I wrote this article to help you remove Simolesr.com. This Simolesr.com removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
If you opened your web browser and discovered that your homepage is changed to Simolesr.com, we have some good and some bad news for you. The bad news is that your computer is compromised by a browser hijacker. The good is that this type of infection is easily removable if you catch it on time. This parasite monitors its victims’ online activities and uses the collected data to choose ads that will appeal to them. It can be very dangerous because it can steal user names and passwords. It can also create fake search results. The Simolesr.com hijacker is not that dangerous, but given enough time, it can cause some irreversible damage to your system. Take the appearance of the Simolesr.com website as a sign and act. Detect this intruder and delete it on the spot!
The Simolesr.com hijacker changes your browser’s settings. It will replace your preferable homepage and change your default search engine. This is not something you would wish to put up with. Yes, the start page is not something fundamental, yet, you should not let anyone dictate how you use your computer. The bigger problem here is your browser’s default search engine. The Simolesr.com hijacker will mask it to appear as if you are using a legit search engine. This is a deception. The hijacker controls the displayed search results. Among them, it adds fake entries. Those, most often, are paid to be there. The bad thing is that the user can never be sure which results are organic and which are ads. You cannot trust anything you see on your screen while this parasite remains on your system.
Fake ad results won’t be the only issue you will encounter. The Simolesr.com hijacker will initiate an ad bombardment on you. Coupons, video ads, pop-up windows and fake alerts will cover your screen. Every time you click on a link, one or more additional tabs will open in your web browser. On top of that, the malicious utility will try to trick you into clicking on an ad unintentionally by placing a pop-up window right under the cursor of your mouse. All those ads use computer resources. The more ads you see, the more RAM is consumed. This may slow your computer down and even cause your system to freeze and crash.
We should mention that there is a potential danger in the ads you see. A malicious ad may redirect you to an infected website. There, a drive-by download will be executed. Such a download starts without the user’s interaction. It is completely automatic and almost invisible. Only specialized software can notify you if such an event occurs. This type of download is commonly used by hackers for virus distribution, therefore, be extremely careful.
Now that you know the dangers that come with the Simolesr.com hijacker, let’s take a look at the ways it is distributed. Bundling is a very common distribution method nowadays. Developers hide additional programs in the installation files of some legit freeware and shareware. They would hide the presence of such extras under a custom/advanced tab or button. During the installation process, the user will be misled to believe that the advanced option is suitable for IT experts only. There is nothing advanced in this installation method. The difference between it and the suggested fast install is that only under the custom one can the user see a list of all extra programs and deny their installation. Yes, this method is a little bit more time consuming, but we advise you to use it, for it can spare you many future troubles.
There are other methods used for adware distribution. Some of them are: spam emails, torrents, fake software updates and corrupted messages and ads. There are ads designed to look like legit software update alerts. They do look convenient, however, they are very dangerous. Those ads can initiate a download if you click on them or they can redirect you to some shady website. Don’t fall for this trick. Visit software vendors’ official sites and download the latest app versions from there. If you suspect that your computer is compromised with any parasite, use a trustworthy anti-virus program to scan your system. After the software cleans your computer, you can update your applications.
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 Simolesr.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 in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still can not remove Simolesr.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.