How to remove Initial Page 123 Virus June 2017 Update

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This page aims to help you remove Initial Page 123 Virus. These Initial Page 123 Virus removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

One of the most annoying and irritating types of programs that you can encounter are the so called Browser Hijackers and today we will introduce you to one particular piece of software that falls under this category. The program we are referring to is known as Initial Page 123 Virus and here you can learn what it actually does, why it is considered unwanted and how you can remove it from your PC and ensure that it does not come back in the future. Browser Hijackers are programs that normally latch onto the user’s browser and try to take control over certain aspects of it. It doesn’t matter what your browser program is – it could be Chrome, Firefox, IE or any other one, the Hijacker would still be able to invade it and mess with it. The most common complaints from this type of software is that it changes the browser’s homepage, replaces its previous search engine and/or ads a new toolbar without the user’s agreement. Additionally, it is also possible that applications like Initial Page 123 Virus could also cause unwanted page redirects to random sites that the user does not want to visit. Furthermore, sometimes the sites you get sent to could turn out to be potentially hazardous, which is yet another solid reason why programs of this category are normally seen as unwanted.

The purpose of a Hijacker

Usually, users that willingly install Browser Hijacker on their PC’s do it thinking that the program is actually going to help them in some way. After all, many applications the likes of Initial Page 123 Virus are actually advertised as helpful and useful software tools that can make one’s browsing experience safer or more pleasant or improve the overall performance of the PC. Some Hijacker developers even claim that their products will resolve system errors and maybe provide protection against viruses. Of course, at this point no one actually sees the program as a Browser Hijacker and it is not until the software gets installed and it starts messing with the browser and Internet settings that the user realizes that things did not go as expected.

The truth about most Browser Hijackers is that they are created as tools for online marketing that employ a number of aggressive advertising methods in order to benefit their developers. While some programs of this type might actually have some form of useful function that the regular customer can benefit from, the majority of Hijackers are simply there to generate profit for the people who created them.

Risks

It is not uncommon for people to refer to Browser Hijackers as malware and it is not difficult to understand why. After all, these are programs that do something unwanted on the computer without the permission of the user. However, this does not mean that Initial Page 123 Virus is some kind of harmful and malicious PC virus, similar to a Trojan horse or Ransomware. That being said, there are quite a few security risks that can be caused by a program such as the one we are currently talking about. For example, the many changes to your internet/browser settings introduced by the Hijacker can lead to your computer becoming exposed and vulnerable to hacker attacks, which is obviously something that you wouldn’t want. Additionally, as we already mentioned earlier, the page redirects that are caused by the Hijacker might sometimes land you on websites that could be illegal and hazardous. On top of all that, software like Initial Page 123 Virus could also displays misleading and deceitful banners and online notifications in your browser that you should not interact with or else, you might still get redirected to some obscure and shady web address. All in all, if you want to keep your machine protected from any nasty computer viruses such as Trojans, Spyware, Ransomware, etc. you should probably remove the unpleasant Hijacker.

PC security

The best way to avoid the potential issues that a Hijacker might cause is to simply keep such programs away from your PC system. To do that, you must remember to employ the following safety tips and rules that we are about to present you with.

  • Obviously, being careful online is key to keeping your computer safe. Do not visit any websites that you think might represent a potential security risk and do not download stuff from sources that have no been verified as reliable and trustworthy.
  • Next, there’s the importance of being vigilant and thoughtful when checking your e-mail inbox. A lot of times, Browser Hijackers would get distributed in the form of file-attachments or hyperlinks added to spam e-mails. Therefore, you must learn to discern such shady messages in order to avoid interacting with their contents.
  • Anti-malware programs can greatly help you in the fight against potentially unwanted programs like Initial Page 123 Virus. If you don’t have such a tool on your PC, consider getting one in order to enhance the security levels of your system.
  • Finally, make sure that you never rush through the setup menu of software that you want to install on your PC. Before clicking on the Install button, you should have made sure that there aren’t any other applications bundled with the main program that could potentially be unwanted. If you think that anything added to the program you want to install might be a Hijacker or some other form of undesirable software, be sure to leave it out of the installation so that it does not get on your PC after the process is over.

