Xifeua malicious extension

Xifeua malicious extension
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Xifeua Removal Fixing Browser Prevention

What is Xifeua?

Also Known As: Xifeua virus

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Xifeua is the name of a deceptive and potentially malicious browser extension and webpage. Browser extensions like Xifeua for Google chrome are typically recognized as adware and browser hijackers because once they are installed they will make unwanted modifications to existing internet browser settings without consent of the user. The Xifeua browser extension will replace the existing homepage with itself. This will cause affected web browsers to start-up on the webpage when a new browser window is opened. The extension will also change the new tab page and default search engine. When this occurs a new tab page will open on Xifeua and web searches via the address bar will redirect to the website.

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The website promoted by the Xifeua extension contains sponsored search results and advertisements, which is why browser extensions like this are often considered adware. The browser extension is also known to be deceptive and illusive. It may utilize deceptive marketing tactics in order to trick users into installing it. In some cases, the browser extension may be installed without user knowledge and consent.

Once concerning piece of information about the Xifeua extension for Google Chrome is that it does not disclose the fact that it will essentially hijack your homepage, new tab page, and default search engine before it is manually installed. Browser extensions contain public permissions which usually list what the browser extension has permission to do once it is installed. The Xifeua extension does not disclose that it will change your homepage, new tab page, or search engine. This is likely because no one really wants to download a relatively unknown browser extension that will replace their settings in order to see potentially irrelevant search results from a third-party and suspicious website, or a website with a bad reputation.

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STEP 1. Xifeua 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 Xifeua 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 Xifeua 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.

Anti-Malware GridinSoft On-Run Protection Screen

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