Easy Forms Now browser hijacker removal instructions
What is Easy Forms Now?
Easy Forms Now is a browser-hijacking application that supposedly provides quick access to various "printable forms". On initial inspection, Easy Forms Now may seem legitimate and useful, however, this app is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA) and a browser hijacker. This PUA usually infiltrates computers without users' consent and promotes two fake search engines: search.heasyformsnow.com and search.heasyformsnow.net
Easy Forms Now targets the most popular browsers - Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. After successful infiltration, it assigns the browser new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage options to search.heasyformsnow.com or search.heasyformsnow.net (the assigned URL depends on the browser hijacker variant). These changes may seem insignificant, however, users are unable to revert them. Research shows that Easy Forms Now reassigns browser settings when attempts are made to change them. Ultimately users are encouraged to visit search.heasyformsnow.com or search.heasyformsnow.net when they open a new browser tab or search via the URL bar. Redirects of this type significantly diminish the browsing experience. Note that search.heasyformsnow.com and search.heasyformsnow.net are useless search engines. Once a search query is entered, these sites redirect to search.yahoo.com and users simply end up searching the web via Yahoo (a legitimate search engine). Note that search.heasyformsnow.com and search.heasyformsnow.net do not generate any unique results and thus deliver no real value for regular users. Information tracking is also an issue. Easy Forms Now and its promoted fake search engines gather information relating to browsing activity. These apps/websites usually gather IP addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc. Collected data is likely to contain personal details that developers share with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who generate revenue by misusing private information. Thus, information tracking can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. We strongly recommend that you uninstall the Easy Forms Now browser hijacker and never return to these sites again.
|Name||Easy Forms Now|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||Forms, Easy Forms Now.|
|Supposed Functionality||Access to various printable forms.|
|Promoted URLs||search.heasyformsnow.com, search.heasyformsnow.net|
|Serving IP Addresses||220.127.116.11 (search.heasyformsnow.com), 18.104.22.168 (search.heasyformsnow.net)|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|Detection Names (Easy-19665432.exe)||Avast (Win32:AdwareSig [Adw]), AVG (Win32:AdwareSig [Adw]), ESET-NOD32 (a variant of Win32/WinWrapper.V potentially unwanted), Kaspersky (not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Win32.WebSearch.gen), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser(s) settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.|
To eliminate search.heasyformsnow.com and search.heasyformsnow.com redirects our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
There are dozens of browser-hijacking applications that share similarities with Easy Forms Now (e.g., Free Streamz, Fast Weather App, and Easy Speed Test App). By offering many "useful features", apps such as Easy Forms Now attempt to give the impression of legitimacy, however, browser hijackers typically have just one purpose: to generate revenue for the developers. Regular users receive no real value. Browser-hijacking apps merely cause unwanted redirects (promote rogue websites, most of which are fake Internet search engines) and gather information. These apps diminish the browsing experience and pose a significant threat to your privacy.
How did Easy Forms Now install on my computer?
Easy Forms Now is free for anyone to download at its official website, however, as mentioned above, browser-hijacking applications usually infiltrate systems without permission. Developers proliferate them using intrusive advertisements (delivered by other rogue applications and dubious sites) and a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Intrusive advertisements redirect users to malicious websites and run scripts designed to download/install unwanted applications. "Bundling", on the other hand, is stealth installation of third party applications together with regular software. Developers hide "bundled" apps behind "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of third party applications together with regular software. Furthermore, many users often click advertisements and rush download/installation processes by skipping steps, thereby exposing their systems to risk of various infections and compromising their privacy.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
To prevent system infiltration by browser-hijacking apps, be very cautious when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. You should carefully analyze each step of the download/installation processes using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. Opt-out of additionally-included programs and cancel offers to download/install them. You are advised to download apps from official sources only, using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers are monetized using the "bundling" method, and thus such tools should never be used. Bear in mind that intrusive advertisements usually seem legitimate, since developers invest many resources into intrusive ad design. In fact, they often redirect to dubious websites, such as gambling, adult dating, pornography, and similar. As mentioned above, intrusive advertisements are often delivered by adware-type applications and, therefore, if you encounter them frequently, uninstall all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. The key to computer safety is caution. If your computer is already infected with Easy Forms Now, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Screenshot of search.heasyformsnow.net fake search engine:
Easy Forms Now browser hijacker installer set-up:
Website promoting Easy Forms Now browser hijacker:
IMPORTANT NOTE! These deceptive sites ask to enable web browser notifications.
Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:
Google Chrome (PC):
- Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Settings", scroll down to the bottom and click "Advanced"
- Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Content settings" and then "Notifications"
- Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
Google Chrome (Android):
- Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and click "Settings"
- Scroll down, click on "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and click on them one-by-one
- Select "Notifications" in the "Permissions" section and set the toggle button to "OFF"
- Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Options" and click on "Privacy & Security" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen
- Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and click the "Settings" button next to "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs, click the drop-down menu and select "Block"
- Click the Gear button on the right upper corner of the IE window
- Select "Internet options"
- Select the "Privacy" tab and click "Settings" under "Pop-up Blocker" section
- Select suspicious URLs under and remove them one by one by clicking the "Remove" button
- Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window
- Scroll down, find and click "Settings"
- Scroll down again and click "View advanced settings"
- Click "Manage" under "Website permissions"
- Click the switch under each suspicious website
- Click "Safari" button on the left upper corner of the screen and select "Preferences..."
- Select the "Websites" tab and then select "Notifications" section on the left pane
- Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option for each
Instant automatic removal of search.heasyformsnow.com and search.heasyformsnow.com redirects:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of search.heasyformsnow.com and search.heasyformsnow.com redirects. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Easy Forms Now?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Easy Forms Now application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.heasyformsnow.com and search.heasyformsnow.net redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Easy Forms Now browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.heasyformsnow.com and search.heasyformsnow.net homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove search.heasyformsnow.com and search.heasyformsnow.net redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Easy Forms Now browser hijacker 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 10 and 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.
Mac OSX users:
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.
In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "Easy Forms Now"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the search.heasyformsnow.com and search.heasyformsnow.net website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Easy Forms Now browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects (Windows OS):
Video showing how to remove Easy Forms Now browser hijacker using Combo Cleaner (MacOS):
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" 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:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://search.heasyformsnow.com or hxxp://search.heasyformsnow.net 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:
Click 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 and then remove "Easy Forms Now".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.heasyformsnow.com and search.heasyformsnow.com redirects, 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 malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Easy Forms Now" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Easy Forms Now", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search.heasyformsnow.com or hxxp://search.heasyformsnow.net) 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:
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 the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list look for "search.heasyformsnow.com" or "search.heasyformsnow.net", and when located, click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.heasyformsnow.com and search.heasyformsnow.com redirects, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Easy Forms Now" (or simply "Forms"), as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window, disable "Easy Forms Now" (or simply "Forms") remove hxxp://search.heasyformsnow.com or hxxp://search.heasyformsnow.net and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your 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: "moz-extension"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with search.heasyformsnow.com and search.heasyformsnow.com redirects 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 Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
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.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:
Click the three horizontal dots 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".
Change your homepage:
Click the three horizontal dots 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:
Click the three horizontal dots 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".
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.
In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.
Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove search.heasyformsnow.com and search.heasyformsnow.com redirects from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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