Tags.bluekai.com “Virus” Removal (Safari/Chrome/FF/IE) August 2018 Update


This page aims to help you remove Tags.bluekai.com “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Safari,Chrome,Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows and Mac OSX.

If your Safari,Chrome, Explorer, Firefox or any other browser that you are currently using has recently started displaying hundreds of ads, pop-ups or banners and its default homepage or search engine has been replaced by another, unfamiliar one, this could be a sign of an infection with a Browser Hijacker. The browser hijackers are online advertising tools, famous for their ad-generating and page-redirecting activities. A particular version of this annoying type of software, called Tags.bluekai.com “Virus” , is the main subject of this article and in the next lines, we are going to go over its main features and characteristics in detail. In case that you are looking for a way to remove this software, we will be able to help you with that as well. Below, you will find a detailed Removal Guide and a professional removal tool, both of which can help you uninstall Tags.bluekai.com “Virus” and get rid of all of its nagging popping ads and redirects.

What is a Browser Hijacker?

There is one specific category of software, called “Browser hijackers”, which gathers programs with particularly annoying behavior. All the programs, which fall into this category, (including Tags.bluekai.com “Virus” ) share similar traits which tend to affect the way the peoples’ browsers operate. Typically, when such a software enters the system, it may modify the settings and the appearance of the default browsing program, no matter what that program is – Safari,Chrome, Firefox, IE or some other less popular browser. Changes may apply to your homepage or search engine, as well as to the number of ads that may get displayed on your screen. You may also experience redirects to various sponsored web locations, which may significantly interrupt your normal web activity. All in all, you may not be excited with the newly imposed changes and may also be concerned about the real intentions of such a web-redirecting software.

In most of the cases, when you run a setup, you would be prompted to click on the Quick/Standard/Automatic installation. This, however, is what you need to avoid. In order to prevent browser hijackers like Tags.bluekai.com or any other suggested or bundled components from becoming a part of your system, you need to seek the Advanced/Manual/Custom options and utilize them. This way, you will be able to see and unmark any pre-selected checklists, which give your indirect agreement on the installation of additional components and programs. If you skip this important customization step during the setup process, you may need to remove these components later with the help of a Removal Guide (just like the one below) or by scanning your PC with a professional security tool.

Tags.bluekai.com “Virus” Removal

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).

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.

DNS

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 Tags.bluekai.com  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 Tags.bluekai.com  from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Tags.bluekai.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 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!

Can Tags.bluekai.com be classified as a virus?

Tags.bluekai.com may affect the way you browse the web by constantly exposing you to various ads, pop-ups, and banners, but generally, this type of software is harmless compared to viruses such as Trojans or Ransomware for example. Its purpose is to simply advertise and bring traffic and clicks for the advertisers that it cooperates with. Such activity is legal as far as the law is concerned and normally wouldn’t result in a serious harm for your computer.

This, however, does not mean that you won’t feel irritated by the unexpected redirects and the generation of new tabs and blinking boxes every time you start a browsing session, which is why the browser hijacker is commonly referred to as potentially unwanted. Another reason to uninstall such software could be the fact that it could collect browsing-related data and transmit or sell it to various marketers in an attempt to help them tailor your searches to their ads, products, and services. This is also not illegal, but still, could be seen as a form of privacy invasion, which you may want to get rid of. And, in fact, you have all the rights to do that. Removing Tags.bluekai.com , however, may not be as easy as uninstalling a regular program. In most of the cases, you won’t find it in the Control panel – that’s why you may need some specialized instructions like the ones you will find below.

If Tags.bluekai.com is not a Trojan or a Ransomware virus, how did you end up “infected”?

Programs like Tags.bluekai.com , despite not being viruses, may have lots of different sources for getting distributed and some of them might not be as obvious as you might want them to be. Usually, the developers of such ad-generating software use program bundles in order to distribute their piece in a pack with some other programs. Most of the torrent sites, the file-sharing and freeware platforms may contain such bundles. So, if you download and run an installer from such a source, you may install Tags.bluekai.com “Virus” by default through the Standard/Automatic settings. To prevent that, you don’t necessarily need to give up installing any free software on your PC. Instead, simple pay more attention during the setup process and install the free programs carefully.

SUMMARY:

Name Tags.bluekai.com
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  This program may suddenly start launching hundreds of ads, pop-ups or banners and replace your default homepage or search engine.
Distribution Method Spam messages, freeware platforms, torrents, shareware sites, free download links, automatic installation managers, email attachments. 
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.


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