Nigelify Chrome Extension Removal (May 2018 Update)


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

If a browser hijacker such as Nigelify has found its way into your system, then you are likely getting constantly annoyed by an overwhelming number of irritating web-ads that get generated on your screen each time you try to open your IE, Opera, Chrome, Firefox or whatever other browser you typically use. Not only that but applications like Nigelify are also typically capable of changing and altering certain aspects of your browsing program. For instance, the default search engine might get replaced by some new custom one and a new homepage might get imposed on your browser without you having given your permission for that. Frequently occurring redirects to pages that you didn’t want to visit as well as the sudden opening of new browser tabs and windows is also within the realm of possibility if you have a hijacker on your computer. Considering all of what was mentioned so far, it’s safe to assume that Nigelify is a potentially unwanted piece of software and should be treated accordingly which in this case means making sure that it is uninstalled and fully removed from the system it is in. However, eliminating a hijacker might not always be as simple and as easy as uninstalling any other program. Sure, Nigelify is not some sort of highly-dangerous virus like a Trojan Horse or like a Ransomware but in order to get rid of it, one might still need to go through a number of steps in order to ensure the full removal of the pesky application. Note that a simple uninstall from the Control Panel’s installed programs list is likely not going to be enough. Furthermore, it’s even possible that the hijacker doesn’t have program entry there meaning that you’d need to look elsewhere for the unwanted software. The good news here is that we can show you exactly how you would be able to effectively get rid of the browser hijacker in case it’s presently within your machine’s system. If you want to get rid of Nigelify, read the remainder of this article so that you are better informed about the application’s possible characteristics and then scroll down to our removal guide where it has been thoroughly explained what steps you’d need to complete so as to make sure that the undesirable software has been taken care of. In addition, for those of you who might want additional help or in case that the guide isn’t effective enough in your specific case, there’s a suggested anti-malware tool that we have added to the guide so give it a go if you think you might need the extra assistance.

Nigelify Removal

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


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

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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 Nigelify 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 Nigelify from Firefox:

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

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

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!

Advertising and potential danger

The primary goal of most browser page-redirects like the one we are focusing on in this article is generating income through various forms of online advertisement. The changes to your browser and the various banners, box messages and redirects to promoted pages are all supposed to accumulate revenue for the hijacker’s creators. The greater the number of users exposed to the hijacker’s advertising campaign, the more the money that would eventually be earned by the developers of this pesky software. Of course, the user isn’t really supposed to benefit from any of that. Sometimes an application might be presented to you as some useful tool that might improve certain aspects of your system or of your browser and online experience but if it is a browser hijacker that you are dealing it, it’s primary purpose would usually be generating income through ads with very little regard for how useful it is for the actual customers.

Aside from the irritation that might come from such apps, it is possible that a hijacker indirectly exposes your machine to danger. The ads you see getting displayed on your screen are typically not dangerous yet their reliability cannot be verified and there is a certain possibility that some of them might actually serve as redirects to illegal and dangerous sites. If you are not careful, you can easily land on some page that is actually a source of harmful threats like Trojans and Ransomware which is why it’s advisable that you keep away from anything that the hijacker might be showing on your screen.

Be careful with file-bundles

The most likely way you’ve landed Nigelify is by installing some other program where this software had been bundled. Using the Quick/Default installation option might save time but it will also likely install all optional applications that have been bundled with the main program giving you no opportunity to opt-out of the added software’s installation. That’s why, it’s advisable that you instead go for the Advanced/Expanded setup option where you will have the chance to uncheck and thus leave out of the installation any bundled applications that might be unwanted and undesirable.

SUMMARY:

Name Nigelify
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  If your browser’s starting page or search engine have been replaced without your permission then you probably have a hijacker on your PC.
Distribution Method Pirated or unreliable software downloads, file-bundles, misleading online ads and offers, spam, 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.


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