Fiaharam is a potentially unwanted program that operates as a browser hijacker and causes page-redirects to sponsored pages and unwanted alterations in the system’s main web browser. Despite not being malicious, Fiaharam is best to be uninstalled from the computer, as it may lead to serious browsing disturbance.
Browser hijacker applications such as Fiaharam are not unusual and, in fact, are more commonly encountered than viruses such as Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware and Worms. This is because these programs are not malicious pieces of software but online advertising tools which are used to promote different products and services on the users’ screen. They typically integrate with browsers like Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera and others and display various pop-up messages, banner ads, and redirect links on the pages that the users visit.
Some more advanced browser hijackers may even change the browser’s homepage, the toolbar and/or search the engine settings in order to allow more sponsored results to be displayed in the search results. The victims of Fiaharam may notice that their homepage address has been replaced with a different one. On top of that, their preferred search engine might have been changed to one that overshadows the actual search results and constantly generates links to sites that aggressively promote some sponsored products and services.
The Fiaharam.net browser hijacker may quickly become unwanted for another reason, tough. Fiaharam.net may slow down and potentially cause browser crashes and/or freezing of the screen. It may also make the affected browser unresponsive which may not be such a big issue but can certainly be unpleasant in the long run.
The main problem with these changes is that they can significantly affect the way the user surfs the web. Besides, they cannot be easily removed or uninstalled which can be awkward and incredibly stressful. At the same time, many people may not realize that if they don’t do something about the browser changes, the modified search results and the constant redirects to unfamiliar websites may increase the risk of landing on questionable web locations where security hazards such as viruses, Ransomware, Trojans and other malware may lurk. Security issues may also emerge from the ads and the pop-up notifications that get shown on the screen because, sometimes, they may lead to less than secure web addresses or low-quality offers.
How to avoid browser hijackers in the future?
Free installation packages are the most common places where programs like Fiaharam can be found. These apps normally are promoted as free components to some other more attractive and desirable software and are bundled in the setup package. If the user runs the main software installer without carefully customizing its settings, the hijacker would also be enabled and will become part of the system along with the other software. Unfortunately, many viruses and malicious programs also use similar installation techniques and can be downloaded and installed in the system by default. That’s why, the best advice we can give you is to always pay attention to the installation settings of every new setup package and be selective about your download sources.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Unauthorized search engine and homepage changes, ads, pop-ups and banners all over the screen.|
|Distribution Method||Free software installation packages, torrents, ads, spam messages, free download links, email attachments.|
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Fiaharam Virus Removal
To try and remove Fiaharam quickly you can try this:
- Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
- Then click on the Extensions tab.
- Look for the Fiaharam extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove Fiaharam by clicking on the Thrash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of Fiaharam and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Fiaharam removal guide below.
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
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
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.
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 Fiaharam 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 Fiaharam from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Fiaharam 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 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!