nJoyMusic Search Plus browser hijacker removal instructions
What is nJoyMusic Search Plus?
nJoyMusic Search Plus is a browser hijacker, which is advertised as a tool for easy access to music-related content and providing other unique features. Following successful infiltration, however, it modifies browsers to promote musix.eanswers.com (a fake search engine). nJoyMusic Search Plus also has data tracking capabilities, which it employs to monitor users' browsing activity. Furthermore, due to its dubious proliferation methods, it is also categorized as a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA).
Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and other browsers with large user bases are popular targets of browser hijackers. They assign the addresses of their bogus search engines as the homepage, default search engine and new tab/window URL. nJoyMusic Search Plus promotes musix.eanswers.com in this fashion. Therefore, each new browser tab/window opened and each search query typed into the URL bar redirects to musix.eanswers.com. Furthermore, fake search engines usually cannot provide unique results and simply redirect to (or cause redirection chains ending with) a legitimate site such as Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc. The search engine promoted by nJoyMusic Search Plus is no different: musix.eanswers.com redirects to search.yahoo.com. Recovering the hijacked browser is impossible without removing the hijacker, since any changes users try to make to browsers are reset (if access to settings is allowed at all). Browser hijackers commonly have data tracking capabilities, and this also applies to nJoyMusic Search Plus, which gathers URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, IP addresses, geolocations and other details. This private data is then shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) intent on misusing it for financial gain. In summary, installed software capable of data-tracking can lead to serious privacy issues, financial loss and even identity theft. To protect browser and system integrity, and ensure user safety, you are advised to remove all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins without delay.
|Name||nJoyMusic Search Plus|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab.|
|Browser Extension(s)||NJoyMusic Search Plus|
|Supposed Functionality||Supposedly provides easy access to music-related content.|
|Detection Names (musix.eanswers.com)
||Dr.Web (Malicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address (musix.eanswers.com)||184.108.40.206|
|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.|
|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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PDF Converter App, Weather Forecaster, Office Tool Downloads are examples of other browser hijackers. They may have a legitimate appearance, but they can lead to many issues. People are often tempted to download/install them through offers of "useful" features, which are usually nonoperational. In fact, this extends to most PUAs. Unwanted software/content is not designed for user convenience, but simply to generate revenue for the developers. PUAs operate by hijacking browsers, force-opening untrustworthy and malicious sites, delivering intrusive ads (pop-ups, banners, surveys, etc.) and collecting private data.
How did nJoyMusic Search Plus install on my computer?
Like nJoyMusic Search Plus, some PUAs have "official" download web pages, however, they can also be downloaded/installed together with other products. "Bundling" is the term used to describe this deceptive marketing tactic of packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions. Ignoring terms, skipping steps and sections, and using presets endangers devices with potential infiltration and infection. Intrusive ads also proliferate these apps - once clicked, they can execute scripts to download/install PUAs without users' consent.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
You are advised to research all products to verify legitimacy, before download/installation. Use only official and trustworthy download channels. Untrustworthy download sources such as Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.), free file-hosting websites and other third party downloaders should be avoided, as they can offer deceptive and/or bundled content. Approach download and installation processes with caution. Read the terms, study all possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out of download/installation of additional apps, tools, features and so on. Intrusive advertisements often seem normal and innocuous, however, they generate redirects to dubious pages (e.g. gambling, adult-dating, pornography, etc.). If you experience these ads/redirects, check the system and immediately remove all dubious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with nJoyMusic Search Plus, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
nJoyMusic Search Plus browser hijacker asking for various permissions:
Website promoting nJoyMusic Search Plus browser hijacker:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is nJoyMusic Search Plus?
- STEP 1. Uninstall nJoyMusic Search Plus application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove musix.eanswers.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove nJoyMusic Search Plus browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove musix.eanswers.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove musix.eanswers.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
nJoyMusic Search Plus 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, "nJoyMusic Search Plus"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the musix.eanswers.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
nJoyMusic Search Plus 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://musix.eanswers.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 "nJoyMusic Search Plus".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the musix.eanswers.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 "nJoyMusic Search Plus" and other 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, disable "nJoyMusic Search Plus", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.musix.eanswers.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 "musix.eanswers.com", 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 musix.eanswers.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 "nJoyMusic Search Plus", 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 "nJoyMusic Search Plus", remove hxxp://musix.eanswers.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: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the button.
Computer users who have problems with musix.eanswers.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 musix.eanswers.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 musix.eanswers.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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