I wrote this article to help you remove Fpagesnews.com. This Fpagesnews.com removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Fpagesnews.com is a website, featuring a search engine and news portal. The platform has limited search functionality. You can only look like keywords and terms, without the convenience of using filters. The stream of news articles cannot be filtered, either. If you are looking for something in particular, you will have to seethe through the entire archive from the beginning onward. Due to its limited functionality, Fpagesnews.com is not a popular search provider. More importantly, it is not reliable. The domain is connected to a hijacker. It serves as an entry point to the web browser. The rogue program can penetrate all established browsing clients, including Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and others.
The Fpagesnews.com is spread in classic ways. The most common occurrence is allowing the shady tool to get installed with another program. The download client can be a pirated utility, a freeware or shareware application. The Fpagesnews.com hijacker will be offered as a bonus. The option will be listed somewhere in the terms and conditions. If you do not locate it, you will remain unaware that there is an additional tool included. Be sure to get acquainted with the end user license agreement (EULA) of all programs you intend to install to your system. To make sure you have acquired a legal copy, stick to official websites and licensed software vendors.
A spam email can transfer the Fpagesnews.com hijacker through an attachment. The file will be listed as a document of some kind, like a recommended letter, an invoice, a receipt, a bank statement, a bill, or a fine. To make the bogus message seem genuine, the sender can misrepresent the national post, a bank, a courier firm, a government branch, an institution, a social network, the police department, or another reputable entity. Be advised that accessing the attachment is all it takes to get your computer infected. Before following instructions from an email, check the contacts to confirm its authenticity. The easiest way of spreading software like the Fpagesnews.com hijacker is via drive-by installations. Entering a corrupted website or following a compromised link can get you infected on the spot. You need to select your online sources with the utmost caution.
The hijacker renders the web browser’s settings in order to gain control over its activity. If you do not have thorough IT knowledge, you will be unable to evaluate how the covert program has affected the internal settings of your browsing client. Still, you will notice the changes to your preferences. The hijacker will reset your homepage and default search provider to Fpagesnews.com. This allows the clandestine program to manipulate your search results. It will insert sponsored websites between the pages which legitimately match your queries. The developers of the hijacker receive commissions to conduct advertising campaigns.
There are two approaches to online advertising. The first, as described, is altering the search results. The other method is more prevalent. The Fpagesnews.com hijacker displays ads in various formats. This encompasses banners, coupon boxes, in-text links, freebies, contextual, interstitial, transitional, floating, inline, and comparison ads. The pop-up windows contain bargain offers for everyday items and different commodities. Some of them may interest you. The owners of the secluded program get paid a certain amount for every click on each ad. This monetizing method is called the pay-per-click system. Keep in mind that the shopping deals come from an unreliable source. Any given ad could contain a redirect to a malware-infused website.
Apart from running advertising campaigns, the Fpagesnews.com hijacker collects data on people. It will record your browsing history, tracking cookies, keystrokes, IP address, geographic location, zip code, residency, email account, telephone number, user names, passwords, financial credentials, and other sensitive input. The gathered details will be sold on darknet markets without your permission. Your personal data can fall into the hands of cyber criminals. The only way to prohibit the tracking activity is by removing the malicious program from your computer.
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.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
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.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Here 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.
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).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start 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.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still can not remove Fpagesnews.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.