What kind of application is Nature Wallpapers?
During our assessment of the Nature Wallpapers application, we determined that it acts as a browser hijacker by altering certain web browser settings to promote a fake search engine (search.landscape-wallpaper.com). We came across Nature Wallpapers on a suspicious webpage.
Nature Wallpapers browser hijacker overview
Nature Wallpapers sets search.landscape-wallpaper.com as the default search engine, homepage, and new tab page. Moreover, it restricts users from replacing search.landscape-wallpaper.com with any other web address once it is added to a web browser. Search.landscape-wallpaper.com is a fake search engine that redirects to bing.com, where search results are displayed.
Shady search engines can present deceptive results and redirect users to unreliable web pages. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to use only legitimate search engines. Apart from advertising a counterfeit search engine, Nature Wallpapers can access browsing-related data.
The developers of Nature Wallpapers may use the accessed data for marketing purposes, sell it to third parties, or monetize it in other ways, which can result in online privacy issues and possibly other problems.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||Nature Wallpapers|
|Supposed Functionality||Improved browsing experience|
|Detection Names (search.landscape-wallpaper.com)||N/A (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address (search.landscape-wallpaper.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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Shady search engines are promoted mostly through browser hijackers, although not all browser hijackers alter web browser settings to promote them. Most users inadvertently download and install/add such apps without being aware that their web browsers will be hijacked.
How did Nature Wallpapers install on my computer?
Nature Wallpapers is promoted on an untrustworthy website offering to install a browser extension. Upon following the steps on that page, a user's web browser is hijacked by Nature Wallpapers.
Moreover, browser hijackers are frequently included as optional installations in freeware installers. Users unknowingly agree to install or add browser hijackers when they complete installations without altering "Advanced", "Custom", or other settings. Clicking on suspicious advertisements can also result in undesired downloads and installations.
How to avoid installation of browser hijackers?
To download software safely, use official web pages and verified stores, and refrain from using P2P networks, dubious web pages, third-party downloaders (and stores), and similar sources. Do not rely on advertisements on untrustworthy websites, nor allow such pages to display notifications.
Before completing downloads and installations, always uncheck any additionally included unwanted apps. If your computer is already infected with Nature Wallpapers, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Search.landscape-wallpaper.com redirects to bing.com (GIF):
Permissions asked by Nature Wallpapers browser hijacker:
Websites promoting Nature Wallpapers browser hijacker:
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- What is Nature Wallpapers?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Nature Wallpapers application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Nature Wallpapers browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove search.landscape-wallpaper.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove search.landscape-wallpaper.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Nature Wallpapers 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, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the search.landscape-wallpaper.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Nature Wallpapers 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 "Nature Wallpapers" 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 "Nature Wallpapers", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search.landscape-wallpaper.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 "search.landscape-wallpaper.com", 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.landscape-wallpaper.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 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 "Nature Wallpapers", 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 "Nature Wallpapers", remove hxxp://search.landscape-wallpaper.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 "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.landscape-wallpaper.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 search.landscape-wallpaper.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.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the purpose of forcing users visit search.landscape-wallpaper.com website?
The income of the creators of search.landscape-wallpaper.com is directly linked to the number of visitors to their website.
Is visiting search.landscape-wallpaper.com a threat to my privacy?
Your privacy may be at risk if you visit search.landscape-wallpaper.com. This fake search engine has the potential to gather your personal information, search history, browsing activity, and other sensitive data without your permission.
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?
Browser hijackers are often propagated through different means, such as software bundling, fake software updates, and unscrupulous websites. In addition, users may inadvertently download and install browser hijackers while installing free software or clicking on links from unknown sources.
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove Nature Wallpapers browser hijacker?
Combo Cleaner is capable of scanning your computer and eliminating any browser-hijacking applications. However, it is important to note that manual removal may not always be successful. Removing multiple browser hijackers can be challenging, especially when they have the ability to reinstall each other.