What is Interiorz?
Interiorz is a browser extension promising easy access to home design related content. Our researchers discovered this piece of software while investigating untrustworthy websites. After inspecting Interiorz, we determined that it is a browser hijacker promoting (via redirects) the prosearchsolutionz.com illegitimate search engine.
Interiorz browser hijacker overview
After Interiorz was installed on our test system, it altered the browser's settings by assigning prosearchsolutionz.com as its homepage, default search engine, and new tab/window URL. Therefore, when a new browser tab/window was opened or a search query was typed into the URL bar – it resulted in a redirect to the prosearchsolutionz.com illegitimate search engine.
It is pertinent to mention that browser-hijacking software often employs persistence-ensuring techniques to prevent browser recovery. Interiorz also uses such methods to complicate its removal.
Fake search engines usually cannot generate search results, so they redirect to Google, Yahoo, Bing, and other legitimate ones. In the seldom cases wherein these sites can provide search results, they are inaccurate and include sponsored, untrustworthy, and potentially malicious content.
Furthermore, Interiorz likely has data-tracking abilities. Targeted data may include: visited URLs, viewed pages, searched queries, IP addresses, Internet cookies, usernames/passwords, personally identifiable details, finance-related information, and so forth. The gathered data can be sold to third-parties or otherwise abused for profit.
In summary, the presence of software like Interiorz on devices may result in system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Supposed Functionality||Easy access to home design related content|
|Detection Names (prosearchsolutionz.com)||N/A (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address (prosearchsolutionz.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).|
|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.
Browser hijacker examples
Browser-hijacking software usually appears legitimate and useful. However, its functionalities rarely work as advertised, if they work at all. Note that even if a piece of software operates as indicated by its promotional material – that is not definitive proof of either legitimacy or safety.
How did Interiorz install on my computer?
We obtained Interiorz from its "official" promotional webpage. In addition to such sites, browser hijackers are endorsed by online scams. Most visitors to these deceptive pages access them via redirects caused by websites using rogue advertising networks, spam browser notifications, mistyped URLs, intrusive ads, or installed adware.
Browser-hijacking software is also spread by intrusive advertisements. When clicked on, some of the adverts are capable of performing stealthy downloads/installations.
"Bundling" – packing ordinary program installers with unwanted/malicious supplements – is used to proliferate browser hijackers as well.
The risk of unintentionally allowing bundled content into the system is increased by downloading from untrusted sources (e.g., freeware and free file-hosting sites, P2P sharing networks, etc.) and by rushing through installation processes (e.g., ignoring terms, skipping steps/sections, using "Easy/Express" settings, etc.).
How to avoid installation of browser hijackers?
We strongly recommend researching software and downloading it from official/verified channels. Furthermore, installation must be treated with caution, e.g., by reading terms, inspecting available options, using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings, and opting out of all additional apps, extensions, tools, etc.
We advise being careful while browsing since fake and malicious content typically appears legitimate. For example, while intrusive advertisements may look harmless – they redirect to highly questionable websites (e.g., gambling, adult dating, pornography, etc.).
In case of encounters with such ads/redirects, inspect the device and immediately remove all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Interiorz, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Permissions asked by Interiorz browser hijacker:
Website promoting Interiorz browser hijacker:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Interiorz?
- STEP 1. Uninstall unwanted applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Interiorz browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove prosearchsolutionz.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove prosearchsolutionz.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Interiorz 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, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Interiorz 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 "Interiorz" 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 "Interiorz", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.prosearchsolutionz.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 "prosearchsolutionz.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 prosearchsolutionz.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 "Interiorz", 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 "Interiorz", remove hxxp://prosearchsolutionz.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 prosearchsolutionz.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 prosearchsolutionz.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 to visit prosearchsolutionz.com website?
Cyber criminals (e.g., developers of fake search engines and browser hijackers, etc.) profit through redirects to sites like prosearchsolutionz.com.
Is visiting prosearchsolutionz.com a threat to my privacy?
To a certain extent, yes. Websites like prosearchsolutionz.com tend to collect visitor data.
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?
Browser hijackers are primarily proliferated via bundled installers, deceptive promotional webpages, freeware and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, online scams, spam browser notifications, and intrusive advertisements.
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove Interiorz browser hijacker?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate detected browser-hijacking apps. It is noteworthy that manual removal (unaided by security software) might not be a perfect solution, especially in cases where multiple browser hijackers are present. Since after one is removed – the others may reinstall it. What is more, browser-hijacking software might be able to deny access to removal-related settings and/or undo user-made changes. Therefore, it is essential to eliminate browser hijackers thoroughly and all at once.