertisements, pop-ups, banners and pages and get more relevant page redirects. However, it is not really clear what happens to this data, how safely it is stored and where it may go. This could be a matter of concern at some point, which may be enough for some users to decide to remove this program from their system permanently. Another thing, which may expose you to some risk if you have a browser hijacker on your PC, is not the program itself, but the ads and pages it randomly displays. In some rare cases, the pop-ups, tabs, and pages that are generated may contain a well-masked virus, Trojan or Ransomware infection. Malicious hackers sometimes use misleading ads or fake web pages to distribute malware and infect people with viruses. It is not excluded that such ads may somehow sneak inside the flow of other advertisements you are seeing.

You surely don’t want anything this harmful near your PC but before you think that “2016 Annual Visitor Survey” is a harmful threat, let’s clearly distinguish it from any malware. Browser hijackers are not viruses, nor can they do anything harmful to your system directly. In most cases, these programs are completely legal pieces of software, which serve as ad-generating tools. They cannot corrupt your system, cannot infect other computers, cannot steal credentials, nor they can encrypt your files and blackmail you like a real harmful Ransomware threat would do. That’s why security experts would classify them as potentially unwanted programs, rather than malware or viruses.

How to prevent browser hijackers from getting installed unknowingly?

If you prefer to download and install most of your applications from torrents, direct downloads from the web, installation managers, file sharing platforms or free software installers, then you are most likely to come across browser hijackers like “2016 Annual Visitor Survey”. They are usually bundled inside the installation package of other applications and once you run the standard setup process, you will get them installed along without notice. That’s why, to avoid such installation, we would advise you to check the advanced/custom option and manually deselect the potentially unwanted programs from there. This quick step would save you from the burden of uninstalling such tricky programs from your system at a later stage, as the removal process can often be a bit tricky. That’s why we have prepared a detailed removal guide below. Follow it closely if you want to remove “2016 Annual Visitor Survey” and let us know if you need any other assistance. 

SUMMARY:

Name “2016 Annual Visitor Survey”
Type  Adware/Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Changed homepage, new search engine, constant page redirects.
Distribution Method File sharing sites, program bundles, torrents, installation managers, direct downloads, spam emails.
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“2016 Annual Visitor Survey” Removal


 

Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

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Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this  – “2016 Annual Visitor Survey” may have hidden some of its files.

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step3

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

DNS

Step4

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove “2016 Annual Visitor Survey” from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove “2016 Annual Visitor Survey” from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove “2016 Annual Visitor Survey” from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

  • At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Step5

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.

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Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.

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Step6

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

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