Nusmash browser hijacker removal instructions
What is Nusmash?
Nusmash is a browser hijacker that promotes the nusmash.com address, a fake search engine. As a rule, apps of this type promote fake search engines by modifying some of the browser's settings. Additionally, they tend to be designed to gather various browsing-related information. It is known that users often download and install browser hijackers unknowingly, therefore, Nusmash and other apps of this type are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
Apps like Nusmash promote certain addresses by making changing browser's settings such as the address of a default search engine, homepage and new tab so that users would visit it when they open a browser, new tab and enter search queries into URL bar. Nusmash changes those addresses to nusmash.com - an address a fake search engine that provides results generated by Yahoo (redirects users to search.yahoo.com). In most cases users who have their browsers hijacked by apps like Nusmash cannot remove address of a fake search engine from the aforementioned settings uninstall that app from a browser and/or computer. Another problem with most browser hijackers is that they tend to be designed to collect data like IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited pages, etc. However, in some cases they are designed to gather sensitive data as well. The problem with it is that their developers could sell collected details to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) or misuse them to generate revenue in other ways. Therefore, users who have browser hijackers installed on their browsers and/or computers may encounter issues related online privacy, browsing safety, or even identity theft.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Supposed Functionality||Improved browsing experience|
|Serving IP Address (nusmash.com)||126.96.36.199|
|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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ProStreamsSearch, Dosearch Lite and GoIncognitoSearch are some examples of other PUAs that are classified as browser hijackers too. However, there are many other apps of this type. As a rule, their purpose is to promote some fake search engine and/or collect various information. Simply said, they are useless to their users and designed only to generate revenue for their developers.
How did Nusmash install on my computer?
Quite often browser hijackers and potentially unwanted applications of other types are distributed by integrating them in download or installation setups of other programs as additional offers. Simply said, they are distributed by using a method called "bundling". As a rule, offers to download and/or install additionally included apps can be declined. It can be done via settings like "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual" (or certain checkboxes) that are available in download and/or installation setups. However, not all users check (and change) those settings when they download and/or install programs. Therefore, they download and/or install PUAs as well. In some cases users download and/or install PUAs through deceptive advertisements - by clicking ads that are designed to execute certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is not recommended to download files or programs via untrustworthy sources like torrent clients, eMule (or other Peer-to-Peer networks), third party downloaders, questionable websites, etc. They should be downloaded via direct download links and official, legitimate pages. Also, it is advised not leave "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar options (or checkboxes) in download and/or installation setups unchecked. It is common that they can be use to decline offers to downloaded and/or install unwanted apps. Furthermore, it is recommended not to trust (click) advertisements that are displayed on shady pages. It is because they tend to be designed to promote other untrustworthy/potentially malicious websites. Sometimes they can be designed to cause unwanted downloads, installations. Any unwanted, suspicious apps (extensions, add-ons or plug-ins) that are already installed on a browser should be removed. The same applies to programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with Nusmash, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Nusmash.com redirects to search.yahoo.com (GIF):
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- What is Nusmash?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Nusmash application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Nusmash browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove nusmash.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove nusmash.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
- STEP 6. Remove nusmash.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
Nusmash 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, "Nusmash"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the nusmash.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Nusmash browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
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 "Nusmash" 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 "Nusmash", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.nusmash.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 "nusmash.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 nusmash.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 "Nusmash", 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 "Nusmash", remove hxxp://nusmash.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 nusmash.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 nusmash.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.
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://nusmash.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 "Nusmash".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the nusmash.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.
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 nusmash.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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