Browser hijackers have a very distinct way of ruining one’s browsing experience and they often do that by taking charge of the browser on the infected device. And by taking charge we mean altering its homepage, substituting the default search engine with a new one, and constantly redirecting you to various sponsored sites that you had never intended to visit. Today we’ll be looking at a specific browser hijacker called Zeanergo.win Virus and if it has made its way onto your iPhone, iPad or other Apple device, then stick around. This article aims to shed as much light onto what it is this program is really up to and then provide you with the necessary instructions as to its removal.
What does Zeanergo.win Virus do?
Well, as a member of the browser hijacker software category, this program is designed to promote various products, services and websites by means of advertising them directly on the users’ screens. In doing so it also generates revenue for its developers in accordance with remuneration models like the infamous Pay Per Click scheme, for example. With that in mind, it’s easy to see that the developers will do everything in their power to expose you to as many ads as possible and also get you to interact with as many of them as possible.
And in order to achieve that, browser hijackers like Zeanergo.win Virus will usually bombard you with various popups, banners and various other online ads. In addition to that, they also tend to research your browsing patterns and extract certain information from them, such as your social media activity and online search queries. This and other similar data will allow the hijacker to determine which of its ads you will be more likely to interact with, so it can position them accordingly. And this leads us to the next point, which is namely the risk that those ads may hold.
We generally advise users to try and interact with them as less possible, because there is the possibility of bumping into malicious ads that may contain virus scripts like ransomware and Trojans. But that’s not to say that Zeanergo.win Virus is also a virus; much on the contrary, it’s pretty legit. In fact, you probably go it as part of some other legitimate app that you downloaded. So if you would like to avoid things like this in the future, you will probably want to try and research any apps you’re interested in downloading before actually doing so. That way you will have a better chance of finding out if they have any hijackers integrated within them beforehand.
Zeanergo.win Virus Removal
First you need to close all pop-ups that are currently open.
- If the pop-up has a checkbox named “Don’t show more alerts from this webpage” click on the checkbox before closing the Ad.
- If a Block Alerts button happens to appear after you shut down a pop-up on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch tab that button to stop receiving alerts from the same page.
In case that a pop-up fails to close after performing the above operations:
- On your Mac you should make your Safari browser close forcibly by pressing Command-Option-Esc. Select Safari from the list of Apps and force close it. After you force close it you need to restart Safari, but please hold the shift button while it starts. This will prevent any pesky Ads from opening automatically.
- On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch you can do the same by pressing the home button twice in a quick succession. You’ll then see a preview of all apps that have been recently used. Swipe left to find Safari and then swipe up on the app’s preview to close it forcibly In order to prevent Safari from opening unwanted windows on startup go to Settings->Safari and Clear History, as well as Website Data. This will also clear your browser history and cookies so keep that in mind and export them if you want to keep them.
Choose Preferences from the Safari menu. Then do the following:
- Select the Security icon and then click on “Block pop-up windows“. This should stop many types of pop-ups from appearing.
- Next check on your homepage and the settings for the search engines. Adware likes messing with those. We can not provide more specific instructions for this, as you may be using many different browsers.
- Select the General icon and look at the Homepage field. It should either be empty or filled with the address of the Homepage you want.
- Follow up on the Search icon. Again it should be either the default search engine or any that you have set for yourself. Note that in some versions of Safari these settings are found in the General panel/
Open Safari and click on the Extensions button. Note that Adware use extensions almost exclusively to inject the pop-up Ads into your browser. Any extension on this list that you do not remember installing yourself is likely planted there by the Adware. Remove ALL extensions you are unfamiliar with.