This page aims to help you remove Offerreality.com. These Offerreality.com removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
You might already be familiar with the term browser hijacker, as this is one of the Internet’s most widely spread annoyances that have been known to plague users for years and years now. One of the latest such online nuisances is Offerreality.com and probably also the one that prompted you to seek for a solution and a way to remove it from your computer. Don’t you worry – we have prepared just the thing for you. Below this article you will find a removal guide with detailed instructions written in step-by-step format, with screen shots for additional clarity. Before moving on to it, though, we highly recommend reading about Offerreality.com in order to have a better understanding of what it does and why it does it. This information will be useful to you in the event of any future infections, but also in preventing them from happening at all.
What it does and why
The main reason that drives people to search for possible removal solutions for Offerreality.com and others like it are the never ending ads that are constantly distributed within your browser. They are actually Offerreality.com’s main purpose – the more ads there are, the more of them will get clicked on and the more money the developers will make. Browser hijackers typically operate based on the Pay-Per-Click scheme, which is a popular online business model, enabling software developers to gain revenue from the ads their products distribute. There are several catches to this online money-making strategy, though, and they involve the way developers aim to squeeze out as much profit from it as possible. For instance, you may have noticed that some of the ads you’ve been seeing lately oddly correspond to the topics you had been looking up just hours or a few days earlier. This is no coincidence as the hijacker is actually capable of tracking your browsing activity and matching the many popups and banners to what it has determined to be your current interests. This behavior is often a thought of as a violation of one’s privacy and to make it worse, developers often tend to get rid of the collected data once it’s no longer of any use to them by selling it to third parties.
Another risk involved with keeping programs like Offerreality.com on your PC comes directly form the ads. Because the aforementioned technique of displaying only certain ads based on the separate user’s browsing habits, it would be rather unrealistic to expect that all of those ads are really genuine. Sometimes the hijacker’s creators might not be completely honest in the products and services they showcase, meaning some of the banners and box messages might not actually lead you to the web locations they would have you believe they would. You could find yourself looking at a very attractive offer on a certain gadget or portable device, but upon clicking on the ad you might realize that you’re on a page selling some weight loss pills. But that’s not even the worst that could happen under these circumstances. Hackers and various cybercriminals have taken to hijacking different online ads and turning them into malvertisements (malicious + advertisements). These evil ads are injected with a malicious program such as a Trojan or ransomware and the moment you click on them thinking of finding out more about the showcased service or product, the virus infiltrates your machine and starts performing whatever nasty task it was programmed to. That’s not to say that Offerreality.com is a virus, though. It’s important to know the difference between actual malware and programs like the one you are currently dealing with. Viruses are capable of wreaking havoc on your system, often with irreversible consequences. Browser hijackers don’t really pose a threat to your computer’s safety and are mostly legal.
How to avoid browser hijackers
The main possibility of getting infected with a program like Offerreality.com (and also most likely the way you yourself got this application) is from a program bundle. You probably downloaded some program off the internet, chances are it was some sort of freeware or shareware that was available on a file sharing website or a similar platform. This program was likely to have contained one or more added apps, which you installed alongside the main thing. This happens when you choose the default setup option in the installation wizard, so in order to avoid anything like this from happening henceforth, simply go with the advanced or custom option in the setup. This will allow you to see the contents of the bundle and deselect whichever ones you don’t want on your PC.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Usually the browser homepage and default search engine will have been changed by the hijacker.|
|Distribution Method||Program bundles appear to be among the most successful means of distribution, along with spam emails and other hijackers. |
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).
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
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- Do not skip this – Offerreality.com may have hidden some of its files.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
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:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Offerreality.com from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Offerreality.com from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Offerreality.com from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
- At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 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—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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