This page aims to help you remove Open-fast.com. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Open-fast.com belongs to the browser hijacker category and is generally considered as a potentially unwanted application. Open-fast.com is known for its ability to change the settings of any given web browser and set its own search engine and homepage.
In case of a browser hijacker attack, it’s critical that you don’t get panicked and inform yourself about the risks and the specifics of this software. The reason is, most people, when confronted with the unusual changes that take place in their Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or other web browsers, such as a new homepage, an unfamiliar search engine, or a new new-tab page address, jump to extreme conclusions, thinking they have been hit by some kind of a virus. The automatic redirects to various known and unknown web pages and the never-ending stream of pop-up ads, banners, and click prompts also don’t help the situation. That’s why we’d like to start this article by saying to all the victims of Open-fast.com that this is not a virus, a Ransomware, or some other harmful infection.
This is a browser hijacker – a type of software that is fairly harmless in and of itself. However, there are still a number of reasons why you would want to remove such software from your system and this is what we will cover here. We will also give you a detailed removal guide that will walk you through the uninstallation process of Open-fast.com so that you can restore your previous browser settings and return to your normal web browsing.
What is Open-fast.com?
The Browser Hijackers like Open-fast.com are generally known as potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) and there are some significant differences between PUPs and viruses or malware. The representatives of malware categories such as Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware, Worms, etc., are able to carry out an extensive list of harmful and illegal activities once they get installed on your computer.
Those include but are not limited to data theft, file encryption, money extortion, system corruption, and more. None of this can be performed by a browser hijacker like Open-fast.com. The main reason why a browser hijacker is considered as potentially unwanted is that its actions (the browser changes, the ads-streaming, and the constant redirects mentioned above) are seen as annoying, irritating, and totally unwanted by a lot of web users.
These actions, however, are not inherently malicious and are not intended to corrupt a computer or cause harm to its users. The sole purpose of programs like Open-fast.com is to get distributed to as many computers as possible, where they can generate large quantities of pay-per-click online ads that promote a variety of products and services. To advertise more effectively, however, the browser hijackers tend to place changes not only in the main web browser’s settings but also in the system’s registry. And, in doing so, they also lower the computer’s defenses in order to make it easier for the sponsored ads and page-redirects to pop-up on your screen. But those very same ads and page redirects, once clicked upon, may land you on different unsafe Internet locations that might have malware (including threats like Trojans and Ransomware) in them. So, this should be a huge red flag for anyone who still questions whether it is a good idea to uninstall the browser hijacker from their machine and remove its browser changes.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||A change in the browser’s new tab settings, a new search engine, a new toolbar or a change in the homepage followed by regular page redirects to random websites.|
|Distribution Method||Free software packages, free download managers, torrents, ads, spam messages, shareware sites.|
Remove Open-fast.com Virus
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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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
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.
- 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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Open-fast.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 Open-fast.com from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Open-fast.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.
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—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!