What is Breaking News Plus?
The Breaking News Plus app is advertised to allow quick access to various news websites from a new tab page. In fact, Breaking News Plus is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA), a browser hijacker, since it promotes a fake search engine (search.hbreakingnewsplus.com) by changing browser settings.
It is very likely that people download and install this PUA inadvertently. Furthermore, browser hijackers often gather data relating to users' browsing activities.
Breaking News Plus promotes search.hbreakingnewsplus.com by appointing it as the address of the default search engine, homepage, and new tab. It ensures that this address is opened in a browser, new tab and when users enter search queries into the URL bar.
Note that search.hbreakingnewsplus.com is a fake search engine, since it provides results generated by Yahoo and simply redirects users to search.yahoo.com. Therefore, search.hbreakingnewsplus.com does not generate unique results, thus rendering it useless.
Like most browser hijackers, Breaking News Plus prevents users from removing the address of its fake search engine from the aforementioned settings as long as it is installed. Therefore, the only way to stop search.hbreakingnewsplus.com from being opened regularly by the hijacked browser is to uninstall Breaking News Plus.
This app should be removed, since it operates as an information tracking tool. Typically, browser hijackers collect browsing data such as IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses of visited pages, geolocations, etc. In some cases, they gather sensitive details as well.
Developers generate revenue by selling the data to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) or in other criminal ways. This puts users at risk of problems relating to privacy, browsing safety or even identity theft. Therefore, browser hijackers (and other PUAs) should never be downloaded or installed.
|Name||Breaking News Plus|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab.|
|Detection Names||Avast (Win32:AdwareSig [Adw]), AVG (Win32:AdwareSig [Adw]), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/WinWrapper.V Potentially Unwanted), TrendMicro (Adware.Win32.WinWrapper.A), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Browser Extension(s)||Bereaking News Plus|
|Supposed Functionality||Quick access to various news pages.|
|Serving IP Address (search.hbreakingnewsplus.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.|
|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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How did Breaking News Plus install on my computer?
In most cases, people download and install browser hijackers (and other PUAs) when they click deceptive advertisements or download/install various programs without checking settings within the set-ups. People are often tricked into downloading and installing PUAs when developers distribute them using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling".
I.e., when developers include unwanted apps into the set-ups of regular software. Generally, offers to download and install unwanted apps appear in settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", and so on. When people download and install software without checking or changing these settings, they often allow PUAs to infiltrate.
PUA downloads and installations can also be caused by clicking intrusive ads that execute certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
We recommend that you download and install programs from official, trustworthy websites only. Avoid third party downloaders, installers, Peer to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule, etc.), dubious websites or other similar sources, tools.
Check settings ("Advanced", "Custom") of all download/installation setups and dismiss offers to download or install unwanted, additionally-included applications. Do not click advertisements that are displayed on untrusted websites, since they can open untrusted pages or download/install unwanted software.
If you believe that a PUA is already installed, check extensions, plug-ins and add-ons installed on the browser and remove unwanted, unknown, suspicious entries immediately. The same should be performed with programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system.
If your computer is already infected with Breaking News Plus, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Website promoting Breaking News Plus browser hijacker:
Breaking News Plus browser hijacker installer set-up:
Breaking News Plus asks permission to read and change various data:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Breaking News Plus?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Breaking News Plus application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.hbreakingnewsplus.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Breaking News Plus browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.hbreakingnewsplus.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove search.hbreakingnewsplus.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Breaking News Plus 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, "Breaking News Plus"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the search.hbreakingnewsplus.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Breaking News 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://search.hbreakingnewsplus.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 "Breaking News Plus".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.hbreakingnewsplus.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 "Breaking News 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 "Breaking News Plus", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search.hbreakingnewsplus.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.hbreakingnewsplus.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 search.hbreakingnewsplus.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 "Breaking News 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 "Breaking News Plus", remove hxxp://search.hbreakingnewsplus.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 search.hbreakingnewsplus.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.hbreakingnewsplus.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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