How to stop a browser from opening hecktasit.club?

Also Known As: hecktasit.club browser hijacker
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to remove hecktasit.club browser hijacker from Mac?

What is hecktasit.club?

Hecktasit.club is an address of a fake search engine and a website that, if accessed directly, opens nicetab.live. Nicetab.live is a download page of the NiceTab StartPage browser hijacker. Typically, fake search engines are promoted through rogue downloaders, installers that are designed to modify browser settings. In other words, people usually do not use fake search engines on purpose. Also, most of them are designed to collect information related to user's browsing habits/activities.

hecktasit.club browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Rogue downloaders and installers that are associated with hecktasit.club fake search engine promote it by changing browser's settings. In most cases they change address of a default search engine, homepage and new tab. In this case these settings get changed to nicetab.live. However, it setups that promote nicetab.live may not always make changes in browser's settings. However, a hijacked browser would still detect when users enter search queries and redirect them to nicetab.live. This fake search engine does not generate unique results, it redirects its users to Google (provides search results generated by a legitimate search engine). It is worth mentioning that most rogue setups are designed to install "helper objects" (extensions, plug-ins or add-ons) that prevent users from undoing changes that were made by them. In other words, those "helper objects" do not allow users to remove a certain address (like nicetab.live) from the aforementioned settings. Typically, it can be done only after their removal. Furthermore, both nicetab.live and "helper objects" are designed to collect browsing data. For example, IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses of visited pages, geolocations, and so on. There is always a possibility that recorded data may contain personal, sensitive information as well. As if it were not enough, people behind fake search engines (and apps that promote them) tend to sell gathered information to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue in other ways. It means that users are exposed at risk of problems related to browsing safety, privacy, or even identity theft. If nicetab.live gets opened while browsing the web with a default browser, then all unwanted apps (extensions, plug-ins and/or add-ons) that are installed on it should be removed as soon as possible. It is also worth mentioning that the same browser hijacking setup that promotes nicetab.live is used to promote mc.fastsearch.me too.

Threat Summary:
Name hecktasit.club browser hijacker
Threat Type Browser hijacker, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Full List (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 162.255.119.130
Symptoms Your Mac became slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you get redirected to shady websites.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.
Damage Internet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites, loss of private information.
Removal

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There is a great number of various fake search engines on the Internet. They supposed to improve browsing experience and sometimes provide users with some useful features. However, fake search engines do not deliver any value for regular users. As a rule, they are designed only to redirect users to shady pages and gather various information. People who use search engines of this kind risk to experience various problems. Therefore, no fake search can be trusted/should be used.

How did hecktasit.club install on my computer?

Developers promote fake search engines through rogue downloaders and/or installers (download and/or installation setups). This deceptive promotion method is called "bundling". This method is used to trick people into allowing to change browser's settings and/or install unwanted software. As a rule, information about modifications of browser's settings are placed in "Custom, "Advanced" and other similar settings of various download and/or installation setups. When people download and install programs without checking those settings they allow rogue downloaders and/or installers to change browser's settings (download, install various unwanted software). Deceptive ads can lead to unwanted downloads and/or installations as well. However, only when people click them and they are designed to execute certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is not recommended to download (and install) through unofficial websites, Peer-to-Peer networks like torrent clients, eMule, third party downloaders, installers and other channels of this kind. The safest way to download files and programs is by using official websites and direct links. Also, it is important to check all settings that are available in any download or installation setup and decline offers to download and/or install unwanted (additionally included) software and/or change browser's settings. Intrusive ads, that are displayed on dubious websites should not be trusted (clicked). They redirect people to untrustworthy websites or cause unwanted downloads, installations. To stop a browser from opening untrustworthy sites and/or showing ads it is required to uninstall all unwanted, unknown or suspicious extensions, plug-ins or add-ons that are installed on it. Software of this kind that is installed on the operating system should be uninstalled too. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Rogue installer which is designed to promote hecktasit.club:

installer that promotes hecktasit.club fake search engine

When accessed directly, hecktasit.club opens nicetab.live (GIF):

hecktasit.club leads to a website promoting NicetTab Startpage browser hijacker

IMPORTANT NOTE! Rogue setups/apps that promote the hecktasit.club website are designed to create a new device profile. Therefore, before taking any further removal steps, perform these actions:
1) Click the "Preferences" icon in the menu bar and select "Profiles"

hecktasit.club preferences step 1

2) Select the "MC Search" profile and delete it.

hecktasit.club preferences step 2

3) Perform a full system scan with Combo Cleaner anti-virus suite.

