Presslayand is a potentially unwanted page redirecting application that seeks to transform the main web browser into a website-promoting tool. Presslayand can attach to Chrome, Firefox, Edge and other browsers and possibly substitute the search engine and the homepage addresses without your approval.
This type of browser-hijacking programs are designed to adjust the web browser to maximize the amount of promotional content that gets shown on the screen during web surfing. The ultimate goal of apps like Presslayand, Fast2captcha and Myniceposts is to generate income from the advertisements and redirects through pay-per -click/pay-per-view remuneration models. Thus, the developers of Presslayand have ensured that their unwelcome application has been set to constantly fill your window with different pop-ups, ads, banners, redirect links and other promotional materials that cannot be removed or avoided in any way.
In addition to spamming its users with aggressive ads, however, an app like Presslayand may contribute to some issues with the safety of the computer. For instance, the app may automatically redirect user searches to sketchy web locations where a range of malicious viruses and malware programs, including Ransomware file encrypting viruses and Trojans may lurk. This is why it is best to remove this software and uninstall its browser changes as soon as possible.
Take control of your browser
If your main web browser has been invaded by Presslayand and its search engine, homepage and some other key settings have been modified by this unwelcome program, your first though would probably be how to remove it. Indeed, uninstalling a browser hijacker like this one could be a challenge, but it definitely is not impossible, especially if you carefully follow a few steps. That’s why below we have published a removal guide that explains how to uninstall this page-redirecting and ad-generating app and return your web browser back to its usual state.
However, after the removal of the browser hijacker is successfully completed, you should learn how to protect your system in the future because browser hijacking pieces of software like Presslayand are quite common and may invade you again.
Often users end up with these applications because of their lack of awareness rather than because of an automated virus attack. This really is good news because you have a greater chance to avoid them if you are careful when surfing the web and pay more close attention to the pages and places where those programs are distributed.
In most cases, browser hijackers may be found as bonus components inside different free or cheap software bundles from unknown developers. This is one of the most popular methods of installing hijacker applications on computers. Therefore, avoiding the installation of software bundles from sketchy websites which are not maintained by reputed software developers will typically help you keep the hijacker applications away from the computer.
However, it is also necessary to still look at the Advanced settings of any new setup package that you intend to install since, sometimes, they may contain hidden checkmarks for introducing apps like Presslayand (or real viruses, Trojans and Ransomware) as bonus components to the main program.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Browser Hijackers are notorious for their ability to redirect users’ searches to sponsored sites and to spam their browser with aggressive ads.|
|Distribution Method||Some applications may contain Browser Hijackers bundled in their installation packages.|
Presslayand Virus Removal
To try and remove Presslayand quickly you can try this:
- Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
- Then click on the Extensions tab.
- Look for the Presslayand extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove Presslayand by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of Presslayand and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Presslayand removal guide below.
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
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).
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:
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.
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 Presslayand 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 Presslayand from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Remove Presslayand 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!