Remove Astromenda.com Fake Search From Your Browser

Astromenda.com is quite aggressive browser hijacker. It infiltrates the system by being bundled with other freeware. As soon as it is installed, the adware changes your browser homepage, new tab appearance and search engine. Currently it targets Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer browsers.

Despite looking like a search engine, astromenda.com website is actually just a parasite and does not have any value. All your search queries are simply redirected to Yahoo.com. Moreover, by doing so the hijacker earns revenue every time you click on sponsored search results.

Like most other similar adware, this program is designed to only profit its creators by utilizing the hijacked traffic and displaying unwanted advertisements. Therefore, you should remove it in order to protect your personal data, browsing history and restore system speed.

Most users find it difficult to remove Astromenda as it is not just a simple browser extension but also a program which stays in the background and reverts setting changes. This is why we recommend using the automatic removal tool provided below. It will protect your computer from future infections as well.


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What is Astromenda.com?

Technically astromenda.com is not a virus. Most users install this program themselves (possibly unknowingly) as it is often bundled with other software. For example, many setup wizards have “express install” option and choosing it might result in receiving this as well as other adware together with the original program.

Once Astromenda enters your system it starts changing Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer settings. According to the website creators, it modifies your home page, search and new tab appearance:

You will not be able to regain control of your browser settings unless you completely remove the Astromenda backup programs. Otherwise the settings will eventually revert back to unwanted ones. This is done to keep generating as much traffic as possible and prevent users from removing the adware.

The main purpose of this program is to earn money to its creators by displaying unwanted advertisements and sponsored search results. It might also use blackhat methods: cookie stuffing, redirects to malicious websites and personal data collection. Since it does not have search functionality and simply redirects your queries to Yahoo or other third party provider, having such intermediate on your computer might result in your browsing history and personal data being collected and later used for marketing purposes or even sold to other companies.

The hijacker homepage astromenda.com is estimated to receive close to 200,000 daily pageviews. This means that it has infected a lot of browsers already and most likely users are unable to remove the adware by themselves.

You should remove this unwanted program in order to restore normal browsing experience and protect your privacy. We recommend simply using the automatic tool provided above as it will also protect your computer from similar infections in the future. Moreover, having this adware might mean that you might have accidentally installed even more unwanted programs and they will be detected and removed as well.

We also have a manual removal guide for more experienced Windows users. However, it will only eliminate the Astromenda adware and will not guarantee further protection. Therefore, you will still need to secure your computer with a proper antivirus suite afterwards if you choose this option.

Screenshots of Astromenda 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. The program will most likely use the following name:

Astromenda

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:

astromenda

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:

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 5:

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 in the Extensions tab 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 “Astromenda” 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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