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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine

Pagesnews.org

Pagesnews.org is a dubious domain linked to the presence of the adware helper. Users who really have this undesirable piece of software inside their computers see their Google Chrome browser open with it every 33 minutes. Users might also be redirected to Pagesnews.org from time to time when they surf other websites. The web page opened does not look harmful at first glance. Actually, we cannot call it malicious either, but, undoubtedly, it is not trustworthy and should be closed as soon as possible. According to specialists working at pcthreat.com, this domain is a medium for displaying ads and driving traffic to certain pages. The developer of Pagesnews.org, most probably, gets money for displaying the commercial content for users and increasing the web traffic to third-party pages. Needless to say, ordinary users do not get anything. Our security specialists say that they might only get untrustworthy software if they click on various links located on the main page of Pagesnews.org, use its search box to find the information on the web, and trust search results opened for them fully.

Pagesnews.org cannot be called an ordinary browser hijacker because it does not change browsers’ settings, e.g. homepage and default search provider. It creates the so-called scheduled task in %WINDIR%\System32\Tasks instead of altering the settings of web browsers. This new task it creates in the Task Scheduler allows it to appear to users every 33 minutes. As has already been mentioned at the beginning, you might notice your web browser open with Pagesnews.org in the URL bar automatically, or you will be taken to this page when surfing other normal websites which are not associated with Pagesnews.org by any means. If you already see it opened for you, close this page as soon as possible and do not click on links you can find on this website because they might open untrustworthy pages. Find a better search provider to use instead of the search box of Pagesnews.org as well. Search results displayed by this page might contain promotional links too. There is a risk that some of them are related to bad third-party pages and might redirect users there if they perform web searches using this Russian domain.

Moreover, third-party pages users might be taken to after clicking on links/ads displayed on Pagesnews.org might also be dangerous in a sense that they might try to extort personal information from people. Also, such websites often record non-personally identifiable information associated with users’ activities and habits. Trustworthy pages might record information about users too, but they never gather any personal details, so you should always check the Privacy Policy of pages before starting to surf them fearlessly. Keep in mind that pages you are taken to after clicking on sponsored links/ads start gathering data immediately after you are redirected to them.

Research has shown that Pagesnews.org is not the only browser hijacker belonging to this family. It is almost identical to Hrforlastnews.com/news and Gdslkeee1ru. All of them travel bundled in malicious installers. Suspicious Russian applications might travel with these browser hijackers too, so if you already see Pagesnews.org every half an hour, be aware of the fact that other untrustworthy applications might be installed on your computer too. It is not easy to find them because they are well-hidden, so leave the detection job for a reputable scanner. It would be smart to keep a security application enabled 24/7 because much more serious infections if compared to a browser hijacker can enter the unprotected computer. Make sure that the tool you leave activated on your system is fully reliable.

You need to perform two removal steps to delete the Pagesnews.org browser hijacker fully from the computer. First, you need to go to reset web browsers to their default settings (it should affect only Google Chrome but check other web browsers too). Second, a scheduled task created by this browser hijacker needs to be eliminated as soon as possible. As has already been mentioned in this article, this infection could have entered the system together with other dubious applications, so it is a must to scan the computer with an automatic malware remover, such as SpyHunter, after you finish deleting the browser hijacker associated with the Pagesnews.org domain.

Remove Pagesnews.org manually from browsers

Reset browsers to their default settings

Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Open the Tools menu and click Internet Options.
  3. Click on the Advanced tab to open it.
  4. Click Reset.
  5. Put a tick in the Delete personal settings box to enable it.
  6. Click Reset in the dialog box one more time.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Press Alt+H.
  3. Select Troubleshooting information from the menu opened for you.
  4. Click Refresh Firefox.
  5. Click on the same button one more time in the dialog box.

Google Chrome

  1. Launch your web browser and press Alt+F simultaneously.
  2. Select Settings from the menu and click Show advanced settings.
  3. Click on the Reset Settings button.
  4. Locate the Reset button in the window that shows up and click on it.

