This page aims to help you remove the EasyTechy “Con” from your computer. These EasyTechy “Con” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
You’ve probably been forced to find this page due to a particular scam that has been causing trouble within your browser – the EasyTechy “call for support” Con. The EasyTechy “Con” is a browser hijacker that has been specifically designed to affect all of the most popular browsers (Chrome, Firefox, IE) by changing the homepage and default search engine, as well as redirecting users to various promotional pages. However this particular one is a bit more serious as it deceives users into calling phone numbers for fake support. Another very characteristic feature of this kind of software is the distribution of numerous ads in the form of popups, box messages, banners and other flashy means of advertising certain products and services online. To some this may seem to be no more than an annoyance, but for many this tends to be quite alarming and arouses suspicion of a virus infection. Let us assure you that you are not dealing with a virus and in the following article we will explain the difference, as well as let you in on some other valuable information about the software in question. In addition to this, the removal guide below will help you effectively uninstall EasyTechy and remove any and all of its traces from your system.
Why EasyTechy is not a virus
Viruses and malware are pieces of programming that have been created with one or more harmful purposes, which they execute once inside a victim’s computer. They typically infiltrate it by stealth and can cause major damage to the files on it and to the machine itself, like the infamous ransomware and Trojans can. Browser hijackers, on the other hand, are merely programmed to generate and display adverts of various kinds with the intent of landing clicks. That way the developers profit and this is actually a very widespread online business model called the Pay Per Click scheme. There are, however, certain drawbacks to having a program like this present on your PC.
For starters, over time it may begin to affect your computer’s performance, if it hasn’t already. You might notice that it has become slower, certain programs may take ages to load, your browser might begin to crash and your entire system might begin to freeze every now and again. This is due to the large amount of resources that may be required for the ad-generating process, but the side effects don’t end here. In order to make the hijacker more effective in attracting clicks, it has also been programmed to record your surfing activities, such as browsing history, search queries, etc. This results in programs like EasyTechy being able to adjust their advertising campaigns to the user’s interests and display only those ads that would potentially be more likely to draw their attention. However, this behavior is often seen as fairly intrusive by users and arouse questions as to how the gathered information is stored, whose it may end up in and what other purposes it may be used for.
And as if that weren’t disturbing enough, there’s also another aspect to browser hijackers like EasyTechy that shouldn’t be overlooked. It could happen that the hijacker may display a misleading ad or even a malicious one that has been corrupted by hackers. This is the practice known as malvertising and is actually a very serious threat, as it has proven to be the most effective means of distribution for the world’s most feared virus type – ransomware. What it makes these fake ads so dangerous is that they look no different from regular ads and if you happen to click no them, you probably won’t even be alerted in any way that by doing so you’ve downloaded malware.
How to avoid EasyTechy in the future?
First of all you should never call the phone number shown on the pop-ups. With that out of the way, to be able to maneuver past various unwanted programs on the internet (not just browser hijackers) it’s important to understand how they usually end up on people’s computers. For the most part it’s usually via program bundles, so make sure to mind your download sources and only use those you can absolutely trust. Also, pay attention to the setup wizard of any newly downloaded software that you’re about to install. Make sure you always select the advanced or custom settings, so you can be in control of what added programs get or don’t get installed as well. Another pretty common way to get infected with EasyTechy and such is via spam emails, so make sure you are cautious around those as well. Don’t just randomly click around new messages and don’t follow just any link they tell you to. Be critical and use your common sense.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||The most typical symptoms include altered browser settings and streams of ads, while surfing the web.|
|Distribution Method||Most commonly via program bundles and spam email campaigns.|
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EasyTechy “Con” Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
- Do not skip this – EasyTechy may have hidden some of its files.
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.
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 EasyTechy 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 EasyTechy from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove EasyTechy 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.
- At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 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
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