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Otheacontail.xyz is an undesirable software that has been reported to hijack the users’ browsers, make unauthorized changes in them, and use their tabs as space for its aggressive online ads.
However, more often than not, they tend to get on the nerves of a lot of web users due to the aggressive advertising approach they implement. Otheacontail.xyz, Mintnav, Lookaside.fbsbx.com and other applications of the browser hijacker type operate as online advertising tools which serve the needs of different third-party advertisers. They are programmed to promote certain sponsored domains, homepages, search engines, toolbars, tools and ads on the main browser and to redirect the web users to different aggressive ads, pop-ups, and banners.
The Otheacontail Malware
Typically, in order to serve their purpose more effectively, the browser hijackers like the Otheacontail.xyz malware attach themselves to popular browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Explorer and others. The Otheacontail.xyz malware usually appears like regular browser extension but instead of offering some actual functionality it typically change some of the main browser settings and start to bombard the users’ screen with sponsored ads.
If you have Otheacontail.xyz on your computer, you are very likely to come across many different promotional links, banners, pop-up messages and sponsored domains, which may constantly prompt you to click on them every time you start a new browsing session.
Naturally, this can be very irritating but, on the other hand, you should be happy that you have not been invaded by some much more problematic software such as a virus or malware like ransomware or a Trojan horse. The browser hijacker can be uninstalled from the system without any negative consequences and its ads and browser changes can be removed for good if you don’t want to see them anymore. In fact, this is what we are going to show you how to do in the next lines so take a look at the instructions that follow if you really want to uninstall Otheacontail.xyz and remove the changes it has made to your browser once and for all.
What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:
From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to Otheacontail.xyz.
If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to Otheacontail.xyz.
If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.
Remove Otheacontail.xyz from Chrome
Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
Go to more tools
Now select extensions
Remove the Otheacontail.xyz extension
Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to Otheacontail.xyz and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
How to get rid of Otheacontail.xyz on FF/Edge/etc.
Open the browser and select the menu icon.
From the menu, click on the Add-ons button.
Look for the Otheacontail.xyz extension
Get rid of Otheacontail.xyz by removing it from extensions
If using Firefox:
Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.
If using MS Edge/IE:
Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by “Otheacontail.xyz” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.
How to Delete Otheacontail.xyz
Open task manager
Look for the Otheacontail.xyz process
Select it and click on End task
Open the file location to delete Otheacontail.xyz
Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
If you don’t see a “Otheacontail.xyz” process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
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If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.
How to Uninstall Otheacontail.xyz
Click on the home button
Search for Startup Apps
Look for Otheacontail.xyz in there
Uninstall Otheacontail.xyz from Startup Apps by turning it off
Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any Otheacontail.xyz-related entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat.
Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found.
After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to Otheacontail.xyz in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
Many users may mistake Otheacontail.xyz for some sort of a computer threat because the hijacker may get a bit too aggressive in its attempts to promote all of its sponsored components, tools, ads and sites. It may change the main homepage or search engine and replace them with third-party ones without asking for your permission and may even start to automatically redirect your searches to some sketchy offers or unreliably looking platforms. From a legal point of view, this activity does not qualify as intentionally harmful or criminal. On the other hand, any interaction with these random ads, pop-ups and messages that the hijacker may prompt you to click on is entirely at your own risk because you can never be sure where those links may redirect you to and what content you may get exposed to.
How to prevent threats like Otheacontail.xyz
When you are surfing the web, there is always a chance of coming across computer viruses or well-camouflaged pieces of malware including spyware, Trojans, ransomware and others. That’s why the best way to prevent an unpleasant encounter with any form of malware is to have full control over your browser and uninstall or remove any application, add-on or other component that may be trying to make you click on content and visit web locations that are not familiar to you.
About the author
Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.