I wrote this article to help you remove AtoZManuals. This AtoZManuals removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
As its name suggests, AtoZManuals is a tool which provides manuals. It hosts an extensive archive of manuals for thousands of products. In addition, the utility has a search function. With AtoZManuals, you can look for information on the web and get guidelines on how to exploit various products. The program may look good, but the reality is much different. Security researchers have discovered that it performs unauthorized tasks on the background. In particular, it changes the DNS settings, displays advertisements and tracks the browsing sessions. Due to its shady activity, AtoZManuals has been categorized as a hijacker. We will explain more on the subject in the course of this article.
AtoZManuals exploits the web browser, making it a pawn in its scheme. The clandestine program can affect most browsing clients, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Safari, and Opera. You will find out how the hijacker has altered your web browser’s settings. The changes will be obvious. You will discover that your homepage and default search engine have been reset. This is done to give the hijacker the ability to manipulate the search results. It will insert supported websites amid the genuine results to your queries. This is the first way for the furtive program to direct your attention to sponsored content.
The other approach to advertising is more direct. AtoZManuals loads ads in new browser windows and embeds them into the websites the victim surfs through. While you are minding your own business, browsing through the web, the intrusive program will be interrupting you. It will open ad windows on top of the pages you are viewing. You will begin to notice that all websites you browse through have advertisements embedded in them. The hijacker is responsible for all of them. The shady tool focuses on bargain shopping deals to attract people to the ads. It will show you exclusive offers for garments, accessories, furniture, technological devices, decorative elements, sports gear, gardening equipment, toys, and others.
If you have never visited the official website of AtoZManuals, you may be wondering how the hijacker was installed to your computer. You can acquire the tool voluntarily. There is a download link on the homepage. However, the distribution happens through indirect means for the most part. The preferred method is bundling. This technique is popular because of its high success rate. People typically omit reading the terms and conditions of the programs they install to their computers. This is where covert software like AtoZManuals is listed. The download client will offer it as a bonus tool. To block it from getting installed, you will have to change the settings manually. Be advised that freeware, shareware, and pirated copies of paid utilities are often used to host unwanted programs.
We all receive spam emails more commonly than we would like. Sometimes, it is possible to mistake a fake message as being real. Fraud artists can be masterful at formulating convincing letters. Like in all other fields, it takes skill to devise a believable message. The sender can even copy the template and logo of a reputable entity to fool people. The best way to proof the reliability of a letter is by checking the email address. You can refer to the official website of the corresponding entity. The quickest way to get infected with AtoZManuals is by landing on a corrupted website. Drive-by installations happen at the point of entering a compromised domain. The web is filled with hidden threats, so be careful.
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 AtoZManuals 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 AtoZManuals from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.