Easy Forms Now Browser Hijacker

Also Known As: search.heasyformsnow.com and search.heasyformsnow.com redirects
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

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 appropriate and handy. However, in reality this app is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA) and a browser hijacker. That's because this application usually infiltrates computers without user's consent and, on top of that, it is designed to promote two fake web search engines - search.heasyformsnow.com and search.heasyformsnow.net.

search.heasyformsnow.com browser hijacker

Easy Forms Now targets the most popular web browsers - Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. After successful infiltration, Easy Forms Now assigns browsers' new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage options by assigning these settings to search.heasyformsnow.com or either search.heasyformsnow.net (the assigned URL depends on browser hijacker's variant). Such changes are minor, however, the problem is that users are unable to revert them. Research results show that Easy Forms Now reassigns web browsers' settings every time users attempt to change. Ultimately users have no choice but to visit search.heasyformsnow.com or search.heasyformsnow.net site every time they open a new browsing tab or search the web via URL bar. Redirects of this type significantly diminish web browsing experience. It is also worth mentioning that search.heasyformsnow.com and search.heasyformsnow.net, as web search engines, are completely useless. Once a search query is entered, these sites redirect users to search.yahoo.com. Users simply end up searching the web via Yahoo - a legitimate search engine. search.heasyformsnow.com and search.heasyformsnow.net themselves do not generate any search results, which means that they give no real value for the user. Another noteworthy thing is information tracking. Easy Forms Now and its promoted fake search engines are designed to gather various information relating to user's web browsing activity. Such apps/websites usually gather IP addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, and other information relating to user's web browsing activity. Collected data is very likely to contain personal details. Yet what's more important is that developers share collected data with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), who attempt to generate revenue by misusing received information. This means that information tracking may lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. We highly recommend to uninstall Easy Forms Now browser hijacker and never return to these sites again.

Threat Summary:
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 52.22.80.150 (search.heasyformsnow.com), 52.44.251.77 (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). User's 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 browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites.
Removal

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There are dozens of browser-hijacking applications that share similarities with Easy Forms Now (e.g., Free Streamz, Fast Weather App, Easy Speed Test App). By offering a huge variety of "useful features" apps like Easy Forms Now attempt (and typically succeed) to create the impression of legitimacy/usefulness. However, such browser hijackers typically have only one purpose: to generate revenue for the developers. Therefore, regular users usually get no real value. Browser-hijacking apps usually do nothing but cause unwanted redirects (promote rogue websites, most of which are fake Internet search engines) and gather various information. Such apps decrease web browsing experience and pose huge threat to user's privacy.

How did Easy Forms Now install on my computer?

Easy Forms Now is free for anyone to download at its official website. Yet, as mentioned above, browser-hijacking applications usually infiltrate the system without a permission. Developers typically proliferate browser hijackers by using intrusive advertisements (delivered by other rogue applications and unreliable sites) and a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Intrusive advertisements are designed to redirect users to malicious websites, as well as run scripts designed to download/install unwanted applications. "Bundling", on the other hand, is a stealth installation of third party applications alongside with the regular software. What developers do is hide "bundled" apps behind "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of third party applications alongside with the regular software. Now the main issue is that users often carelessly click on various advertisements, as well as rush download/installation processes by skipping most of the steps. Users merely expose the system to risk of various infections and put their very own privacy into threat.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent browser-hijacking apps from infiltrating the system users must be very cautious when browsing the Internet downloading/installing software, as well as browsing the Internet in general. You should always carefully analyze every single step of download/installation processes using either "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. While doing so, opt-out additionally included programs and cancel all offers to download/install such. It is advised to download apps only from official sources, using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers are monetized by using the "bundling" method, which is why such tools should never be used. Keep in mind that intrusive advertisements usually look completely appropriate, since developers invest a lot of resources into intrusive ads' design. Luckily, distinguishing is easy, because ads often redirect to unreliable websites, such as gambling, adult dating, pornography, and similar. As mentioned above, intrusive advertisements are often delivered by adware-type applications, which is why users who encounter them frequently should 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:

search.heasyformsnow.net website

Easy Forms Now browser hijacker installer set-up:

Official Easy Forms Now browser hijacker installation setup

Website promoting Easy Forms Now browser hijacker:

Website used to promote 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)

Disable pop-up' notifications in Google Chrome web browser

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"

Disable pop-up' notifications in Android Google Chrome web browser

Mozilla Firefox:

  • 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"

Disable pop-up' notifications in Mozilla Firefox web browser

Internet Explorer:

  • 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

Disable pop-up' notifications in Internet Explorer web browser

Microsoft Edge:

  • 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

Disable pop-up' notifications in Microsoft Edge web browser

Safari (Mac):

  • 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

Disable pop-up' notifications in Safari web browser

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Quick menu:

Easy Forms Now 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.

search.heasyformsnow.com/search.heasyformsnow.net browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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 (which 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:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing search.heasyformsnow.com/search.heasyformsnow.net 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 search.heasyformsnow.com/search.heasyformsnow.net 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://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:

Removing search.heasyformsnow.com/search.heasyformsnow.net 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 "Easy Forms Now".

Optional method:

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.

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 search.heasyformsnow.com/search.heasyformsnow.net 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 "Easy Forms Now" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.heasyformsnow.com/search.heasyformsnow.net 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 "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:

Removing search.heasyformsnow.com/search.heasyformsnow.net 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 "search.heasyformsnow.com" or "search.heasyformsnow.net" 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 search.heasyformsnow.com and search.heasyformsnow.com redirects, 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing search.heasyformsnow.com/search.heasyformsnow.net 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 "Easy Forms Now" (or simply "Forms"), as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.heasyformsnow.com/search.heasyformsnow.net 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 "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:

Removing search.heasyformsnow.com/search.heasyformsnow.net 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: "moz-extension"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

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, 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.

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