Remove Amisites “Virus” from Chrome/Firefox

I wrote this article to help you remove Amisites. This Amisites removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Amisites is an alternative search engine. The website can be used to conduct basic keyword searches. The platform provides filters for images, videos and news. Amisites supports 20 languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Romanian, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Persian, Hindi, Indonesian, Hebrew, Turkish, Thai and Vietnamese. The website has a classic configuration and a plain graphic design. The user may not notice anything out of the ordinary about Amisites on his visit. The website only becomes dangerous when a browser hijacker is present on the system. The clandestine program uses Amisites as a gateway to the computer.

How does the hijacker behind Amisites pose a threat to my security?

The rogue program has been developed to serve a malicious agenda. It raise proceeds for its creators through advertising. While this activity may not be a principal problem, the way it is carried out is an issue. The Amisites hijacker does not check the websites it forwards to the end user. They could turn out to be dangerous. Visiting a corrupted website can prompt the download and install of malware to your computer. The hijacker conducts the advertising activity without permission. It also changes the browser’s settings, making amisites.com the homepage and default search engine. To be able to revert back to your custom settings, you have to uninstall the hijacker from your machine.

Remove Amisites
The Amisites Virus

There are two approaches to advertising. The first method we will describe is seamless. The Amisites hijacker can insert sponsored websites amid the regular search results. They are brought just like the legitimate results to the entered queries. In essence, this means that doing a basic activity like looking for information on the web will be dangerous while the Amisites hijacker is present on your machine. The other technique is obvious. The shady tool generates pop-up advertisements, containing shopping deals. The offered goods include garments, accessories, furniture, decorations, technological devices, household items, sports gear and others. Revenue is accumulated by following sponsored links. Each hit adds a certain amount. This monetizing pattern is called the pay-per-click system.

Another way for the Amisites hijacker to monetize its activity is by collecting information on the user and selling it on dark markets. The furtive program can access different kinds of details from the web browser, including your history, cookies, keystrokes, IP address, geographic location, zip code, email, telephone number, physical registration, user names, passwords and financial details. The people who acquire your data could be cyber criminals.

How is the hijacker behind Amisites spread?

There are a couple of ways to distribute the Amisites hijacker. The insidious program prefers to travel with other software in a bundle. It usually latches onto freeware and shareware tools. Pirated versions of paid programs are the other type of download client. The Amisites hijacker gets included for install with the main program as a bonus. You need to locate where the option for it is mentioned and change the setting. Be sure to read the terms and conditions of the software you intend to add to your system. Select the custom or advanced installation mode to have all options shown.

The other propagation vector the Amisites hijacker has adopted is spam email campaigns. The covert program hides behind attachments to in-box messages. The sender tries to convince the recipient that the file is an important piece of documentation. Opening the carrier is enough to prompt the download and install of the insidious program, so be careful. Check the contacts of the sender to make sure he is reliable. Keep in mind that a spammer can misrepresent an existing company or entity, like the postal services, a courier firm, a bank, a government institution, a social network and the police department.

Amisites Uninstall

STEP-1 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.
Safe Mode with Networking
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.‌
Windows 8 Safe Mode with Network
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.
win10 safemode 1
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
win10 safemode 2

STEP-2Here 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.
firefox extensions
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).
chrome extensions

Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
ie gear
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.

STEP-3

Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.

ff shortcut

STEP-4

Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.

appwiz

Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.

STEP-5

Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

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.

STEP-6

Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.

msconfig

Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove Amisites from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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