Amigo Browser removal instructions
What is Amigo Browser?
The Amigo browser add-on employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' to infiltrate Internet browsers without users' consent, and is thus categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP). Bundling is a way to install additional applications with regular software, and therefore, most users inadvertently install this app during download of free software from freeware download websites. After infiltration on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, Amigo redirects users to the go.mail.ru website. At time of research, this extension displayed no intrusive ads, however, this situation might change. Be aware that intrusive online advertisements often redirect to bogus websites, thereby exposing your computer to infection.
Applications distributed using the bundling method are likely to monitor Internet browsing activity and collect related information such as IP addresses, websites visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc. The recorded information might contain personally identifiable details, and therefore, having PUPs installed on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Coupons Vault, Bestadblocker, ShoppinGate, and Package Return also claim to provide various significant features, however, their purpose is simply to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online ads, causing unwanted browser redirects to generate traffic, and sharing collected data with third parties. You are strongly advised to uninstall Amigo from your system.
Research shows that Amigo is mostly distributed using small programs called 'download clients' on freeware download websites such as soft32.com, softonic.com, download.com, and many others. Download clients are employed to monetize these websites' traffic and free services by offering installation of third party applications with the chosen free software. In some instances, additional apps are simply hidden within the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options. According to the developers, these third party applications are '100% legitimate and virus-free', however, most are classed as adware or malware. To avoid computer infections, closely observe each step when downloading free software and ensure that no other applications are included. In addition, software downloaded from the Internet should be installed using the 'Advanced 'or 'Custom' options - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to opt-out. If you have installed Amigo, and your browser continually redirects you to go.mail.ru without your consent, the following guidelines will help you to remove this PUP from your system.
Deceptive free software installers used in Amigo Browser PUP distribution:
Website promoting installation of Amigo browser:
Screenshot of Amigo browser application:
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- What is Amigo Browser?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Amigo Browser using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove unwanted plugins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove adware from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove unwanted extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Amigo Browser 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 "Amigo", and other recently-installed applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, Amigo did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet 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".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the mail.ru redirect, 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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the mail.ru 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 plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with mail.ru 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, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
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 add-ons from Microsoft Edge:
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.
In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.
Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.
- If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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