How To Remove Extension.citypage.today “Virus” (June 2018 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove Extension.citypage.today “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Unauthorized page redirects, nagging pop-ups, and a unstoppable flow of ads have recently started disturbing your normal web browsing? If so, then your Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer has probably been hijacked by a program named Extension.citypage.today. This web redirect software can be classified as a typical browser hijacker. It may replace your default search engine or homepage and place some sponsored custom ones without your direct approval. Fortunately, the browser hijackers are not as harmful as the virus infections (Ransomware, Trojans, Spyware, etc.) and even if they manage to take over your browser and make your web searching impossible without a stream of nagging popping commercials, you can easily remove them with the help of some detailed instructions. In the next lines we will tell you more about how to effectively uninstall Extension.citypage.today “Virus” and get your default settings back to normal, but first, let us give you some more information about the nature of this software and its purposes.

Whats the purpose of Extension.citypage.today?

The term browser hijacker is typically related to aggressive online advertising and website redirecting software (such as Extension.citypage.today “Virus”), which serves the needs of their creators by applying changes to the users’ default browsers. The changes may affect the people’s default homepage or search engine or the installation of some new toolbar that may start sudden redirects to sponsored web pages. As you may notice yourself, the main idea behind this activity is to display different pop-ups, ads, banners, and websites, which aggressively promote certain products, offers, and services. The developers of such software usually benefit from the clicks which the displayed ads may get thanks to popular online advertising methods like Pay-Per-Click or Pay-Per-View. You, as a user, however, may be prompted to click on as many commercials as possible without actually being offered any useful service or functionality form keeping the browser hijacker on your PC. In fact, all that you could experience may be constant ads interruptions and shady redirects to unfamiliar websites and their aggressive content.

Software bundles help Extension.citypage.today to get installed on your system!

Many users wonder how they can end up with a program like Extension.citypage.today “Virus” on their PC. Some even think that the browser hijacker has “infected” them the same way that a virus could. However, the browser hijackers are not viruses, nor do they use the same criminal tricks that the Trojans or the Ransomware infections could implement in order to get inside the users’ system.

Usually, this software gets distributed as a legitimate component, which is often bundled inside the setup of another program. Most of the time, you can find pieces like Extension.citypage.today under the Advanced/Custom settings of various free installers, marked as “additional” or “recommended” software. Different freeware, torrents, and shareware platforms openly offer such bundles for free download, so if you frequently use software from such places, you should better remember to make use of the Advanced/Custom options and carefully disable any program that you think might be potentially unwanted. If you miss this important customization step, you may need to remove the additionally bundled components later by using a professional removal tool or a Removal Guide like the one below.

 

Extension.citypage.today “Virus” Removal

 

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


Step1

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).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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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. 

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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. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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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:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

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:

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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.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

DNS

Step5

  • 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).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Extension.citypage.today from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Extension.citypage.today from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Extension.citypage.today from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    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!

What could possibly go wrong if you don’t uninstall Extension.citypage.today form your PC?

Well, usually, nothing fatal or irreparable could happen to your computer if you keep a browser hijacker on it. This software won’t attempt to cause harm or corrupt your OS, however, if you don’t remove it, you may have to endure its redirects and ads generation every time you open your browser. Not only is this very irritating, but you may also experience sudden browser crashes, freezing of the screen and unresponsiveness to your searches, which may significantly decrease the quality of your entire web experience. The risk of accidentally clicking on some misleading links or fake ads also exists, so it is generally not advisable to interact much with the content that Extension.citypage.today may generate. Additionally, if you carefully read the Privacy Policy of the hijacker, you may find out that it may collect and track data about your browsing habits, latest searches, history, IP address, location and frequently visited web pages. This data is usually seen as a valuable online marketing resource, which could be sold to advertisers, interested in targeting you with their ads. If you don’t fancy the idea of being tracked down, please follow the instructions in the Removal guide below or scan your PC with the professional Extension.citypage.today “Virus” removal tool for optimal removal results.

SUMMARY:

Name Extension.citypage.today
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Unauthorized page redirects, nagging pop-ups, and unstoppable flow of ads may start disturbing your normal web browsing
Distribution Method Spam messages, freeware sites, torrents, shareware platforms, free download links, ads, software bundles. 
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.


  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    You should really delete the IPs from your hosts file and save the changes to it – those entries aren’t supposed to be inside your hosts file.