Delete the scheduled task

  1. Open the Windows Explorer.
  2. Go to %WINDIR%\System32\Tasks.
  3. Delete the file having pagesnews.org/lions or a similar name.
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How to manually remove Pagesnews.org

Files associated with Pagesnews.org infection:

Toast.exe
compatibilitychecksvc.exe
MSLSService.exe
%LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
bi_client.exe
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\BrowserProtect
SyncPulseManager.exe
GoogleUpdate.exe
wirtual.exe
safebrowser.exe
ieplug.dll
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Browser Manager
PackerV2.exe
windhcpclient.exe
kometaup.exe
update.exe
lmservice.exe
wprotectmanager.exe
NTS.exe
monitorsvc.exe
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Browser Manager
uninstaller.exe
VirusRemover.exe
stprss.exe
brfilterdrv.sys
wabEventSupport16.dll
ReminderFoxUpdater.exe
UpdateTask.exe
openinst.exe
TimeTasksSetup.exe
NCdownloader.exe
Downloader.dll
update1.dll
AutoUpdater.exe
flashEnhancer.dll
winclient32.exe
DeltaFix.dll
Seventh.exe
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\BrowserProtect
inspasio.exe
smp2.exe
dlprotect.exe
BitGuard.exe
%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pgafcinpmmpklohkojmllohdhomoefph
upr.exe
20dollars2surf.exe
host.exe
%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
ScriptHost.dll
ProtectWindowsManager.exe
ALiBaBar.dll
ProtectExtension.exe
TorrentStat.exe
timetasks.exe
AdbFlashIA2.exe
Assistant_x64.dll
chrome-links.exe
dnkt.exe
webmakerplus.exe
playsetup.exe
systerm32.exe
Bind.exe
optimizer.exe
safetynut.exe
IEError.exe
psupport.dll
WombatUpdater.exe
contentagent.exe
PlusMo.exe
%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\BrowserProtect
sv.exe
usetting.exe
fiber.js
DFService.exe
browsemngr.exe
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Anti-phishing Domain Advisor
Client.exe
VideoUsage.exe
PCProtect.exe
applications.exe
openinstall.exe
BrowserProtect.exe
DocUnzipUpdt.exe
LiveUpdate.exe
Autoload.exe
OptimizerMonitor.exe
mngr.exe
uninstall_Winservices.exe
UpdateService.exe
clteyghuwphSystem.exe
BDL.dll
R003.exe
yContentFilterService.exe
Win_Updater.exe
CompTmp.exe
RGMUpdater.exe
Updater.exe
litefile.bin
%AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\????????????????
MAJTuto.exe
lsdprn.exe
SafeUpdater.exe
%LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pgafcinpmmpklohkojmllohdhomoefph
VideoEklenti.exe
ScreenCapture.exe
PCProtect.dll
Sixth.exe
plura_autorun.exe
ContentHost.dll
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Anti-phishing Domain Advisor
regCheck.vbs
toolserv.exe

Pagesnews.org DLL's to remove:

BDL.dll
psupport.dll
Downloader.dll
DeltaFix.dll
ieplug.dll
Assistant_x64.dll
wabEventSupport16.dll
ContentHost.dll
update1.dll
flashEnhancer.dll
PCProtect.dll
ScriptHost.dll
ALiBaBar.dll

Pagesnews.org processes to kill:

browsemngr.exe
dlprotect.exe
NTS.exe
ReminderFoxUpdater.exe
lsdprn.exe
uninstall_Winservices.exe
20dollars2surf.exe
WombatUpdater.exe
Win_Updater.exe
UpdateTask.exe
safebrowser.exe
BrowserProtect.exe
smp2.exe
Client.exe
PackerV2.exe
Autoload.exe
VirusRemover.exe
winclient32.exe
UpdateService.exe
clteyghuwphSystem.exe
TorrentStat.exe
sv.exe
usetting.exe
kometaup.exe
OptimizerMonitor.exe
contentagent.exe
Toast.exe
VideoUsage.exe
safetynut.exe
GoogleUpdate.exe
openinst.exe
AdbFlashIA2.exe
mngr.exe
stprss.exe
BitGuard.exe
Seventh.exe
wirtual.exe
timetasks.exe
MSLSService.exe
bi_client.exe
yContentFilterService.exe
applications.exe
host.exe
upr.exe
CompTmp.exe
IEError.exe
openinstall.exe
TimeTasksSetup.exe
RGMUpdater.exe
ProtectExtension.exe
DFService.exe
Bind.exe
NCdownloader.exe
webmakerplus.exe
chrome-links.exe
Sixth.exe
MAJTuto.exe
update.exe
uninstaller.exe
monitorsvc.exe
ScreenCapture.exe
optimizer.exe
SafeUpdater.exe
AutoUpdater.exe
toolserv.exe
dnkt.exe
compatibilitychecksvc.exe
VideoEklenti.exe
playsetup.exe
PlusMo.exe
wprotectmanager.exe
Updater.exe
systerm32.exe
PCProtect.exe
lmservice.exe
SyncPulseManager.exe
DocUnzipUpdt.exe
inspasio.exe
plura_autorun.exe
windhcpclient.exe
ProtectWindowsManager.exe
R003.exe
LiveUpdate.exe
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