How to remove InitialSite123 Virus

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This page aims to help you remove the InitialSite123 Virus. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

InitialSite123 Virus is a program of the Browser Hijacker category that is known to take over the user’s browser and introduce various unpleasant changes to it. Usually, those applications work for the majority of Windows browsers, which means that it does not matter what browser you are using – InitialSite123 Virus will likely apply the same to everything from Chrome and Firefox to Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. Some typical changes introduced to one’s browser by a Browser Hijacker are the replacement of the default search engine and/or of the previous homepage. In addition to that, many programs of this category have the unpleasant ability to trigger browser redirects to various sites, some of which might have shady and potentially hazardous contents.Normally, software the likes of InitialSite123 Virus is considered to be unwanted and most users want to uninstall the unpleasant program as soon as they realize that they have it on their computer. One thing to keep in mind about Hijackers is that they oftentimes require more than a simple uninstall in order to be removed. For that reason, we have made sure to provide our readers with a number of removal methods that we have combined in a detailed guide manual that you can find in this article. Therefore, if you have the intrusive Browser Hijacker on your PC and are currently trying to have it eliminated so that it doesn’t bother you any more, feel free to visit our removal guide and use to resolve your problem.

What is the purpose of InitialSite123 Virus?

The idea behind most Browser Hijackers is actually quite simple. They are software tools primarily used for online marketing. They earn money for their creators by employing various aggressive advertising techniques. Sometimes, a Hijacker element might be implemented within another, seemingly helpful and functional program, which would increase the chances of the Hijacker getting installed on the user’s PC. In fact, at times a user might actually be willing to put up with the unpleasant changes introduced by the unwanted software just so that they could benefit from the function that it provides. However, this is more of an exception. Most Browser Hijackers are way too intrusive while at the same time offer very limited functionality that certainly cannot make up for the many unpleasant traits of the program in question. In addition to all that, there’s also the chance that a program of the Hijacker type could also make the PC more vulnerable to various Internet hazards. This is yet another very important reason why users are normally advised to see to the timely removal of any programs that might contain Hijacker traits.

How can InitialSite123 Virus expose your computer to danger?

Browser Hijackers are not PC viruses. In fact, as we already mentioned, in many instances a Browser Hijacker might actually posses some form of helpful function. However, even though InitialSite123 Virus isn’t malicious Ransomware or Trojan horse, it might still represent a potential security risk. The changes that Hijackers introduce to your browser and internet settings can sometimes lead to the exposure of the PC system to various online hazards. For instance, some Hijackers are known to also modify the Registry of the computer, which can make the whole system more vulnerable to hacker attacks. In addition to that, as was mentioned earlier, InitialSite123 Virus might also try to redirect you to random websites, some of which might be harmful. If that’s not enough, it is also possible that a Browser Hijacker might attempt to display fake warnings or web offers on your browser screen, which are trying to sell you some obscure software product or trick you into downloading even more undesirable programs. Therefore, if you don’t want to risk getting your PC infected by some noxious Trojan horse or Ransomware virus, we advise you to get rid of any Hijacker programs that might currently be on your computer.

Browser Hijacker installation

Obviously, most users would not willingly install a Hijacker on their machine. However, the developers of these programs have come up with a variety of different methods to distribute their programs and ensure that they get installed on as many computers as possible. Some of the most effective and popular methods for spreading this type of unwanted software include the use of spam e-mails or spam Skype/Facebook messages as well as distributing the Hijacker via misleading online adverts, offers and even warnings. One distribution technique that many users tend to fall for is what is known as file-bundling, where the unwanted software is combined with another program. A user who is not vigilant enough would likely fail to notice that there’s an application bundled with the program that they are trying to install and will not uncheck the added software so as to leave it out. For that reason, we strongly advise you to always double check the setup menus of programs you want to install on your PC and if you notice that anything’s been added to them that seems like a potential Hijacker, do not hesitate to remove it from the installation.

 

SUMMARY:

Name InitialSite123 Virus
Type  Adware/Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms The main Hijacker symptoms are replaced browser homepage, frequent page redirects and new search engine added to the browser.
Distribution Method Most Hijacker developers use spam messages, deceitful web-ads and web offers as well as software bundles so as to spread their programs.
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.

InitialSite123 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.

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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.

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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 InitialSite123 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 InitialSite123 Virus from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove InitialSite123 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!