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Remove Txtnews.online (Chrome/FF/IE) May 2019 Update


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This page aims to help you remove Txtnews.online. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

This article focuses on a recently reported browser hijacker called Txtnews.online. If you are on this page due to the fact that this application is in your system – stay with us to learn more about its specifics. The installation of Txtnews.online in your machine could be a very unpleasant surprise. Having established itself in your computer, this hijacker integrates with your browser (the targeted browser could be Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or another browser program) and begins to impose its own rules on it, thereby “hijacking” it. The first symptoms are the appearance of a new homepage or maybe a change in the default search engine tool. Also, the users begin to notice that their online searches often get page-redirected to different sponsored web addresses full of aggressive ads, banners and pop-ups. What may scare you the most is the fact that the above-mentioned changes have typically not been approved by you. The hijacker imposes them without asking for a direct user approval and even if you try to remove them and return your browser to its original state, you will be greeted by the same sponsored homepage and an unknown search engine the very moment you reopen your browser. But do not worry because, in the next lines, we will show you how to effectively uninstall Txtnews.online and save yourself from the settings that it has imposed. Below, there are detailed instructions with screenshots, with the help of which you can easily find and remove all the components of the annoying application.

Just like Pertonthati.info, Lodder.club,Paymentnotifyfriends.info and  Gotwidores.info recently, Txtnews.online uses a social engineering tactic to make users accept push notifications. In fact, if the user denies the notification, he is immediately redirected to these exact websites. The website appears to be running a video, but no video actually runs through the imbeded link: https://paymentnotifyfriends.info/r/youtube/652?count=1&declCount=1&fullScreenMode=enabled

Txtnews.online is one of many recent browser hijackers that redirect you and try to bully you to accept Push Notifications.

 

Can Txtnews.online cause harm?

Most browser hijackers, including Txtnews.online, operate as online advertising tools that serve the interests of the online marketing industry. They are programmed to generate all sorts of online promotional materials including different banners, pop-ups, links hidden in text messages, colorful ads, etc. and make users click on them or visit certain pages. To many people, these ads and sponsored page-redirects may seem suspicious but the truth is that the app responsible for their appearance isn’t a nasty virus or a malware program (such as a Trojan, a file-encrypting Ransomware, a Spyware or another similar threat). In fact, all the commercial messages you see on your screen as well as the changes in your browser, which an application like Txtnews.online may impose, are the result of a business collaboration between the developers of this software and the marketers whose products, services and websites get promoted. Both parties are more than interested in showing you as many ads, links and offers as possible and in redirecting you to as many sponsored web locations as they can because, this way, the marketers gain more traffic and exposure while the developers of the hijacker apps get paid on a pay-per-click basis every time the user clicks on the promotional materials displayed by the obstructive app. There, however, is technically nothing criminal or illegal in such a collaboration. Nevertheless, oftentimes, in a pursuit of greater profit, the people behind applications like Txtnews.online  resort to certain methods of generating more clicks which may be way too invasive. They often rely on automatic page-redirects, browser modifications and aggressive ads streaming which lead to user irritation, browsing disturbances and exposure to unfamiliar web locations. That’s why, even if the browser hijackers are far from real viruses and threats like Ransomware or Trojans in terms of how dangerous they could be, their presence in the system is still considered as potentially unwanted and many people prefer to uninstall them (and rightfully so).

SUMMARY:

Name Txtnews.online
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Once the redirect is initiated, it will ask for more push notifications through other websites. Denying the notifications does not gain the user anything, as he is immediately sent to more push notifications until he closes the tab.
IP Address 178.62.225.201
Detection Tool

Remove Txtnews.online

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


Step1

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).

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Step2

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. 

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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. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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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:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

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:

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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.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

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Step5

  • 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).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Txtnews.online from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Txtnews.online from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Txtnews.online from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    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!


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