Browser hijackers are known to be very annoying parasites that have the ability to turn your browsing experience into complete hell. As soon as they infiltrate your device, they will infect every web browser available. The goal is to turn them into ad-displaying tools. No application is immune to its effect – Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge. If you have them, you can be sure that they’ve become under the control of this malicious software.
Search9.askthepotato.com is a website that appears courtesy of a hijacker on your PC. It is very likely that this page has replaced your homepage and search engine. The pest will make sure to redirect you to this site, as well as open it in new tabs. What’s more, hijacker parasites aim to profit by generating multiple intrusive advertisements that will flood your screen every time that you open your browser. The thing is, they might lead you to unreliable pages.
You see, browser hijackers are not programmed to verify the links they will promote. Which is why you must be careful not to click on such shady content. But even if you avoid the promotions, the parasite will still be able to wreak havoc on your browser, making it unable to run properly.
It would take just one click on the wrong place and the wrong time for you to unknowingly infect your computer with this dangerous pest. Often, hijackers get access to your PC through dubious links, bundled software, torrents, fake update requests and spam email messages that contain attachments or executable files. The good news is, that this type of malware cannot hack your computer. The only way for it to infiltrate your device is if you give it permission to do so.
In most cases, the user does so without even realizing it. That’s why it is very important to pay close attention to what you do online, as well as to not skip reading the terms and conditions. We also recommend opting for a custom installation mode when available, in order to make sure no hidden content gets installed on your computer unnoticed.
Browser hijackers are very dangerous parasites that are capable of severely damaging any web browser that you have. This menace is also a serious threat to your personal and financial information. Hijackers are able to monitor your online activity and collect data such as, but not limited to browsing history and search queries, so it can customize the adverts and make them more appealing to you.
For each click that you make, the parasite will get paid. Don’t be naive, even if you ignore the displayed ads or use the Incognito mode, it will not solve your problem. The hijacker will just get more aggressive and use other tactics. Your only salvation is to remove the browser hijacker from your device as soon as possible. The longer you delay taking action, the higher the risk of the parasite succeeding in its mission. Protect your privacy and return to a normal browsing experience by getting rid of the Search9.askthepotato.com hijacker before it’s too late.
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 Search9.askthepotato.com 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 Search9.askthepotato.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.