Byluxrayor is an ad-displaying application of the browser-hijacking type that is known for targeting Windows systems. Byluxrayor enters the browser and changes the homepage address in order to start spamming you with unwanted ads and page redirects every time you go online.
The purpose of this app is simple – the ads and the redirects that it shows on your screen are all connected to a Pay-Per-Click scheme that ensures each click and/or visit they receive generate a small amount of money. The goal of Byluxrayor is to make as much money as possible by popularizing different sites, products, and services on the screens of the users.
To be more effective at advertising, Byluxrayor changes the search engine of the browser as well as its homepage address in order to ensure a maximum number of displayed ads. It is irrelevant what browser you are using – Firefox, Chrome, Edge, Opera, and most other browsers could all get “infected” by a hijacker like Byluxrayor or Poshukach and get their settings altered without Admin authorization.
Signs that you have a hijacker in your browser
It is usually not difficult to tell if there’s an application like Byluxrayor in the browser. Unlike Ransomware, Spyware, or Trojan horses, the representatives of the browser hijacker family do not try to stay unnoticed by the user – quite the contrary. A hijacker would try its best to become noticed and to be as obtrusive as possible as this improves its chances of getting clicks on its ads. In some of the more extreme cases, you might even have ads, banners, and redirect links displayed in the most inconvenient of places of the webpage you are currently on. For example, if you are reading an article, the hijacker might superimpose its advert over said article and make it difficult for you to read it until you click on the advertisement. Of course, clicking on the ad would result in you getting redirected to a different site and bombarded with even more advertisements.
All of this is not only annoying but also might make your computer more vulnerable to attacks from different forms of hazardous malware. The virus threats we mentioned above – Trojans, Spyware, and Ransomware, are some of the most dangerous forms of malware that you may encounter if you tend to interact with the questionable adverts and redirects generated by Byluxrayor. The best thing you could do in order to prevent getting your PC infected is to uninstall Byluxrayor with the help of our instructions from the removal guide below.
Distribution of Byluxrayor
Most hijackers don’t get installed as separate programs. Instead, they are typically added inside file bundles, as this allows them to get distributed alongside other software. Another possibility is when they are distributed through misleading ads that claim you’d be downloading a useful program if you click on the download button. However, instead of getting an app that would benefit you in some way, you get an unwanted browser hijacker that doesn’t improve your online experience whatsoever and instead only bothers you with its endless streams of adverts.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Browser hijackers typically alter the way your browser operates by changing its homepage address and its search engine.|
|Distribution Method||In most cases, the hijacker isn’t distributed as a separate app and is instead included inside some other program, typically one that is distributed for free.|
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To try and remove Byluxrayor 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 Byluxrayor extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove Byluxrayor by clicking on the Thrash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of Byluxrayor and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Byluxrayor 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 Byluxrayor 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 Byluxrayor from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Remove Byluxrayor 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!