Urly.it Virus


Urly.it is a web browser hijacker that may often change the default home page and the preferred search engine of your Chrome, Firefox, and other browsers installed on your system. After Urly.it gets installed, it forces the browser to page-redirect the user to alternative websites full of Pay-Per-Click ads and links.

The Urly.it virus scam

Those who are suffering browser-related disturbance of this kind and are faced with potentially unwanted alterations to their browsers, such as a homepage or search engine tool replacement, as well as a constant stream of pop-up advertisements and page redirects, should remain on this page and read it till the end. The purpose of this article is to provide you with information on the browser hijacker software category and the most efficient methods for dealing with these programs.

Browser hijackers are named this way because they have the ability to take control of numerous functions and settings of your browsers and force them to operate in a manner that you don’t want.

If you have such a software component installed on your browser, it is possible that you will begin to encounter various banners, pop-ups, page redirect links, and other similar advertising materials on your screen during your web browsing sessions. On rare occasions, it’s also possible that you’ll see advertisements on your screen when your browser is closed. Modifications to your homepage, your default search engine, and the appearance of your toolbar are all potential indicators of the presence of a browser hijacker on your system.

In many cases, applications like Urly.it, Findquide, Bland Captcha make the claim that the new components added to your browser, such as the custom search engine tool or the new homepage, would actually improve your Internet experience in some manner. However, in the majority of cases, the primary reason why a hijacker would seek to make such changes to your browser program would be because the bothersome software is attempting to expose you to certain sponsored advertisements and links that are paid. In general, apps of this kind are concerned with generating revenue for their developers via internet advertising.

The Urly.it Virus

The Urly.it virus is a typical example of a software program that functions in this manner, and many people have expressed their irritation with this piece of software. You have most likely arrived to this page in search of assistance, that’s why, in the following paragraphs, we will show you a way to uninstall the Urly.it virus and remove its potentially unwanted changes effectively.

W it comes to the uninstallation, it is not always easy to get rid of a hijacker like Urly.it, as you would expect. Keep in mind that the developers of such software want to ensure that their program stays on your computer for as long as possible in order to maximize the amount of money they can generate from the clicks on its advertisements. Of course, you get absolutely nothing as a result of this and if you keep the application on your computer, the only things you’ll get out of it are irritation and the possibility of a close encounter with security hazards.

We need to mention here that Urly.it is not a Trojan horse, ransomware, or a malicious computer virus that might cause permanent damage to your machine. So, the danger does not come directly from the program. It is possible, however, that if you are not careful while engaging with the contents of the hijacker, you may end up with a Trojan horse or some other malware on your computer.

This is because, although the Internet may be a valuable resource, it can also pose a threat to the security of your computer, since there is a large amount of material available that might redirect you to potentially hazardous websites and pages. As you may be aware, advertisements are the most common and possibly hazardous type of content. If you happen to click on an advert or a pop-up that Urly.it displays on your screen at random, you may be re-routed to potentially harmful websites. For this reason, it is a good idea to follow the instructions on this page and remove any potentially unwanted software before any actual malware find its way inside your machine.

Speaking about protection, it is of utmost importance to always be mindful of what you’re doing online. Spam, suspicious adverts, sketchy offers, and random links, pirated software or low-quality downloads from non-reputed websites, and dodgy pages should be avoided at all cost. Performing an installation of a new program should always be done after you’ve gone through the setup manager step-by-step and eliminated any unnecessary components from the installer. In this way, you can always be certain that no potentially unwanted software will be installed on your computer without your permission.


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Remove Urly.it Virus

To try and remove Urly.it 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 Urly.it extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove Urly.it by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of Urly.it and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Urly.it removal guide below.

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

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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.

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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 Urly.it 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 Urly.it from Firefox:

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

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Urly.it 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!


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    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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