After performing these actions, you can proceed with further removal steps for this browser hijacker.

Instant automatic removal of hecktasit.club browser hijacker: Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of hecktasit.club browser hijacker. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

hecktasit.club redirect removal:

Remove hecktasit.club related potentially unwanted applications from your "Applications" folder:

mac browser hijacker removal from applications folder

Click the Finder icon. In the Finder window, select "Applications". In the applications folder, look for "MPlayerX", "NicePlayer", or other suspicious applications and drag them to the Trash. After removing the potentially unwanted application(s) that cause online ads, scan your Mac for any remaining unwanted components.

Remove hecktasit.club browser hijacker related files and folders:

Finder go to folder command

Click the Finder icon, from the menu bar, choose Go, and click Go to Folder...

step1Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from launch agents folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from launch agents folder step 2
In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step2Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/Application Support folder:

removing adware from application support folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/Application Support

removing adware from application support folder step 2
In the “Application Support” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious folders. For example, “MplayerX” or “NicePlayer”, and move these folders to the Trash.

step3Check for adware-generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 1


In the Go to Folder bar, type: ~/Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 2

In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step4Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons folder:

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 1
In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 2
In the “LaunchDaemons” folder, look for recently-added suspicious files. For example, “com.aoudad.net-preferences.plist”, “com.myppes.net-preferences.plist”, "com.kuklorest.net-preferences.plist”, “com.avickUpd.plist”, etc., and move them to the Trash.

step 5 Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps in the correct order you Mac should be clean of infections. To be sure your system is not infected run a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus. Download it HERE. After downloading the file double click combocleaner.dmg installer, in the opened window drag and drop Combo Cleaner icon on top of the Applications icon. Now open your launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon. Wait until Combo Cleaner updates it's virus definition database and click "Start Combo Scan" button.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-1

Combo Cleaner will scan your Mac for malware infections. If the antivirus scan displays "no threats found" - this means that you can continue with the removal guide, otherwise it's recommended to remove any found infections before continuing.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-2

After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

hecktasit.club browser hijacker homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove hecktasit.club browser hijacker related Safari extensions:

safari browser preferences

Open Safari browser. From the menu bar, select "Safari" and click "Preferences...".

safari extensions window

In the preferences window, select "Extensions" and look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions. When located, click the "Uninstall" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Safari browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

Change your homepage:

changing homepage in safari browser

In the "Preferences" window, select the "General" tab. To set your homepage, type the preferred website URL (for example: www.google.com) in the Homepage field. You can also click the “Set to Current Page” button if you wish to set your homepage to the website you are currently visiting.

Change your default search engine:

changing the default Internet search engine in Safari browser

In the "Preferences" window, select the "Search" tab. Here you will find a drop-down menu labelled "Search engine:" Simply select your preferred search engine from the drop-down list.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

firefox browser iconRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove hecktasit.club browser hijacker related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:

accessing mozilla firefox add-ons

Open your Mozilla Firefox browser. At the top right corner of the screen, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button. From the opened menu, choose "Add-ons".

removing malicious add-ons from mozilla firefox

Choose the "Extensions" tab and look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Remove" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Mozilla Firefox browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

Change your homepage:

changing mozilla firefox homepage

To change your homepage, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Preferences" from the drop-down menu. To set your homepage, type the preferred website URL (for example: www.google.com) in the Homepage Page.

Change default search engine:

mozilla firefox about config

In the URL address bar, type "about:config" and click the "I'll be careful, I promise!" button.

changing mozilla firefox default Internet search engine

In the "Search:" field, type the name of the browser hijacker. Right click on each of the found preferences and click "Reset" from the drop-down menu.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

chrome-browser-iconRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove hecktasit.club browser hijacker related Google Chrome add-ons:

removing malicious google chrome extensions step 1

Open Google Chrome and click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button located in the top-right corner of the browser window. From the drop-down menu, choose "More Tools" and select "Extensions".

removing malicious Google Chrome extensions step 2

In the "Extensions" window, look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Trash" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Google Chrome browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

Change your homepage:

changing Google Chrome homepage

Click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Settings". In the "On Startup" section, click the "Set pages" link near to the "Open a specific page or set of pages" option. Remove the URL of the browser hijacker (for example trovi.com) and enter your preferred URL (for example, google.com).

Change default search engine:

changing the default Internet search engine in Google Chrome

Click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Settings". In the "Search" section, click the "Manage search engines..." button. In the opened window, remove the unwanted Internet search engine by clicking the "X" button next to it. Select your preferred Internet search engine from the list and click the "Make default" button next to it.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.

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Tomas Meskauskas

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