What is biosc.xyz?
biosc.xyz is the address of a fake search engine, which is promoted through at least two browser hijackers called DISI APP and SApp+, Vitos APP. Generally, browser hijackers promote fake search engines by modifying browser settings. Additionally, apps of this type can often record data.
Few users download or install browser hijackers intentionally - this is caused inadvertently through rogue apps. Therefore, browser hijackers are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
Most browser hijackers promote fake search engines by changing browser settings such as the address of the default search engine, new tab and homepage. DISI APP and SApp+ assign them to biosc.xyz. Therefore, users who have these apps installed on browsers visit biosc.xyz when they open a browser, enter search queries into the URL bar or open new tabs.
Note that, on Chrome, biosc.xyz is opened via bytsm.xyz and, on Firefox, it is opened via searchmes.xyz, or a number of other dubious addresses. Commonly, fake search engines generate misleading results and this is likely to be the case with biosc.xyz as well.
Typically, the addresses assigned by browser hijackers cannot be removed from the settings as long as the rogue apps are installed on browsers and/or operating systems. In this case, biosc.xyz can be avoided by uninstalling the DISI APP and SApp+ applications.
This is not the only reason to uninstall browser hijackers. These apps can gather data such as addresses of visited pages, IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, and other browsing data. In some cases, they might also record sensitive, personal information.
The data is sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue in other ways. In summary, installed browser hijackers can cause problems relating to online privacy, web browsing safety, identity theft and other issues. Therefore, remove DISI APP, SApp+ and other installed browser hijacker from the browser and operating system immediately.
|Name||biosc.xyz browser hijacker|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab.|
|Browser Extension(s)||DISI APP, SApp+, Vitos APP|
|Supposed Functionality||These apps supposedly improve the browsing experience.|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine.|
|Detection Names (biosc.xyz)||Forcepoint ThreatSeeker (Suspicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal).|
|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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There are many other apps similar to DISI APP and SApp+ including, for example, Protect My Search App, Unit Conversion Tab and Tab Recovery. They might be advertised as useful and legitimate, and supposedly improve the browsing experience, have various features, etc.
In fact, most deliver no real value and simply cause problems. Therefore, never trust or use browser hijackers or other PUAs.
How did biosc.xyz install on my computer?
Most PUAs are installed through clicked deceptive advertisements or the set-ups of other programs (when software developers distribute them using the "bundling" method). Commonly, developers attempt to trick users into downloading and installing unwanted apps together with their required programs.
They do this by including PUAs into the download/installation set-ups of other programs as 'additional offers' and hope that people will not decline them. In most cases, these offers can be found in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of the set-ups.
Users who download and install programs without checking and changing these settings often allow included PUAs to infiltrate.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Channels and tools such as third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g, torrent clients, eMule), unofficial websites are often used to distribute PUAs or malware. Therefore, software and files should be downloaded only from official pages and through direct links.
Downloads and installations should not be finished without checking "Advanced", "Custom" and other settings. Decline any offers to download or install additional, unwanted applications. Do not click advertisements that are displayed on dubious websites, since they can open untrusted websites or cause unwanted downloads and installations.
Remove any unwanted, suspicious extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins already installed on the browser immediately. Also remove software of this kind that is installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate it.
biosc.xyz is opened via bytsm.xyz on Google Chrome (GIF):
biosc.xyz is opened via searchmes.xyz on Mozilla Firefox (GIF):
Website promoting DISI APP:
Website promoting SApp+:
Notification stating that DISI APP can read and change various data:
Notification stating that SApp+ can access browser taps and store client-side data:
Screenshot of another Google Chrome extension (Viros APP) promoting biosc.xyz:
Vitos APP redirecting users to biosc.xyz via qssc.xyz and searchmes.xyz (GIF):
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- What is biosc.xyz?
- STEP 1. Uninstall unwanted applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove biosc.xyz redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove biosc.xyz browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove biosc.xyz homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove biosc.xyz redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
biosc.xyz redirect removal:
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 (like "DISI APP", "SApp+"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the biosc.xyz website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
biosc.xyz redirect 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://biosc.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:
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 "DISI APP" or "SApp+".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the biosc.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.
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 "DISI APP" and/or all 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 "DISI APP", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.biosc.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:
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 "biosc.xyz", 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 biosc.xyz browser hijacker, 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 "SApp+".
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 "SApp+", remove hxxp://biosc.xyz 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 biosc.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, 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 biosc.xyz browser hijacker, 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 biosc.xyz browser hijacker from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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