What is Plexita?
Plexita is a hijacker because it modifies browser's settings (forces users to use a fake search engine/visit plexita.com) and does not allow users undo the changes that it has made. It is worth mentioning that most browser hijackers collect browsing data. In some cases, they can access sensitive information.
Another detail about apps of this type is that users rarely download and install them on purpose. For this reason, Plexita and other apps of this type are called potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
Usually, browser hijackers are promoted fake search engines by changing settings such as default search engine, homepage, and new tab. Plexita changes their addresses to plexita.com - a fake search engine.
It is fake because it shows results generated by Bing (plexita.com redirects to bing.com). It is important to mention that fake search engines can be designed to generate misleading results (promote potentially malicious pages) or show results generated by other untrustworthy search engines.
In one way or another, it is highly advisable to search the web using only legitimate search engines and avoid using plexita.com and similar search engines. As mentioned in the introduction, it is common for browser hijackers to be designed to prevent users from undoing the changes that they have made in the settings of hijacked browsers. As a rule, the address of a fake search engine or another unwanted address promoted by a browser hijacker can be removed from settings only when that PUA is no longer installed. Instructions on how to remove apps like Plexita from browsers and systems are provided below.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Supposed Functionality||Improved browsing experience|
|Serving IP Address (plexita.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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It is worth mentioning that browser hijackers can function as data collectors. Usually, apps of this type target IP addresses , entered search queries, geolocations, addresses of visited pages, and other browsing-related details.
What is worse, browser hijackers can be capable of gathering details that could be used to steal identities, online accounts make unauthorized purchases, transactions, or monetized in other ways. Therefore, users who have an app like Plexita installed on a browser or operating system should uninstall it as soon as possible.
However, it is uncommon for them to be actually useful. Most of them are designed to generate revenue for their developers and can cause their users various problems (e.g., issues related to online privacy, browsing safety, or even more serious problems like identity theft, monetary loss).
How did Plexita install on my computer?
One of the most popular ways to distribute potentially unwanted applications is by using a marketing method called "bundling" (by including PUAs in downloaders, installers for other programs). As a rule, downloaders and installers used to distribute PUAs have "Advanced", "Custom" or other settings, options, or ticked checkboxes.
Users can decline unwanted offers by changing those settings or unticking checkboxes. When users download and install programs without changing any of those settings, they allow for included PUAs to be downloaded and installed too.
Another deceptive way to trick users into downloading or installing PUAs is to design advertisements to execute certain scripts. Users cause unwanted downloads, installations by clicking those ads.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Downloaders and installers with ticked checkboxes or settings like "Custom" and "Advanced" are likely to be bundled with potentially unwanted applications. For this reason, it is recommended not to finish downloads and installations unless all unwanted offers are declined using the aforementioned settings.
Software (and files) should be downloaded only from official pages and through direct links. It is common for other sources to be used to distribute unwanted, potentially malicious programs.
For example, third-party downloaders, unofficial websites, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), free file hosting pages. It is important to mention that third-party installers can be used to distribute unwanted software too.
Additionally, it is recommended not to trust advertisements on questionable sites. It is common for those ads to be designed to promote untrustworthy websites or cause unwanted downloads, installations.
Unwanted, unknown, or suspicious extensions, add-ons or plug-ins installed on a browser (or programs of this kind installed on the operating system) should be uninstalled. If your computer is already infected with Plexita, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Plexita.com shows results generated by Bing (redirects to bing.com):
Notification asking permission to install Plexita browser hijacker:
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- What is Plexita?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Plexita application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Plexita browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove plexita.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove plexita.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
- STEP 6. Remove plexita.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
Plexita 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, "Plexita"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the plexita.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Plexita 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 "Plexita" 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 "Plexita", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.plexita.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 "plexita.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 plexita.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 "Plexita", 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 "Plexita", remove hxxp://plexita.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 plexita.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, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
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 upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the plexita.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://plexita.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 "Plexita".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the plexita.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.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove plexita.com redirect from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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