How To Delete Amisites.com Unwanted Browser Search Hijacker

Amisites.com is another browser hijacker which is designed to earn money for its creators but has no value for the user. The adware replaces your browser homepage and search engine with an unwanted website and is hard to remove afterwards.

The website does not have any search functionality. Instead, it simply redirects your queries to Yahoo or any other third party provider. Amisites earns money every time you click on a sponsored search result or on an advertisement. It might also employ blackhat methods and include hidden affiliate links or use cookie stuffing.

Most browser hijackers are not as dangerous as other type of viruses. However, they might track your browsing activity since all your search queries can be logged by the creators. Also, having such adware on your browser might lead to other infections in the long run as it might redirect to suspicious links or suggest installing malicious software. Finally, browser hijackers slow down your system and take control of your browser settings. Therefore you should remove the unwanted program as soon as possible.

We have a recommended automatic tool to eliminate the threat. It will also act as an antivirus in the future and protect you from further infections. We also have a manual removal guide. However, you will still need to secure your computer afterwards if you decide to choose this option.


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What is Amisites browser hijacker?

In most cases browser hijackers are legally called unwanted programs instead of being classified as viruses. This is because they are often bundled with other programs and users choose to install adware themselves. When you download a freeware from the internet there are high chances that it will have other software embedded in the setup file. While it usually lets you know that a third party program will be installed, the setup wizard is usually made to be as vague as possible and mislead the users into installing the adware unknowingly. We recommend always choosing “Advanced” setup method and following every step carefully: it is much easier to avoid the unwanted programs than to remove them once they enter your system.

Amisites.com displays unwanted homepage because it takes over the controls of your browser. Not only does it change the default search engine and startup website but also monitors for any modifications made by the user and reverts them back. This is done to generate as much traffic from infected browsers as possible: less experienced users are unable to change the homepage and simply give up after a few tries.

This browser hijacker is estimated to receive almost 750,000 daily pageviews. Such statistics indicate that there are many computers already infected.

As you can see from the very simplistic design and no real functions existing on the website, the creators did not bother to make it look like a legitimate search engine or a browser component. Instead, they just changed a logo and launched another copy of a hijacker identical to hundreds of others. They state that “Amisites.com searches through a much larger part of information available on the Internet than other individual search engines” but in reality it just simply redirects to Yahoo search. Since Amisites.com does not have any value, you should remove it in order to restore normal browsing experience and system speed.

We have an automatic tool which is the easiest option to completely eliminate the threat as well as scan your system for other viruses. It will also protect your computer in the future by acting as an antivirus. Another option is to follow our manual removal guide. However, you will still need to secure your PC afterwards if you choose this method.

Screenshots of Amisites.com 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.

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 adware name:

amisites

Click Find Next.

Delete any registry entries associated with the virus.

Repeat the search until all entries are cleaned.

Step 3:

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 “QueryRouter” 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 4:

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 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:

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 “Amisites” 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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