This page aims to help you remove Thesofttic.com. These Thesofttic.com removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
To begin with, browser hijackers are not dangerous programs. Thesofttic.com is a member of their group. As a normal hijacker, it could integrate itself into any of your browsers – Opera, Explorer, Chrome, Firefox. All of them could be affected by this program and could start behaving differently because of the infection with it – redirection to many to-be-promoted locations, changes in the appearance of the browsers such as a newly set default search engine and homepage and some broadcasting of various pop-up and other online ads are among the possible effects that may come with Thesofttic.com.
What else might characterize Thesofttic.com?
First and foremost, browser hijackers could indeed infect a computer, but the infection they cause is not malicious. It might simply be very disturbing. In order to be dangerous, an infection should result from the actions of a virus like a Trojan or a type of Ransomware. Such a contamination will be really harmful, unlike the one with a browser hijacker, and will result in encoding of files, keeping track of credentials and banking details, spying on you, certain blackmailing warnings and even identity theft. The hijackers being created so far are only capable of causing much irritation due to their ability to redirect a user to pages one has never planned on visiting. Changes in your usual browser homepage and/or search engine, as well as the generation of a pretty big number of pop-ups and more different kinds of ads are also typical browser hijacker features.
In what ways can a browser hijacker be distributed?
Normally, most hijackers find their way around as components of program bundles. These bundles are in fact many programs put together and spread around for free. Users are likely to be interested enough to download such a mixture of software, because they might indeed contain some new or interesting games, programs, apps. Most commonly, such aggregations also include a piece of ad-broadcasting software like a version of Adware or a type of browser hijacker. To be completely precise, we should also mention that there might be other possible sources like torrents, spam emails, infected websites, but the number of the contaminations caused by them is lower than those occurring from a bundle.
Does that mean that downloading a bundle equals catching Thesofttic.com?
Don’t worry, this is not the case. You can download a given bundle and even the main program in it without being affected by this hijacker, provided that you install the bundle correctly. Installing any program you download properly means using the right installation feature. The right ones are those allowing you to install only some components of the bundle and to opt out of the unnecessary programs. The wizard features you can rely on are the following: the ones that contain the words advanced or custom in their descriptions or names. Remember, using them equals being safe from threats much more dangerous than Thesofttic.com, like Trojan and Ransomware viruses.
Why are programs such as Thesofttic.com developed?
The idea of promoting products, software or various services is not new. At first it started happening on the radio and later on TV. At the present moment advertising is developing mainly online, as the Internet is becoming arguably the most dominant arena in our everyday lives. Software programmers and product manufacturers sign contracts of cooperation – the former agree to advertise a product efficiently and the latter agree to pay a lot of money for that. Developers then get paid mainly based on the total number of opened or clicked-on pop-ups and banners. Such a business practice doesn’t break the law in any way – you can be sure that this activity is completely legal.
Ways to remove Thesofttic.com
Luckily, normally any user is capable of uninstalling this browser hijacker, as the whole process of doing that is not overly complicated. We recommend that you first try to remove this piece of ad-displaying software by following the removal tips in our Guide at the end of this page. We have compiled it and tested it and it has proven efficient in such cases with such infections. Of course, in the event that you don’t trust your computing skills or fear making a mistake, you can always use the removal tool we’ve provided here as well. We hope this article and the Guide below will be exactly what you need to solve your technical issues.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Three basic ones: sudden redirecting; many ads and a newly-set homepage and/or search engine.|
|Distribution Method||Inside free program bundles, torrent-sharing web pages, spam emails, drive-by downloads, video-streaming websites.|
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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).
- Do not skip this – Thesofttic.com may have hidden some of its files.
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.
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 Thesofttic.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 Thesofttic.com from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Thesofttic.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.
- At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 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
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