Classsifieds List App browser hijacker removal instructions
What is Classsifieds List App?
Classsifieds List App is a rogue application advertised as a tool for providing easy access to popular classified ads. It operates as a browser hijacker by making changes to browser settings without users' consent. Classsifieds List App promotes search.hclassifiedslist1.com (a fake search engine). Additionally, this app tracks data relating to users' browsing habits. Due to its dubious distribution methods, Classsifieds List App is also categorized as a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA). Note that it is often distributed together the Hide My Searches PUA.
Browser hijackers are usually designed to target Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and other popular browsers. Once successfully infiltrated, they reassign the homepage, default search engine, and new tab/window URL to the addresses of their fake web searchers. With Classsifieds List App installed, each new browser tab/window opened and each search query typed into the URL bar redirects to search.hclassifiedslist1.com. Typically, fake search engines are unable to provide unique results. They simply redirect to (or cause redirection chains ending with) a legitimate search engine. In the case of search.hclassifiedslist1.com, it redirects to search.yahoo.com. These changes may initially seem to be a minor nuisance and easy to rectify, however, access to browser settings can be limited or even denied - any permissible changes made, automatically reset. Therefore, the browser hijacker must be removed to recover the affected browser. As mentioned, Classsifieds List App has data tracking capabilities, which is a common capability of these apps. It monitors browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc.) and collects users' personal information (IP addresses, geolocations, and other details). This sensitive data is then shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), who misuse it for financial gain. The presence of data tracking content on systems can thus lead to serious privacy issues, financial loss, and even identity theft. To ensure browser, system integrity, and user safety, remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.
|Name||Classsifieds List App.|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab.|
|Detection Names||Avast (Win32:AdwareSig [Adw]), DrWeb (Adware.Spigot.145), 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)||Classsifieds List App, Classifieds.|
|Serving IP Address (search.hclassifiedslist1.com)||188.8.131.52|
|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||Classsifieds List App is distributed 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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Most browser hijackers share certain similarities. For example, Local Classifieds Hub, Parcel Finder, and Get Directions Now are identical to Classsifieds List App. Most PUAs share common traits. Unwanted content may seem legitimate and often lures users to install by offering "useful" features, however, these features are rarely functional. The only purpose of PUAs is to generate revenue for the developers, whilst regular users receive no value. Rather than working as advertised, these applications hijack browsers, cause redirects to dubious and malicious websites, run intrusive ad campaigns (pop-ups, banners, coupons, etc.), and track private data.
How did Classsifieds List App install on my computer?
Classsifieds List App has an "official" download web page, however, PUAs can also be installed together with regular software. This deceptive marketing method of pre-packing regular programs with unwanted or malicious content is called "bundling". By rushing through the download and installation processes (ignoring terms, skipping steps, using pre-set options, etc.), many users endanger their devices with potential system infiltration and infections. Another mode of proliferation is via intrusive ads. Once clicked, these ads can execute scripts designed to download/install PUAs.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Research software and content to verify its legitimacy, before downloading/installing. Use only trustworthy and verified download channels. Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.), unofficial and free file-hosting websites, third party downloaders and similar sources are classed as untrustworthy and should not be used. Download and installation processes should be treated with caution. Read the terms, explore all possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" options, and decline offers to download/install additional apps, tools, features, etc. While usually hosted by dubious web pages, intrusive advertisements often seem normal and harmless, however, once clicked they can redirect to dubious sites (e.g. gambling, adult-dating, pornography, and others). If you encounter ads/redirects of this type, inspect the device and remove all suspect applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Classsifieds List App, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Classsifieds List App browser hijacker installer set-up:
Classsifieds List App browser hijacker asking for various permissions:
Website promoting Classsifieds List App browser hijacker:
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- What is Classsifieds List App?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Classsifieds List App application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.hclassifiedslist1.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Classsifieds List App browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.hclassifiedslist1.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove search.hclassifiedslist1.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Classsifieds List App browser hijacker 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 (for example, "Classsifieds List App"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the search.hclassifiedslist1.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Classsifieds List App 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.hclassifiedslist1.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 "Classsifieds List App".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.hclassifiedslist1.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 "Classsifieds List App" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons (e.g., "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 "Classsifieds List App" or "Hide My Searches", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://search.hclassifiedslist1.com or hxxps://hidemysearches.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 "hxxp://search.hclassifiedslist1.com" and "hxxp://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.hclassifiedslist1.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 "Classsifieds List App" (or simply "Classifieds"), as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins (e.g., "Hide My Searches").
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 "Classsifieds List App" (or simply "Classifieds") or "Hide My Searches", remove hxxp://search.hclassifiedslist1.com or hxxp://hidemysearches.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.hclassifiedslist1.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.hclassifiedslist1.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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove search.hclassifiedslist1.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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