I wrote this article to help you remove Xhamster.com. This Xhamster.com removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Do you see the Xhamster.com website all the time? Does it appear everytime you so much as touch one of your browsers? If yes, you are in trouble. The page indicates the presence of a cyber infection on your PC. A browser hijacker, to be exact. As you have probably heard, hijackers are not something you would want to deal with. They are a menace. The one you are stuck with doesn’t differentiate. It is just as annoying and dangerous as the rest of this family`s members. However, look at the bright side. You could have downloaded a much more serious threat. We are not saying that the hijacker is harmless, but it cannot be compared with ransomware and Trojans. Also, if you take immediate measures, you would have no problem getting rid of the pest. But if you procrastinate, you will be buried deeper and deeper in troubles. Act now. Find the infection and delete it.
As soon as the hijacker enters, your browsing experience becomes a mess. The pest turns it into a nightmare by constantly disturbing you. Every time you go online, you suffer interruptions. Like the Xhamster.com, for instance. This page becomes your constant online companion and appears at every turn. It pops up among the search results, you get redirected to it all the time. It even replaces your homepage and search engine without any permission of yours. But that’s not all. This site is not alone. Yes, it`s hackers` favorite but you are forced to visit a myriad of other shady pages too. Finding anything you are looking for online becomes an impossible task. And the ads you are flooded it doesn’t make it better. In fact, they make it worse. Every page you open is heavy on banners, in texts, deals, offers, coupons, etc. and etc., popping and blocking page content.
The Xhamster.com Virus
Yet, all of these can be considered minor inconveniences. You have a much bigger problem. The security risk. From the moment the hijacker enters, it starts spying on you behind your back. It monitors every online move you make and collects valuable information. This may include IPs, email addresses, usernames, passwords, browser-related data. Even your personally identifiable and financial credentials may get stolen.
Keep in mind that everything the hijacker has access to, the crooks have access to as well. There is no need of explaining why this is extremely dangerous, is there? These people won`t think twice before using your data for their malicious purposes or selling it to third parties. Either way, it won`t end well for you. Unless you do something to stop that. Use our detailed removal guide below and get rid of the hijacker for good. It only brings issues. It even causes your machine to underperform and crash even when you are not online. Delete the pest. It has no place on your PC.
How did the hijacker enter? This type of infections relies on the usual infiltration tactics to enter your machine like freeware, spam emails, fake updates, corrupted pages, malicious ads, etc. But most importantly, hijacker pray for your carelessness. Without it, none of these methods would work. Let`s take freeware as an example. Do you often download bundled programs? If yes, do you opt for the Custom or the Basic settings?
If you usually choose the Basic ones, you need to change your habits. They offer a completely automatic installation. One that you cannot control. This means that is there are any additional programs attacked, they get installed together with the original program. The customized settings, however, allow you to check the entire bundle and deselect all extras. They take a little bit more time but also save you a ton of future problems. Always choose safety over speed and be vigilant. Only this way you can protect your computer.
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 Xhamster.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 Xhamster.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.