This page aims to help you remove Engine.spotscenered.info. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Browser hijackers are a category of software applications that typically operate as page redirects for most browsers out there – Chrome, IE, Firefox, Opera, Vivaldi, Edge or any other browser that you might use can get affected by such a software. Typically, hijackers come in the form of extensions for your browser, oftentimes promising to provide you with improved online experience – faster and more optimized browsing, better Internet security, useful web-browsing tools, etc. The reality, however, is in most cases different. Today, we will introduce you to one particular representative of the Hijacker category – a page-redirect called Engine.spotscenered.info. The main traits that characterize this hijacker is its ability to trigger redirects to random Internet sites and potentially change the appearance and functionality of your browsing program. For instance, your browser’s homepage and new-tab page might get changed as well as your previous search engine could get replaced with a new one. As we already said, the creator of the hijacker would typically claim that the introduced browser changes would actually make your online experience safer, more pleasant and more optimized. However, most users report that the said changes are rather unpleasant and obstructive. Because of this, we have decided to post this article in which we will go into more detail about the true nature of browser redirects/hijackers such as Engine.spotscenered.info and how one could uninstall and remove them from their computer so that they no longer mess with the user’s browsers. If you are currently in a similar situation, we highly recommend you read the remainder of this post and make use of the instructions from the removal guide that has been added down below.
Browser Hijackers – what are they used for?
It should be obvious by now that Engine.spotscenered.info and other page redirects aren’t typically created out of desire to actually benefit the end user. After all, who would really want to have some weird and less-functional search engine added to their browser that would replace the default one. The same applies to the potential change of the homepage and the new-tab page – if you want to set new ones, you can do that yourself, you don’t need some intrusive piece of software to do it for you.
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
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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:
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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 Engine.spotscenered.info 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 Engine.spotscenered.info from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Engine.spotscenered.info 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.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
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!
The reality is that hijackers are normally developed for advertising purposes – this is the whole reason behind the many modifications that they try to introduce to the user’s browser as well as the reason why such applications oftentimes try to display obstructive ads and redirect the user to sponsored pages. Bear in mind that this is a very profitable business and as long as a hijacker gets distributed to enough computers the revenue that it could potentially earn can be really high. Of course, end users hardly ever benefit from such browser-redirecting software. As was already said, pretty much no one would actually want to have their browsing programs modified in such a way.
The good news is that if Engine.spotscenered.info is currently inside your system and browser, the likelihood of it causing any direct damage to your machine is rather low. Page-redirecting browser hijackers aren’t the same as Trojan Horses, Ransomware, Worms or any other form of actual malware. While Engine.spotscenered.info might indeed be incredibly irritating at times, it’s main purpose would normally have nothing to do with causing any harm to your system. That said, there are still ways in which your machine could get indirectly exposed to danger due to the presence of a hijacker. For example, although the page-redirecting application isn’t really harmful in itself, the ads and pages that it can redirect you to might sometimes be coming from shady and unreliable sources. In certain cases, a banner or a page you might get redirected to might even serve as a distributor for malware viruses like the ones mentioned above – Worms, Ransomware, Trojans, etc. While this is relatively rare of an occurrence, you must still be careful around anything that a hijacker like Engine.spotscenered.info displays on your screen. Just avoid any hijacker-related content to make sure that no harm comes to your computer.
Typically, in order for a hijacker to get installed on a computer, some form of user interaction is required. Maybe you clicked on a misleading advert or opened a file attachment/weblink from a spam e-mail/Facebook message and you you got Engine.spotscenered.info nagging you every time you try to browse the Internet. Another possibility is if you installed a program with bundled content (optional installs). In such a case, the way to avoid this from happening again is making sure to customize the installation from the setup menu – next time you are about to install a new program make sure to uncheck any added software the installation of which is optional if it seems like it could be unwanted.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Hijackers tend to introduce various changes to the user’s browser which can be considered as their most typical symptom.|
|Distribution Method||Spam e-mails, misleading web requests, shady online ads, file bundles, torrents, sites with questionable reputation and others.|