How to remove Landscape Scroller browser hijacker
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What kind of application is Landscape Scroller?
While investigating the Landscape Scroller browser extension, we found that it changed the web browser's settings. It hijacked a web browser to promote search.landscapescroller.net - a fake search engine. Our team discovered Landscape Scroller on a deceptive web page.
Landscape Scroller browser hijacker overview
Landscape Scroller is a browser hijacker because it changes the default search engine, homepage, and new tab page to search.landscapescroller.net and does not allow users to undo these changes while it is added to a web browser. It forces users to browse the Internet using a fake search engine.
We found that search.landscapescroller.net does not generate its own results. It redirects visitors to google.com (shows Google search results). Google search engine is a legitimate search engine. However, it is recommended not to trust fake search engines even if they redirect to legitimate pages.
Fake search engines (and browser hijackers) can track users. Also, they can generate misleading results, show results generated by shady search engines, and display ads. Using them can lead to untrustworthy websites and cause issues related to online privacy.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||Landscape Scroller|
|Supposed Functionality||Improved browsing experience|
|Detection Names||N/A (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address (search.landscapescroller.net)||220.127.116.11|
|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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Browser hijacker examples
The purpose of browser hijackers is to promote search engines that do not generate their own results or include links to shady websites in their results. Not all browser hijackers modify the settings of web browsers to promote search engines. Most users download and add browser-hijacking apps unknowingly.
More examples of browser hijackers are CustomSearch, Omni Convert - Search Settings for Omnibar, and Canvas Tab.
How did Landscape Scroller install on my computer?
We discovered Landscape Scroller after following the instructions on a deceptive website claiming that a free extension might be required. We also found that Landscape Scroller has its "official" download website.
In other cases, browser hijackers are distributed via freeware installers and dubious advertisements. When additional apps are included in software installers, those installers have "Advanced", "Custom", or other settings. Users agree to install included apps when they finish installations without changing those settings (or unticking checkboxes).
How to avoid installation of browser hijackers?
Download applications from official websites (and use direct download links). Do not use shady pages, third-party downloaders, P2P networks, and similar sources to download apps and files. Also, do not click on ads and fake buttons displayed by dubious sites or allow shady pages to show notifications.
Always deselect optional (unwanted) installations before installing programs. If your computer is already infected with Landscape Scroller, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Search.landscapescroller.net redirects to google.com (GIF):
Permissions asked by Landscape Scroller browser hijacker:
Deceptive website promoting Landscape Scroller browser hijacker:
Another website promoting Landscape Scroller browser hijacker:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Landscape Scroller?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Landscape Scroller application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Landscape Scroller browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove search.landscapescroller.net homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove search.landscapescroller.net redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Landscape Scroller browser hijacker 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 (for example, "Landscape Scroller"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the search.landscapescroller.net website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Landscape Scroller 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 "Landscape Scroller" and other 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 "Landscape Scroller", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search.landscapescroller.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 "search.landscapescroller.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 search.landscapescroller.net 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 extensions 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 "Landscape Scroller", as well as 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 "Landscape Scroller", remove hxxp://search.landscapescroller.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 search.landscapescroller.net 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 search.landscapescroller.net 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.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the purpose of forcing users visit search.landscapescroller.net website?
More visitors means more money. The creators of search.landscapescroller.net generate more revenue when the number of its users/visitors is higher.
Is visiting search.landscapescroller.net a threat to my privacy?
Fake search engines can be designed to track their users (collect browsing-related and possibly other data).
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?
Most users add or install browser hijackers via freeware installers (software bundles), notifications from shady websites, deceptive advertisements, etc.
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove Landscape Scroller browser hijacker?
Combo Cleaner will scan the operating system and remove all detected browser hijackers. It is worth mentioning that browser hijackers can be designed to reinstall one another. When such browser hijackers are present, they must all be removed at once. Manual removal of multiple browser hijackers can be difficult. Thus, we recommend using Combo Cleaner for removal.
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