How to remove vnse52.xyz from browser settings

Also Known As: vnse52.xyz browser hijacker
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

vnse52.xyz redirect removal instructions

What is vnse52.xyz?

vnse52.xyz is a fake search engine and promoted through a number of browser hijackers. One example is called APP. Browser hijackers are potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) that most people download and install inadvertently. In most cases, PUAs change browser settings and record browsing data, however, research shows that APP does not make these changes. Regardless, apps of this type should never be used. Furthermore, APP is related to another PUA called QIP.

vnse52.xyz browser hijacker

Typically, browser hijackers promote fake search engines by changing settings such as the address of the default search engine, homepage, and new tab. They also prevent users from modifying these settings or undoing the changes. In summary, people who have browsers hijacked by PUAs are forced to visit the address of a specific fake search engine when they open a browser/new window, tab, or enter search queries into the URL bar. In this case, users of APP (or other browser hijackers that promote the same fake search engine) are forced to regularly visit vnse52.xyz. To stop vnse52.xyz from being opened, you must uninstall APP or other PUA that changed the aforementioned settings to this address. Note that vnse52.xyz is opened through another dubious address (searchxp.xyz). Furthermore, browser hijackers and fake search engines usually record information relating to users' browsing activity. For example, addresses of visited websites, IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, etc. Some record personal information. In any case, developers misuse all collected data to generate revenue and often share it with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who do the same. In summary, a browser hijacker can be the reason behind problems with browsing safety, privacy or even identity theft. If your browser is hijacked by a PUA, uninstall it immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name vnse52.xyz browser hijacker
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab.
Browser Extension(s) APP and others.
Supposed Functionality Typically, apps that promote fake search engines supposedly enhance the browsing experience.
Affected Browser Settings Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine.
Detection Names Forcepoint ThreatSeeker (Suspicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal).
Serving IP Address 104.27.166.61
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.
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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As mentioned, most browser hijackers promote fake search engines by changing certain browser settings and gathering data. People who download and install these apps usually expect them to be useful in some way. Unfortunately, most PUAs deliver no real value and simply cause problems. They are designed only to help developers to generate revenue. For these reasons, do not download or install apps of this type. Examples of other PUAs classified as browser hijackers include All Day Forecast, Great File Converter, and Listen To Live Radio.

How did vnse52.xyz install on my computer?

In most cases, people download and/or install PUAs by accidentally or intentionally clicking certain deceptive ads, or when they download or install programs without checking the set-ups. Developers often distribute PUAs by including them into the download and/or installation set-ups of other software (these apps are presented as additional offers). Typically, the offers can be found in settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", and so on. Unfortunately, many people fail to check or change the settings, thereby allowing PUAs to be downloaded and/or installed through the set-ups of other software by default.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Programs and files should be downloaded from official websites and via direct download links. Sources such as unofficial pages, Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule, etc.), third party downloaders, installers, and so on, should not be used to download or install software. Check settings of all download/installation set-ups for any offers to download or install additional, unwanted software. These offers should be dismissed before finishing the process. Do not click intrusive ads. They often redirect people to dubious websites or cause unwanted downloads/installations. If unwanted advertisements appear on most visited pages and/or the browser opens untrustworthy websites automatically, a PUA might be installed. In such cases, remove all unwanted, dubious apps (extensions, plug-ins or add-ons) that are installed on the browser, and programs of this kind that are 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.

Appearance of a hijacked browser that redirects users to vnse52.xyz through searchxp.xyz (GIF):

hijacked browser opens vnse52.xyz

Download website of a PUA (Flash SD App) that is designed to promote vnse52.xyz:

Download website of a sady app that promotes vnse52.xyz

Another download website of a PUA that is designed to promote vnse52.xyz:

download website of unwanted app that is designed to promote vnse52.xyz

APP asks permission to access various data:

APP asks for permission to read and change various data

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Quick menu:

vnse52.xyz redirect 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.

vnse52.xyz browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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 vnse52.xyz website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

vnse52.xyz redirect removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing vnse52.xyz 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 (like "APP"), select these entries and click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing vnse52.xyz 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://vnse52.xyz 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 vnse52.xyz 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 "APP" or other unwanted app.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the vnse52.xyz 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.

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 vnse52.xyz 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons (like "APP") and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing vnse52.xyz 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 "APP", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.vnse52.xyz) 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 vnse52.xyz 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 "vnse52.xyz", 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 vnse52.xyz browser hijacker, 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 vnse52.xyz 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 all recently installed browser plug-ins such as "APP" and others.

Change your homepage:

Removing vnse52.xyz 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 "APP" and/or other PUA, remove hxxp://vnse52.xyz and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing vnse52.xyz 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: "vnse52.xyz"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with vnse52.xyz 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, 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 vnse52.xyz browser hijacker, 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.

Removal assistance:
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