What is givemeanswers.net?
While inspecting the givemeanswers.net search engine, we found that it places advertisements in its search results. It may also generate misleading results (promote shady pages). Typically, search engines like givemeanswers.net are promoted by browser hijackers. Users rarely add browser hijackers to browsers on purpose.
Givemeanswers.net in detail
After entering a search query, givemeanswers.net shows a list of results containing advertisements. Clicking on those advertisements can open untrustworthy websites (e.g., technical support scam pages, phishing websites). Also, givemeanswers.net may show results promoting questionable apps.
Additionally, givemeanswers.net asks for permission to show notifications. Those notifications can be used to promote shady websites too.
Another reason not to trust givemeanswers.net is that it may collect information about users (e.g., browsing history and other browsing-related data). The gathered information may be misused for marketing and other purposes (e.g., to show targeted ads).
|Name||givemeanswers.net browser hijacker|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Supposed Functionality||Accurate search results|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|Detection Names||N/A (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address||184.108.40.206|
|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)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
More about browser hijackers
Browser hijackers promote untrustworthy search engines by modifying the browser's settings. They make a fake search engine (its address) the default search engine, homepage, and (or) new tab page. Usually, users cannot remove a fake search engine from the settings without eliminating a browser hijacker.
How did givemeanswers.net promoting software install on my computer?
In most cases, users install/add browser hijackers unintentionally. They cause it via dubious advertisements, fake installers, software bundles, deceptive pages, etc. Software bundled with a browser hijacker usually has "Advanced", "Custom", or similar settings in its installer. Browsers get hijacked after finishing software installations without changing those settings.
How to avoid installation of browser hijackers?
Do not trust advertisements appearing on shady websites. Never agree to receive notifications from suspicious pages. Download apps from official websites and stores. Avoid using unofficial pages, third-party downloaders, third-party stores, P2P networks, and similar sources to download apps or files.
Deselect unwanted applications (change "Advanced", "Custom", or similar settings provided in downloaders and installers) before downloading and installing programs. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Givemeanswers.net shows results containing ads (GIF):
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- What is givemeanswers.net?
- STEP 1. Uninstall unwanted applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove givemeanswers.net browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove givemeanswers.net homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove givemeanswers.net redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
givemeanswers.net redirect removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
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, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the givemeanswers.net website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
givemeanswers.net redirect 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 all recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable the malicious extension (if present), look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.givemeanswers.net) 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 "givemeanswers.net", when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Delete".
- If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the givemeanswers.net 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Settings", in the opened window disable malicious extension (if present), remove hxxp://givemeanswers.net 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 "Accept the Risk and Continue".
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 givemeanswers.net 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 givemeanswers.net 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.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the purpose of forcing users visit givemeanswers.net website?
The more users use this search engine, the more money its creators earn. Their goal is to make this search engine as popular as possible.
Is visiting givemeanswers.net a threat to my privacy?
Search engines like givemeanswers.net can be designed to gather various information about their visitors/users. Usually, they collect browsing-related data. However, sometimes they can access sensitive information.
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?
Most likely, your browser has been hijacked via browser notifications, intrusive advertisements, or some software bundle (installer containing a browser hijacker).
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove a browser hijacker?
Combo Cleaner will check your computer for browser hijackers and remove them. When multiple browser hijackers are added/installed, their removal can be difficult since they may be designed to reinstall one another. Combo Cleaner can remove all browser hijackers at once.