Gikayo Hijacker Removal Instructions
What is Gikayo?
Also Known As: Gikayo virus
Gikayo hijacker is a nasty browser hijacker. Currently it infects all widely used browsers and causes many troubles for users. They want to get rid of Gikayo from the startup page of their browsers, but no matter what they do, it still appears there when they launch Google Chrome, Opera, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer. Plus, it changes the default search engine settings. Each time you attempt to open new tab or blank tab in your browser, the hijacker appears again and again. Definitely, this is quite annoying experience, isn’t it?
Intrusion of Gikayo browser hijacker takes place into computers along with installation of some other cost-free applications. You might find some excellent and free utility and decide to install it right away. However, before you actually proceed, make sure you thoroughly read the details about its installation. You are strongly advised to carefully pay attention to the data contained in th EULAs (End User License Agreements). Typically these documents clearly disclose what other extra programs you might be suggested to install into your PC along with the initial free software of your selection. If you read about Gikayo as some third-party offer, make sure you immediately switch to the advanced or custom installation mode to prevent any of such unwanted installations to take place. It is surely a regret to admit that some users fail to be careful and still install Gikayo into their PCs. Based on the information from Alexa, this hijacker is quite widely spread right now in many countries.
Gikayo is advertised as some excellent search engine which is supposed to provide you with the most relevant search results. In reality, these assertions are not supported by real capabilities of this hijacker to bring you any decent search results that would match your search queries. Instead, this hijacker performs the role of adware and spyware in your computer. As adware, it regularly mixes some ads and sponsored links along with those pseudo search results delivered through it. Finally, as spyware, it regularly tracks your Internet browsing and collects the information about your browsing habits in order to transfer this information to third parties. This means that your personal information is regularly supervised, which is not good.
Gikayo browser hijacker is quite tricky. The point is that many of the world’s reliable anti-malware and anti-virus programs fail to detect its presence. And you may not find any suspicious programs to be mentioned in the list of legally installed applications (which would be somehow related to this hijacker). Nevertheless, you will keep facing Gikayo hijacker each time you start your browser. In order to completely delete this virus from your system you’re strongly advised to scan your computer with a decent anti-spyware tool as explained below and to make some manual steps as well. Doing so will help you to completely get rid of Gikayo hijacker from your browser.
STEP 1. Gikayo removal guide
In this step we will use a removal tool that can locate and remove all kinds of threats from infected computers. Either its malicious programs, registry key, browser add-ons and extension, GridinSoft Anti-Malware can effectivly detect and remove this badware:
Download GridinSoft Anti-Malware removal tool from the link below:
If you need help in removing Gikayo infection,
Open the installation file and click “Yes” in the User access control window to continue:
The installation is very simple, click “Install” button and GridinSoft Anti-Malware will install itself in a default folder. You can choose custom folder and check the creation of desktop icon:
Open GridinSoft Anti-malware from the icon on the desktop by double-clicking it or “Start” menu:
Scan computer for Gikayo related files
Go to the “Scan” tab and choose “Quick scan” or “Full scan“. It is advised to make full scan, but due to possible performance issues you can first run quick, to save some time. During the scan you will see what items GridinSoft Anti-malware located inside of your computer:
When the scan is over, GridinSoft Anti-Malware will show you the results with all detected items in the list. You can browse through it to choose what to do with particular item or choose the “Apply to all” function. Click the “Fix Now” button to apply action to detected items:
(OPTIONAL)To remove traces of some adware\malware\browser hijackers it is advised to Reset your browser settings. GridinSoft Anti-Malware allows you to do that with flexible options.
STEP 2. Using GridinSoft Anti-Malware to fix your browser
GridinSoft Anti-Malware has an effective utility called “Reset browser settings“. It is able to reset some of your browser option to its original state. Therefore, if some malicious program, adware or browser hijacker changes your browser settings, this tool can fix this in no time:
Open GridinSoft Anti-Malware – go to “Tools” tab – press “Reset browser settings“
Check the options that you need in the “Reset browser settings” window. In the first column you need to choose your infected browser. (Supports all popular browsers). As for “Process” column we advise you to choose Start Page, Shortcuts, Search engines, Cache, Cookies (look for screen below). These settings will be changed to default and save most of the information you need in your browser:
Some malware and adware program may be installed very deep in your browser. In this case, we advise choose more efficient set of options. Check the following options in the “Process” column: “Start Page“, “Shortcuts“, “Search engines“, “Cache“, “Cookies” + “Addons” and “Policies” (screen below):
STEP 3. Protect your computer from Gikayo reinfection
Removing viruses and malicious programs is one thing. The best practice in protection is to not get infected in the first place. To achieve that you must use reliable protection tool and follow simple rules or recommended advices to avoid infections completely. Here is the list of these tips:
Watch out for spam emails and attachments. A lot of cyber criminals and malware spreaders are using email spam messaging. Most of these messages have attachment files that can be dangerous to open. We advice to skip suspicious files, don’t even download them on your computer.
Adverts and redirect page. Some websites showing ads and pop-up on their pages. Along with this adware programs may generate various adverts on your computer. Clicking on them is very dangerous and leads to unexpected consequences.
Don’t open suspicious links and websites. Hackers and scammer are often creating websites of their own where they can do whatever they want. You can download only malware and unwanted programs from such pages.
Pay attention to what you install. If you have downloaded any program from suspicious website or anywhere else – always read all instruction and don’t click “Next” all the time.
Use protection tools. No matter how hard you try, some sneaky malware may break through all your defences. In this case you should always keep an anti-malware protection online on your computer. GridinSoft Anti-Malware has On-Run Protection feature. It is designed to keep this kind of malware from your computer. To activate this feature go to “Protect” tab and press “Start” button to the right. The label will show you “ON“, which means that On-Run protection is online.
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