Centerfactor is a browser hijacker that can get installed in browsers such as Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera etc., in order to use them for its online advertising activity. Centerfactor generates sponsored ads on the screen of the hijacked browser and imposes changes that affect its primary search engine and homepage.
Apps like Centerfactor are commonly identified by security experts as potentially unwanted pieces of software that need to be removed from the system. This is due to their ability to place unauthorized modifications to the system’s main web browser and change key settings such as the default homepage, the search engine, the navigation bar buttons and the new tab page.
Center Factor Club
The Center Factor Club application is disliked by many web users because they may insert other special ad-generating components that continuously display hundreds of pop-ups, banners or other advertisements on the browser’s screen immediately when a new web search session is started. But probably the most irritating and common symptom that a browser hijacker like Center Factor Club has taken over your system is the automatic redirect activity that you can experience during your normal web browsing.
Once you enter a specific URL in your address bar, you will typically be redirected to other domain that is not connected to the web address you are actually interested in. This is definitely one of the worst aspects of having a browser hijacker in your system because it can mess up your browser’s overall performance and can dramatically reduce its speed and the quality of your browsing. Not to mention that being rerouted to websites you don’t know can always expose you to additional online dangers such as phishing pages or links that are used to distribute viruses, Ransomware, Spyware and other malicious software. Fortunately, if you follow certain steps, you can remove the intrusive software and easily uninstall its changes and buttons without leaving any trace. To make it quicker and more convenient for you, below we have published a manual removal guide and a professional removal tool that can speed up the process.
A number of Centerfactor users express concerns about the protection of their device and this is understandable considering the major changes that the browser hijacker makes without asking for their approval. There is, however, no evidence to date that Centerfactor operates as a virus or some other dangerous program. It is, therefore, not correct to call it a virus and to position it alongside threats such as Ransomware and Trojans. Many browser hijackers are not dangerous and cannot destroy a computer in the way viruses can. However, these programs tend to cause great browsing annoyance and are not entirely safe. A browser hijacker can redirect you to unknown or unsafe web pages anytime and can spam your screen with various questionable pop-up messages, banners and web offers of unknown origin. This is why experts tend to view them as potentially unwanted software and provide methods to uninstall them quickly and effectively.
You can find concrete manual steps for the elimination of Centerfactor in the removal guide below. But if you can’t do it manually, there’s always a convenient way to get rid of it if you equip yourself with a professionally built removal tool, search your machine with it, and follow the provided instructions.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||You may experience random redirects to sites that promote different products and services and are not related to your searches.|
|Distribution Method||Spam messages, torrents, free program bundles, shareware sites, automatic software installers.|
Some threats of this type reinstall themselves repeatedly if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes.
Remove Centerfactor Scam
To try and remove Centerfactor 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 Centerfactor extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove Centerfactor by clicking on the Thrash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of Centerfactor and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Centerfactor 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:
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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 Centerfactor 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 Centerfactor from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Centerfactor 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!