Does the Crtmatix.com website keep bothering you every time you open your browser? Its existence is a very bad sign. The appearance of this page means one thing – your browser has been infiltrated by a nasty parasite from the browser hijacker category. As soon as the hijacker invades, it will alter your browser settings. It can even install other questionable applications, extensions or toolbars on your browser, without bothering to ask for your permission. But the worse is yet to come.
Browser hijackers will monitor every move that you make online, as well as collect web data like browsing history and searches, so it will be able to create targeted advertisement content that you’ll be more attracted to. For each click you make on the generated ads, the parasite will get paid. The thing is, you cannot trust the hijacker to display adverts that lead to secure pages. This malicious software is not programmed to verify the promoted content it will show on your screen. You might get redirected to suspicious and even dangerous third-party websites, if you’re not careful enough.
The most common ways for a browser hijacker to infect your computer is through spam email messages, email attachments and executable files, torrent files, infected links and ads, bundles software and fake update requests. Always pay close attention to what you click on while online. Don’t blindly trust random pop-up, especially if they claim to be important updates. If you need to update a program on your computer, rely on official and licensed sources only.
We highly recommend staying away from spam emails, since malware is known to often get distributed this way. When installing software on your computer, it is always best to select Custom/Advanced mode in the Setup Wizard. By doing so, if there are any hidden bonus programs or apps, they will be visible for you to deselect, so they don’t get installed on your computer.
Browser hijackers can easily take over your browsers. Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, Opera, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer – no application is immune to its malicious effect. From the moment the hijacker calls your browser its ‘home’, it will start wreaking havoc. Your browser will start to crash and freeze on a daily basis, due to the heavy advertisements it is made to display by the parasite. Sooner or later, it will stop responding altogether.
Hijackers also pose a huge risk to your personal and financial information, which can easily fall into the hands of crooks if you do not act against this threat as soon as you detect it on your device. The longer you delay its removal, the more damages the malicious software will be able to do. If you don’t know how to get rid of this browser hijacker, we can help you with this task. All you have to do is follow our instructions below.
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 Crtmatix.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.