I wrote this article to help you remove Timesindia.xyz. This Timesindia.xyz removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Timesindia.xyz is an alternative to established search providers, like Google, Yahoo, Bing and MSN. The engine has basic functionality. You can use Timesindia.xyz to look up keywords and terms. The platform also includes a section for articles. They are divided by topic into four groups: news, sport, entertainment and business. You will notice that there are a few embedded ads within the interface of Timesindia.xyz. The website is involved in advertising. According to security experts, the method the platform uses to run the campaigns is questionable. The advertising activity is operated by a hijacker.
What security risks does the hijacker behind Timesindia.xyz involve?
The Timesindia.xyz hijacker appends unauthorized changes to the web browser’s settings. The shady program will make Timesindia.xyz your homepage and default search engine. You will be unable to revert back to your custom preferences. The hijacker changes the search results by adding supported pages to them. The sponsored content is not guaranteed to be reliable. The fake results could lead you to malicious domains and get your system infected with malware. You should refrain from using your browser to conduct searches before you are able to remove the Timesindia.xyz hijacker.
Tampering with the search results is a subtle way to promote third party content. The Timesindia.xyz hijacker uses a direct approach to conduct successful advertising campaigns. The covert program tries to acquire people’s interest and attract them to shopping deals. You will be shown a wide selection of bargain offers to choose from. The Timesindia.xyz hijacker displays advertisements, promoting items like clothes, technological devices, accessories, furniture, decorative elements, sports gear, gardening equipment, games, toys, books and others. The windows contain embedded links to sponsored pages. Rather than take you to a shopping platform, they could redirect you to a malicious website. Clicking on an ad equals taking a risk.
Even if you decide to stay away from the advertisements, you will still be exposed to a security risk. The Timesindia.xyz hijacker will follow your online sessions and record your every move. The rogue program can access the following information from the web browser: history, cookies, keystrokes, IP address, email, geographic location, demographic profile, telephone number, physical registration, zip code, full name, ID and financial details. The data the clandestine program can obtain depends on the accounts the person possesses. The owners of the Timesindia.xyz hijacker trade people’s private input without asking for their permission.
How did the hijacker behind Timesindia.xyz get access to my system?
The Timesindia.xyz hijacker can enter your computer in a couple of ways. The preferred distribution technique for the furtive program is bundling. The hijacker travels in merged setup files with pirated programs, freeware and shareware. The host software functions as a download client. It processes the installation of the Timesindia.xyz hijacker. You can prevent this from happening. Read the terms and conditions of the program you have decided to add to your system. There will be an option to have a bonus tool installed together with it. You can deselect it or terminate the installation altogether.
The other propagation vector the Timesindia.xyz hijacker has adopted is spam emails. The rogue tool hitches a ride with an attachment. The host can be a text document, a scanned image, a zipped folder, an archive or a script file. The sender will try to make you believe that the attachment is an important document. He can write on behalf of an existing entity to give the message legitimacy. To check if the person behind a given email is who he claims to be, look up the account he has used to contact you.
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 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.
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 Timesindia.xyz from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.