 

SUMMARY:

Name Initial Page 123
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms The main symptoms are various unpleasant browser changes such as replaced homepage or changed search engine.
Distribution Method Deceitful browser banners, ads, offers, etc., shady e-mails with file attachments/web-links (or some other form of spam), software bundles and others.
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.

Initial Page 123 Virus 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

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. If you want a fast safe solution, we recommend SpyHunter. 

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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. 

malware-start-taskbar

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.

appwiz

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:

msconfig_opt

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:

hosts_opt (1)

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).

browser-hijacker-taskbar-properties

Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Initial Page 123 Virus 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 Initial Page 123 Virus from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Initial Page 123 Virus 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!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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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!


  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Hello, the IP’s that you’ve send us aren’t supposed to be in your PC’s Hosts file and should be removed from there. Delete them and save the changes to the file.

    • Konstantinos Kouklis

      I know but can you tell me how to delete them? I mean how can I locate their positions in order to delete them?

      • HowToRemove.Guide Team

        You simply need to delete the from the Hosts file itself, as you would normally delete regular text from a text document

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Try resetting the browser and cleaning its cache. Also, see if there are any shady browser extensions.

  • Subhash

    hello there are lots of IPs after local host pls tell me what to do with them

    # unchecky_begin
    # These rules were added by the Unchecky program in order to block advertising software modules
    0.0.0.0 0.0.0.0 # fix for traceroute and netstat display anomaly
    0.0.0.0 tracking.opencandy .com.s3 .amazonaws. com
    0.0.0.0 media.opencandy. com
    0.0.0.0 cdn.opencandy. com
    0.0.0.0 tracking.opencandy. com
    0.0.0.0 api.opencandy. com
    0.0.0.0 api.recommendedsw. com
    0.0.0.0 installer.betterinstaller. com
    0.0.0.0 installer.filebulldog. com
    0.0.0.0 d3oxtn1x3b8d7i. cloudfront. net
    0.0.0.0 inno.bisrv. com
    0.0.0.0 nsis.bisrv. com
    0.0.0.0 cdn.file2desktop. com
    0.0.0.0 cdn.goateastcach. us
    0.0.0.0 cdn.guttastatdk. us
    0.0.0.0 cdn.inskinmedia. com
    0.0.0.0 cdn.insta.oibundles2. com
    0.0.0.0 cdn.insta.playbryte. com
    0.0.0.0 cdn.llogetfastcach. us
    0.0.0.0 cdn.montiera. com
    0.0.0.0 cdn.msdwnld. com
    0.0.0.0 cdn.mypcbackup. com
    0.0.0.0 cdn.ppdownload. com
    0.0.0.0 cdn.riceateastcach. us
    0.0.0.0 cdn.shyapotato. us
    0.0.0.0 cdn.solimba. com
    0.0.0.0 cdn. tuto4pc. com
    0.0.0.0 cdn. appround. biz
    0.0.0.0 cdn. bigspeedpro. com
    0.0.0.0 cdn. bispd. com
    0.0.0.0 cdn. bisrv. com
    0.0.0.0 cdn. cdndp. com
    0.0.0.0 cdn. download. sweetpacks. com
    0.0.0.0 cdn.dpdownload. com
    0.0.0.0 cdn. visualbee. net
    # unchecky_end

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      You must delete all of the IP’s – they shouldn’t be in the Hosts file.

  • Varda Shakeel

    I tried to remove the ips in the notepad but they say u need the adminitrator permission even though i am the adminitrator

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Open the Start menu and copy-paste this line “notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts”. Right-click on the first search result and select the Run as Administrator option. Now, you should be able to edit the file.