Eegeeglou is an ad-spamming browser hijacker for Windows that is capable of altering the way your browser behaves and functions. Eegeeglou can add a new search engine to the browser and make it its default one and it can also replace the address of the homepage.
Such changes may seem innocent but their introduction by the hijacker isn’t aimed at improving your online experience or making your time spent online safer. Instead, the browser modifications introduced by apps like Eegeeglou, Wave Browser, Home Search Design are mainly made in order to turn your browser into a platform for advertising online services and software products and for boosting the traffic of certain websites that pay the hijacker creators for the promotion. Through page redirects, the display of aggressive and misleading ads and banners, and through different unauthorized changes in browsers like Firefox, Chrome, and others, a hijacker is able to generate substantial amounts of income for its creators by implementing remuneration models like the infamous Pay-Per-View and Pay-Per-Click.
Users exposed to this kind of aggressive advertising are typically eager to remove the ad-spamming app that has attached itself to their browser, but once they try to remove the unwanted software, they quickly stumble upon certain issues, namely, their inability to effectively make the hijacker go away. At first, you may be unpleasantly surprised by the fact that you cannot normally remove the hijacker, but once you take into account the fact that the longer this app stays on your computer, the greater the potential profit for its creators would be, it becomes clear why the developers of browser hijackers like Eegeeglou may design their applications to be difficult to remove for the less experienced user. In fact, many people reach the (false) conclusion that their systems have been attacked by dangerous malware threats like Trojan horse viruses, espionage tools of the Spyware type, or file-encrypting Ransomware infections. The truth about most hijackers, however, is that they do not possess the ability to cause damage to the system to initiate any other harmful tasks. Their goal remains the generation of paid advertisements and the promotion of various sites, which, in and of itself, is more irritating than harmful.
Potential security issues related to browser hijackers
The fact that the Eegeeglou app will probably not try to encrypt your personal files like a Ransomware virus or to corrupt your system like a Trojan doesn’t mean it is perfectly safe to keep this app on your computer and to allow it to operate freely in it. The hijackers are still not apps to be trusted and relied upon, especially considering the fact that they may not always advertise and promote the most secure of online locations.
In some cases, Eegeeglou may potentially show you ads or link you to pages that are hosted by scammers, crooks, and hackers and if you interact with such content, you could easily get your machine exposed to malware threats way more problematic than Eegeeglou itself. That is why the uninstallation of this app is still the best course of action and if you wish to learn how you can quickly ensure that Eegeeglou is removed, follow the steps offered in the removal guide from the current page and you should have no problem dealing with this unpleasant browser hijacker.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
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Remove Eegeeglou Virus
To try and remove Eegeeglou 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 Eegeeglou extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove Eegeeglou by clicking on the Thrash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of Eegeeglou and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Eegeeglou 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 Eegeeglou 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 Eegeeglou from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Remove Eegeeglou 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!