Time4news.net Virus


Time4news.net is an invasive malware application that is disguised as a browser extension. Time4news.net is known for hijacking browsers like Firefox, and Chrome with the purpose of boosting the traffic to certain sites by page-redirecting users to them during each browsing session.


The Time4news.net Virus

If there seems to be an extension in your browser named Time4news.net that is conducting activities and making changes in the browser’s settings that are bothering you, our suggestion is to carefully read the information that follows, as doing so will help you acquire a good understanding of what exactly you are dealing with, and learn what the best way to get rid of this unwanted piece of software is.

The Time4news.net Virus

The Time4news.net virus is a browser hijacker – a software component that doesn’t operate as an individual program but rather adds itself to the main browser. It typically doesn’t matter which the main browser is – it could be Chrome, Firefox,  Edge, or even Safari on macOS systems. Once inside the targeted browser, the Time4news.net virus will probably change its homepage and new-tab page addresses, and it might replace the search engine with one of its own.

Sudden page-redirects are also oftentimes noticed by users who get such apps in their computer. Some also report that different adverts and pop-up windows start showing up on their screens while the browser with the hijacker in it is open. All of these symptoms are quite normal and are to be expected from an app the likes of Time4news.net and Captcha Source Center. Usually, those activities wouldn’t really harm your system, and even if it seems that the browser isn’t working properly and has become very slow, know that as soon as the hijacker gets removed everything should return to normal. This is, however, where many users face some serious difficulties because removing a hijacker is not easy most of the time. If you are new to this and have never dealt with a similar app before, you may need help in order to uninstall it. We can give you help, but you will need to carefully follow each of our instructions shared in the guide on this page. If you don’t think you could complete all the steps, you might want to consider using the professional removal app that we have posted here.

For those of you who are concerned about the safety of your systems, know that this hijacker isn’t in your computer in order to harm the machine or to steal your data. It is an app that earns money through displaying ads and gathering ad-related info from your browser. Most of the time this is mostly annoying but not really that harmful. However, it is still advisable to take precautions and remove the intrusive browser hijacker because its activities may make it more likely for your computer to get infected by actual malicious software the likes of Trojans, Ransomware, and so on. The main problem lies in the possibility that cyber criminals might hack the hijacker’s ads and redirects, and modify them to distribute malware. On the outside, however, it would be nearly impossible to tell if a given advert or page-redirect is harmful. Therefore, if you accidentally click on a compromised ad, you risk getting infected with all kinds of hazardous programs – Spyware, Worms, Trojan Horses, not to mention Ransomware.


Name Time4news.net
Type  Browser Hijacker
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Remove Time4news.net Virus

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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).



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.


    To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

    If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
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    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.



    • 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.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    ie9-10_512x512  Remove Time4news.net 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 Time4news.net from Firefox:

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

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Time4news.net 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.


    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!


    About the author


    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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