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Vantsolutions is a browser hijacker that is capable of tampering with your existing web browser’s settings and adding a new search engine or a new homepage that initiates redirects to partnering websites. Vantsolutions is also reported to spam the computer screen with pop-ups, banners, and commercials during regular browsing sessions.
The term browser hijacker is most commonly used to describe programs designed to control your Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari, or other popular browser and to modify its settings, (including the default search engine and homepage) without your approval. The programs recognized as browser hijackers are also known for filling the screen of the web browser with sponsored ads, pop-up notifications, and banners that serve as redirects to predetermined websites.
If you’ve landed on this site because a specific program of this type called Vantsolutions has invaded your default browser and has already mad the above-mentioned changes, you’re certainly in luck. Here, we’re going to give you all the details you need to fully uninstall the unwanted changes and remove this program from your machine. Below is a comprehensive removal guide that includes detailed instructions that can help you do just that. But before you head over to it, we advise you to first find out what potential dangers Vantsolutions may expose you to and why it is important to rid your device of such browser hijackers.
Please follow all the steps below in orderto remove Vantsolutions!
How to remove Vantsolutions
First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find Vantsolutions in the programs list that would show up.
Select Vantsolutions from the list and click on Uninstall.
Follow the steps in the removal wizard.
What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:
From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to Vantsolutions.
If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to Vantsolutions.
If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.
Remove Vantsolutions from Chrome
Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
Go to more tools
Now select extensions
Remove the Vantsolutions extension
Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to Vantsolutions and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
Get rid of Vantsolutions by removing it from extensions
If using Firefox:
Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.
If using MS Edge/IE:
Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by “Vantsolutions” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.
How to Delete Vantsolutions
Open task manager
Look for the Vantsolutions process
Select it and click on End task
Open the file location to delete Vantsolutions
Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
If you don’t see a “Vantsolutions” process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
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If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.
How to Uninstall Vantsolutions
Click on the home button
Search for Startup Apps
Look for Vantsolutions in there
Uninstall Vantsolutions from Startup Apps by turning it off
Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any Vantsolutions-related entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat.
Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found.
After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to Vantsolutions in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
If you are facing a browser hijacker such as Vantsolutions for the first time, you don’t need to fear that this software will destroy your system or encrypt your files – these are often the results of an encounter with other infections such as Trojans and Ransomware viruses. The browser hijacker’s real purpose is relatively harmless and serves the online marketing industry’s interests. At its worst, programs like Vantsolutions and Lookaside.fbsbx.com will spam your screen with pop-ups, banners, and promotional materials that, once clicked upon, redirect you to specific websites. The main problem comes from the fact that, in order to advertise more effectively, most browser hijackers employ some aggressive online advertising practices. For instance, they may “hijack” the main web browser and force it to display only sponsored search results by replacing its search engine or by installing some page-redirecting buttons and add-ons. Also, they may set a new homepage or a new new-tab page with a pre-defined URL that gets loaded the moment you start the browser. To get more clicks on the displayed ads, programs like Vantsolutions may place them on top of the page you are visiting so that you cannot ignore them. In many cases, the browser hijackers can keep track of the websites that you most frequently visit and the types of content that you like and share on social media. They can also monitor your latest online search requests and try to link them with ads that contain the same keywords. Clearly, it’s not a good thing to keep track of user activity like this. And, certainly, it is not very pleasant to browse the web with a browser that is totally controlled by a third-party program. Therefore, even though, technically, Vantsolutions is not something that can cause damage to the system and is not considered a virus, a Ransomware, a Trojan or any other similar malware, we would suggest that you remove it and uninstall its changes from your main web browser in order to regain full control.
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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.