Have you noticed a problem on your computer – whenever you open the browser, Google Chrome, Firefox or Internet, it keeps starting with the website: http://higher-aurum.co instead of the default browser homepage? If it is the case, then your computer must have been infected by Higher Aurum browser hijacker, a virus used by hackers to make profit. To completely remove Higher Aurum browser hijacker, follow the manual removal steps given in this post.
Higher Aurum browser hijacker is a virus usually used by hackers to make money by hijacking users’ browsers to pre-specified websites. It often appears in the form of a browser add-on which claims to enhance users’ browsing experience in a higher level – actually it does not. Believing in this browser add-on’s story, some PC users would download it and install it onto their browsers. From them on, trouble comes. This browser add-on, which is a virus in nature, will take over the browser it has installed onto by modifying the settings, and then keep redirect users to specific websites. Besides, it will collect the users’ personal data in the background, with the intention of popping up more ads that interest the users.
Having performing various tasks in the computer, this redirect virus can cause some problems on the infected computer. For examples:
Homepage and search engine are replaced by new ones.
A lot of advertisements pop up on the browser.
Search results are not irrelevant to the search queries.
Network speed is slowed down obviously.
Browser runs slower than usual and it often takes time to respond.
Personal information is collected and exposed to unknown people.
Step 1: Use the key combination “CTRL+ALT+DEL” or “CTRL+SHIFT+ESC” to open the Windows Task Manager. Select “Processes” tab, find out any redirect virus related processes and stop them by right click on them and selecting “End Process” option.
Step 2: Open Control Panel from Start menu, and double click on Folder Options. Under View tab, tick “Show hidden files, folders and drives” and non-tick “Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)” and then click OK. This will show all hidden files and folders.
Step 3: Delete all malicious files from the following folders.
C:\Documents and Settings\admin\local settings\temp\
Step 4: Click the Start menu, click Run, type “regedit” and click OK. Once the Registry Editor is opened, find out the following registry entries and then delete them.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\[adware name]\DisplayName [virus name]
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce\[RANDOM CHARACTERS] %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
Step 5: Remove add-ons related to Higher Aurum browser hijacker from infected browsers.
Open Internet Explorer, click on Tools and select Manage add-ons.
On Toolbars and Extensions tab, find and remove any add-ons related to the virus.
Run the Firefox browser, click on Tools and select Add-ons.
On Extensions and Plug-ins tab, find out and remove/disable any suspicious add-ons.
Launch Google Chrome, click on the Wrench or 3-bar icon.
Click on Tools and select Extensions.
Find out the malicious add-ons and remove them from Chrome.
Step 6: Reset the infected browsers’ homepage.
Click Tools and go to Internet Options. Under the General tab, delete the unwanted URL from the Home Page field, type your favorite homepage URL into the field and confirm your change.
Click on Firefox menu and select Options. Under the General tab, delete the unwanted URL from the Home Page field, input the URL you prefer and click OK.
Click on the Wrench or 3 bar icon, and select Settings. Find “On startup” and click on “Set pages”. Remove the undesired URL, type your favorite one and click OK.
If you prefer an easier and more effective way to get rid of Higher Aurum browser hijacker, please download an automatic removal tool to remove it from your computer.
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