Arphanpyer is an advertising app that installs in popular browsers such as Firefox, Chrome, and Edge and changes their settings without the user’s approval. Arphanpyer will generate various types of ads, trigger automatic page redirects, and replace the default search engine.
The changes that this app makes are intended to facilitate its advertising agenda which is why the new search engine will likely show more advertised sites in its results and why your browser will frequently open new tabs with the sites it is designed to popularize.
Another change that Arphanpyer will likely introduce to the browser is the replacement of the homepage/ the new-tab page. The new homepage address is likely going to be the address of another site that Arphanpyer seeks to promote or maybe even the official site of this app. All of these changes will be enforced upon your browser and you won’t be able to reverse them for as long as Arphanpyer stays installed on the computer. This frustrates a lot of users and even makes some of them think that they are dealing with a virus program, a Trojan, or Ransomware.
Arphanpyer is not a threatening piece of malware that will damage your system or tamper with your data – it is an app intended to promote different kinds of content from within your browser and make money via those ads. You may have heard about Pay-Per-Click and Pay-Per-View – those are remuneration models that allow advertisers to make money based on how many clicks and visits their ads and advertised sites gain. Apps like Arphanpyer, Humisnee.com, Maximus-time.com are based on these remuneration models and they dictate the behavior of the application. However, since the activities of these apps oftentimes tend to become quite aggressive and intrusive, the term used to refer to them is browser hijackers. Though the term “browser hijacker” may sound a bit unnerving to some users, know that most applications that can be categorized as hijackers aren’t really harmful and they aren’t programmed to damage the PCs that they are installed on. Nevertheless, you still shouldn’t keep a hijacker on your computer because of the indirect dangers that may be related to it.
Indirect hazards related to browser hijackers
One of the main security concerns users have about these apps is the questionable nature of their adverts and page redirects. It is uncertain if a given hijacker-generated ad would land you on a legitimate and helpful site or on some web location that contains unsafe elements such as pirated downloads, viruses, Trojan, or Ransomware. Even though the hijacker itself won’t attack your computer, the fact that its ads could be coming from anywhere and you won’t know if a given ad is safe until you click on it (or even after that) means you should refrain from interacting with anything that Arphanpyer may put on your screen. Better yet, uninstalling the unwanted app will save you the trouble of navigating through those and will allow you to return your main browser to its regular settings.
To try and remove Arphanpyer quickly you can try this:
- Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
- Then click on the Extensions tab.
- Look for the Arphanpyer extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove Arphanpyer by clicking on the Thrash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of Arphanpyer and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Arphanpyer removal guide below.
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide
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 Arphanpyer 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 Arphanpyer from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Remove Arphanpyer 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!