Pushisback belongs to the class of software more commonly referred to as browser hijackers. As such, Pushisback infects the browser on your computer and takes charge of it by altering some of its settings.
As a result, users start being plagued by swarms of online ads in every shape and size. These can be banners, popups, in-text links, box messages and various other forms of online advertising materials. In addition, your browser may start to trigger page redirects that take you to different obscure web locations.
The Pushisback Virus
On top of that, the Pushisback virus may replace your default search engine with a different one. And very often the Pushisback virus will also set this new search engine as the browser homepage, as well. This ensures, on the one hand, that you are exposed to more sponsored search results. And on the other hand, the website in question gets more hits and a higher traffic count, which is quite possibly what the hijacker developers are paid for.
If you try and reset these browser configurations, you will notice that they return back to what the hijacker has determined them to be – no matter what you do. Even reinstalling your browser or switching to a different one will only offer temporary relief before Pushisback.com gets integrated as well. And as it so happens, programs like Pushisback.com are equally sticky themselves, when it comes to their uninstallation.
You will find that most of them do not offer an uninstallation option the way that regular software products do. And if you try to somehow remove it yourself without fully understanding what you’re dealing with, chances are you won’t find all of the components, and its residual parts may still cause issues during your browsing sessions. This is why our team of experts has put together a detailed removal guide that you can find below.
The ‘hidden’ effects of Pushisback.com
Yes, you’ve already come to experience all the annoying consequences of having a browser hijacker in your system. But what you may not know about these program is that they may be silently monitoring your browsing patterns and collecting this data to optimize the display of their ads. This is done so that the ads generated on your screen are more appealing to you and you will, ideally, be more prone to interact with them. That way Pushisback.com can generate profit for its developers.
However, this data may be sold to third parties for various intents and purposes – without your knowledge or consent. And on top of that, this background activity does take its toll on your system resources, which can be quite detrimental to your computer’s performance in the long run.
Last but not least, seeing as the quantities of generated ads and page redirects are so vast, nobody really keeps track or checks their safety. Hence, there’s a risk of at some point landing on an unsafe webpage or clicking on some infected or compromised ad or link. And as a result, you may come face to face with ransomware, Trojan horse viruses and other malicious code.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||The infection with a browser hijacker is usually accompanied with the presence of vast quantities of online ads in the affected browser.|
|Distribution Method||Typically with the help of software bundles that you can download for free from torrent websites, open source download platforms and similar file-sharing sources.|
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Remove Pushisback.com Virus
To try and remove Pushisback.com 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 Pushisback.com extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove Pushisback.com by clicking on the Thrash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of Pushisback.com and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Pushisback.com 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:
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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.
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 Pushisback.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 Pushisback.com from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Pushisback.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!