Cranchit Cranchit is an application that specialists sort into the category of browser hijackers. As such, Cranchit can take over the browser you have on your PC and make it behave in certain ways. Namely, as browser hijackers primarily act as a tool for online advertising, they will make your browsing program behave in ways that correspond to this. For instance, a program like Cranchit will likely change the browser homepage to some sponsored site. And the same may also happen to your default search engine, where you will find it replaced with a new and unfamiliar one. This is done with the intention of drawing more traffic to these websites. But the symptoms don\u2019t end there. All throughout each and every one of your browsing sessions you will be bombarded with various online ads. These can be popups that appear out of nowhere, banners that are plastered over half the screen, different blinking boxes and colorful links littering plain text, and so on. Not to mention that as you\u2019re browsing the web, you may experience spontaneous page redirects to other sponsored web locations, which can be quite annoying as well. And if you try to change your browser settings on your own, they will go right back to their old state as soon as you restart your Chrome, Firefox, Edge or whatever other browser you\u2019re using. And unfortunately, the only way you will be able to be successful in this endeavor is if you remove Cranchit from your computer. And to do this, you will require a special removal guide like the one we have prepared for you just below this post. Is Cranchit a dangerous program? If this is the first time you have ever had to face a browser hijacker on your PC, then it\u2019s understandable that you may be fearing the worst. You might be thinking that this is some terrible virus that has invaded your machine and you could be looking at some serious potential damage. However, browser hijackers are not viruses and are only seen as potentially unwanted programs or PUPs. This is because, for one, they use sneaky tactics to trick people into allowing them to be installed on their computers. For another, they also engage in rather unsavory practices in order to be able to more effectively push certain products and services on you. Like for instance, programs such as Cranchit are very much capable of keeping tabs on your browsing patterns. They can keep track of the type of websites you visit, the kind of content you interact with, etc. And this information is later processed to display tailored ads on your screen. And last but not least, software of this type does come coupled with the risk of at some point exposing your system to different external threats. For example, you may be redirected to a page that has been infected with Trojans, ransomware, spyware, or other malicious programs. And if there are some vulnerabilities in your OS, you could easily fall victim to any of these. SUMMARY: Name Cranchit Type Browser Hijacker Danger Level Medium\u00a0(nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk) Symptoms \u00a0A new browser toolbar, homepage and\/or default search engine, along with numerous online ads filling the screen.\u00a0 Distribution Method Spam message, other browser hijackers or adware; but mainly via program bundles.\u00a0 Detection Tool Remove Cranchit Virus To try and remove Cranchit quickly you can try this: \tGo to your browser\u2019s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser). \tThen click on the Extensions tab. \tLook for the Cranchit extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones). \tRemove Cranchit by clicking on the Thrash Bin icon next to its name. \tConfirm and get rid of Cranchit and any other suspicious items. If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Cranchit 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\u00a0Safe Mode\u00a0(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\u00a0and\u00a0go to the\u00a0Processes Tab (the "Details" Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.\u00a0 Right click on each of them\u00a0and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner: After you open their folder,\u00a0end the processes\u00a0that are infected, then delete their folders.\u00a0 Note:\u00a0If 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.\u00a0 Hold together the Start Key and R. Type\u00a0appwiz.cpl -->\u00a0OK. You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries.\u00a0Uninstall it\/them. Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter.\u00a0A\u00a0window will pop-up: Startup --->\u00a0Uncheck\u00a0entries that have "Unknown" as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious. Hold the Start\u00a0Key\u00a0and\u00a0R\u00a0- \u00a0copy +\u00a0paste the following and click OK: notepad %windir%\/system32\/Drivers\/etc\/hosts A new\u00a0file 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" -\u00a0write 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. \tRight-click on the Network Adapter you are using --->\u00a0Properties --->\u00a0Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP\/IP), click \u00a0Properties. \tThe\u00a0DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself. \tClick on Advanced --->\u00a0the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something)\u00a0--->\u00a0OK. \tAfter you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a\u00a0system reboot. Right click\u00a0on the browser\u2019s shortcut --->\u00a0Properties. NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but\u00a0you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge). Properties \u2014\u2013> Shortcut.\u00a0In\u00a0Target, remove everything\u00a0after\u00a0.exe. \u00a0\u00a0Remove Cranchit\u00a0from Internet Explorer: Open\u00a0IE, click\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u2014\u2013>\u00a0Manage Add-ons. Find the threat\u00a0--->\u00a0Disable. Go to\u00a0\u00a0\u2014\u2013>\u00a0Internet Options --->\u00a0change\u00a0the\u00a0URL\u00a0to whatever you use (if hijacked) --->\u00a0Apply. \u00a0Remove\u00a0Cranchit\u00a0from Firefox: Open\u00a0Firefox,\u00a0click\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 \u2014\u2014->\u00a0Add-ons\u00a0---->\u00a0Extensions. Find the adware\/malware\u00a0--->\u00a0Remove. Remove\u00a0Cranchit\u00a0from Chrome: Close Chrome. Navigate to: \u00a0C:\/Users\/!!!!USER NAME!!!!\/AppData\/Local\/Google\/Chrome\/User Data.\u00a0There is\u00a0a 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: \tHKEY_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\u00a0anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!