I wrote this article to help you remove Browser-tools.systems. This Browser-tools.systems removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Are you experiencing sudden changes in your web browser? Maybe your homepage has been replaced by an unfamiliar website? Is your preferred search engine changed as well? We hate to tell you this, but it looks like you’ve been attacked by a browser hijacker. It is a malicious parasite that seeks to turn your browser into an ad-displaying tool. It also alters any setting it deems necessary, in order to carry out its malicious purposes. You might even notice extensions, add-ons or toolbars that have been installed without your knowledge or permission.
What’s most annoying about this type of cyber ‘virus’ is, that it will flood your screen with an army of ads – pop-ups, in-text, banners, even in the form of blinking messages. And because of the hijacker’s ability to get a hold of your browsing history and searches, it will make sure that it creates the kind of content that you are most likely to click on. The aim of such action is to generate pay-per-click revenue.
The most common means of browser hijacker distribution are through software bundling, fake update requests, spam emails and bogus links or ads. We advise you to steer clear of any emails that you received from unknown senders. Furthermore, you need to learn how to tell apart emails from real and fake companies. Oftentimes users receive emails from companies that claim to be eBay, PayPal, or a famous bank, in order to make you open their letter. It is also very common for them to contain different attachments or executable files.
We strongly suggest that you do not open them. Chances are, they are infected files that seek to launch a virus attack on your computer. In order to prevent a future malware infection, we also recommend opting for a Custom/Advanced type of installation, so as to be able to deselect any additional software that you never even intended to download in the first place. If you want to update software on your computer, it is best to rely on licensed and official sources only, instead of a random suspicious looking pop-up.
Browser hijackers are not considered to be real viruses. That’s because they infect your browser only, not the entire system. However, that doesn’t make them harmless. In fact, there are many dangers that lurk behind the ads generated by the hijacker. More often than not, such dubious adverts can lead to dangerous third-party websites that seek to harm your computer. By clicking on such infected links, you can allow hackers to launch a virus attack on your PC, or even worse – allow them to steal valuable information from your computer!
Important data like passwords, IP addresses, credit card numbers, bank account credentials, Login ID, etc, can easily fall into the hand of cyber criminals who can share it with other third-parties for profit. If you want to regain control over your browser and return to a peaceful, secure and ad-free browsing experience, we suggest that you follow our instructions below, in order to find out how you can successfully remove this malicious parasite from your computer.
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.
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