A new browser hijacker called Computeradz that redirects the users’ searches to sites advertising different products and services has recently been reported to our “How to remove” team. Computeradz is capable of integrating with any browser, be it Chrome, Firefox or Explorer, and replacing its homepage or the main search engine with some sponsored ones that constantly generate aggressive ads, banners, page redirects, pop-ups and links.
In addition, the potentially unwanted software may cause annoying interruptions of your browsing activity in the form of screen freezing, browser unresponsiveness and sudden crashes which are often a result of the hijacker’s constant use of system resources.
As most browser hijackers, Computeradz and McAfee virus popup may not only spam the screen with various ads and automatic page redirects but may also collect browsing information and use it as a marketing tool. In order to generate revenue, the app uses various methods such as pay-per-click, automatic redirects and tracking techniques (such as tracking cookies and other methods) that allow it to monitor your browsing history, bookmarks, latest searches and similar traffic data and transfer it to its creators. This data is valuable to the marketing activities of the hijacker because it helps the customization the ads that get displayed on the screen of every user. And custom ads, in turn, help increase the traffic the linked webpages and generate pay-per-click profits for the browser hijacker creators.
You, as a user, however, may not be able to find any value in keeping a program like Computeradz on your system. In fact, during most of your web browsing sessions, you may find yourself getting redirected to different unfamiliar websites or misleading offers which may trick you into purchasing some questionable software or products. It is not excluded that you may even face fake or hazardous content, including Trojan and ransomware transmitters. That’s why it is very important not to click on everything that Computeradz displays and keep your personal information safe by not revealing it to dubious webpages.
Of course, the best way to avoid such risks and to regain the control over your browser is to remove the browser hijacker from your computer and uninstall all the changes that it has imposed.
How to quickly uninstall Computeradz from your browser
A browser hijacker is a type of software, which is not malicious but could be tough to eliminate. That’s why, in order to successfully get rid of Computeradz, you must remove all browser-extensions and help components that might have come along with this unpleasant app. To do this, we suggest you follow our step-by-step guide at the end of the article. However, make sure that you carefully perform each step because, if something goes wrong, not only may you corrupt your OS but also Computeradz may come back to bother you again.
If you want to quickly remove the hijacker without any risk for the OS, it is best to download and install a professional removal app, such as the one included in the guide. This tool will help you get rid of the unwanted software in a matter of minutes and will also provide you with protection against other, much more serious threats such as Trojans, ransomware encryption viruses and spyware.
Some threats reinstall themselves if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to remove harmful programs for you. This may save you hours and ensure you don't harm your system by deleting the wrong files.
Remove Computeradz Virus
Follow these quick instructions to get rid of Computeradz from your PC:
Go to the browser’s main menu icon (typically found top right) in order to access the list of available options and settings.
Select More Tools/Add-ons from the drop-down list.
Select the add-ons/extensions tab. Any potentially unwanted extensions associated with Computeradz may be removed by selecting the “remove” or “trash” button next to the extension in question.
If, after uninstalling the potentially unwanted extensions, you continue to see adverts and redirects, this page provides detailed instructions on how to remove the hijacker once and for all. As soon as you encounter any difficulties, please let us know.
As a start, it’s best to bookmark this page first, so you can return to it at any time, but you can also open the instructions on another device and follow them from there if that’s more convenient for you. This guide will walk you through every step of the removal process.
The next step is to restart your computer in Safe Mode by following the directions on this link. Browser hijackers are easier to remove in Safe Mode since only the most essential apps and processes are running in this mode.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
By pressing CTRL, SHIFT, and ESC at the same time, the Windows Task Manager appears on the screen.
Find processes with unusual names, excessive CPU or RAM use, or processes linked to ad production and page redirection in the Processes tab (the “Details” tab in Windows 8 and 10) of the Task Manager. Another option is to look for processes whose names include the name of the hijacker.
Right-click on any process that grabs your attention and select Open File Location in order to see the files related to it.
These files should be checked for malware using an online virus scanner. Free and feature-rich scanners like the one below may save you both time and effort in your search.
Ff any of the scanned files contain hazardous code, go to the Processes tab, right-click the process and choose End Process to stop it from running. After that, you’ll be able to delete any potentially harmful files or directories that the scanner has found.
For the next step, use Windows + R to launch a new command-line window. In the Run window, type appwiz.cpl and press Enter.
You should see a new Control Panel window with a list of all the installed applications. Check whether the hijacker has added any new apps to the list of installed programs on your computer. Also, remove any hijacker components you may have installed as soon as possible.
Windows search may be used from the Start menu (in Windows 10 it is the magnifying glass icon bottom left next to the Windows Start menu) for the next instructions. Type “msconfig” in it and hit Enter. Remove the checkmark for any Computeradz -related items in the Startup section of the System Configuration window. In this way, when the machine is booted up, the hijacker will be unable to start.
Press and hold the Windows key and the R key at the same time to launch a new Run window. When you’re done, copy and paste this into the text field:
Once you’ve done that, just click the OK button. A Notepad window should open with a Hosts file. The “Localhost” text section is a good place to look for any suspicious IPs.
You should not delete IPs that seem suspicious unless you are sure they pose a risk. If you see any suspect IP addresses, please share them in the guide’s comments area. The IP addresses will be checked and if there is any threat, a response will be sent back to you.
In addition, check that the settings in your Network Connections have been appropriately setup. Using the Windows search bar, type “Network Connections” and open it.
- Right-click the Network Adapter you’re currently using and choose Properties.
- From the Properties box, highlight Internet Protocol Version 4 ICP/IP with your cursor and click on the Properties button at the bottom.
- After selecting “Obtain DNS server address Automatically” click the “Advanced” button.
- In the new window, choose the DNS tab and then click the Remove button to remove any rogue DNS entries.
- To save your changes, click OK when you’re finished.
The Registry Editor may be accessed by typing Regedit in the Windows search and clicking OK. Once there, hold down CTRL and F at the same time. To search for the browser hijacker, type the name of it in the Find box. When you select Find Next, the search for Computeradz -related entries in the registry should begin. Right-clicking on any detected object will delete it. If needed, repeat the search until nothing shows up.
Next, use the left panel of the Registry Editor to search the following locations for anything unusual:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
Keep in mind that if you remove essential registry files that are not connected to the hijacker, your computer and apps may be affected. To avoid this and avoid further damage to your computer, we strongly recommend you to use a third-party removal tool.
Please follow these instructions in all of your web browsers to ensure that the hijacker has no chance to reemerge the next time you restart the system.
Fight-click on the shortcut icon of your browser and select the Properties option.
At the top of the Properties window, choose Shortcut. In the “Target” text area, make sure “.exe” is the last word and there is nothing added after it. If you see anything strange, you should remove it.
Right-click the Internet Explorer gear symbol in the upper right corner of the browser when it first begins. Select Manage Add-ons from the Add-ons menu to remove any Computeradz -related extensions.
When you click the gear icon a second time, a drop-down list of options will appear. Select Internet Options. If your homepage URL has been changed without your permission, you should get it removed. To complete the procedure, press the Apply button.
Select Add-ons>> Extensions from the drop-down menu beneath Firefox’s main menu icon to remove Computeradz from the browser.
If you have any other questionable-looking extensions in the Extensions tab, you can remove them as well.
Close Chrome if it’s running, and then go to the following place on your system manually:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data.
Rename the Default folder to Backup Default, then restart Chrome to complete the step.
If Computeradz is still showing signs of its presence on the system after you complete all the steps from this guide, then please use the anti-virus software on this website or our free online virus scanner to check the system. We’ll do our best to reply to any questions or concerns you may have in the comments box below.