I wrote this article to help you remove Under-Cover.info. This Under-Cover.info removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Under-Cover.info is a search engine which allows users to surf the web privately. You do not have to use additional identity protection. Under-Cover.info will automatically hide your personal details to make sure your activity is not tracked. The provided service is good, but the platform itself has a poor reputation. Under-Cover.info is associated to a browser hijacker which has a malicious agenda. The clandestine program should not be allowed to reside on your computer. The longer it stays, the more damage it can inflict.
What are the risks around the hijacker behind Under-Cover.info?
The first action on the hijacker’s agenda is to change your homepage and default search provider to Under-Cover.info. These settings enable the rogue tool to penetrate the web browser and exploit its resources. The hijacker will make changes to your search results. It will include fake results between the regular. The covert program tries to lead users to supported websites. This is what its owners are paid for. The proprietors of the Under-Cover.info hijacker receive commissions for leading users to sponsored domains.
The clandestine program uses a monetizing technique called the pay-per-click system to raise money. This method depends solely on the end user’s predisposition to access the sponsored content. The most direct approach to promoting third party websites is by displaying ads. The Under-Cover.info hijacker generates advertisements in different formats, including banners, in-text links, coupon boxes, freebies, interstitial, floating, contextual, transitional, inline, comparison and full-page ads. The windows show bargain offers for miscellaneous shopping items. The suggested deals may be enticing, but they are not confirmed to be legitimate.
How did the hijacker behind Under-Cover.info enter my system?
The Under-Cover.info hijacker uses a couple of underhanded penetration techniques. The preferred method is bundling. The insidious program can attach itself to another application and get installed together with it. The Under-Cover.info hijacker travels with freeware, shareware and pirated tools. It gets included in the terms and conditions of the host as a bonus program. You can prohibit the rogue program from getting installed to your system, but you need to be attentive. Always take the time to read the end user license agreement (EULA) of the software you add to your computer.
The other propagation vector the Under-Cover.info hijacker uses is spam emails. The shady program lurks behind attachments. Opening the file would allow it on your computer. One click is enough to unleash the containing software. We urge you to handle your emails with caution. Make sure a given message has been sent by a reliable person before following any instructions from it. To check, proof the contacts from the letter. If the sender claims to be representing a given company or institution, he should have used an official email account to get in touch with you.
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you know how to do this, 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.
Please, follow the steps precisely to remove Under-Cover.info 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 Under-Cover.info from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.