I wrote this article to help you remove News-first.com. This News-first.com removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
The News-first.com website functions as a search engine and news anchor. The platform gives users the option to look for information and read the news without surfing through different websites. The platform has basic search functions. It lists a news feed, containing articles about the most important events from across the globe. In addition, there is a weather report. News-first.com has an ordinary graphic design and user interface. It looks like a regular platform. Research has revealed that there is more to the website than meets the eye. Experts have reported that News-first.com is associated to a hijacker. The rogue program uses the domain as a gateway to the web browser’s internal settings.
What makes the hijacker behind News-first.com dangerous?
The News-first.com hijacker will make your browsing sessions unsafe. The furtive program changes the homepage and default search engine to News-first.com. Conducting your searches by using this provider would give you unreliable results. The hijacker adds supported websites amid the legitimate search results. The sponsored content may be irrelevant to your inquiries. If you try to revert back to your custom settings, you will find that this is impossible. The insidious program makes the changes permanent by resetting the browser over and over again.
Another task the News-first.com hijacker is scheduled to conduct is to generate advertisements. The ads lead to sponsored domains, as you may have guessed. To garner people’s interest, the furtive tool promotes bargain offers for diverse consumer goods, like technological devices, garments, furniture, accessories, decorative elements, gardening equipment, sports gear, games, toys and others. The ads come in different formats, including classic pop-ups and pop-unders, banners, coupon boxes, in-text links, freebies, transitional, interstitial, floating, contextual, inline and comparison ads. The windows contain redirect links to undisclosed websites with questionable security. There is a risk of contacting malware. We advise you to avoid all unsolicited ads.
The News-first.com hijacker also poses a risk to users’ personal security. The insidious program is set to track the surfing sessions and collect information from the browser. The following information can be recorded: your browsing history, cookies, keystrokes, IP address, email, geographic location, area code, email, telephone number, demographic details, address registration, user names and passwords. The people behind the News-first.com hijacker can trade the gathered input on dark markets without acquiring your permission.
How did I contact the hijacker behind News-first.com?
There are a couple of ways for the News-first.com hijacker to penetrate your machine. The preferred distribution technique is bundling. The secluded program often travels in a bundle with freeware and shareware tools, since they are unlicensed. This gives third party publishers the option to merge their programs with them. The News-first.com hijacker will be included in the terms and conditions of the main program as a useful bonus tool. You have to find where the option for it is listed and unmark it. Always take the time to read the end user license agreement (EULA) of the programs you install.
The other propagation vector the News-first.com hijacker utilizes is spam emails. The rogue program travels with an attachment to the letter. Before opening files or following instructions from an email, you need to make sure it comes from a reliable sender. Check his name and contacts. Be advised that spammers often write on behalf of reliable companies and institutions, like the national post, courier firms, social networks, e-commerce platforms, government branches and the local police department. To do the checkup, you may need to consult the official website of the represented entity.
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 follow to permanently remove 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 in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still can not remove News-first.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.