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Remove Get Free Translations unwanted app

Also Known As: search.hgetfreetranslations.com redirect
Damage level: Medium

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).

search.hgetfreetranslations.com browser hijacker

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.

Threat Summary:
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.
Promoted URL search.hgetfreetranslations.com
Serving IP Address (search.hgetfreetranslations.com) 54.145.242.152
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.
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Get Free Translations is similar to many other browser hijackers. Some examples are Transit Schedules, Universal Converter, and Your Transit Info Now Pro.

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:

Official Get Free Translations browser hijacker installation setup

Website promoting Get Free Translations browser hijacker:

Website used to promote Get Free Translations browser hijacker

Screenshot of Get Free Translations download page asking for various permissions:

Get Free Translations downlaod webiste aksk for permissions

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Quick menu:

Get Free Translations browser hijacker removal:

Windows 11 users:

Accessing Apps and Features in Windows 11

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:

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.

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.

macOS (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.hgetfreetranslations.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing search.hgetfreetranslations.com 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.hgetfreetranslations.com 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.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:

Removing search.hgetfreetranslations.com 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 "Get Free Translations".

Optional method:

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.

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.hgetfreetranslations.com 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 "Get Free Translations" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons (like "Hide My Searches"), and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.hgetfreetranslations.com 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 "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:

Removing search.hgetfreetranslations.com 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.hgetfreetranslations.com" (and "hidemysearches.com"), 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.hgetfreetranslations.com 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.hgetfreetranslations.com 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 "Get Free Translations" (or simply "translations"), as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.hgetfreetranslations.com 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 "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:

Removing search.hgetfreetranslations.com 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.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, 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.hgetfreetranslations.com 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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