Departurealtar is a rogue app that attaches itself to browsers, forcing them to market different sites, services, and products by aggressively page-redirecting the user to them. Departurealtar can affect Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and other popular browser and change their homepage and search engine addresses.
There are some applications, known as browser hijackers which are not among the most pleasant pieces of software to have on your computer. A typical example are Departurealtar and Poshukach– this is also the most probable source of the recent on-screen ads invasion which might have recently been forced on your Chrome, Firefox or IE browser. In today’s article, we are going to tell you more about the way this particular application operates.
Most users who have this browser hijacker on their PC complain about getting automatically redirected to certain sponsored websites full of difficult-to-remove ads, pop-ups, banners and similar intrusive advertising content without their approval. This behavior of the application normally causes confusion and frequent browsing interruptions which prevents the users from browsing normally. Unfortunately, uninstalling the undesired browser changes and getting rid of the ads can be very frustrating. Normally, in order to remove Departurealtar and all of its related components, you need to either use a professional removal tool or follow certain manual removal steps. That’s why, on this page, we have prepared a detailed removal guide with a number of instructions for those of you who want to deal with the browser hijacker effectively.
What are the browser hijackers used for?
As most other software types, the browser hijackers are also created to generate profits. These pieces of software operate as online advertising applications, which serve the needs of the online marketing industry and generate huge profits from sponsored clicks, page-redirects and website traffic. Through methods like Pay-Per-Click or different sponsored ads positioning, hijackers such as Departurealtar try to make money for their developers from the clicks of the users.
Most of the pop-ups, automatic page-redirects and browser changes are sponsored by certain online advertisers who want you to land on their sites and offers and to eventually make a purchase, create traffic or popularize their products and services. This activity is generally seen as harmless because it is part of the online advertising methods which the marketing industry is using to promote certain things on the users’ screen.The problem with the browser hijackers and their advertising methods, however, occurs when the amount of ads and sponsored redirects interferes with the normal users’ browsing and starts to modify their actual search results.
Usually, in order to advertise more aggressively, most hijacking pieces of software may try to gain control over the default browser and modify its Internet settings. They may often favor some paid homepage domains, search engine tools, toolbars or add-ons and may try to force you to use them by installing them on your default browser without asking for your permission. These applications may also be able to monitor your browsing habits and thus redirect you to certain relevant ads and offers in order to gain revenue from your clicks.
What danger may applications like Departurealtar pose and how are they distributed?
Most browser hijackers are generally considered to be potentially unwanted applications. This is pretty understandable having in mind the irritation and browsing disturbance they can usually cause. However, if we have to compare them to real computer viruses (aka Trojans, worms, spyware, ransomware, etc.) such pieces of software are not that dangerous. An application like Departurealtar, for instance, (apart from the browsing disturbance that we mentioned above, cannot cause any significant damage to your system (at least not directly by itself). It simply does not have malicious code in it.
A representative of the ransomware virus type or a Trojan horse infection, however, is a real tool for corruption and destruction which can encrypt your data, steal your passwords or damage your OS in such a way that the damage might be irreparable. Nevertheless, despite not being a serious computer threat, the presence of the browser hijacker in the computer may not be desirable. That’s why it is better to keep your system protected than having to find a way to uninstall the hijacker at a later time. The thing is that you may end up with such applications without realizing it, mostly when you download and install some software bundles or updates without customizing their setup configuration. Still, you can easily avoid having your favorite browser hijacked by potentially unwanted applications by using the Advanced/Custom installation options and paying close attention to the setup process of the software you install on your PC.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||New homepage or search engine settings may be imposed on your default browser.|
|Distribution Method||Programs like this one are typically found inside different software bundles, torrents, free download links, shareware sites, freeware platforms and spam messages.|
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Remove Departurealtar Virus
To try and remove Departurealtar 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 Departurealtar extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove Departurealtar by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of Departurealtar and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Departurealtar 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 Departurealtar 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 Departurealtar from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Remove Departurealtar 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!