Favicon Miner Removal (June 2018 Update)

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

If you’re experiencing issues with your online surfing, and some strange program named Favicon Miner (out of the Favicon.ico website) is mining cryptocurrency without your knowledge or approval, then you have caught a browser hijacker. Usually, the browser hijacker’s attack is felt through browser changes and an overall worsening of your internet surfing. The typical symptoms may include longer page loading time, freezing or crashing of the affected browser, frequent page redirects, and probably the most annoying – replacements in the browser’s homepage or search engine. Browsers like Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer are typically the target of the hijacker as it tends to manipulate them in order to redirect the users to certain sponsored web locations. Due to this behavior, programs of this type are often mistaken for viruses and many users desperately seek for ways to remove them from their system. But is Favicon Miner really a virus and can it be uninstalled safely? This is what we are going to talk about in the next paragraphs. At the end of the page, you are also going to find a free removal guide with exact instructions, as well as a professional removal tool for additional assistance.

What are browser hijackers all about?

Browser hijackers are often related to browsing annoyance. These pieces of software are basically programmed to display various advertisements on the users’ screen and their aim is to redirect them to certain sponsored ads. Favicon Miner, for instance, claims to provide a better web searching experience. Its creators promote it as a tool that helps you quickly search for the information you need, provides instant access to popular websites and is supposed to meet the needs of the users by suggesting them relevant offers. There is nothing illegal or wrong with such activity. However, a lot of users have recently contacted us with complaints about enormous ads generation and browser modifications. It looks like in some cases, instead of giving you access to the needed pages, Favicon Miner prompts you to visit some third party websites, full of sponsored ads, banners, pop-ups and suggested links. It also provides modified search results through a newly installed homepage or search engine, which replaces the default one.

Favicon Miner Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware 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

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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 Favicon Miner 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 Favicon Miner from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Favicon Miner 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!
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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!

Due to these activities, many users find it hard to use their browser effectively, and fear being redirected to potentially dangerous sites. If we have to be honest, such fear is justified because there is no way to check the safety and legitimacy of every single ad, pop-up link or web page the browser hijacker may display. It is very possible, if you click on the displayed content, to end up on an insecure web location where threats like Trojans, Ransomware, and other nasty viruses may lurk. For this reason, our “How to remove” team would not encourage you to keep browser hijackers on your system and would rather suggest you uninstall them as soon as possible. Besides, you should know that programs like Favicon Miner may often try to collect some browsing-related data from your browser and transmit it to various marketers and online advertisers. This way, third parties may analyze your frequent search requests, location, language, social media likes and shares and use this information to offer you their sites and ads. 

What does the removal process of Favicon Miner look like?

From all the information above, you can easily understand why software like Favicon Miner could be classified as potentially unwanted. Fortunately, it is not as malicious as a real Ransomware or Trojan horse virus, and you can easily remove it from your system without professional’s help. In the removal guide below we have described all the removal steps in detail, and you can follow them in order to detect and delete the browser hijackers’ files. Keep in mind, though, that there might also be some “helper scripts” and extra applications, which may also have been installed on your system, and the best and fastest way to eliminate them is to scan your PC with a professional tool. There is a trusted one available in the guide, and we encourage you to use it in order to clean your PC thoroughly.

To prevent programs like Favicon Miner from invading your browsers in the future, keep in mind that they often get distributed via free software bundles. That’s why, when you download and run a new software pack, you should always check for additionally bundled components before allowing it to complete its installation. For that you should choose options like Advanced/ Custom/ Manual, instead of the Automatic/ Quick ones and always read the EULA before agreeing on anything.

SUMMARY:

Name Favicon Miner
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Longer page loading time, freezing or crashing of the affected browser, high usage of system resources.
Distribution Method Software bundles, torrents, free download links, automatic installation managers, spam messages, ads, pop-ups, freeware sites. 
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.