Sowin8 hijacker removal tutorial.
What is Sowin8.com?
Also Known As: Sowin8.com virus
Sowin8.com is a new browser hijacker currently attacking the majority of browsers, however, primarily it gets installed into Google Chrome. It is also quite likely that other browsers based on the Chromium open source project may become contaminated as well. According to the information from Alexa site ranking, this particular Sowin8 hijacker mainly attacks the USA and the UK. The hijacker may be installed through enabling a special unwanted extension into browser. Typically this takes places through forcing computer owners to download these extensions by means of sudden tricky pop-ups. This guide will help you to fix your browser and avoid the cases of search engine redirection through random websites and to clean your entire computer from all kinds of malware.
Sowin8.com with each single attack on specific computer modifies several parameters of infected browser, such as its home page and default search engine settings. It will cause Internet surfers to encounter Sowin8 page instead of google.com or other start page defined specifically by the computer owner. Additionally, all search queries made by user will be redirected through some third-party pages, instead of rendering search results via decent search engines. Finally, opening new tabs in browsers may automatically reveal the page of the hijacker, instead of a blank tab.
The reason why Sowin8.com keeps disturbing your attention is because it is additionally protected by a lot of other third-party programs which were installed to prevent you from getting rid of the hijacker in an easy way. This could be some service running in the background which you can’t easily find. Alternatively, certain browser hijackers modify Desktop shortcuts and quick launch items related to specific browsers, thus adding extra attributes for browsers to start with Sowin8, even if the home page settings do not contain any third-party settings at all.
Sowin8 performs various illegal functions in your computer, such as regularly tracking your browsing habits and transferring this information to third parties for various illegal purposes. As a consequence, your personal data may become accessible before cyber frauds who may easily manipulate it. Furthermore, the hijacker is interconnected with a lot of other malicious applications through links that may easily lead your browser to them. And, of course, you will be quite annoyed by various advertisement banners and sponsored links that will permanently distract your attention while surfing the web. In the light of this information, you’re strongly advised to perform a thorough scanning of your system using proven anti-malware tools as explained clearly in the remainder of the tutorial below.
STEP 1. Sowin8.com 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:
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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 Sowin8.com 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 Sowin8.com 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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