Also Known As: V9.com virus, Type: Browser Hijacker, Distribution: High
Damage level: Medium
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V9.com - how to eliminate browser redirects to search.v9.com?
What is V9.com?
V9.com is a popular website, which can be used as a start-page for your Internet browser. This site presents users with a search bar and links to popular websites and social networks. It is a legitimate website and not related to computer viruses or malware, however, the owners of this website use deceptive promotion techniques to attract web traffic. Commonly, redirects to V9.com are a consequence of computer users installing various add-ons, toolbars, and plug-ins to their Internet browsers.
Browser add-ons, which redirect computer users to various websites, are distributed using free software downloaded from the Internet. Bundling browser add-ons with free software is a common technique used by developers to monetize their products. Always check each installation window of free software downloads, unchecking any options related to Internet browser homepage or default search engine modification. Recently, redirects to V9.com were caused by the installation of Foxit reader free software. The search bar used within the v9.com website is a customized Google search engine - each time a user clicks on the sponsored links, revenue is generated and shared with the search engine and website referring the traffic.
V9.com browser hijacker is identical to it's previous variants which redirected Internet users to awesomehp.com, sweet-page.com and webssearches.com To avoid installation of such browser settings altering adware computer users should be very careful when downloading free software. Nowadays most of freeware download websites are using deceptive download clients that trick computer users into installing advertised browser plug-ins together with the chosen free software. In most of cases advertised browser extensions doesn't add any real value; moreover, they cause browser redirects and generate intrusive ads. When downloading free programs always closely inspect every step and decline installation of promoted browser plug-ins. When installing the already downloaded freeware use "advanced" or "custom" installation option, this step will reveal installation of any bundled adware. Computer users who are already experiencing browser redirects to v9.com website should use this removal guide to eliminate v9 browser hijacker from their Internet browsers.
Deceptive free software installers used in v9.com browser hijacker distribution:
- What is V9.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall v9 uninstaller and WPM126.96.36.199 applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove V9.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove V9.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove V9.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
V9.com virus 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 "v9 uninstaller" and "WPM188.8.131.52", select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes browser redirects to v9.com website scan your computer for any left unwanted components. To scan your computer use recommended malware removal software.
V9.com homepage and default search engine removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser hijackers:
Remove v9.com virus from Internet Explorer:
Fix Internet Explorer shortcut target:
This browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of user's Internet Explorer shortcut. To fix this - locate your Internet Explorer shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu choose "Properties". In the opened window locate Target field and eliminate text (hxxp://www.v9.com/...) which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe".
Change your homepage:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://www.v9.com and enter your preferred domain which will open every time you launch Internet Explorer.
Change your default search engine:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing" or any other preferred search engine as your default, then remove "v9".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the v9.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 v9.com virus from Google Chrome:
Fix Google Chrome shortcut target:
This browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of user's Google Chrome shortcut. To fix this - locate your Google Chrome shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu choose "Properties". In the opened window locate Target field and eliminate all text (hxxp://www.v9.com/...) which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"
Remove v9.com related Google Chrome extensions:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Quick Start" select this entry and click on a trash can icon.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings". In "On startup" section click "set pages," hover your mouse over hxxp://www.v9.com and click the x symbol. Now, you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
Change your default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings," in "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...," remove "v9" and add or select your preferred Internet search engine.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the v9.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 v9.com virus from Mozilla Firefox:
Fix Mozilla Firefox shortcut target:
This browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of user's Mozilla Firefox shortcut. To fix this - locate your Mozilla Firefox shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu choose "Properties". In the opened window locate Target field and eliminate all text (hxxp://www.v9.com/...) which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"
Change your homepage:
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 hxxp://www.v9.com and enter your preferred domain that will open every time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "v9"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with v9.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 V9.com Redirect distribution:
To avoid installation of V9.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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