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Transmapp

Transmapp is a type of potentially unwanted app (PUA) that can get installed in any browser (Firefox, Edge, Chrome, etc.) and cause sudden page redirects. Transmapp can also modify some elements of the affected browser, thereby increasing the number and frequency of the redirects.

Transmapp

The Transmapp malware will redirect your browser searches.

Regular extensions are known for making changes in the browser in order to provide their users with improved, more secure, and/or more optimized online experience. However, the main difference is that, when Transmapp does this, the main goal behind the changes is financial profit through advertisement-generation for the app’s developers. Maybe this potentially unwanted app is being advertised as a useful tool that will help you in one way or another, but it takes no more than a couple of minutes of having this software added to your browser to realize that something’s not quite the way it ought to be.

The Transmapp Malware

For starters, the changes Transmapp makes in the browser are mostly without your (informed) permission. In fact, most users don’t even realize that the Transmapp malware (that’s what these apps are usually referred to as) has gotten installed in their browser.

This is partly due to the way these hijackers get distributed – they tend to be included in the installers of other software as loosely disclosed optional installs hidden under the Advanced/Custom setup settings. Naturally, most users don’t pay attention to this while installing the main program, which, in turn, results in the installation of the hijacker too.

The second part of the problem is that the changes made by such apps are typically irreversible during the time the hijacker is part of the browser. You might try to revert the changes (and seem to succeed in doing so) only to soon after find that the invasive app has re-introduced them to your browser. This could quickly get quite annoying and frustrating, especially considering the third part of the reason why apps like Transmapp are labeled as unwanted.

None of the previous two problems would have been that huge weren’t it for the fact that the changes the hijacker makes are mostly focused on spamming your screen with various ads, redirects to sites that try to sell you low-quality products or get you to play some obscure browser game. What’s worse about this is the possibility of accidentally landing on a site that has phishing forms in it or even on one that contains Ransomware, Spyware, Trojans, and other hazardous viruses.

What is Transmapp.com ?

At first glance, it is oftentimes difficult to distinguish apps like Transmapp.com from regular extensions for your browser. Transmapp.com gets installed in the browser and it changes something in it – maybe it adds some new toolbar buttons or some new tools, or maybe it replaces the default search engine and homepage site.

All in all, if you want to keep your browser clean, optimized and if you want to reduce the chances of stumbling upon viruses, Ransomware, Trojan horses and various other online threats, it’s best to remove Transmapp. If you need a hand with uninstalling this hijacker, look no further than our removal guide from this page. 

SUMMARY:

Name Transmapp
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  You will notice some changes in the browser as well as frequent generation of ads and page redirects.
Distribution Method A hijacker can get distributed using spam letters and social media messages, as well as through file-bundles and clickbait links.
Detection Tool

Remove Transmapp Malware 

To try and remove Transmapp quickly you can try this:

  1. Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
  2. Then click on the Extensions tab.
  3. Look for the Transmapp extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove Transmapp by clicking on the Thrash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of Transmapp and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Transmapp 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


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!

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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

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.

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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.

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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 Transmapp 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 Transmapp from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Transmapp 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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