Completely Remove Esurf.biz Browser Hijacker

Esurf.biz is quite common browser hijacker. It changes your homepage and default search engine. It may look like a legitimate search engine but it simply redirects your queries to Rambler.ru or any other third party search provider.

This website pretends to be a search engine so that it would look like a legitimate browser component, confuse users and stay on your computer for as long as possible. Even if you decide to eliminate Esurf.biz you might not succeed since this browser hijacker has backup files placed on your system and tends to come back automatically.

You should remove this unwanted program as it is simply a parasite which is designed to generate traffic from infected browsers. It does not have any value to the user and is only made to earn revenue for its creators. We have an automatic tool which will scan for this and any other threats and eliminate them from your system. It will protect your computer in the future as well. We also have a manual removal guide. However, the automatic tool is recommended as the easiest and most reliable option.


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What is Esurf.biz browser hijacker?

This hijacker is not technically a virus even though for most users it might appear so. Esurf.biz is actually installed with user’s consent and therefore is called a potentially unwanted program (PuP).

In most cases Esurf.biz is bundled with other freeware programs you download off the internet. It is included in the setup process as an additional offer and gets installed if you click “Accept” at a certain step. The problem is that most such bundles do not adequately disclose what you are installing as an additional offer or simply hide them deeply in the process. This way many users are tricked into installing this and any other adware without actually knowing what they accept. Therefore, you should always follow setup process carefully as it is much easier to prevent installing adware than to remove it later.

Esurf.biz may look like a search engine but it actually does not have such functionality. It simply redirects your queries to Rambler.ru or any other search provider. You are forced to search through this website and generate revenue for the hijacker creators every time you click on a sponsored result or advertisement. The website also has several “quick links” which also include affiliate IDs and earn revenue as well. Finally, you might start seeing additional advertisements or redirects to various products and software pages. All these techniques are employed to earn as much as possible by utilizing the traffic from infected browsers.

According to estimations, currently this website receives almost 30,000 pageviews per day. This shows that Esurf.biz is quite popular and many users are probably stuck with it, being unable to remove the hijacker from their systems.

Having this parasite present on your system might be dangerous since it can collect your browsing information and use it for various purposes later. It can also lead to more serious infections by redirecting to suspicious links. Finally, it has control of your browser settings thus limiting your browsing experience and slowing down the system.

We recommend using the automatic tool provided above and remove this adware as soon as possible. The tool will scan for this and any other threats and remove them immediately. It will also protect your computer in the future by acting as a complete antivirus solution.

We also have a manual removal guide for more experienced Windows users who are comfortable with editing important system files and settings. However, this method does not guarantee protection afterwards. Also, your computer might have other adware which came with the same bundle as Esurf.biz. Therefore, we recommend using the automatic tool to make sure you completely remove all infections.

Screenshots of this browser hijacker:

  


 Manual Removal Instructions:

NB: Make sure you are familiar with editing important Windows settings and files. In order to not only remove the symptoms but also any possible leftovers of the adware as well as other possible infections we recommend using the automatic tool provided above.

Bookmark this page, print it out or simply open on another device in order to access it after a browser or computer restart which will be required during the removal process.

Step 1:

Remove any suspicious programs that might contain the adware.

Start by opening the Programs and Features window using the following method:

Hold Windows () key and click R key while holding.

Enter the following in the field:

appwiz.cpl

Click OK.

You might have to wait a bit before the list of all programs is loaded as it displays a list of all programs installed on your PC.

We recommend sorting the programs by “Installed On” column (simply click on the column name in order to sort by this value).

Look for any recently installed suspicious programs that might contain the adware as a bundle or could be the adware itself. Such programs also have the word “search” in their name. If you have never seen or used an app chances are that it is an unwanted software.

Example of a program name:

Esurf

Uninstall all suspicious programs by right-clicking on them and choosing Uninstall…

Repeat this process until no more suspicious programs are left.

Step 2:

Delete registry values created by this adware.

Press and hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:

regedit.exe

Click OK.

 

Search for virus entries by pressing keyboard buttons CTRL + F and entering the virus name. Here is an example:

esurf

Click Find Next.

Delete any registry entries associated with the virus.

Repeat the search until all entries are cleaned.

Step 3:

Clean up Windows temporary files.

You can safely remove all temporary files without posing any risk to your computer.

Hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:

%Temp%

Click OK.

All temporary files will be listed in the directory.

Select all temporary files by simultaneously pressing CTRL + A and delete them.

Step 4:

Remove suspicious programs from your startup config so they would not launch as soon as you boot your computer.

Hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:

msconfig.exe

Click OK.

Go to the Startup tab and uncheck all suspicious entries. Look specifically for “Esurf” as well as other similar programs.

You will see locations of the files in “Command” column. Navigate to the location and delete it if a suspicious file is found.

If you are unsure you can simply leave it unselected but not delete it.

Click OK when you are finished unselecting and deleting all potentially dangerous processes.

Step 5:

Delete the shortcuts for all browsers on your computer as they might have been changed by the hijacker.

Remember that there are shortcuts not only on your Desktop but also in other places (for example, Start Menu).

Then create them again in order to have clean browser start.

Alternatively, you can click Properties on each of the shortcuts and remove any additions made to the Target field by the adware.

Step 6:

Search for additional files created by this adware.

Press and hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:

%UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming

Click OK.

Find a folder called “Browsers” or any other recently created folder with a suspicious or random name and open it.

Delete all .bat, .vbs and similar files created by the virus.

Step 7:

IMPORTANT: Now you will have to reset browser settings for each browser individually that you have installed on your computer. Alternativelly, you could simply reinstall them.

The unwanted addons are usually named similarly to the program you have just uninstalled using Add or Remove Programs.

 Google Chrome:

Launch the browser and select More Tools, then click Extensions.

Check for any suspicious extensions.

Click Remove From Chrome for each unwanted or suspicious toolbar or extension (the trashcan icon on the right).

Go to Settings.

Scroll to the very bottom of the settings page and click Show advanced settings…

Scroll to the very bottom again and click Reset settings.

Click Reset.

 Mozilla Firefox:

Launch the browser and go to Add-ons.

Search for any suspicious toolbars and add-ons and Remove them.

We recommend going to Options (input about:preferences in your address field and press Enter) and clicking Restore to Default near the Home Page field.

You can also completely refresh the browser settings by entering the following in the address (URL) field:

about:support

Press Enter.

Click Refresh Firefox… and then click Refresh Firefox again.

 Microsoft Edge:

Since Microsoft Edge is not a separate program and is a core component of Windows 10 you should backup your computer or at least create a Restore Point before continuing.

Navigate to the following folder (where %username is your computer user name):

C:\Users\%username\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe

Clear all contents of the folder. Click CTRL + A to select everything and delete the contents.

Click Start (Windows logo).

Search for Windows PowerShell.

Right-click on the result.

Choose Run as administrator.

Paste the following command:

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}

Press Enter.

The settings should now be reset to default.

 Internet Explorer:

Press and hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:

cmd

Click OK.

Enter the following command in the appeared window:

RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ResetIEtoDefaults

Press Enter.

Check Delete personal settings.

Click Reset.

Alternatively you can run this command to delete all caches and settings:

RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 4351

After removing the virus

When you have finished removing the “Esurf.biz” adware and reverting your browser settings make sure to protect your computer by installing a good antivirus suite that would identify the threats online and in programs you have downloaded. Also, never install suspicious programs. If you are installing a new software, make sure it has nothing bundled in it by following the install wizard as well as searching for user reviews online.


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