Fastcanary Removal


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This page aims to help you remove Fastcanary. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Browser Hijacker apps are undeniably some of the most irritating forms of software that could get to your PC. The specific thing about this kind of software is that it works from your browser similarly to the way a regular browser extension would operate. However, if you have a hijacker on your Chrome, IE, Firefox or any other browsing program that’s on your PC, you’ll likely notice that, unlike most regular browser extensions, the hijacker isn’t really improving your browsing program in any way. In fact, it’s typically the opposite. Hijackers are known for adding new and obscure search engines, toolbars and homepages to the browser without the user’s permission as well as streaming intrusive ads, banners, pop-ups, box messages and page redirects during each browsing session, Such activity is not only highly irritating but could also sometimes put your computer at risk. Normally, the best thing to do in such a situation would be to ensure that the pesky app has been eliminated. We will show you down below how to remove one such hijacker from your PC in case it has managed to get installed on it. The name of the software is Fastcanary and recently there have been a lot of complaints about it from users who have had it installed on their machines. Similarly to the majority of hijacker apps out there, Fastcanary, too, tends to heavily obstruct the regular browsing experience of the user with its constant streaming of advertising materials and its unwanted changes that it tries to impose on any browser that the user might have. However, removing the unwanted software would typically solve all the aforementioned problems. The trick here is to know how to remove the hijacker because oftentimes a simple uninstallation won’t cut it. Normally, you’d need to check several locations on your PC for hijacker-related data and delete anything that might be coming from Fastcanary that you find there. You can do this manually, as shown in the removal guide below, or you could use a specialized software removal tool to do that for you automatically. In the guide, there’s also a recommended removal program that can help you with Fastcanary so use it if you’d prefer to go for the automatic method. Of course, you can use a combination of both of the methods which is actually what we’d advise you to do as this should prove to be the most effective way of getting rid of the unwanted app.

Fastcanary 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!

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.

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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 Fastcanary 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 Fastcanary from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Fastcanary 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

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 you need to know about the nature of hijackers

Here, we aren’t talking about virus programs like Ransomware, Trojans or Rootkits – hijacker apps are nowhere near as malicious and as dangerous. Most of the time, an app like Fastcanary would be used to accumulate income through its aggressive advertising and nothing more. However, the ads themselves might sometimes represent security hazards so you are advised to keep away from them. Sure, some of the offers that get presented to you might be real and you might want to explore further but there is a certain chance that some of the adds that get displayed on your screen might actually be redirect links to all sorts of shady pages and sites. If you are not cautious, you could easily land on some questionable and unreliable web location and that way your machine might get exposed to all sorts of threats. So, if you don’t want to get some insidious malware like Ransomware, Spyware, Worms, Rootkits or Trojans you’d better keep your distance from the advertising materials that might get streamed on your screen by the hijacker.

Ways you can get a hijacker on your PC

Most users don’t’ know how they have landed Fastcanary because such app typically have rather sneaky distribution techniques. For instance, you could have gotten the hijacker through a spam e-mail to which it had been attached or by interacting with some misleading online piece of content like a fake advert or a fake web offer. Also, if you have recently installed something on your PC using the Quick or Default setup configuration, this is yet another way you could have gotten the hijacker because it might have been bundled with the program you have installed. To avoid this in future, always check the Custom setup menu to see if there aren’t any bundled/optional installs added to the installation manager. If there is anything added and you think that it might turn out to be a hijacker or some other similar unwanted software, uncheck it before you continue and it won’t get installed on your system alongside the main program after the installation is finished.

SUMMARY:

Name Fastcanary
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Browser Hijackers have the unpleasant ability to alter the settings of your browser and fill it with ads which is how you can spot them.
Distribution Method Most of the time such apps get distributed through malvertising, spam and through software bundles.
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