Owletguide is a junkware add-on for Chrome and Firefox that will keep on spamming you with sudden page-redirects and injecting your search engine with advertised results. Owletguide can be described as a browser hijacker and it is important to uninstall it to prevent it from linking you to unsafe web content.
In this post, we will take a look at Owletguide – one of the newest representatives of the so-called called browser hijackers software category. Detecting the presence of this program in your system is not at all difficult. Most often, the first signs are the replacement of the default home page or the main search engine of your browser with a new, completely unfamiliar one. Another thing that gives this software away are the numerous ads, pop-ups, banners and sponsored redirect links, which start to appear all over the screen of your main browsing app the very moment Owletguide becomes part of your system. It doesn’t really matter which browser you use – Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, Opera, or some of the other popular browser — they can all get hijacked by such software without your consent. If you want to get rid of the browser hijacker and remove all the annoying ads that come along with it or you are seeking a way to uninstall the changes that have been imposed in your favorite browser, stay with us. In the next paragraphs, we have prepared a special removal guide with detailed manual instructions, as well as a trusted removal tool for automatic assistance.
If you are not a skillful computer user, don’t worry. Owletguide is not some nasty malware, such as a Ransomware or a Trojan Horse virus which requires special removal skills. Most web users can effectively deal with such software in a fast and reliable manner if they carefully follow the instructions that we have given. Moreover, you are unlikely to face any lasting negative consequences from the presence of a browser hijacker in your system and, if uninstalled correctly, it should get removed from the system along with all of its browser changes and ads.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||A change in the default search engine or the main home page may give this program away.|
|Distribution Method||Softwrae bundles, free installers, ads, torrents, free download links, shareware sites, freeware platforms, spam.|
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Please follow all the steps below in order to remove Owletguide!
How to remove Owletguide
- First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
- Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find Owletguide in the programs list that would show up.
- Select Owletguide from the list and click on Uninstall.
- Follow the steps in the removal wizard.
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.
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 Owletguide.
- If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to Owletguide.
- 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 Owletguide from Chrome
- Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
- Go to more tools
- Now select extensions
- Remove the Owletguide 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 Owletguide 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.
- Note that the App Data folder is normally hidden so you’d have to first make the hidden files and folders on your PC visible before you can access it.
How to get rid of Owletguide on FF/Edge/etc.
- Open the browser and select the menu icon.
- From the menu, click on the Add-ons button.
- Look for the Owletguide extension
- Get rid of Owletguide by removing it from extensions
If using Firefox:
- Open 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:
- Start Edge
- 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 “Owletguide” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.
How to Delete Owletguide
- Open task manager
- Look for the Owletguide process
- Select it and click on End task
- Open the file location to delete Owletguide
- 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 “Owletguide” 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.
- 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 Owletguide
- Click on the home button
- Search for Startup Apps
- Look for Owletguide in there
- Uninstall Owletguide from Startup Apps by turning it off
- Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any Owletguide-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 Owletguide in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main/Random
What is Owletguide?
Even if you know that Owletguide is not a virus, you are still probably wondering why would it fill your screen with ads and mess with your browser. Indeed, there’s a reason for that and it gets explained by the purpose of the browser hijackers. Such pieces of software are basically created to promote some third-party products, services, tools toolbars, and URLs and to generate profit for their developers on a pay-per-click basis. All of the advertisements that you usually see on your screen are aimed at catching your attention and making you click on certain offers or visit certain sites.
From a legal point of view, this is nothing but a form of advertising, which does not pose a direct risk to the system. However, the presence of a pieces like Owletguide and Appyrinceaskeda inside your browser can be very irritating in the long run as it may constantly redirect you to different ads, offers, banners and sponsored sites and to interrupt your regular browsing with dozens of pop-ups in single browsing session. But this is not the worst thing that can be expected – sometimes, carriers of threats like Trojans, Spyware or Ransomware may get displayed on your screen along with the random advertising content that the hijacker typically generates. And if you are not careful where you click, you may get redirected to such malware before you realize it.
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