Balanceforsun is a browser hijacker application that constantly displays pay-per-click ads during the users’ regular web surfing and reroutes users’ web searches to pre-defined web pages. To do that, Balanceforsun may install a new search engine or replace the browser’s default homepage without asking for approval.
If you have come across this article, you may have already faced some unwelcome changes inside your Chrome, Firefox, Edge or Safari browser or you may have been bombarded with a number of intrusive pop-ups, pop-unders, banners and pay-per-click ads all over your screen. Fortunately, in the next lines, we will provide some helpful advice on how to remove those ads and unwanted changes by uninstalling Balanceforsun from your device.
A browser hijacker is a type of software that generates ads in your web browser or in a specific program itself. In addition to the ads streaming, such software can often replace the browser’s default search engine or homepage with a sponsored one and install some additional redirect buttons and add-ons that ensure that the moment you start a new browsing session, you automatically get redirected to specific sites full of promotional banners, ads, and pop-up messages.
A free program bundle is the most likely way that you have installed such software on your computer. You have either visited a torrent website and have downloaded a software package or you have used some free download manager and agreed on installing its suggested content and updates.
Most security experts do not see browser hijackers as a serious system threat. The reason is, these programs are not intended to harm the computer like a Trojan horse virus or encrypt its data like a Ransomware infection. Yet, the fact that apps like Balanceforsun can make changes inside your web browser and display various third-party ads on your screen without your consent makes them potentially unwanted.
Moreover, such programs can be quite irritating in the long run as they may cause serious browsing disturbances including sudden browser crashes, browser unresponsiveness and random automatic redirects to various unfamiliar websites. The latter can be particularly concerning because you can never know how reliable those websites are. Nowadays, cybercriminals use a lot of fake ads and links that appear absolutely legitimate; but once clicked on, they can send you to web pages that might be infected with malware and viruses from the rank of Ransomware or Trojans. That’s why it is not advisable to trust everything that programs like Balanceforsun display on your screen.
And in case you find it difficult to navigate the web and cannot tolerate the aggressive advertising activity of the browser hijacker, remember that you always have the option to uninstall it. If you don’t know how to do that, we suggest you take a look at the removal guide below and use its instructions to eliminate Balanceforsun safely and efficiently. Once you successfully remove the browser hijacker, the advertisements will not be shown anymore on your computer’s screen and you will be able to restore the settings of your web browser.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||The most visible symptoms include a change in the browser’s homepage or search engine settings and an unstoppable generation of ads on the screen.|
|Distribution Method||Software bundling is a common method of distribution followed by freeware, shareware, torrents, ads, and spam.|
Balanceforsun Virus Removal
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
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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:
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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 Balanceforsun 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 Balanceforsun from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Balanceforsun 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!