Filecheckerapp.com Redirect

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

Filecheckerapp.com redirect removal instructions

What is filecheckerapp.com?

filecheckerapp.com is a fake search engine promoted using the FileCheckerApp browser extension. FileCheckerApp supposedly allows users to increase their online security using security tools designed to scan any file with 63 antivirus engines.

filecheckerapp.com browser hijacker

FileCheckerApp is a browser hijacking app that targets Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox. It is installed in a form of extension, add-on, or program on the Windows Operating System. As with many browser hijackers, FileCheckerApp offers a supposedly enhanced search engine and some dubious tools. In this case, FileCheckerApp provides a scan of downloaded files and access to other security tools in one click. It also provides quick access to the latest tech and security news on over five different websites. These features may seem useful, but they are also an indication that your browser has been hijacked. FileCheckerApp takes control over your browser, modifies settings, and replaces the homepage, search engine, and new tab URLs with filecheckerapp.com Furthermore, when you enter a search query and click the "Search" button, it redirects to filecheckerapp.com, safeserach.net, and then bing.com It also collects data relating to your browsing behaviour such as visited websites, IP addresses, search queries, etc. It is very likely that the collected data will be shared with third parties so that developers can generate revenue from it. Furthermore, you might receive misleading redirects to unwanted websites, or even worse, have your computer infected or experience privacy issues.

Like many browser hijackers and their associated fake search engines (Free Forms, ProPDFConverter, AstrologySearcher, etc.), FileCheckerApp claims to be legitimate and offers various tools, quick accesses to other websites, and so on. In fact, regular users gain no benefit from it. Having a browser hijacker such as FileCheckerApp installed, will result in redirects to various unwanted websites that look to benefit from the dubious functionality offered.

How did FileCheckerApp install on my computer?

FileCheckerApp is available to download on filecheckerapp.com, however, if you do not recall willingly downloading it from this site, it was probably installed through ad-supportive or free software. Browser hijackers are often bundled and installed with other software. It is possible that during the software installation process you missed a checkbox or "Advanced"/"Custom" setting in which this browser hijacker was mentioned as an extra feature or tool. Browser hijackers are also installed through intrusive advertisements or third party software downloaders. Intrusive ads redirect to malicious websites and execute certain scripts that stealthily download or install software.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Browse online with care and avoid installation of potentially unwanted programs such as as FileCheckerApp. The key to safety is caution. Install software (especially free or ad-supportive software) with care, examine each step of the installation process, check all available "Custom"/"Advanced" options, and do not miss any checkbox. In most cases, software developers do not disclose potentially unwanted program installations properly. Do not use third party software downloaders or installers, and use only official sources and direct links. Avoid clicking intrusive ads, since they often appear legitimate, but once clicked, redirect to dubious websites. Avoid clicking suspicious "Download" or other similar buttons on unofficial websites. If your computer is already infected with FileCheckerApp, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Website promoting FileCheckerApp browser hijacker:

Website used to promote FileCheckerApp browser hijacker

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Quick menu:

FileCheckerApp 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.

filecheckerapp.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

FileCheckerApp browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing filecheckerapp.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 filecheckerapp.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://filecheckerapp.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 filecheckerapp.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 "filecheckerapp".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the filecheckerapp 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 filecheckerapp.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 "FileChecker" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing filecheckerapp.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 "FileChecker", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.filecheckerapp.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 filecheckerapp.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 "filecheckerapp.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 filecheckerapp 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 filecheckerapp.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 "FileCheckerApp", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing filecheckerapp.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://filecheckerapp.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing filecheckerapp.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: "filecheckerapp.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with filecheckerapp 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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