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.
Remove Api.ipify.org Malware
You are dealing with a malware infection that can restore itself unless you remove its core files. We are sending you to another page with a removal guide that gets regularly updated. It covers in-depth instructions on how to:
1. Locate and scan malicious processes in your task manager.
2. Identify in your Control panel any programs installed with the malware, and how to remove them. Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker that gets installed with a lot of malware.
3. How to clean up and reset your browser to its original settings without the malware returning. You can find the removal guide here.
For mobile devices refer to these guides instead: Android, iPhone