What can you do if your Chrome, IE, Safari, Firefox or any other browsing program you might have on your computer has started to spam your screen with intrusive ads, nagging page-redirects, irritating banners, and unpleasant pop-ups and if the default toolbar, search engine and new-tab page and homepage have gotten replaced without your permission? Well, in the next lines, this is exactly what you are going to learn so read on if you are presently struggling with a similar issue as in this write-up, you will find out both how to deal with it and how to prevent it from occurring in the future. However, before we get to that, we need to give you an overall idea about what the most likely reason for this unpleasant browsing behavior is.
About Magmafurnace and the hijacker class
The main focus in the next lines will be a software app named Magmafurnace but you got to know that this is only one example of many pieces of software that work in a fairly similar way. The term used to describe those apps is browser hijackers. A browser hijacker is a basically a software tool used for advertising that has a number of specialized functions which make it extremely effective when it comes to spreading different types of ads and promoting different kinds of products. Although many might see hijacker apps as some kind of scary virus programs similar to threats such as Worms, Ransomware, Spyware or Trojans, the truth is that, in their core, most hijacker apps including Magmafurnace are pretty harmless to the system they’ve “infected” or rather to the system they’ve been installed on. Yes, the truth is most users actually themselves install hijackers like Magmafurnace, albeit without initially realizing it.
Anyway, despite not being as dangerous as Ransomware and Trojans, a hijacker is still probably an app you wouldn’t want to have on your computer. This is why we have posted a removal guide manual on the current page that is available right below for all those of you who’d like to get rid of the intrusive software component and uninstall it from their computer.
Security issues you must be aware of
Aside from the frequent display of ads and page-redirects, there are actually two other important reasons why apps like Magmafurnace and DoubleClick.net are typically regarded as unwanted and undesirable. The first of those reasons is the oftentimes unreliable nature of their advertising materials. Sure, sometimes you might get show real and legitimate offers that might link you to stuff you might be interested in buying but it is also perfectly possible that a hijacker-generated ad might land you on site with shady contents and even ones that might be unsafe and even illegal. Of course, this is something that you wouldn’t like to happen to you which is why we advise you to remain vigilant and keep away from any of the flashy banners, blinking boxes, nagging pop-ups and irritating page redirects that a hijacker app is likely to put on your screen while it is active in your computer.
The other issue that many users have with most hijacker apps is that they might scan the user’s browsing history and keep tabs on their online activities. In the majority of cases, no sensitive or personal data would get collected and the main reason for such a browsing activity monitoring is for the purposes of targeted online advertising. Nevertheless, most users would prefer if no obscure or questionable apps went through their recent searches and overall browsing history since, after all, though not technically illegal in most of the instances, this is nothing less than a privacy violation and an invasion into the user’s personal space.
Things you need to keep in mind in order to keep your PC clean
A clean computer more often than not means a safe one and this is exactly why you need to keep unwanted apps like Magmafurnace away from yours so as to ensure its safety and security. First of all, you must remember to never visit shady sites or use unreliable and illegal software download platforms. Also, it should go without saying that opening spam e-mails or other spam messages and clicking on their attachments is a big no-go that can easily land you not only hijackers but much more problematic types of software. Lastly, remember to only install new programs after you have carefully gone through the setup manager and determined if there isn’t anything added/bundled with the installer that you might not want on your PC after the installation. If there’s anything that you deem potentially unwanted, either opt out of its installation if possible or simply do not install the whole thing of you aren’t given the option to leave out the unwanted component.
Some threats reinstall themselves if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to remove harmful programs for you. This may save you hours and ensure you don't harm your system by deleting the wrong files.
To try and remove Magmafurnace quickly you can try this:
- Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
- Then click on the Extensions tab.
- Look for the Magmafurnace extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove Magmafurnace by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of Magmafurnace and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Magmafurnace removal guide below.
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide.
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Next, Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
Uninstall the Magmafurnace app and kill its processes
The first thing you must try to do is look for any sketchy installs on your computer and uninstall anything you think may come from Magmafurnace. After that, you’ll also need to get rid of any processes that may be related to the unwanted app by searching for them in the Task Manager.
Note that sometimes an app, especially a rogue one, may ask you to install something else or keep some of its data (such as settings files) on your PC – never agree to that when trying to delete a potentially rogue software. You need to make sure that everything is removed from your PC to get rid of the malware. Also, if you aren’t allowed to go through with the uninstallation, proceed with the guide, and try again after you’ve completed everything else.
- Uninstalling the rogue app
- Killing any rogue processes
Type Apps & Features in the Start Menu, open the first result, sort the list of apps by date, and look for suspicious recently installed entries.
Click on anything you think could be linked to Magmafurnace, then select uninstall, and follow the prompts to delete the app.
Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc, click More Details (if it’s not already clicked), and look for suspicious entries that may be linked to Magmafurnace.
If you come across a questionable process, right-click it, click Open File Location, scan the files with the free online malware scanner shown below, and then delete anything that gets flagged as a threat.
After that, if the rogue process is still visible in the Task Manager, right-click it again and select End Process.
Undo Magmafurnace changes made to different system settings
It’s possible that Magmafurnace has affected various parts of your system, making changes to their settings. This can enable the malware to stay on the computer or automatically reinstall itself after you’ve seemingly deleted it. Therefore, you need to check the following elements by going to the Start Menu, searching for specific system elements that may have been affected, and pressing Enter to open them and see if anything has been changed there without your approval. Then you must undo any unwanted changes made to these settings in the way shown below:
Type in Start Menu: View network connections
Right-click on your primary network, go to Properties, and do this:
Type in Start Menu: C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts
Type in the Start Menu: Startup apps
Type in the Start Menu: Task Scheduler
Type in the Start Menu: Services
Type in the Start Menu: Registry Editor
Press Ctrl + F to open the search window
Remove Magmafurnace from your browsers
- Delete Magmafurnace from Chrome
- Delete Magmafurnace from Firefox
- Delete Magmafurnace from Edge
- Go to the Chrome menu > More tools > Extensions, and toggle off and Remove any unwanted extensions.
- Next, in the Chrome Menu, go to Settings > Privacy and security > Clear browsing data > Advanced. Tick everything except Passwords and click OK.
- Go to Privacy & Security > Site Settings > Notifications and delete any suspicious sites that are allowed to send you notifications. Do the same in Site Settings > Pop-ups and redirects.
- Go to Appearance and if there’s a suspicious URL in the Custom web address field, delete it.
- Firefox menu, go to Add-ons and themes > Extensions, toggle off any questionable extensions, click their three-dots menu, and click Remove.
- Open Settings from the Firefox menu, go to Privacy & Security > Clear Data, and click Clear.
- Scroll down to Permissions, click Settings on each permission, and delete from it any questionable sites.
- Go to the Home tab, see if there’s a suspicious URL in the Homepage and new windows field, and delete it.
- Open the browser menu, go to Extensions, click Manage Extensions, and Disable and Remove any rogue items.
- From the browser menu, click Settings > Privacy, searches, and services > Choose what to clear, check all boxes except Passwords, and click Clear now.
- Go to the Cookies and site permissions tab, check each type of permission for permitted rogue sites, and delete them.
- Open the Start, home, and new tabs section, and if there’s a rogue URL under Home button, delete it.