Lately, a lot of users have been complaining about a program called Epicunitscan.info “Malware”that invades their Firefox, Chrome or IE browser and fills it with all sorts of unwanted content such as sketchy toolbars, obscure new search engines while also changing the browser’s homepage and adding unwanted extensions to it. If a program does this, especially without the user’s permission, it is regarded as a Browser Hijacker.
Browser Hijackers are a specific type of programs that are known to obstruct users’ normal online experience by messing with their browsers, while also being difficult to remove. Here, you will learn how to deal with such nagging programs and how to keep them away from your PC for the days to come.
A lot of applications that fall under this category might appear useful and helpful at first. Some of them are marketed as software tools that will improve your internet security or PC performance. Unfortunately, this is almost never the case. Browser Hijackers are usually nothing but a way for their developers to earn money via online marketing. These intrusive programs come packed with a number of different features that allows their creators to generate significant amounts of income by exploiting the internet marketing industry. In some instances it is possible that the Hijacker might seem to provide the user with some form of helpful function but even then it would be for the sake of making the program more appealing so that more people would install it on their computers this increasing the overall profit for the Hijacker developers.
Is it a malware?
A lot of people refer to Browser Hijackers such as Epicunitscan.info as malware. It is debatable whether they fall under that category. This is because most programs of this kind, though annoying, are not dangerous for your PC. Also, a lot of Hijackers are actually legal programs. Malware refers to illegal software that can harm your system or execute some other form of illegal task. The infamous Ransomware and the dangerous Trojan horse viruses are actual forms of malware. On the other hand, Epicunitscan.info is pretty much harmless and usually cannot cause damage to your system or threaten your online security.
Sure, Hijackers are not noxious Ransomware but this does not mean that they should be allowed to remain on your PC any longer than they already have. In the beginning of this article we already mentioned some of the negative traits that most programs of this kind have. Here, we will list several more reasons why it’s best if you uninstall the nagging piece of programming ASAP.
- Apart from making changes to your browser, some Hijackers can monitor its history and searches. The information that is obtained through that can later be used to modify the adverts you see online so that they appear more attractive to you. The data can also be sold to third parties for profit purposes.
- We already mentioned the possibility of online ads coming from Hijackers. Unlike other online adverts, ones that are generated by those intrusive programs tend to show up on every page and tab you open and are incredibly obstructive and frustrating. The only way to fully stop them is to remove the Hijacker.
- While Epicunitscan.info might not cause any permanent damage to your system, it might cause your PC to run slower due to the increased amounts of RAM and CPU usage coming from the nagging application. In some cases, your browser or even your Windows Explorer might start to crash. Removing the Hijacker would make all of that go away. You can learn how to get rid of Epicunitscan.info down below the main part of the article in a detailed removal guide that we have prepared for you.
How do Hijackers get distributed?
In order to ensure that no more intrusive programs like Epicunitscan.info get installed on your machine, you need to have a good understanding of how these programs get spread throughout the internet. The next short list will summarize the most commonly employed techniques for Browser Hijacker distribution so that you’d know what to look out for and avoid:
- Junk mail – Spam is a favorite method for spreading all types of unwanted and oftentimes harmful programs. Hijackers are no exception to that rule. Always be careful when opening any new e-mails that seem suspicious or if somebody sends you a shady-looking link. In those cases, you’d best delete the message without interacting with it whatsoever.
- Sketchy sites – If you often tend to download torrents from unreliable or obscure sources, you might want to reconsider doing this in future. Many sites out there are distributors of unwanted software so you’d better make sure to stick only to ones that are trustworthy and reputable or you might end up landing all sorts of undesirable programs.
- File bundling – A file bundle is when a piece of software is bundled with the installer of some other program. Installing that other program usually installs the added software. To avoid this happening to you in future, always make sure to pay close attention to the details of the setup wizard. If you see any added software that seems like a potential Hijacker, you might want to uncheck it. If there is a custom installation option, make sure to choose that since this is often where the added content is hidden.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Intrusive and unwanted new browser search engine and toolbars, as well as a changed homepage are the usual signs of a Hijacker installed on your PC.|
|Distribution Method||The methods most commonly used for distributing Epicunitscan.info and other similar programs are spam letters, torrent sites and file bundles.|
Some threats of this type reinstall themselves repeatedly if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes.
Epicunitscan.info “Malware” Removal
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).
This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove Epicunitscan.info successfully!
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 Epicunitscan.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 Epicunitscan.info from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Epicunitscan.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.
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 didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!