This page aims to help you remove Utilitool. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Utilitool is a potentially unwanted browser extension developed to display ads during web browsing sessions. To perform this task, Utilitool will typically install ad-generating components in the default browser and replace the search engine or the homepage with ones that constantly generate ads.
The first encounter with a browser hijacker can be stressful if you don’t know exactly what’s happening. The unauthorized homepage and search engine changes that take place in the main web browser may panic a lot of web users and even make them believe that they have somehow been infected with a virus. However, these changes, as well as all the automatic redirects to different commercial-filled sites, are not symptoms of a malware infection but typical signs of the presence of a browser hijacker on your computer.
That’s why, if you have recently detected Utilitool on your machine, you don’t need to get stressed about it – this is not a Trojan, a Ransomware, or another type of harmful software. What you are dealing with is a browser hijacker created to fill your screen with sponsored ads, banners, and pop-ups during your web browsing sessions. In the next few paragraphs, we will tell you everything you need to know about it and will help you remove it from your Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or Safari browser quickly and easily.
Utilitool on Chrome
Technically, a browser hijacker such as Utilitool is software created for online advertising purposes. Therefore, it is not expected from such software to harm your computer the way that a real virus or malware from the ranks of Ransomware and Trojans could.
Yet, browser hijackers like Utilitool are often seen as potentially unwanted programs. They won’t damage your computer if you don’t uninstall them but they may cause some irritating issues, which could give you a good reason to remove them without at the first opportunity you get. For instance, Utilitool and other apps like it can hijack the main web browser and impose some potentially unwanted changes on it. As we mentioned above, these apps can replace the homepage URL with another one, install a new search engine, install new toolbars, set some redirect buttons, and, in general, hijack the browser in order to carry out their advertising activities. Besides, such programs can expose web users to online ads of all shapes and sizes including pop-ups, banners, box messages, redirect links, etc, some of which may not be safe.
Dealing with all those changes on a regular basis can not only be very frustrating but could also land you on random web locations that might have been compromised and may contain malware. Besides, when bombarded with hundreds of ads during every browsing session, you can easily end up running into some fake online ad or one that hackers have tampered with. Ads like these may often carry viruses like Ransomware, Spyware, and Trojans, and, sadly, it takes just one click to get infected.
Fortunately, now that you have been informed about the risks, you have the chance to remove Utilitool right away and avoid possible interaction with misleading content. What is more, once you uninstall the browser hijacker, you can easily restore browser settings you prefer and regain full control of the hijacked browser.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||You most likely will notice a new search engine or an unfamiliar homepage on your browser which probably has been imposed by the browser hijacker.|
|Distribution Method||Developers of browser hijackers commonly distribute them in a bundle with various free programs, torrents, free download managers and spam.|
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Remove Utilitool Virus
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
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).
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.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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.
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.
- 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.
Remove Utilitool 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 Utilitool from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Remove Utilitool 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.
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—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!