Bible Verses Browser Hijacker

Also Known As: search.hbible-verses.app redirect
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Search.hbible-verses.app redirect removal instructions

What is search.hbible-verses.app?

Bible Verses is promoted as a useful app that provides verses from the Bible, however, it is actually a potentially unwanted application (PUA) that operates as a browser hijacker. It promotes search.hbible-verses.app, a dubious (fake) search engine by making changes to browser settings. It also collects information relating to users' browsing activity. Do not trust or use this search engine or any apps of this type.

search.hbible-verses.app browser hijacker

These apps are usually capable of hijacking browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer. Immediately after Bible Verses installation, settings such as homepage, default search engine and new tab URL are changed to search.hbible-verses.app. None of this can be undone or changed, at least not until the Bible Verses app is uninstalled - it prevents changing/undoing settings and forces users to visit search.hbible-verses.app when they open their browsers, new tabs, or search by entering queries into the URL bar. This fake search engine provides results produced by Yahoo - it simply redirects users to search.yahoo.com. In summary, search.hbible-verses.app does not generate any unique results. Another issue with search.hbible-verses.app and the Bible Verses app is that they gather browsing-related data such as IP addresses, geolocations, URLs of visited websites, entered search queries, and so on. Furthermore, people who develop apps/search engines of this type share all recorded information with other parties, some of whom might be cyber criminals. The data is often misused to generate revenue. When Bible Verses is installed it might, therefore, cause problems with browsing safety, online privacy, or even identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name Bible Verses
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Browser Extension(s) Bible Verses, Bible
Supposed Functionality Access to Bible quotes and other similar information.
Detection Names (*-19737812.exe) Avast (Win32:AdwareSig [Adw]), ESET-NOD32 (a variant of Win32/WinWrapper.V potentially unwanted), Kaspersky (not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Win32.WebSearch.gen), Malwarebytes (Adware.BrowserIO), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Promoted URL search.hbible-verses.app
Serving IP Address (search.hbible-verses.app) 54.165.197.118
Affected Browser Settings Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine
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.
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At first most browser hijackers seem such as legitimate browser apps, that is since their developers promote them as useful, useful tools, however, few these apps operate as they supposed to. Most PUAs generate revenue for their developers without providing users with any of the features promised and other value. If there are any apps of this type installed on a browser (or operating system), they should be removed immediately. Here are examples of apps that are categorized as browser hijackers too: Easy Forms Now, MyMapDirections and Songs Search.

How did Bible Verses install on my computer?

In most cases, PUAs are installed through clicked intrusive ads or when software developers use the "bundling" method. People do not generally install these apps intentionally. Developers often bundle unwanted apps into various software setups, however, they do not disclose information about this properly. They hide the details in various setup parts such as "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar settings. This information often goes unnoticed when people download and install software without paying attention to all details.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download software using reputable and official sources. Do not use torrents, third party software downloaders, and other similar sources to download software. These third party downloaders are often monetized by promoting various potentially unwanted applications. Furthermore, ensure that you do not leave any unwanted offers or additional software selected/included. Check all available "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar options/settings, and only then finish the installation. Avoid clicking intrusive ads, especially when visiting dubious websites. Intrusive advertisements often redirect users to gambling, adult dating, pornography, and other untrustworthy websites that might be malicious and cause problems (such as computer infections or privacy issues). If you encounter these advertisements, check installed extensions, plug-ins and add-ons on your web browser or programs on your computer. Uninstall all unwanted/unknown entries immediately. If your computer is already infected with Bible Verses, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Bible Verses browser hijacker installer set-up:

Official Bible Verses browser hijacker installation setup

Website promoting Bible Verses browser hijacker:

Website used to promote Bible Verses browser hijacker

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Quick menu:

Bible Verses 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.hbible-verses.app browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the search.hbible-verses.app website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Bible Verses browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects (Windows OS):

Video showing how to remove Bible Verses browser hijacker using Combo Cleaner (MacOS):

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing search.hbible-verses.app 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.hbible-verses.app 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.hbible-verses.app 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.hbible-verses.app 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 "Bible Verses".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.hbible-verses.app redirect, 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.hbible-verses.app 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 "Bible Verses" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.hbible-verses.app 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 "Bible Verses", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search.hbible-verses.app) 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.hbible-verses.app 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.hbible-verses.app", 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 search.hbible-verses.app redirect, 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 search.hbible-verses.app 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 "Bible Verses" (or simply "Bible"), as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.hbible-verses.app 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 "Bible Verses" (or simply "Bible") remove hxxp://search.hbible-verses.app and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.hbible-verses.app 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.hbible-verses.app redirect 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 (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage and new tab settings:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".

Change your default Internet search engine:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 3

To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon Microsoft Edge (Chromium) puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.hbible-verses.app redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset 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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