EmailCheckNow browser hijacker removal instructions
What is EmailCheckNow?
EmailCheckNow is a piece of software, classified as a browser hijacker. It is advertised as an easy access tool to email accounts. EmailCheckNow operates by making modifications to browser settings in order to promote emailchecknow.com - a fake search engine. Most browser hijackers have data tracking abilities, employed to spy on users' browsing activity - and it is highly likely that EmailCheckNow has such functionality as well. Since most users download/install this browser hijacker unintentionally, it is also considered to be a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application).
Browser hijackers target Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and other browsers with large user bases. Once such a piece of software infiltrates a device, it reassigns browsers' homepage, default search engine and new tab/window URLs - to the addresses of illegitimate web searchers. EmailCheckNow makes these modifications to browsers as well - to promote emailchecknow.com. With this browser hijacker installed, every new browser tab/window opened and web search done through the URL bar - redirect to emailchecknow.com. Most fake web searchers are seldom capable to providing search results, so they tend to redirect (or cause redirection chains ending with) Yahoo, Bing, Google and other legitimate search engines. In case of EmailCheckNow's web searcher (emailchecknow.com), it redirects to Yahoo (search.yahoo.com). Additionally, browser hijackers can limit or deny access to the browser's settings and/or reset any permitted changes made. Therefore, the only way of recovering a hijacked browser is by removing the software affecting it. What is more, most browser hijackers can monitor browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries types, etc.) and gather sensitive information extracted from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). The collected data often contains personally identifiable information and browser hijacker developers typically share/sell it to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). In summary, presence of data-tracking content on devices can lead to financial losses, severe privacy issues and even identity theft. To protect device integrity and user safety, it is strongly recommended to immediately eliminate all dubious and browser extensions/plug-ins.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Supposed Functionality||Easy access to email accounts|
|Serving IP Address (emailchecknow.com)||22.214.171.124|
|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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ConvertPDFEasy, ProductManualsPro, WatchMyTVShows and MySearch Search are a some examples of other browser hijackers. They usually look ordinary and useful. Users are enticed into download/installation with a broad range of "handy" functionalities (e.g. quick access to emails, which is a supposed feature of EmailCheckNow). However, the promised functions rarely work and even if they do - then, not as advertised. In fact, this is true of practically all PUAs. Unwanted apps have but one goal - to generate revenue for the developers. Therefore, instead of delivering on any promises, PUAs modify browsers, force-open untrustworthy/malicious websites, run intrusive advertisement campaigns and collect private data.
How did EmailCheckNow install on my computer?
Some PUAs (e.g. EmailCheckNow) have "official" download webpages. These apps are also proliferated via download/installation setups of other software. "Bundling" is the term used to describe this deceptive marketing method of packing regular programs with unwanted or malicious additions. When downloading/installing: skimmed or ignored terms, skipped steps/sections, used pre-set options - increase the risk of unintentionally allowing bundled content into the system. Intrusive ads can infiltrate such applications into systems as well. Once clicked on, they can execute scripts to stealthily download/install PUAs.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is important to research software before download/installation and/or purchase. All downloads must be done from official and verified sources. Unofficial and free file-hosting websites, P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.) and other third party downloaders - are deemed to be untrustworthy, due to commonly offering deceptive and/or bundled content. Download/Installation processes must be approached with caution. Therefore, it is recommended to read terms, study all possible options, use the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings and opt-out from supplementary apps, tools, features, and so on. Intrusive adverts typically look legitimate, however they redirect to various questionable sites (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating and others). In case of encounters with advertisements/redirects of this kind, users must inspect the system and immediately remove all suspect applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins from it. If your computer is already infected with EmailCheckNow, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
EmailCheckNow browser hijacker asking for permissions:
Website promoting EmailCheckNow browser hijacker:
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- What is EmailCheckNow?
- STEP 1. Uninstall EmailCheckNow application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove emailchecknow.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove EmailCheckNow browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove emailchecknow.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove emailchecknow.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
EmailCheckNow 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, "EmailCheckNow"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the emailchecknow.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
EmailCheckNow 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://emailchecknow.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 "EmailCheckNow".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the emailchecknow.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 "EmailCheckNow" 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 "EmailCheckNow", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.emailchecknow.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 "emailchecknow.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 emailchecknow.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 "EmailCheckNow", 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 "EmailCheckNow", remove hxxp://emailchecknow.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 emailchecknow.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 emailchecknow.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 emailchecknow.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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