TheMaskSearch Removal

About hijackers

TheMaskSearch will change your browser’s settings which is why it is thought to be a redirect virus. You must have installed some kind of free application recently, and it came along with a hijacker. It is essential that you are attentive during application installation because otherwise, these kinds of threats will install all the time. This is a low level infection but because of its unwanted activity, you’ll want to get rid of it as soon as possible. You’ll notice that instead of the website that is set as your homepage and new tabs, your browser will now load the hijacker’s promoted page. Your search engine will also be changed into one that will be able to inject advertisement links into results. You’re rerouted because the hijacker aims to generate traffic for some sites, which makes money for owners. You need to be careful with those redirects because one of them may lead you to a malware infection. And malware would pose much more harm to your OS than this. So that people find them beneficial, browser hijackers pretend to have handy features but the reality is, they’re replaceable with proper plug-ins which would not reroute you. Hijackers also collect information about the users, so that more customized ads may be displayed. Suspicious third-parties might also get access to that info. If you want to avoid it affecting your system further, you should promptly terminate TheMaskSearch.
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What does it do

It is a known fact that browser redirects come together free software bundles. We doubt that you obtained it in any other way, as no one would install them knowingly. If users started paying closer attention to how they install software, this method wouldn’t be as effective. In order t0 prevent their installation, they must be unchecked, but because they are hidden, you might not notice them if you rush. Default settings will conceal the offers, and by picking them, you may infect your device with all types of unnecessary items. Make sure you always opt for Advanced or Custom settings, as only there will added offers become visible. Unchecking all the offers would be the best choice, unless you want to have to deal with unnecessary installations. And until you do, don’t continue with the freeware installation. We doubt you want to be wasting time attempting to deal with it, so it would be best if you prevented the infection in the first place. Additionally, you need to be more careful about where you get your programs from as suspicious sources can lead to malware infections.

If a redirect virus is installed, it is doubtful you will not see the signs. It will modify your browser’s settings, set its advertised website as your home website, new tabs and search engine, and it will be done without your explicit authorization. It is likely that it will affect all of the leading browsers, like Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. The site will greet you every time you open your browser, and this will continue until you erase TheMaskSearch from your device. Do not waste time attempting to change the settings back since the hijacker will simply nullify your changes. If you find that when you search for something via browser’s address bar, search results are created by a strange search engine, it’s probable that the browser redirect is accountable. It’s probable you’ll see search results containing advertisement links, since the threat is aiming to reroute you. Those reroutes are occurring because browser hijackers intend to help certain page owners earn more money by increasing their traffic. Increased traffic helps web page owners make revenue since more people will probably engage with the advertisements. Frequently those websites have little to do with what you are were actually searching for. There will be cases, however, where they may look legitimate in the beginning, if you were to search ‘virus’, pages advertising false anti-virus might come up, and they may seem to be real at first. Because redirect viruses don’t care whether those websites are safe or not you could be redirected to a web page that would launch a malware download onto your operating system. Your browsing activity will also be overseen, with the intention of acquiring data about what you’re interested in. More customized advertisements might be made using the obtained data, if third-parties gain access to it. After a while, more personalized sponsored content will begin appearing, and that is because the browser hijacker is using the info acquired. While it is not exactly the most serious infection, you should still eliminate TheMaskSearch. Since there will be nothing stopping you, after you complete the process, make sure you alter your browser’s settings.

TheMaskSearch termination

Since you now are aware of what it does, you can proceed to erase TheMaskSearch. You will have to choose from by hand and automatic methods for getting rid of the hijacker and, and they both should not be too hard to perform. Manual means you will have to locate the contamination yourself. While the process may be a bit more time-consuming than initially thought, the process ought to be pretty simple, and to aid you, instructions will be supplied below this article. They should provide the guidance you need to take care of the infection, so make sure you follow them properly. The other option might be right for you if you have little experience when it comes to dealing with unwanted software. Using anti-spyware software to take care of the threat may best if that is the case. The program will scan your operating system for the infection and when it spots it, all you need to do is give it permission to get rid of the hijacker. You can check if the threat was terminated by changing your browser’s settings, if the settings are as you’ve set them, you were successful. The browser hijacker must have been able to restore itself if what you alter in settings is reversed. Do your best to block hijacker in the future, and that means you should be more cautious when installing programs. In order to have an uncluttered computer, at least decent habits are a must.Download Removal Toolto remove TheMaskSearch

