FootbalScores24 Browser Hijacker

Also Known As: FootbalScores24 potentially unwanted application
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Blpsearch.com redirect removal instructions

What is blpsearch.com?

FootbalScores24 is a sports-themed application that, according to its developers, allows users to receive the latest football results directly from their browsers. A convenient, fast web search is also promised. This may seem to be a useful and legitimate application, however, it is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA), a browser hijacker. If installed, PUAs regularly collect information relating to users' browsing activity. Furthermore, FootbalScores24 modifies browser settings and promotes a fake search engine called blpsearch.com.

blpsearch.com or footbalscores24 browser hijacker

Browser hijackers can often be installed on popular browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer. When installed, FootbalScores24 assigns blpsearch.com as the homepage address, default search engine, and new tab URL. Therefore, if this PUA is installed, users are forced to visit blpsearch.com when a new browser window or tab is opened, or a search query is entered into the URL bar. This fake search engine simply displays results generated by Yahoo. Therefore, it redirects users to search.yahoo.com rather than displaying any unique results. Additionally, none of the browser modifications can be reverted unless FootbalScores24 is uninstalled. Any changes made to settings will be immediately reassigned to blpsearch.com. These browser hijackers and associated fake search engines usually record user-system information such as IP addresses, search queries, URLs of visited websites, geo-locations, and so on. Personal, sensitive details may also be recorded. People who develop these apps continuously share the data with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. When installed, these information tracking apps cause problems relating to privacy, browsing safety, or even more serious problems such as identity theft. If FootbalScores24 is installed on your browser, remove it immediately.

Threat Summary:
NameFootbalScores24 potentially unwanted application
Threat TypeBrowser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
SymptomsManipulated Internet browser(s) settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). User's are forced to visit hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.
Distribution methodsDeceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.
DamageInternet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites.
Removal

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The internet is full of other browser hijackers and potentially unwanted applications including, for example, BestMovies Search Plus, nJoyMovies Search Plus, and mixSportTV Search Plus. Developers present them as useful and legitimate, however, this is simply to trick people into installing them. Once installed, They provide no real value value and perform actions that allow their developers to generate revenue. Furthermore, apps of this type often cause unwanted redirects, collect data, and so on.

How did FootbalScores24 install on my computer?

Some websites can be used to download FootbalScores24, however, most people install/download unwanted apps of this type unintentionally through intrusive advertisements or when software developers use the "bundling" method. Bundling is used to trick people into downloading/installing unwanted applications together with software that they download or install intentionally. They hide PUAs in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of software installation/download set-ups. Note, however, that these attempts are only successful when people perform installations or downloads without making any changes to the default settings (i.e. they fail to dismiss offers to download or install unwanted apps).

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Software should be downloaded from official websites and using direct links. Third party downloaders/installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (eMule, torrent clients), unofficial websites and other sources of this kind are not the best ways to download software. These channels are often monetized by promoting unwanted apps. Installations should be handled carefully. Check download/installation settings such as "Custom", "Advanced" and so on and decline offers to install/download unwanted software. Do not click intrusive ads (especially if displayed on dubious websites). Many lead to dubious websites such as gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on. If these redirects happen even without clicking ads (or intrusive ads appear frequently), this might be due to installed PUAs. In this case, check the list of installed browser apps (extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins) and remove all unwanted, suspicious entries. The same applies to programs installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with FootbalScores24, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Website promoting FootbalScores24 browser hijacker:

Website used to promote FootbalScores24 browser hijacker

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Quick menu:

FootbalScores24 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.

blpsearch.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "FootbalScores24"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

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

FootbalScores24 browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing blpsearch.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 blpsearch.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://blpsearch.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 blpsearch.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 "blpsearch.com".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the footbalscores24 potentially unwanted application, 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 blpsearch.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 "FootbalScores24" (or "FootbalScores24 - Live football scores 24/7") and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing blpsearch.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, look for a "FootbalScores24" (or "FootbalScores24 - Live football scores 24/7") browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.blpsearch.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 blpsearch.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 "blpsearch.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 footbalscores24 potentially unwanted application, 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 blpsearch.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 "FootbalScores24" (or "FootbalScores24 - Live football scores 24/7"), as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing blpsearch.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, disable "FootbalScores24" (or "FootbalScores24 - Live football scores 24/7"), remove hxxp://blpsearch.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

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

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with footbalscores24 potentially unwanted application 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:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove footbalscores24 potentially unwanted application from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

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