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I wrote this article to help you remove Keytar.com. This Keytar.com removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Being constantly redirected to the Keytar.com site is bad news. It means that you are currently hosting an infection on your machine. A browser hijacker. Now, before you panic, keep in mind that hijacker is not that hard to tackle. The truth is that you could have been infected with a much more serious threat like a Trojan horse or a ransomware infection. Compared to them, the hijacker is not that dangerous. But make no mistake. It is not harmless.

There is no such thing as an innocuous cyber infection. They all can and will cause you damage. This hijacker included. The good news is that, with the right set of instructions, you can remove the intruder completely from your computer. But you must act promptly. Giving it more time on board is a bad idea. The pest uses every second to root itself deeper in your machine. Take the redirect to Keytar.com as a warning and heed it. Once you notice the site becoming your online shadow, start looking for the hijacker`s hiding place and delete it upon discovery. Do not waste time. Time is not your friend. The hijacker is malicious and it has to be uninstalled ASAP.

This infection completely ruins your previously safe and enjoyable browsing experience. It turns it into a nightmare. Surfing the web at peace becomes an impossible task. For starters, Keytar.com appear at every turn preventing you from finding anything you are looking for. Whenever you decide to go online, the site pops up. And it is not alone. Because of the hijacker, you are forced to visit many other just as shady pages too. But there is more.

Remove Keytar.com
The Keytar.com Virus

The nasty site even replaces your search engine and homepage without any kind of permission of yours. From this moment on, nothing you see on your screen is reliable. Your new search engine doesn’t generate the safe and accurate results one hopes for. Of course, there probably are some safe links and ads, but most of them are corrupted and you cannot tell which is which unless you click. Yet, if you click, you risk worsening your predicament.

The ads promote the installation of additional questionable content such as web browser toolbars, optimization utilities and other products, all so the adware publisher can generate pay-per-click revenue. Do you want to download more malicious programs and become and sponsor of crooks? We doubt it. But if you keep the hijacker, this is exactly what is going to happen. You cannot avoid the ads and links for too long. This would be the same as avoiding using your own machine.

The hijacker makes you avoid your PC because using it is no longer safe. It is not fun either. But if you delete the hijacker, everything will go back to normal. There will be no more ads and redirects, your machine won`t underperform and you will be able to surf the web like you used to. Use our removal guide below and remove this plague now. The sooner, the better.

How did the hijacker enter? One of the most commonly used methods is called freeware bundling. Be very careful when you install programs on your PC. Especially if you get them from unreliable sources, which you should not do! Always opt for the Custom settings in the Setup Wizard instead of the Basic ones. This way, you are presented with a list of all additionally attached apps which are about to be installed. You are also able to deselect them while under the Basic installation, they enter automatically. Remove them all. Such extras are more often than not malicious. If you truly needed them, you would have downloaded them yourself by now.

Keytar.com Removal

STEP-1 Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
Safe Mode with Networking
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.‌
Windows 8 Safe Mode with Network
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
win10 safemode 1
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
win10 safemode 2

STEP-2Here are the steps you must perform to remove the hijacker from the browser:

Remove From Mozilla Firefox:

Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
firefox extensions
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.

Remove From Chrome:

Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
chrome extensions

Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
ie gear
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.

STEP-3

Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.

ff shortcut

STEP-4

Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.

appwiz

Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.

STEP-5

Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

task manager

Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.

STEP-6

Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.

msconfig

Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove Keytar.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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Daniel Stoyanov

Daniel Stoyanov has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional. Daniel provides top cyber security news with in-depth coverage of malware, vulnerabilities, PC and Network security, online safety.

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