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Learn how to remove TheMaskSearch from your computer

Step 1. TheMaskSearch Removal from Windows

a) Windows 7/XP

  1. Press on the Start icon. win7-start TheMaskSearch Removal
  2. Control Panel → Programs and Features. win7-control-panel TheMaskSearch Removal
  3. Find the program you want to delete and press Uninstall. win7-uninstall-program TheMaskSearch Removal

b) Windows 8

  1. Right-click on the start icon (lower left corner). win10-start2 TheMaskSearch Removal
  2. Select Control Panel. win8-start TheMaskSearch Removal
  3. Click Programs and Features. win8-control-panel TheMaskSearch Removal
  4. Find and remove all unwanted programs. win8-remove-program TheMaskSearch Removal

c) Windows 10

  1. Open Start menu and click on the magnifying glass (next to the shut down button). win10-start2 TheMaskSearch Removal
  2. Type in Control Panel. win10-start TheMaskSearch Removal
  3. Control Panel → Programs and Features. win10-control-panel TheMaskSearch Removal
  4. Find and remove all unwanted programs. win10-remove-program TheMaskSearch Removal

d) Mac OS X

  1. Open Finder and press Applications. mac-os-apps TheMaskSearch Removal
  2. Check all suspicious programs you want to get rid of.
  3. Drag them to the trash icon in your dock (Alternatively, right-click on the program and press Move to Trash). mac-os-app-delete TheMaskSearch Removal
  4. After you move all the unwanted programs, right-click on the trash icon and select Empty Trash.

Step 2. Delete TheMaskSearch from browsers

a) Remove TheMaskSearch from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge (Method 1)
  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Press More located at the top right corner of the screen (the three dots). edge-menu TheMaskSearch Removal
  3. Settings → Choose what to clear. edge-settings TheMaskSearch Removal
  4. Check the boxes of the items you want removed, and press Clear. edge-clear-data TheMaskSearch Removal
  5. Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete together.
  6. Choose Task Manager.
  7. In the Processes tab, find the Microsoft Edge process, right click on it, and press Go to details (or More details if Go to details is not available). task-manager TheMaskSearch Removal
  8. Right-click on all Microsoft Edge processes, and choose End task.
(Method 2)
Before you proceed with this method, backup your data.
  1. Go to C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_xxxxxxxxxx.
  2. Select all the folders, right-click on them and press Delete. edge-folder TheMaskSearch Removal
  3. Press the start button, and type in Windows PowerShell in the search box.
  4. Right-click on the result, and select Run as administrator. edge-powershell TheMaskSearch Removal
  5. In Administrator: Windows PowerShell, paste Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose} under PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and tap Enter. edge-powershell-script TheMaskSearch Removal
  6. The issue should be gone now.

b) Remove TheMaskSearch from Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer and press on the Gear icon. IE-gear TheMaskSearch Removal
  2. Select Manage add-ons, and then Toolbars and Extensions.
  3. Find and disable all suspicious extensions. IE-add-ons TheMaskSearch Removal
  4. Close the window.

c) Restore your homepage on Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer and press on the Gear icon.
  2. Internet Options → General tab. Delete the homepage URL and type in your preferred one. IE-settings2 TheMaskSearch Removal
  3. Press Apply.

d) Reset Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer and press on the Gear icon. ie-settings TheMaskSearch Removal
  2. Internet Options → Advanced tab. ie-settings-advanced TheMaskSearch Removal
  3. At the bottom, you will see a Reset button. Press that.
  4. In the window that appears, check the box that says Delete personal settings. IE-reset TheMaskSearch Removal
  5. Press Reset.
  6. Click OK to exit the window.
  7. Restart your browser.

