This page aims to help you remove the Utopia.net Malware. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Utopia.net is a junkware application capable of hijacking the main page of your browser, its search engine, or its toolbar. Utopia.net seeks to increase the traffic to different sites by triggering redirects to them and to gather valuable advertising info from your browser.
The kind of software discussed in the following paragraphs is the group of the so-called browser hijackers. The exact program from this family which may have infected your system is Utopia.net Malware. This hijacker is very likely to change the search engine of whatever browser you have installed (Chrome / Firefox/ Explorer/ Opera); to set your browser to redirect you to unknown web pages; and to inflict the generation of an annoyingly big number of online ads (pop-ups / tabs / boxes and others). All this may take place without your conscious permission. Here you are going to find some valuable information about the typical contamination caused by Utopia.net Malware.
What is Utopia.net?
Utopia.net is a type of DNS hijacker that can redirect users to unsafe Internet locations that may contain malware. Utopia.net changes some of the Windows settings, namely the TCP/IP protocols, and by doing so it alters the behavior of otherwise safe DNS servers.
None of the known hijackers nowadays has been identified as really malicious. Usually, any form of malware is characterized by its somehow intrusive and disturbing behavior once installed on your device. This may include using your banking or account info in order to steal some data/money from you; sealing some important files (as a dangerous virus like Ransomware typically does); or even spying on you remotely via your own camera. No such awful activities can be carried out by any browser hijacker, so you do not have to deal with a virus. Stay calm!
Why could Utopia.net Malware be acting in such an irritating way?
The way Utopia.net Malware normally acts is related to the way it is distributed on the web. The usual method of spreading such ad-broadcasting programs is via bundles. A bundle is any mix of software versions, which typically contains a piece of ad-producing software, either a hijacker or Adware and other genuine programs. Such bundles are often distributed for free and any user is able to download them and install them. What is more, the majority of the Utopia.net Malware-caused infections actually happen in a very similar way. We have come to the point when we are about to give some explanation why such bundles and ad-generating software exist in general. First of all, many users are willing to download software for free and give it a try. Developers want their newly-developed programs popularized and tested by the public, and that is why they put them in such mixtures. Also, they also put programs such as Utopia.net Malware there as they still need to earn something from such bundles, apart from simply popularizing their own software. Moreover, by putting ad-generating programs inside and creating a way to fool the users into installing the entire content of a specific bundle, they get employed and paid by the advertising industry, as each single ad could generate huge profits for the ones interested in promoting products and services. Generally speaking, we are not talking about a problematic infection here, we are just reviewing the modern ways of advertising goods, one of which is by programs like Adware and browser hijackers.
How could we install Utopia.net Malware without even noticing?
Alone the download of any bundle is not about to infect your computer with a browser hijacker. Nonetheless, the improper installation methods can certainly land you such an infection. When we talk about bundles, users might easily forget that they contain more than one program and could decide to install them through the Default option, thus letting all the software from the bundle in their systems. Really, this is not at all wise, as such a method of installing new programs may even cause malware infections. The proper way to install any piece of software is through choosing the more elaborate methods, usually called Custom, Advanced or Customized. That’s how you will get the chance to personally select the programs and features that you need on your PC.
How do we “heal” a PC infected by Utopia.net Malware?
Depending on your particular case, you may be able to uninstall the majority of the common hijackers, including Utopia.net Malware, in a simple way. You can always try to achieve that by following the Removal instructions down there in our Guide. They present you with all the necessary info and should be what you need to clean your device from Utopia.net Malware. However, stay cautious, because in some specific cases, the situation of your system may need some more professional help. Such cases are not the general ones, though and happen very rarely.
Some threats reinstall themselves if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to remove harmful programs for you. This may save you hours and ensure you don't harm your system by deleting the wrong files.
Remove Utopia.net Malware
You are dealing with a malware infection that can restore itself unless you remove its core files. We are sending you to another page with a removal guide that gets regularly updated. It covers in-depth instructions on how to:
1. Locate and scan malicious processes in your task manager.
2. Identify in your Control panel any programs installed with the malware, and how to remove them. Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker that gets installed with a lot of malware.
3. How to clean up and reset your browser to its original settings without the malware returning.
You can find the removal guide here.
For mobile devices refer to these guides instead: Android, iPhone.
i ran notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts my ip can back as 127.0.0.1 i dont think that is correct
Are there any other IPs there?