Fofy is a browser hijacker program that operates as an online advertising tool. Fofy typically displays a variety of web ads on the screen of the main web browser and initiates auto-redirects to pre-defined URLs without the users’ approval.
To operate, the browser hijacker normally integrates with the main web browser in the system (this could be Chrome, Edge, Mozilla, or another one) and installs some new search engine, a specific homepage or some new toolbars and buttons that redirect to some pre-set URLs. In addition to that, an app like Fofy may display various pop-up ads, banner messages and on-screen notifications on every single website that you visit. All in all, such a browser hijacker can be very irritating to keep on your system, therefore, on this page, we will show you how to safely uninstall it. Below you will find a removal manual with all the needed instructions, as well as a professional Fofy removal tool that you can use to scan your system.
The Fofy Virus
Fofy belongs to the software class of browser hijackers which are, basically, programs that display unwanted advertising with the help of some quite intrusive and questionable methods. Fofy typically uses a combination of browser changes, automatic page-redirects and an unstoppable stream of online ads in order to ensure exposure and traffic to some sponsored websites and their offers.
It is important to say that the browser hijackers do not initiate unlawful activities in the system of web users. Therefore, they are very different from viruses and malware such as the notorious Ransomware, Trojans, and Spyware. Most of the people who develop such software have fully legitimate companies and use applications like Fofy to generate income from paid ads clicks. However, in their strive for more pay-per-click profits, sometimes the developers may employ quite aggressive online advertising tactics.
For instance, they can create browser hackers that record the users’ latest web searches and continuously display pop-ups or banners that correspond to them. Or they may set the hijackers to automatically redirect the users’ queries to specific sites that supposedly match a given search term without asking for permission. This can lead to a continuous flow of web page rerouting. Trying to remove one ad can typically load another. Clicking on one URL can redirect to another. Such an activity is not only very irritating but also could expose the machine to unreliable web content and compromised websites where threats like Spyware, Trojans and Ransomware viruses could be lurking. At some point, the hijacked web browser may also start to experience frequent lags, unresponsiveness and sudden crashes.
Besides, the activities that a program like Fofy can initiate may waste valuable processing power and may affect the overall efficiency of the system and slow it down. Therefore, one of the best solutions is to uninstall the unwanted application and remove its related components from the affected web browser with the help of the instructions in the removal guide below. An even faster and totally risk-free method to eliminate the browser hijacker is to use a professional removal tool such as the one on this page. So pick the method that suits you the most and regain control of your web browser immediately.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||You may notice that your browser’s new tab, the homepage or the preferred search engine has been replace with another one.|
|Distribution Method||Browser Hijackers can often be found in a bundle with other free applications, or inside torrents, spam messages, and autoamtic download managers.|
Remove Fofy Virus
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.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
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 Fofy 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 Fofy from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Fofy 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!