What is Get Free Translations?
Get Free Translations is the name of an app that supposedly gives quick access to various free translation tools. The app apparently translates any website and provides access to many language resources, however, it is actually a browser hijacker that changes browser settings to promote a fake search engine (search.hgetfreetranslations.com).
Developers distribute Get Free Translations with another dubious app called Hide My Searches. Typically, people download and install these apps inadvertently. Therefore, they are known as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
To promote the search.hgetfreetranslations.com fake search engine, Get Free Translations appoints this address as the default search engine, homepage, and new tab URL. In most cases, browser hijackers are installed on more than one browser. I.e., Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and/or Internet Explorer.
As long as this browser hijacker is installed, it forces people to visit a certain address when they open a browser (new window), new tab, or enter search queries into the URL bar.
Generally, apps of this type do not allow users to change the appointed settings - the only way to undo or modify them is to uninstall the app that hijacked the browser (in this case, Get Free Translations). Most search engines that are promoted through browser hijackers are fake, since they generate no unique results.
They simply redirect users to another, usually legitimate search engine and use its results. In this case, search.hgetfreetranslations.com redirects users to search.yahoo.com (a search engine owned by Yahoo). Furthermore, Get Free Translations records information relating to users' browsing habits/activities.
Typically, browser hijackers collect details such as IP addresses, addresses of visited websites, geolocations, entered search queries (and other data of this kind).
The data might also include personal, sensitive information. People who develop browser hijackers usually share all details with other parties, potentially cyber criminals who misuse private data to generate revenue. Therefore, PUAs such as Get Free Translations (and Hide My Searches) should be uninstalled immediately.
|Name||Get Free Translations|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Detection Names (*-24096170.exe)||Avast (Win32:AdwareSig [Adw]), Emsisoft (Application.Toolbar (A)), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/WinWrapper.V Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Win32.WebSearch.gen), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Browser Extension(s)||Get Free Translations, translations|
|Supposed Functionality||This app supposedly gives quick access to various free translation tools.|
|Serving IP Address (search.hgetfreetranslations.com)||18.104.22.168|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.|
|Additional Information||Get Free Translations is distributed together with another browser hijacker called Hide My Searches.|
|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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Developers advertise them as legitimate, useful apps that supposedly provide various features (such as access to free translation tools), however, they are useless (do not deliver the functions advertised) and cause various problems with browsing safety, privacy, and so on. It is possible that some could be used to steal users' identities.
How did Get Free Translations install on my computer?
People often download and/or install potentially unwanted applications accidentally when the PUAs are added to download/installation set-ups of other software. In most cases, information about these additional downloads/installations can be found in setup settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", or "Manual".
When software is downloaded or installed without checking and changing these settings, PUAs are granted permission to be downloaded and installed. Adding PUAs into set-ups is known as "bundling", a deceptive marketing method that developers use to trick people into downloading and installing unwanted apps with regular software.
In other cases, PUAs are downloaded/installed when people click deceptive ads that run certain scripts. These scripts start the download or installation process of an unwanted program.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Download files and programs from official websites and avoid downloading from unknown, unofficial websites, various third party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks, and so on. Tools such as third party installers should not be used. Install programs properly, check "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar settings, and dismiss offers to download or install unwanted apps.
Do not trust intrusive ads, especially if they are displayed on dubious pages (relating to gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on). These ads open potentially malicious websites or trigger download/installation of unwanted programs. Typically, browsers open dubious web pages or display unwanted ads when PUAs are installed on them.
If this is the case, remove unwanted or unknown extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons from the browser, and programs of this kind from the computer (operating system). If your computer is already infected with Get Free Translations, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Get Free Translations browser hijacker installation setup:
Website promoting Get Free Translations browser hijacker:
Screenshot of Get Free Translations download page asking for various permissions:
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- What is Get Free Translations?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Get Free Translations application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.hgetfreetranslations.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Get Free Translations browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.hgetfreetranslations.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove search.hgetfreetranslations.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Get Free Translations browser hijacker removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 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.
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.
macOS (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, "Get Free Translations"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the search.hgetfreetranslations.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Get Free Translations browser hijacker 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://search.hgetfreetranslations.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 "Get Free Translations".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.hgetfreetranslations.com 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.
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 "Get Free Translations" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons (like "Hide My Searches"), 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 "Get Free Translations" (and "Hide My Searches"), look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search.hgetfreetranslations.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 "search.hgetfreetranslations.com" (and "hidemysearches.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 search.hgetfreetranslations.com redirect, 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 "Get Free Translations" (or simply "translations"), 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 "Get Free Translations" (or simply "translations"), remove hxxp://search.hgetfreetranslations.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: "moz-extension"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with search.hgetfreetranslations.com redirect 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 search.hgetfreetranslations.com redirect, 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.
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