How to remove Initial Site 123 Virus (June 2017 Update)

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

Initial Site 123 Virus is a computer program which falls under the category of Browser Hijackers. What’s typical about this type of software is that it normally tries to take control over certain aspects of the user’s browser and introduce various (usually unwanted) changes to it. For example, if you have had Initial Site 123 Virus installed onto your PC, then you might notice that your Chrome, Firefox or IE browser has had its homepage changed or its default search engine replaced by another one. In addition to that, Browser Hijackers might also trigger frequent page redirects that might open all sorts of obscure and shady-looking websites without you having done anything. These are only some of the unpleasant traits that a program of the Hijacker type might potentially possess. Further into the article we will give you more information regarding what problems one might experience with such software. Know that the best way to handle a Browser Hijacker is to simply uninstall it and fully remove it from your computer. We can help you achieve that on your own, without the need to take your PC to a professional. Simply follow the steps from our Initial Site 123 Virus removal guide if you currently have the unpleasant program on your PC and want to get rid of it, and you should have dealt with the issue in no time. If you have any difficulty completing anything from the removal guide or run into any problems while trying to eliminate the Hijacker, feel free to ask for our help in the comment section down below.

What are Browser Hijackers used for?

There are several things that you need to understand about Browser Hijackers and one of them is what their actual purpose is. Many programs of this type might seem like they posses some sort of useful function. A lot of Hijackers are promoted as software tools that would improve one’s browsing experience, make one’s PC safer or boost the performance of the computer. Unfortunately, in the majority of cases this is more or less false advertising. The reason for that is because Hijackers are primarily made to serve the purposes of their developers which most of the time includes earning money through various Internet marketing techniques. This is also why applications that fall under this category tend to be so intrusive and irritating. Usually, the reason why a Browser Hijacker program is presented as being something useful and helpful is in order to make it seem more desirable and get it installed onto more computers, thus increasing the overall profit for its creator. Of course, there are exceptions where a program that can be regarded as a Hijacker is actually genuinely useful and helpful despite its intrusiveness, but this is not usually the case.

Problems one might have with a Hijacker

If you currently have Initial Site 123 Virus on your PC, we advise you to be careful with it. Hijackers are not real PC viruses like Ransomware or Trojans but they can still make one’s PC more vulnerable and open to hacker attacks. The changes made by the Hijacker to your browser or Internet settings might compromise the security of your computer and expose it to all sorts of online hazards. Note that many programs of this type are known to mess with the computer’s Registry which can potentially create security vulnerabilities without the user even knowing about it. Also, it is possible that Initial Site 123 Virus might try to display misleading or outright fake notifications, offers or warnings in your browser that are actually redirect links, which might open all sorts of hazardous websites. If you notice any shady banners and pop-ups in your browser, be sure to avoid them regardless of how annoying they might get. After all, the only sure way to get rid of them is to remove the Hijacker. All in all, even though Initial Site 123 Virus isn’t some sort of noxious Ransomware virus, it can still be a potential security risk, which is one of the reasons why programs like it are normally regarded as potentially unwanted and why our advice for you is to have it removed ASAP.

How to avoid Browser Hijackers

Taking the necessary precautions is key to keeping your machine safe and clean from any future encounters with any potentially unwanted software. We have prepared for you a brief list of helpful tips to help you improve the security of your computer and make it better protected against Hijackers or other types of undesirable programs.

  • One of the most crucial pieces of advice that we can give you here is to be careful while browsing the internet and try to keep away from any web addresses that might represent a potential security threat.
  • Next, since many Hijackers are being distributed through online spam, you should also learn to spot any potential spam messages and e-mails that might get send to you so that you know not to open them.
  • A reliable anti-malware tool can go a long way toward helping you fend off any potentially unwanted and hazardous programs that might try to get inside your system so consider installing one such tool on your PC.
  • Meticulously check the installation menus of programs that you are about to install to see if there are any applications bundled with them. This software-bundling method is very commonly used for spreading Hijackers, which is why you should always know precisely what is going to get installed on your PC prior to launching the installation. If you think that any software that’s added to the main program seems shady, unchecking it from the setup menu is the way to go.

 

SUMMARY:

Name Initial Site 123
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  If a Hijacker has gotten on your PC, you will most likely notice various unpleasant changes to your browser that you did not allow as well as frequent page redirects to random websites.
Distribution Method Ads and banners throughout data-sharing sites, e-mails with shady contents, spam messages to your Facebook or Skype account, software bundles, etc.
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 Site 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

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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.

