Have you noticed any strange changes in your browser lately? Does the Basepush.com website keep appearing as your homepage, new tab pages and even as a preferred search engine? If the answer is yes, you’re not going to like the reason behind this. Basepush.com is a website that appears when you have a browser hijacker on your computer. This parasite alters your browser’s settings, installs questionable add-ons and toolbars and floods your screen with multiple annoying ads. Such promotions can be in different forms like pop-ups, in-text, banners, and even blinking alerts. The more ads it produces, the better the chance of the user clicking on them.
To raise its chance of a profit via the pay-per-click scheme, the hijacker will provide specifically targeted content. That’s possible thanks to its ability to spy on its victims and collect the needed information like browser history and search results. That’s why the promotions will appear very alluring to you. But you never know what dangers may lie behind them. Such links may not be as secure as they appear to be. You might get redirected to potentially dangerous sources that seek to launch an attack on your computer.
As a typical malicious software, browser hijackers use mass-distribution methods, in order to reach as many users as possible. But, it is up to you if they manage to infiltrate your device. That’s right. Only you have the power to give them access to your PC. Only don’t expect the hijacker to come knocking on your door, claiming to be a dangerous parasite. It will disguise itself and use all kinds of tricks to make you fall into its trap. It may hide in a spam email, containing attachments or executable files, or lurk in a software bundle. In the first situation, all you have to do in order to avoid a possible malware infection is to not open such messages.
In the case of installing software, you need to know that there might be hidden content that will only be available to see if you opt for an Advanced type of installation. If you select a Quick install, as many users do, such additional software will not only remain hidden but will also get installed automatically, along with the other program. Other means of browser hijacker distribution include, but are not limited to fake update requests, torrent files, dubious links and ads, etc.
As soon as the browser hijacker invades, it will infect every existing web browser on your device. No application will be safe from its attack – Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Internet Explorer, Safari, Microsoft Edge. If those apps are present on your PC, you can be sure that the parasite has got to them. Once you open your browser, you’ll get heavily attacked with nasty ads. As time goes by, their amount will grow. And with it, the damages on the browser will get more and more severe, until it stops working altogether.
The first symptoms will be lagging, slow internet, eventually leading to constant crashes and errors. But that’s not all. If you choose to ignore this threat, your personal information can get compromised. Sensitive data like Login ID, IP addresses, passwords, credit card numbers, etc. can easily fall into the hands of crooks, that seek to sell this information to other third-parties. The only way you can save your browser from harm and protect your privacy is to remove this annoying browser hijacker as soon as you detect it. Waste no time! The longer you delay, the worse your situation will get.
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 to the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still cannot remove Basepush.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.