Also Known As: iask123 Virus, Type: Browser Hijacker, Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Low
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on
iask123.com - how to remove browser redirects to this website?
What is iask123.com?
iask123.com is a website using deceptive methods to generate traffic - it is a browser hijacker. Many computer users complain that their Internet browsers are redirected to the iask123.com website without their consent. This is a clear indication that users' computers have been infected with a Trojan or other security threat, which sets the browser homepage to iask123.com
As well as these deceptive methods to gain website visitors, the site employs Google colors within the header.
The word "Search" on the website uses a font and colors identical to Google's in order to trick unsuspecting PC users into believing that they are using a legitimate search engine. The displayed search bar uses a modified custom Google search, so the organic search results are legitimate, however, the sponsored results are managed by third parties. Clicking on these links may lead to installation of unwanted browser add-ons or even malware.
If your Internet browser is being redirected to iask123.com, scan your computer for security issues. This website was created with the sole purpose of extorting money from unsuspecting PC users. The creators of this website make money from every click on the sponsored results links. There are no benefits to using iask123.com for searching the Internet, and there are legitimate search engines much better designed for this purpose (Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.) If your Internet browsers are redirected to this website, use the removal guide provided to eliminate this problem.
- What is iask123.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall iask123.com application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove iask123.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove iask123.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove iask123.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
iask123.com redirect removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs" and click "Uninstall a program".
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".
Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Programs and Features".
In the uninstall programs window: look for “iask123.com”, select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After removing iask123.com redirect, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove iask123.com redirect from Internet Explorer:
Check for iask123.com related extensions: Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for iask123.com related entries and disable them.
To change your homepage from iask123.com to your preferred domain: Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove iask123.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the iask123.com redirect, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl" In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options".
In the opened window, select the "Advanced" tab.
Click the "Reset" button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove iask123.com redirect from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate entries related to iask123.com select them and click on the trash can icon.
To change your homepage from iask123.com to your preferred domain, click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings". In the "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over the unwanted URL and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the iask123.com redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". From the opened menu, select "Extensions". In the opened window, select "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the "Show advanced settings…" link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the "Reset browser settings" button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove iask123.com redirect from FireFox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable any entries related to iask123.com.
To reset your homepage click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", in the opened window remove iask123.com and enter your preferred domain.
Computer users who have problems with iask123.com redirect removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click the "Open Help Menu" icon,
Select "Troubleshooting Information".
In the opened window, click the "Reset Firefox" button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.
A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. Here are some examples of free software download clients that are used in iask123.com Redirect distribution:
To avoid installation of iask123.com Redirect be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine:
Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.
Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker:
- Your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed.
- Appearance of new toolbars.
- Slow performance of Internet browsers.
- New Bookmarks or Favorites added.
- You can't change your homepage or default search engine.
- You see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website.
- You get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.
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