e) Remove TheMaskSearch from Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome and press the menu icon on the right, next to the URL field.
  2. Choose More tools and Extensions. chrome-menu-extensions TheMaskSearch Removal
  3. Remove suspicious extensions by clicking the Trash icon next to them. chrome-extensions-delete TheMaskSearch Removal
  4. If you are not certain about an extension, you can disable it by unchecking the box that says Enabled. If you later decide to keep it, simply check the box again.
Download Removal Toolto remove TheMaskSearch

* WiperSoft scanner, available at this website, only works as a tool for virus detection. More data on WiperSoft. To have WiperSoft in its full capacity, to use removal functionality, it is necessary to acquire its full version. In case you want to uninstall WiperSoft, click here.

f) Restore your homepage on Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome and press the menu icon on the right, next to the URL field.
  2. Choose Settings. chrome-menu TheMaskSearch Removal
  3. In the window that appears, under On startup, there will be a Set pages option. Press on that.
  4. Remove the set website, and type in the one you prefer to be your homepage. Press OK. chrome-startup-page TheMaskSearch Removal
  5. In Settings, under Search, there is a Manage search engines option. Select that. chrome-search-engines TheMaskSearch Removal
  6. Remove all search engines except the one you want to use. Click Done.

g) Reset Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome and press the menu icon on the right, next to the URL field.
  2. Choose Settings. chrome-menu TheMaskSearch Removal
  3. Scroll down and press on Show advanced settings. chrome-settings TheMaskSearch Removal
  4. Find and press the Reset button. chrome-reset TheMaskSearch Removal
  5. In the confirmation window that appears, press Reset.

h) Remove TheMaskSearch from Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox and access the menu by clicking on the three bars on the right of the screen.
  2. Select Add-ons. mozilla-menu TheMaskSearch Removal
  3. Select the Extensions tab, and remove all questionable extensions. mozilla-extensions TheMaskSearch Removal
  4. If you are not certain about an extension, you can disable it by clicking Disable. If you later decide to keep it, simply press Enable.

i) Restore your homepage on Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox and access the menu by clicking on the three bars on the right side of the screen.
  2. Select Options. mozilla-menu TheMaskSearch Removal
  3. In General, click Restore to Default below the Home Page field. mozilla-options TheMaskSearch Removal

j) Reset Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox and access the menu by clicking on the three bars on the right of the screen.
  2. Press the question mark at the bottom of the menu.
  3. Select Troubleshooting Information. mozilla-troubleshooting TheMaskSearch Removal
  4. Select the Refresh Firefox option. mozilla-reset TheMaskSearch Removal

k) Remove TheMaskSearch from Safari (for Mac)

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Select Preferences (can be accesses by pressing on Safari at the top of your screen). safari-menu TheMaskSearch Removal
  3. Choose the Extensions tab.
  4. Uninstall all questionable extensions. safari-extensions TheMaskSearch Removal
  5. If you are not certain about an extension, you can disable it by unchecking the box that says Enabled. If you later decide to keep it, simply check the box again.

l) Reset Safari

If you are using the Yosemite, El Capitan or the Sierra versions, the option to reset Safari with one click is not available. Thus you will have to clear the history and empty the caches in separate steps.
  1. Open Safari.
  2. Select Clear History (can be accesses by pressing on Safari at the top of your screen). safari-clear-history TheMaskSearch Removal
  3. Choose from what time you want the history deleted, and press Clear History. safari-clear-history TheMaskSearch Removal
  4. Press on Safari at the top of the screen and select Preferences. safari-advanced TheMaskSearch Removal
  5. Select the Advanced tab and check the box next to Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  6. Select Develop (from the menu bar at the top of the screen). safari-develop-menu TheMaskSearch Removal
  7. Press Empty Caches.
If for some reason you are unable to remove the extensions or reset your browsers, it may be a good idea to obtain anti-spyware software and have it deal with the problem.

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