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:

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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).

browser-hijacker-taskbar-properties

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

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Initial Site 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 Site 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 Site 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!
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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!


  • Ganaaa

    these seems suspicious
    0.0.0.1 mssplus.mcafee. com127.0.0.1 clients2 .google .com
    127.0.0.1 v1.ff.avast. com
    what should i do with them

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Yes, those should probably be removed. Delete the addresses and save the changes you’ve just made.

  • Mikey Music

    I am not understanding which is this random folder in regedit.

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Basically any folder that has a lot of random letters and numbers should be seen as potentially unwanted. If you send us a screenshot from the Registry locations mentioned in the guide we might be able to tell if some of the folders should be deleted.

  • Mikey Music

    Is it named “Random”? Because i cannot find any such folders.

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      No, by “random” we mean any folder with a name composed of seemingly randomly generated numbers and letters.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    No, those IP’s are not to be removed. Do not delete them.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Yes, do delete these, the aren’t supposed to be there.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    You must have Administrator privileges on the account that you are using on your PC. Is your account an Administrator one?

    • Ja Li

      Yeah but they still say I need permission to change the file. Do I just delete those lines and replace the existing file or I have to do something else?

      • HowToRemove.Guide Team

        Here is what you ought to do: Copy this line “notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts” and place it in your Start Menu search box. Right-click on the first (and probably only) result from the search and select the Run as Administrator option. Once you’ve done that, you should be able to freely alter the file and save the changes.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Does the account you are currently using on the computer have Administrator rights?

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Did you complete the guide from this page? If you did, were there any suspicious IP addresses in the Hosts file or shady-looking keys in the Registry Editor?

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    You are most welcome!

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Delete all of those addresses and save the changes to the Hosts file. All of those IP’s are coming from an undesirable piece of software and should not be in your Hosts file.

  • ChrisGo

    I found these under my local host. Should I delete them?
    127.0.0.1 idnet. ua-corp. com
    127.0.0.1 idnet. ua-corp. com
    127.0.0.1 idnet. ua-corp. com
    127.0.0.1 idnet. ua-corp. com
    127.0.0.1 idnet. ua-corp. com
    127.0.0.1 idnet. ua-corp. com
    127.0.0.1 idnet. ua-corp. com
    127.0.0.1 idnet. ua-corp. com
    127.0.0.1 idnet. ua-corp. com
    127.0.0.1 idnet. ua-corp. com
    127.0.0.1 idnet. ua-corp. com

    127.0.0.1 idnet. ua-corp. com

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Yes, do remove them – they aren’t supposed to be in your Hosts file.

  • ChrisGo
    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Remove all of the addresses except for the first one at the top.

  • Rafa

    I checked my IPs and found this: 127.0.0.1 validation. sls. microsoft. com
    By the way, keep up the good work

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      You must remove this IP address. Thanks for your appreciation.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Can you send us a screenshot? You are supposed to simple delete everything after “…exe” from the Properties window.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    If, for the time being, things are back to normal, there’s probably nothing to be worried about. Should the home page change again, contact us through the comment section and we will try to further aid you in the fight against the undesirable software. In the meanwhile, you can try checking your Registry Editor and see if there are any keys coming from the unwanted program.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Firstly, we’d like to say that we are grateful for your appreciation. Onto the issue: try right-clicking onto the shady process that you’ve located in the Task Manager. Once you do that, select Open File Location and tell us what happens then. You should probably delete everything in the folder that opens. Also, it is probably best if you delete the Registry key with the name of the unwanted program. However, we’d advise you to first send us a screenshot of your Registry Editor where the initialpage123Softare key can be seen so that we can be certain.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Remove the IP’s that you’ve sent to us in the comment above from your Hosts file since they aren’t supposed to be there.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    You should indeed delete them. What happens when you try to get rid of them?

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    You are most welcome!

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Since you have bought the premium version of the program and it is still not enough to rid you of the pesky software, you have the option to seek personal guidance and support form the anti-malware tool’s developers. Contact them and explain to them what your issue is. The support team will make sure to provide you with a customized fix for your issue that you’d be able to use in order to handle the unpleasant program that has been irritating you.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    You should probably remove those IP’s – they shouldn’t be in your Hosts file.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Simply delete them as you would do with any other text in a text file and after you do that, go to the File menu and click on Save to save the changes.