Informationvine.com redirect removal instructions
What is informationvine.com?
informationvine.com is a search engine developed by the company that developed the legitimate Ask search engine (search.ask.com). It displays results identical to the Google search engine, however, they contain various non-secure advertisements. Note that informationvine.com is promoted by rogue apps (browser extensions), which are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
One of the rogue browser extensions that promoted informationvine.com was YouTube Queue (now removed from Chrome Web Store). To achieve this, Youtube Queue misused webRequestBlocking API to redirect users' queries from a legitimate search engine to informationvine.com. There are other extensions that still promote this search engine by changing browser settings. In this case, after installation, the rogue app reassigns the default search engine, homepage, and new tab URL address. Therefore, these apps hijack browsers and force users to visit the informationvine.com website/search engine when they open browsers, enter search queries into the URL bar, or open new tabs. Additionally, extensions that promote informationvine.com force users to visit the site even when they search directly from a specific search engine, for example, Yahoo (search.yahoo.com). Before opening informationvine.com, the browser opens search.croowila.com, which immediately redirects to informationvine.com. PUAs that modify browser settings often prevent users from undoing the changes. Furthermore, they often gather browsing-related information such as IP addresses, geolocations, URLs of visited websites, entered search queries, and so on. Developers send this data to other people who misuse it to generate revenue. If there are unwanted apps installed on your browser or operating system, remove them immediately.
|Name||informationvine.com browser hijacker|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|Serving IP Address||184.108.40.206|
|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.|
|Additional Information||informationvine.com is developed by a legitimate company, however, it displays identical results to Google's. Note, however, that the results contain additional advertisements.|
|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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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As mentioned, informationvine.com is developed by a legitimate company, however, it is promoted by rogue apps. Some examples of other apps that behave in a similar manner include Fast Login Email Now, Quick Email Login, and Watch Your TV Shows Now. In this particular case, developers generate revenue by including advertisements into the search results provided by informationvine.com. It is unknown whether these ads are legitimate and might be designed to open dubious/malicious websites.
How did informationvine.com install on my computer?
Unwanted apps usually infiltrate browsers or systems through intrusive advertisements or download/installation set-ups of other software. Developers include (bundle) unwanted apps into software set-ups and hide related information in "Custom", "Advanced", or other settings of this kind. This increases the chance that PUAs will go unnoticed, thus allowing them to be downloaded/installed with other software. In other cases, PUAs are installed through intrusive, dubious ads, some of which execute scripts that download or install unwanted apps. Note that these ads cannot perform any functions unless they are clicked.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Download and install software properly, especially if it is free. Do not use third party installers and check all the available options (such as "Custom", "Advanced"). Opt-out of additionally-included apps and only then complete the setup. Do not download programs from unofficial pages, using third party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks and other such tools. Do not trust intrusive ads, especially if they are displayed on dubious websites. If clicked, they often cause redirects to other dubious web pages or even cause unwanted downloads/installations. If a browser causes unwanted redirects, or ads appear whilst browsing the web, check for unwanted apps installed on your default browser. All suspicious extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins must be removed immediately. The same applies to any unwanted programs installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate it.
Screenshot of Google Chrome warning users that Youtube Queue is able to read and change visited website data:
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- What is informationvine.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall unwanted applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove informationvine.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove informationvine.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove informationvine.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove informationvine.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
informationvine.com redirect 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, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the informationvine.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
informationvine.com redirect removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
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://informationvine.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:
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 "informationvine.com".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the informationvine.com 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.
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 all 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, look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.informationvine.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:
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 "informationvine.com", 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 informationvine.com browser hijacker, 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 all 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, remove hxxp://informationvine.com 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: "informationvine.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with informationvine.com 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, 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 extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge 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:
Click the Edge 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:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge 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 near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the informationvine.com browser hijacker, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
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.
- 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 informationvine.com browser hijacker from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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