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One of the latest additions to the list of browser hijackers is the Exusnefte. The Exusnefte target Google Chrome users and initiates page redirects to suspicious web locations. In addition, this program has been reported to generate and display various sketchy messages and notifications on the screens of its victims.
These notifications may show up in the form of colorful banners, spontaneous popups, box messages, etc. And if for whatever reason you click on one of these, you may find yourself being sent to an unsecure or even downright dangerous website. For this reason, it is imperative that you remove the Exusnefte from your computer as soon as possible. Our tested removal guide below will help you do just that. And there’s a professional removal tool available here, too, if you’d rather have the process handled automatically.
The Exusnefte Virus
Browser hijackers are typically distributed among users with the help of things like program bundles. And the Exusnefte virus is likely no exception to this rule. So chances are you downloaded some type of program for free and installed it on your computer, whereas the Exusnefte virus was inserted in the installation manager.
What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:
From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to Exusnefte.
If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to Exusnefte.
If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.
Remove Exusnefte from Chrome
Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
Go to more tools
Now select extensions
Remove the Exusnefte extension
Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to Exusnefte and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
Get rid of Exusnefte by removing it from extensions
If using Firefox:
Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.
If using MS Edge/IE:
Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by “Exusnefte” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.
How to Delete Exusnefte
Open task manager
Look for the Exusnefte process
Select it and click on End task
Open the file location to delete Exusnefte
Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
If you don’t see a “Exusnefte” process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
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If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.
How to Uninstall Exusnefte
Click on the home button
Search for Startup Apps
Look for Exusnefte in there
Uninstall Exusnefte from Startup Apps by turning it off
Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any Exusnefte-related entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat.
Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found.
After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to Exusnefte in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
Although it has been dubbed a virus, Exusnefte isn’t actually one. As pointed out in the beginning of this article, it is a browser hijacker. Hence, it is not a malicious program in itself and cannot actually inflict any harm on your system. But as a result of its activities, you could end up being exposed to actual malware such as Trojans, ransomware and others. Furthermore, many of the page redirects that it causes could lead you to phishing pages, scams, infected sites and whatnot. This, in turn, could potentially result in you falling victim to cyber criminals who can steal money from you, gain access to sensitive data or damage your PC. The possibilities are as endless as they are dark and gloomy. So with that in mind, it’s advisable to do your best to NOT interact with any of the content displayed by this browser hijacker.
How did I end up with Exusnefte in the first place?
It is easy to overlook the presence of such added components in the installers of the programs you would like to integrate with your system. But preventing their entry into your system isn’t exactly rocket science either. You can make sure things like this don’t happen to you in the future by selecting the more detailed advanced or custom setup of any new application that you’re about to install. This will enable you to have more control over the process and you will be notified about any added programs, like Herofherlittl or Stonkstime if there are any. And most importantly, you will be able to remove them from the setup if you so choose. Also, a good prevention measure against browser hijackers and other unwanted software is simply being more mindful of your web browsing habits. Avoid suspicious content and web locations and only stick to those that you trust and know to be safe.
About the author
Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.