Remove CenturyLink.net Browser Hijacker

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

Do you see the CenturyLink.net every time you open your browser or a new tab? Do you get redirected back it all the time? If so, it is safe to say that your computer is no longer infection-free. CenturyLink.net page`s appearance is a warning that you have a cyber threat on board. A browser hijacker, to be exact. Hijackers are something you would want to deal with. All they do is irritate you, mess with your machine and expose you to malware. The more time they spend in your system the more problems they cause. And these problems escalate very quickly. Trust us when we say that once the hijacker goes out of control it is a lot harder to tackle it. Don’t wait for that to happen. Act as soon as you spot the CenturyLink.net site. The hijacker uses it as a front but you should take it as a warning. Find where the pest is hiding and delete it once and for all. Don’t sit around to experience its shenanigans as they are many.

Once the infection gets in, it wastes no time but begins its work immediately. First is, as we said, the CenturyLink.net website which all of a sudden become your constant online companion. You see it all the time along with other just as shady pages. Also, your previous homepage and search engine are now replaced with CenturyLink.net as well. Of course, your permission was neither needed nor required. The hijacker doesn’t need your approval. It makes reshuffles as it sees fit and what it worse that you cannot change them back. You just open your browser one day to find that nothing is the same, including your browsing experience. You are no longer able to search the Web without being interrupted.

You cannot visit any pages as you are constantly redirected back to CenturyLink.net or another unknown page. Moreover, your PC screen is flooded with all kinds of advertisements. Pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, video ads, offers, deals, best prices, coupons, etc. They are blinking in front of your eyes 24/7 prompting you to click them open. Do not do that, no matter what. The chances are, they are corrupted and laced with more malware infections. You can compromise your machine further with a single click. Your click equals your approval. If you don’t stay away from the commercials you will find your PC brimming with treats in no time. You have to restrain yourself from anything the hijacker generates. The pages you land on, the ads, all of it. Even if something looks helpful, skip it! You will only worsen your already unpleasant situation.

Remove CenturyLink.net
The CenturyLink.net Virus

Aside from the numerous ads and redirects, you also experience show PC speed, frequent system crashes, browser freezes, unstable Internet connection, etc. And when you add to this equation the security risk the hijacker brings, thing get even worse. The pest threatens your identifiable and financial information. It spies on you and your every online move. It has access to all kinds of data of your and not only that. If it has access, the crooks have access to. That’s right. The hijacker catalogs everything and hands it over to the people behind it. But they are cybercriminals. Are you willing to trust them with your private data? If not, delete the parasite now. To do so manually, use our removal guide at the end of this article.

Another important thing you should now, though, is how the hijacker entered without you realizing. Well, these infections are masters when it comes to trickery and deception. So, that’s what they so. They need your permission do they dope you into agreeing on their installment AND leave you oblivious to it. They don’t that openly, of course. And that’s why you don’t remember giving the pest green light. A hijacker could pose as a fake update to trick you. Or, it can hide in malicious spam email attachments, compromised pages or ads.

Always be extra careful on what you click and what you are giving you approval to. What all Infections need the most is your carelessness. Don’t make it easier for them to infect you by being negligent. It is always easier to prevent a cyber threat from attacking you that to deal with it later.

CenturyLink.net 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 follow to permanently remove 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 CenturyLink.net from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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