- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Were you greeted by Advisurf.com when you launched your web browser? If you were, was this surprising, or did you expect it? If you installed some strange application that the hijacker came bundled with, you might have known all along that it would be set as your homepage and/or New Tab page. However, if the hijacker took over your browser without any warning, you might be surprised by the change. In either case, we recommend removing Advisurf.com from the browser because this search tool is neither beneficial nor reliable. If you have used it to surf the web already, you must know exactly why it is not considered to be beneficial. We discuss this further in the report. We also discuss how to delete the hijacker from the most popular web browsers. If you have discovered that a different kind of web browser was corrupted, do not forget to leave a comment below so that our research team could update the removal guide.
According to our malware experts, Advisurf.com is most popular in Brazil, but that does not mean that it is the only country this hijacker spreads in. That all depends on what kinds of programs the hijacker comes bundled with and what kinds of sources promote it. Needless to say, if the people behind this threat employ a Brazilian file-sharing website to distribute it, those living in the region are more likely to be exposed to it. All in all, it is hard to say at this point what kinds of programs the hijacker could be bundled with. Of course, whether it comes attached to potentially unwanted programs, suspicious extensions, or seriously malicious threats, a legitimate malware scanner will help you identify them in no time. What should you do about the additional threats if the scanner finds them? Obviously, you want to remove them too, but you should research team first to see which ones require attention first. While we recommend deleting Advisurf.com, this browser hijacker is not incredibly malicious, and you should be able to postpone its removal for a few moments without facing big issues.
The guides below show how to reset the browser, clear browsing data, as well as remove unwanted extensions and applications (in the “Internet Explorer” guide). We hope that that will be enough to delete Advisurf.com from Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox browsers. Of course, you want to inspect your operating system to check if you have succeeded. You also want to check if there are other threats or suspicious programs that require removal. A malware scanner can do the job. Of course, it will not delete the threats if they exist. For that, you need a full anti-malware tool, and you should not hesitate to invest in one. Right now, it will clear your operating system from malware and browsers from threats, but, in the long run, it will protect you against hijackers and other pests that could try to invade. Without a doubt, if you care about your virtual security, securing your operating system is an important step.