JS/Mindspark.E Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) Oct. 2017 Update

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This page aims to help you remove JS/Mindspark.E. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

What is JS/Mindspark.E?

The article below summarizes all the details you should be aware of when it comes to JS/Mindspark.E. This exact browser hijacker is generally a potentially unwanted application. However, it may seem really annoying as it can modify all of your browser apps. The likely changes it could cause may include the broadcast of a big number of unwanted ads (as you are surfing the Internet). Furthermore, some redirection processes to various websites could take place. What’s more, your default browser homepage and search engine might be substituted by some unfamiliar new ones. Also, this software may gain access to and modify all your browsers – from the more commonly used Chrome and Firefox to the less popular but still used Explorer and Opera.

In addition to all of the above, there are a few more factors to consider when dealing browser hijackers. Perhaps in contrast to your possible expectations, JS/Mindspark.E and the programs related to it from the same software category are not hazardous or virus-like. It is actually correct to say that they might have some shady and even questionable features. However, even the browser hijackers’ ability to access your browser history records, and review them, so as to guess what kind of products and services exactly you are normally interested in, these programs haven’t been classified as malicious and for sure have to malicious traits, just some very irritating advertising-oriented behavior.

The differences between typical malware and advertising software like browser hijackers:

Nothing truly dangerous such as encryption of files is likely in the case of browser hijacker-caused infections. These programs really differ from the actual malware forms such as Trojans and Ransomware in a very noticeable way. For instance, hijackers are practically incapable of changing your system, either when it comes to particular files, or to whole folders. The only access programs like JS/Mindspark.E have is the one to the browser records of your online searches but nothing more. On the other hand, Trojan and Ransomware viruses are more than likely to gain access to all the components of your system and harm it greatly. What makes browser hijackers and these infamous virus categories even more different from each other are the usual ways these two software kinds use to get distributed. While the Trojan and Ransomware programs can invade your computer more or less automatically and without asking for your consent, JS/Mindspark.E is not able to get incorporated into your PC without your (knowing or unknowing) permission.

JS/Mindspark.E 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 automaticallyIf 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 Targetremove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove JS/Mindspark.E 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 JS/Mindspark.E from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove JS/Mindspark.E 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

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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

 

The sources where browser hijackers are normally found:

When we talk about the probable means of distributing hijackers, we must mention there may be dozens of potential sources. Nevertheless, some of them are more typical than others. We are going to describe the most usual ones here:

  • Torrents: browser hijackers and Adware might be lurking inside them and you just need to avoid them as much as you can;
  • Shareware: another very common source that could give you a hijacker infection if you happen to use it;
  • Spam: clicking on an online ad that pops up inside your browser may lead to a hijacker-related infection;
  • Infected web pages: some websites might contain ad-broadcasting software and you may catch it by downloading anything from such a place.
  • Despite the fact that all the aforementioned sources are very common, the most common ones ever are the famous program bundles. These are combos of programs, apps and games that you can download and use freely. Such mixtures might contain ad-generating software like JS/Mindspark.E. To be clear, though, you CAN’T get infected by any hijacker just by downloading a bundle for free from the web. In fact, the way to catch such a program is to install the whole content of such a bundle.

Installing software in a wise way so that a possible infection is avoided

It is of extreme importance to try to remember the following piece of advice: The real meaning of a “proper installation process” is to select the proper feature of the wizard. To help you do so, we strongly advise you to stay away from the features installing the whole bundle on your computer. They are more commonly labeled as the “Default” and the “Recommended” ones. Try to install whatever software you really need via the “Custom” or the “Advanced” installation options.

In order to remove JS/Mindspark.E, you will need to follow the right instructions. And fortunately, we have them here – down inside our free Removal Guide.

SUMMARY:

Name JS/Mindspark.E
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Possible redirection, change of the browser homepages/ search engines and some annoying pop-ups appearing on your screen.
Distribution Method Torrents,shareware, some infected web pages, other ads and mainly – software bundles.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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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!