EasyXplore is a browser hijacking program that is used for website promotion and the generation of pay-per-click ads. EasyXplore typically looks like an add-on to Chrome, Firefox, Edge and other commonly used web browsers but as soon as it gets installed, it makes changes to their homepage, the main search engine and the taskbar appearance.
In general, EasyXplore seeks to redirect traffic from the browsers it hijacks to some sponsored web pages that pay for visits and clicks. In this way, the program generates income for its developers on a pay-per-click basis. Unfortunately, the alternations that EasyXplore imposes to the users’ browsers without asking for approval are often seen as undesirable and difficult to get used to.
The EasyXplore Virus
If you have the EasyXplore virus inside your default web browser and you open it, you will most probably notice that the strange program will start to encourage you to click on some site links by placing certain pay-per-click advertisements, banners and pop-up alerts on your screen. Not only that, but also the EasyXplore virus may install some new components, such as a new search engine that shows exclusively supported search results or some redirect buttons and toolbars that automatically reroute you to some promoted pages. The homepage address may also be replaced by this program with a promotional website so that any time you open a new window or load a new, you get automatically redirected to that specific website.
The positive thing is that a browser hijacker like EasyXplore has absolutely no chance of staying concealed in the system because, unlike Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware and other computer viruses which typically show no symptoms, the advertising activities of the hijacker would give it away instantly. In fact, such software doesn’t even try to remain hidden – quite the contrary – it would try to be in your face as much as possible and to put as many redirect reminders, click-prompts, pop-up advertisements, colorful banners and promotional links on your screen as possible. In this way, the hijacker simply increases the chances to generate revenue for its creators based on how many ad-clicks and site visits it receives from users. The main problem is that in its attempts to collect clicks, this software often employs very aggressive online advertising strategies that cause irritation to a lot of web users. That’s why many of them seek methods to permanently remove the intrusive program and uninstall its unwelcome browser changes.
If you spend most of your time online, surfing the web through your browser, then a browser hijacker such as EasyXplore, Capita Search, Mazy Search can quickly become a very undesirable program. As we mentioned above, such software tries to profit from remaining on your computer for as long as possible and collecting paid clicks and redirects from you. That’s why, aside from making automatic changes to your browser, it will constantly cover your screen with hundreds of advertisements, pop-up notifications, banners and redirect prompts until you remove it. Fortunately, this task does not require the skills that you will need if you have to deal with a Trojan horse, Ransomware, or some other computer virus. That’s why a self-help guide with detailed instructions like the one that you can find below should be more than enough to help anyone who wants to uninstall EasyXplore.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Modifications in the browser’s search engine and homepage settings are among the very first symptoms.|
|Distribution Method||Free file bundles, torrents, ads and spam messages may frequently distribute Browser Hijackers across the web.|
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How To Remove EasyXplore Virus
To try and remove EasyXplore 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 EasyXplore extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove EasyXplore by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of EasyXplore and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed EasyXplore 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 EasyXplore 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 EasyXplore from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove EasyXplore 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!