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Pejhfhcoekcajgokallhmklcjkkeemgjis a type of rogue software that inserts itself inside the user’s browser and begins manipulating its search results to show more ads. Pejhfhcoekcajgokallhmklcjkkeemgjcan be described as a browser hijacker and its presence in the browser may potentially result in security weaknesses.
Browser hijackers, in general, are a very widespread category of potentially unwanted apps. Unlike ransomware, Trojans, spyware, and other forms of malware and viruses, hijacker apps are not designed with the intention to cause harm to the computers they get installed on and their main purpose is typically advertising-related. However, the creators of such software oftentimes disregard the safety of the end-users, allowing the hijackers they create to spam users’ browsers with all kinds of advertisements and page redirects, including ones that may be unsafe.
Furthermore, many browser hijackers go as far as to replace the default homepage or the search engine of browsers like Firefox, Chrome, or Safari in order to ensure that the stream of intrusive ads, pop-ups, and redirects is as overwhelming as possible. The idea is to get the user to, willingly or not, interact with the ads so that Pay-Per-Click revenue can be earned for the creators of the hijacker. Remuneration models like this are very common nowadays and while they are not illegal or inherently harmful, they oftentimes lead to problems such as the generation of unreliable or outright unsafe ads in the users’ browsers.
There are lots of different techniques used to spread page-redirecting browser hijackers like the Pejhfhcoekcajgokallhmklcjkkeemgj but, in most cases, if you make sure to keep away from suspicious and misleading online content, you should be able to avoid landing similar software in the future. One of the most common ways users get the Pejhfhcoekcajgokallhmklcjkkeemgj added to their browsers is when they install new programs (usually free ones).
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||A hijacker will try to obstruct your browsing by rerouting you to unknown sites and injecting ads in your search engine.|
|Distribution Method||Clickbait adverts and misleading spam emails are oftentimes a source of browser hijackers.|
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Please follow all the steps below in order to remove Pejhfhcoekcajgokallhmklcjkkeemgj!
How to remove Pejhfhcoekcajgokallhmklcjkkeemgj
- First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
- Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find Pejhfhcoekcajgokallhmklcjkkeemgj in the programs list that would show up.
- Select Pejhfhcoekcajgokallhmklcjkkeemgj from the list and click on Uninstall.
- Follow the steps in the removal wizard.
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 Pejhfhcoekcajgokallhmklcjkkeemgj.
- If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to Pejhfhcoekcajgokallhmklcjkkeemgj.
- 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 Pejhfhcoekcajgokallhmklcjkkeemgj from Chrome
- Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
- Go to more tools
- Now select extensions
- Remove the Pejhfhcoekcajgokallhmklcjkkeemgj 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 Pejhfhcoekcajgokallhmklcjkkeemgj 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 Pejhfhcoekcajgokallhmklcjkkeemgj on FF/Edge/etc.
- Open the browser and select the menu icon.
- From the menu, click on the Add-ons button.
- Look for the Pejhfhcoekcajgokallhmklcjkkeemgj extension
- Get rid of Pejhfhcoekcajgokallhmklcjkkeemgj 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 “Pejhfhcoekcajgokallhmklcjkkeemgj” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.
How to Delete Pejhfhcoekcajgokallhmklcjkkeemgj
- Open task manager
- Look for the Pejhfhcoekcajgokallhmklcjkkeemgj process
- Select it and click on End task
- Open the file location to delete Pejhfhcoekcajgokallhmklcjkkeemgj
- 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 “Pejhfhcoekcajgokallhmklcjkkeemgj” 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 Pejhfhcoekcajgokallhmklcjkkeemgj
- Click on the home button
- Search for Startup Apps
- Look for Pejhfhcoekcajgokallhmklcjkkeemgj in there
- Uninstall Pejhfhcoekcajgokallhmklcjkkeemgj from Startup Apps by turning it off
- Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any Pejhfhcoekcajgokallhmklcjkkeemgj-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 Pejhfhcoekcajgokallhmklcjkkeemgj 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 Pejhfhcoekcajgokallhmklcjkkeemgj?
Hijacker apps are often bundled with the installer of other programs and if the user forgets to check the Custom settings of the installer, they would never realize that there has been an additional element included in the installation package. This is why it is so important to only get your software from reliable sources and developers and even then to check the Custom setup settings to see if there’s anything potentially unwanted included there.
Another commonly used tactic to spread hijackers that has started being used in recent years is when a certain site (Mintnav, Apps Extension) asks you whether you’d like to allow it to show notifications in your browser. Since the Allow button in the dialog box is usually highlighted, many users instinctively click on that before even reading what the button’s text reads. Clicking on Allow is what allows the specific site to add a small component to your browser that would then keep spamming you with notifications and inject ads into your search results (among other things).
Spam messages, clickbait banners, and download buttons, too-good-to-be-true offers, and other similar types of sketchy web content are also commonly used tools for hijacker-distribution. The important thing is to avoid them all in order to prevent the installation of hijackers in the future or the exposure of your machine to more hazardous programs such as viruses, spyware, ransomware, or Trojan horse infections.
Hi – thanks for the info. Mine is an extension but it syas pushed by Google Admin. My admin didn’t push it. How do I remove it?
did you go through the removal guide?