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I wrote this article to help you remove Uc123 Virus. This Uc123 Virus removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Uc123 is a browser hijacker. In other words, one of the most irritating types of infections. Hijackers are perfectly able to wrack your nerves. And they do. Uc123 is no different. It will turn your browsing experience into a complete nightmare. Luckily, the pest is not that hard to remove. Especially with the right instructions, you should have to problems tackling it. But you have to act promptly. The longer the hijacker remains undisturbed, the more problems it causes. So, don’t procrastinate.

The biggest sign that there is a parasite on your machine is the appearance of the Uc123.com page. Seeing this site is your clue. Heed it. Accept the fact that there is a hijacker on board and start looking for ways to remove it. If you don’t, your problems will escalate in both numbers and severity. Do yourself a favor and don’t let that happen. This article provides a detailed and easy-to-follow removal guide which you can use to help you clean your machine once and for all. So, use it. Take a few minutes to learn a little more about the threat you are dealing with, though. Being informed is crucial when it comes to cyber infections.

Once the hijacker enters, your entire browsing experience changes. It turns hellish to be exact. All of a sudden, you start noticing some completely unauthorized changes in your browsers` settings which you did not approve. For example, your precious homepage and search engine are now gone and the Uc123.com is in their place. Did you approve this reshuffle? No. The hijacker didn’t even ask you. What is even more annoying is that you cannot change them back. You are stuck with Uc123.com as a search engine. Be careful though. The site doesn’t generate safe and accurate results. Oh no. It mostly shows you corrupted links which hackers use to gain pay-per-click revenue. With those sponsored links, the crooks boost web traffic to specific pages and make money at your expense. Yes, you become their sponsor.

Remove Uc123 Virus
The Uc123 Virus

Also, the hijacker bombards you with tons of advertisement which serve the same purpose. You are buried with pop-ups, banners, coupons, deals, offers, video ads, and pretty much every other type of ad you can think of. Every page you visit is covered with adverts and if you click, cybercriminals get paid. Avoid clicking on everything generated by this pest and not only because you sponsor hackers.

These links are also potentially dangerous. If you happen to click on the wrong one, you download more infections on board. Yes, there might be some safe ads among the displayed ones but you cannot tell them apart unless you click. It is not worth the risk, though. Why would you put up with that? Delete the hijacker and everything will get back to normal. Your old homepage and search engine will get back. There will be no more ads and redirects to suspicious sites. You won`t be at constant risk of more malware and your machine will stop underperforming. Act now!

How did Uc123 enter? One of the most popular and commonly used technique that hijackers use is freeware bundling. Be extra careful when installing programs. Take your time and don’t rush the installation process as there might be some additionally attached apps which will get installed automatically.

Read the Terms and Conditions carefully before agreeing. Don’t skip steps. Opt for the Custom settings in the Setup Wizard instead of the Standard ones. This way you can see all the bonus programs in the bundle as well as deselect them. Then, you can still finish installing the app you originally wanted. But remove the extras. More often than not, they are malicious and have no place on your machine. If you truly needed them you would have downloaded them already. Always be careful online. A little extra attention could really save you tons of headaches.

Uc123 Virus 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 Uc123 Virus 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.If you have any questions feel free to ask him right now.

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