Image Seeker browser hijacker removal instructions
What is Image Seeker?
Image Seeker is a browser hijacker which is designed to change some of the browser's settings to image-seeker.com. In other words, this app is designed to promote a fake search engine. Also, most browser hijackers function as information tracking tools - they collect various data. Typically, users download and install apps like Image Seeker unintentionally, for this reason they are categorized as potentially unwanted applications.
Like most browser hijackers, Image Seeker promotes a fake search engine by making its address as and address of a default search engine, homepage and new tab. It sets them to image-seeker.com so that users would visit this address when they open a browser/new window, new tab and search the web by entering search queries into browser's URL bar. Typically, such search engines do not generate any unique search results, they display results generated by some other, legitimate (or questionable) search engine. Image-seeker.com redirects users to bing.com, in other words, this search engine displays results generated by Bing. Quite often browser hijackers are designed to keep aforementioned settings unchangeable unless they uninstall them. Therefore, to remove image-seeker.com from browser's settings users have to remove Image Seeker first. Furthermore, in most cases such apps are designed to collect various browsing data and/or other information. For example, IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of visited websites, entered search queries, etc. However, sometimes they are capable of accessing sensitive details as well. What is worse, collected information could be sold to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) or misused to generate revenue in other ways. Therefore, users who use a hijacked browser may experience problems related to browsing safety, online privacy, or even become victims of identity theft. It is recommended not to trust apps like Image Seeker.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||Image Seeker|
|Supposed Functionality||This app supposed to improve browsing experience|
|Serving IP Address (image-seeker.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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Examples of other browser hijackers are Perfect Startpage, Weather Discover and Track Package Tab. Typically, such apps are useless/do not function as they were advertised. Most browser hijackers are designed only to promote some fake search engine and gather various information, besides they can be the culprit of various problems. As mentioned in the introduction, in most cases users download and/or install PUAs unknowingly.
How did Image Seeker install on my computer?
Typically, users download and/or install potentially unwanted applications alongside with some other programs. To be more precise, when such apps are included in download and/or installation setups of other software as additional offers. As a rule, offers to download and/or install them are mentioned in their "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings. Although, not all users check and change them, by not doing so they allow fir included apps to be downloaded and/or installed together with a desired program. This distribution of unwanted apps is called "bundling". Additionally, in some cases PUAs can be downloaded and/or installed through deceptive ads, however, only by clicking ads that are designed to execute certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended to always check "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual" and other similar settings of any download or installation setup and decline offers to download and/or install unwanted apps. Also, software should not be downloaded from untrustworthy, unofficial websites, through torrent clients, eMule (or other Peer-to-Peer networks), third party downloaders, etc., or installed with third party installers. The safest way to download software and files is to use official websites and direct download links for that. Intrusive ads (especially if displayed on shady pages) should not be clicked. Quite often those ads open questionable websites or cause unwanted downloads, installations. If there are any unwanted or suspicious apps (extensions, add-ons or plug-ins) already installed on a browser, then they should be removed as soon as possible. The same should be applied to programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with Image Seeker, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Image-seeker.com redirects to bing.com (GIF):
Notification saying that Image Seeker can read and change certain data:
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- What is Image Seeker?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Image Seeker application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove image-seeker.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Image Seeker browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove image-seeker.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove image-seeker.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Image Seeker 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, "Image Seeker"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the image-seeker.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Image Seeker 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://image-seeker.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 "Image Seeker".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the image-seeker.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 "Image Seeker" 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 "Image Seeker", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.image-seeker.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 "image-seeker.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 image-seeker.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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Image Seeker", 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 "Image Seeker", remove hxxp://image-seeker.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 image-seeker.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 image-seeker.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 image-seeker.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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