I wrote this article to help you remove Pine-apples.org. This Pine-apples.org removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Pine-apples.org is a malicious website. If you see it all the time when you open your browser, a new tag, or you get redirected back to it, we have bad news for you. Your PC is no longer infection-free. A sneaky browser hijacker has managed to slither in and now it is effectively ruining your online experience. This is what hijackers do. They redirect you to shady pages all the time, they bombard with you numerous irritating ads, they slow down your machine, etc. But the worst part is that they jeopardize your privacy by spying on your from the moment they enter.
The hijacker monitors your every online move. It has access to IPs, email addresses, usernames, passwords, accounts, browser history, search queries, etc. They may even try going one step further and steal your bank account credentials. Your personally identifiable data is not safe either. The hijacker sends everything it finds to its crooks and they can use it as they see fit. Or, they can sell it to third-parties. Either way, this will not end well for you. That’s why, take measures now. Delete the pest while it is not too late.
Pine-apples.org appears because the hijacker forces it on you. But how did you get stuck with the hijacker in the first place? Well, as much as you won`t like this, you were the one to let it in. Not on purpose, but because you weren’t careful enough and that is what infections pray for. They need your permission to enter so they ask for it. But in the sneakiest way possible. For example, the hijacker gets attached to a bundle and you install it alongside the other programs. Or, it hides behind corrupted pages/links/torrents. Or, it poses as a fake program update. It may even land directly into your inbox pretending to be a legitimate email.
The tricks are many but none of them would work without your distraction and haste. Don’t forget that by being careless you are practically helping pests infect you. Be more vigilant. Don’t click on any ad you see. Don’t open suspicious emails from unknown senders. Don’t rush installation and processes and don’t skip the Terms and Conditions. Preventing an intruder from entering is much easier that dealing with its shenanigans later.
And yet, given your current situation, you weren’t as careful as you should have been. Once the hijacker enters, the issues start pouring. For starters, both your homepage and search engine get replaced with Pine-apples.org. This page becomes your constant online companion. You see it all the time. You get redirected back to it whenever you try loading another page. And this site it not your only problems. The hijacker has more in store for you. It also bombards you with countless irritating ads 24/7. Banners, deals, offers, pop-ups, video ads will cover your whole screen and get on your nerves.
Can you imagine having to use your PC like this? With constant interruptions, redirects, etc.? Not to mention that you are also one click away from more malware. The ads are dangerous. They conceal more infections in them and your single click is enough for you to get infected. And next time you may even get stuck with a much more serious threat, like a ransomware or a Trojan.
Don’t worsen your situation. You and your PC are already suffering. You are unable to surf the web normally anymore and your computer is underperforming due to the hijacker`s presence. You don’t even have a single reason to keep this pest but you have many to get rid of it. Do it now and get your normal and pleasant browsing experience back. To remove the pest manually, please, follow your detailed instructions below.
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 Pine-apples.org 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 Pine-apples.org from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.