Api.ipify.org is a browser add-on that triggers automatic page-redirects to unwanted websites. Although not malicious, Api.ipify.org can potentially expose you to insecure web locations and impose unwelcome changes to the browser’s search engine and homepage.
The following article describes all you need to learn about Api.ipify.org and other programs of the browser-hijacker kind. In order to help you, we will first explain the nature of these programs and their typical behavior, and then we will give you instructions on how to safely uninstall them and remove all their unwelcome changes from your browser.
The first thing you’ve probably noticed inside your default web browser (whether it’s Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or another one) is a change in the homepage URL or the addition of a new search engine. Another typical sign of a browser hijacker infection are the various advertisements that are constantly bombarding your monitor irrespective of the websites you visit. These advertisements can typically come in the form of random pop-ups, banners, text messages, and colorful boxes and can cover the entire page you are visiting. And no matter how hard you try to remove them, your attempts would probably be in vain. The same applies to the modified homepage or the newly installed search engine – no matter how many times you attempt to reset the browser settings, you won’t be able to uninstall them.
In general, most browser hijackers are pieces of software that help online advertisers to promote their products and services. This explains why programs like Api.ipify.org are programmed to place specific sponsored ads on the user’s screen and why they impose the above-described browser changes. But what most users don’t know is that the number of clicks the advertisers get matters. Each click brings more traffic and exposure to the advertised products/services and their corresponding pages. That’s why the online advertisers set the browser hijacker to position their commercial messages in such a way that users can’t ignore them. With the same purpose they even install helper components inside the main web browser (new search engines, toolbars, shortcut buttons, homepage URLs) that automatically redirect the users’ searches to the desired pages.
Potential issues that Api.ipify.org may cause
In spite of the irritating tactics Api.ipify.org may use to perform its online advertising, in general, such a browser hijacker cannot harm your computer in a serious way. Its activities cannot match the damage a real virus or an infection from a Trojan or Ransomware can cause. Yet, if you let a program like Api.ipify.org is allowed to operate on your computer for too long, you may start to experience browser-related issues such as unresponsiveness, sudden crashes and automatic redirects. It may take ages for your desired webpages to load and you may frequently find yourself ending up on sites that you never intended to visit. Besides, you may frequently get tricked to click on random pop-ups, some of which could potentially be used to promote low-quality products, questionable software, or shady installers that could deliver real Ransomware, Trojans, and other viruses into your machine. Sadly, the risk of clicking on a misleading ad or banner is very real and that’s why it is a good idea to keep away from all the unwanted advertisements and to uninstall any program that uncontrollably spams you with them.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||You may experience constant page-redirects to sites you never had the intentions to visit.|
|Distribution Method||A browser hijacker can be bundled in a package with other software (mostly free apps) or inside torrents, free download managers, or spam messages.|
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Remove Api.ipify.org Malware
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
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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).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
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:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.
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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Api.ipify.org from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Api.ipify.org from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Api.ipify.org from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
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 up 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—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!