Ip-api.com Malware

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The Ip-api.com is an annoying software piece that enters your browser and tries to make changes to it without asking for your permission. Typically, the changes made to the browser are aimed at promoting some site or the other software products of the Ip-api.com developer.

Ip Api.com

Here, we will tell you about a hijacker that changes the browser’s homepage to Ip-api.com and which may also set a new search engine in the browser which search engine may also have the Ip-api.com logo somewhere on it. This could happen in any browser – from Chrome and Firefox to Safari and Edge. And though such changes may not really pose a direct danger to your computer, know that some hijackers like Captcha Cool Now, Turaddoptle may also page-redirect you while you are browsing and land you on questionable sites. Also, the Ip-api.com page may show a lot of ads, and clicking on such random online ads is typically inadvisable. If you are unlucky and click on some advert with a shady source, you risk getting your machine infected by all kinds of serious cyber threats. Currently, the Ransomware cryptoviruses are some of the most widespread forms of computer malware and they oftentimes get distributed through the use of misleading web ads. And, if you land one such infection, there may be no way to fully revert the negative consequences brought on by it no matter what you try.

The Ip-api.com malware

Therefore, it’s just better to avoid any type of suspicious-looking online advertising content from the Ip-api.com malware. In the current case, what needs to be done is for you to uninstall the Ip-api.com malware from your browser and computer.

We can offer you some help and tips regarding this task – you can find them in the Ip-api.com removal guide at the bottom of this article.


TypeBrowser Hijacker
Danger LevelMedium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
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Please follow all the steps below in order to remove Ip-api.com!

How to remove Ip-api.com

  1. First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
  2. Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find Ip-api.com in the programs list that would show up.
  3. Select Ip-api.com from the list and click on Uninstall.
  4. Follow the steps in the removal wizard.

What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:

  • From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
  • Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to Ip-api.com.
  • If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to Ip-api.com.
  • If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.

Remove Ip-api.com from Chrome

  1. Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
  2. Go to more tools
  3. Now select extensions
  4. Remove the Ip-api.com extension
  • Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
  • Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to Ip-api.com and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
  • Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
  • Note that the App Data folder is normally hidden so you’d have to first make the hidden files and folders on your PC visible before you can access it.

How to get rid of Ip-api.com on FF/Edge/etc.

  1. Open the browser and select the menu icon.
  2. From the menu, click on the Add-ons button.
  3. Look for the Ip-api.com extension
  4. Get rid of Ip-api.com by removing it from extensions

If using Firefox:

  • Open Firefox
  • Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
  • Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
  • Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
  • Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.

If using MS Edge/IE:

  • Start Edge
  • Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
  • Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
  • Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
  • Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by “Ip-api.com” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.

How to Delete Ip-api.com

  1. Open task manager
  2. Look for the Ip-api.com process
  3. Select it and click on End task
  4. Open the file location to delete Ip-api.com
  • Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
  • Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
  • If you don’t see a “Ip-api.com” process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
  • Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
  • If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
  • Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
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    • If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
    • Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.

    How to Uninstall Ip-api.com

    1. Click on the home button
    2. Search for Startup Apps
    3. Look for Ip-api.com in there
    4. Uninstall Ip-api.com from Startup Apps by turning it off
    • Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any Ip-api.com-related entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat. 
    • Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found. 
    • After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to Ip-api.com in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory. 
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run/Random
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main/Random
    How to keep the ip-api.com malware and other unwanted browser annoyances away from your computer?

    The key to having a clean browser is never interacting with or downloading anything sketchy from the Internet. If, for instance, you receive an e-mail message that looks like spam and there is some obscure link or attached file in it, it is best to delete this message without interacting with any of its contents.
    Another important thing to remember is to always remember to carefully examine the contents and the available options of any given software installer for programs you want to install. Note that many programs, especially ones that are distributed for free, may have some extra permission clauses in their installers. For instance, there may be a clause that allows the replacement of your browser’s homepage, toolbar or search engine. Usually, those clauses are on an opt-out basis – this means that if you do not agree with them, you will have to manually uncheck them. However, oftentimes, those clauses can only be seen in the Advanced setup menu and this is why you should always have a look at those menus. Anything in there that you may consider unwanted, you should uncheck in order to leave it out of the following installation.


    About the author


    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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