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Plusnetwork.com redirect - how to remove?
What is Plusnetwork.com?
The Plusnetwork.com website is promoted through Messenger Plus! Community toolbars. Users who install this toolbar without closely inspecting each installation window are redirected to the Plusnetwork.com website each time they start their Internet browsers (i.e. Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome). Furthermore, after installation of this toolbar, each new tab opened within browsers is redirected to Plusnetwork.com. The Messenger Plus! Community toolbar is installed when computer users download and install the Messenger Plus! software (free extension) for Windows Live Messenger or for Skype.
Although these extensions have some useful features (they add emotion sounds, skins, emoticons, etc.), the bundled toolbar uses deceptive methods to monetize incoming web traffic. Messenger Plus! Community toolbar displays deceptive ads and attempts to trick unsuspecting PC users into installing unwanted software. Furthermore, the Plusnetwork.com website is crowded with dubious advertisements, which can lead to identity theft. Computer users should not click them. Banners stating that you have won a prize, commonly lead to online surveys or subscriptions to expensive mobile services. The main purpose of redirecting computer users to Plusnetwork.com is to monetize the free software (Messenger Plus!) Developers need to monetize their free software, but in this case, the methods used are deceptive.
The search bar presented by Plusnetwork.com employs a customized Google search service. The organic search results are legitimate, however, sponsored results are delivered by third parties - clicking these could lead to installation of unwanted software, browser add-ons, or malware. There are no real benefits of using Plusnetwork.com for your daily Internet searches, and furthermore, the deceptive ads could lead to serious privacy and computer security problems. Plusnetwork.com and the Messenger Plus! community toolbar use deceptive means to earn revenue from unsuspecting PC users. Therefore, if you care about computer security and your privacy, uninstall this toolbar and cease using Plusnetwork.com immediately.
CrossBrowse adware causing browser redirects to the plusnetwork.com website:
Quick menu: Quick solution to remove Plusnetwork.com
- What is Plusnetwork.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Messenger Plus! Community Smartbar applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Plusnetwork.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Plusnetwork.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Plusnetwork.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Plusnetwork.com redirect from Safari.
Plusnetwork.com redirect 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 "Messenger Plus! Community Smartbar" or "CrossBrowse", select this entry and click " Uninstall" or "Remove"
After removing Messenger Plus! Community Smartbar, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Use recommended malware removal software.
Plusnetwork.com redirect removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
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 browser 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://plusnetwork.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 "plusnetwork".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the plusnetwork.com , 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.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, click "set pages", hover your mouse over hxxp://www.plusnetwork.com and click the x symbol. Now, you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
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" section, click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "PlusNetwork" and add or select your preferred domain.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the plusnetwork.com , reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Tools. From the opened menu, select Extensions. In the opened window, select Settings (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Show advanced settings… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset browser settings button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions" and remove all 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, remove hxxp://plusnetwork.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: "plusnetwork"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with plusnetwork.com 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 the Open Help Menu icon,
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Reset Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset 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.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.
A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. To avoid installation of plusnetwork.com be very attentive when downloading and installing free software.
If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine. Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.
Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker: your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed, appearance of new toolbars, slow performance of Internet browsers, new Bookmarks or Favorites added, you can't change your homepage or default search engine, you see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website, you get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove plusnetwork.com from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.
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