Veriwinkle.com Redirect

Also Known As: VeriWrinkle browser hijacker
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Veriwrinkle.com redirect removal instructions

What is veriwrinkle.com?

VeriWinkle (Veri Winkle) is a search engine offered by winklinc.com and is installed on browsers as an extension. It claims to be a top-rated search engine used to find anything on the Internet by providing fast, accurate, and improved results on any topic. VeriWinkle can be used through the installed extension, and also through the VeriWinkle website.

veriwrinkle.com browser hijacker

If you have the VeriWinkle browser extension installed on your browser, you will notice that the home page is set to veriwinkle.com and search engine has changed to Veri Winkle. This search engine's design is minimalistic, more so than Google's. It simply has a "SEARCH" logo if using it through the VeriWinkle extension or a Veri Winkle logo if using it through the website. Additionally, it has a Search box and a "Web Search" button. It does not contain any icons with links to various websites, as with some other browser hijackers. Therefore, its appearance is similar to legitimate search engines. This extension can be installed on Google Chrome only and can be found in the Chrome Web Store or veriwinkle.com Once the VeriWinkle extension is added to Google Chrome, it can read and change all data on the websites that you visit and replace the page that you see when opening a new tab. As developers claim, VeriWinkle does not collect any personally-identifiable information such as geographical location, social security or insurance plan numbers, and so on. They also claim that, to protect your privacy, they are not building any profiles based on your searches. According to VeriWinkle, they collect data such as IP addresses only to improve relevant results based on your location and search terms. This data might be collected to improve their search engine and ads served. VeriWinkle also claims that all collected data is stored on secure networks and encrypted using SSL technology. In fact, the data might be accessible to third parties such as the VeriWinkle website hosting partners, other parties who assist them in operating their website, and so on. Additionally, they could share, sell or rent information (and other non-personally identifiable information) to third parties to develop and deliver search results and advertising. If using VeriWrinkle, you might be offered third-party services or products on their website.

There are many search engines (or extensions) such as the VeriWinkle. Most are similar and affect web browsers in similar ways. In some cases, they have various integrated icons with links to other websites. When using certain less popular or unknown search engines, there is a high possibility that certain information will be collected and used to generate revenue. This can be achieved, for example, by redirecting you to unwanted/unknown websites filled with adware. By visiting untrustworthy websites, you might also suffer more serious problems such as computer infections, etc. This usually applies to browser hijackers, however, it is not always easy to determine if a search engine is legitimate.

How did VeriWrinkle install on my computer?

If you are wondering how VeriWinkle was installed on your web browser, the most common answer is that it was installed through Chrome Web Store or the VeriWinkle website. A browser hijacker might be installed through free software (freeware to shareware) or other ad-supporting programs. As a rule, browser hijackers are usually bundled with  software that you download from the Internet. Rarely is anything 'free of charge' and this also applies to "free" software. In other cases, browser hijackers are inadvertently installed by clicking on suspicious "Download" (and other) buttons or untrustworthy links. You can install a browser hijacker through downloaded torrents, software download managers, or clicked links within emails sent by unknown senders.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

As we mentioned, there is no 'free software' (even if you do not pay for it), since promoters have other ways of exploiting their products to earn revenue. First, check if the program (or add-on or extension) you want to download and ensure that it is a secure and legitimate program. The best way to do this is to collect as much information about it as you can find. When you are installing a particular program, check "Advanced" or "Custom" installation options and do not jump through installation steps without studying them first. Also, look for ticked checkboxes where you 'agree' to download various extra features or software that could be browser hijackers. These checkboxes are usually ticked by default. Do not click suspicious pop-up ads, "Download" (and other) buttons, and avoid visiting untrustworthy websites. Keep your real-time antivirus protection turned on and ensure that the operating system and browser are updated. If your computer is already infected with VeriWrinkle, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

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Quick menu:

VeriWrinkle browser hijacker removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

veriwrinkle.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "VeriWrinkle"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted programs that cause browser redirects to the veriwrinkle.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

VeriWrinkle browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing veriwrinkle.com related Internet Explorer extensions

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing veriwrinkle.com from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://veriwrinkle.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.

Change your default search engine:

Removing veriwrinkle.com from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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 and then remove "veriwrinkle".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the veriwrinkle browser hijacker, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing veriwrinkle.com related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "VeriWrinkle" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing veriwrinkle.com from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "VeriWrinkle", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.veriwrinkle.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present, click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.

Change your default search engine:

Removing veriwrinkle.com from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list, look for "veriwrinkle.com", and when located, click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the veriwrinkle browser hijacker, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing veriwrinkle.com related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "VeriWrinkle", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing veriwrinkle.com from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://veriwrinkle.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing veriwrinkle.com from Mozilla Firefox 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: "veriwrinkle.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with veriwrinkle browser hijacker removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Change your homepage:

Changing homepage in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings", in the opened tab, click the "+ Add new page" link, after entering your preferred URL, remove the link of browser hijackers by clicking the "X" button next to the associated URL.

Change your default search engine:

Changing default Internet search engine in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". Click the "View advanced settings" button and select "Change search engine". In the opened tab, select your preferred Internet search engine and click "Set as default".

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.

Removal assistance:
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