Search.inkeepr.com redirect removal instructions
What is search.inkeepr.com?
The InKeepr application attempts to create an impression of legitimate and useful software by offering a feature to provide the latest news from selected websites. These claims trick some users to install, however, be aware that InKeepr is a browser hijacker and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). One of the reasons for these negative associations is a distribution method called 'bundling' employed by the developers to stealthily install InKeepr on computers. Furthermore, this application hijacks Internet browsers (by modifying settings), causes browser redirects, tracks Internet browsing, and displays advertisements. InKeepr mainly targets Mac computers, however, it may also install on PCs.
Although InKeepr is categorized as a browser hijacker, there are more dangerous applications also categorized as browser hijackers (for example, mysearch123.com and rts.dsrlte.com). These browser hijackers may be malicious, however, they are presented as legitimate. These applications attempt to trick users into believing that they improve the Internet browsing experience. Rather than providing any significant value, InKeepr, and other similar browser hijackers, are developed to generate revenue by displaying PUPs using the 'Pay Per Click' (PPC) advertising model and gathering information, which is later sold to third parties. These apps are often bundled with free software on freeware download websites such as soft32.com, softonic.com, and downloads.com - these sites force users to use small download programs (also called 'download clients') to monetize their traffic and free services. According to these sites, download clients 'simplify and ease the download procedure', however, their purpose is to distribute third party apps (usually bogus) together with the chosen software.
How did search.inkeepr.com install on my computer?
The developers employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' to install InKeepr on Internet browsers without users' permission. Bundling is a way to stealthily install third party applications with regular software. Installation of rogue software is commonly hidden within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' download client or installer set-up options. Most users do not pay enough attention when downloading and installing software. Research shows that users often skip most of these steps and rush the procedure, thereby exposing the system to risk of infection. Developers of bogus apps such as InKeepr are concerned only with distribution of apps, and thus, do not properly disclose installations.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Be attentive when downloading software from freeware download websites. If possible, choose the direct download link, rather than any download clients offered. Download clients are designed to conceal installation of third party software, and therefore, closely inspect each step and opt-out of any additionally-included software (even if presented as 'legitimate and virus-free'). Avoid downloading software from freeware download websites, and download from official websites only. Also, installation of downloaded applications should be performed with great caution, selecting the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options - this will reveal any bundled apps listed for installation and allow you to cancel them.
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- What is search.inkeepr.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall search.inkeepr.com application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.inkeepr.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove search.inkeepr.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.inkeepr.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove search.inkeepr.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Search.inkeepr.com browser hijacker 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 any recently-installed suspicious applications, select such entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted programs that cause browser redirects to the search.inkeepr.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Search.inkeepr.com browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
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://search.inkeepr.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 "Search the web".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.inkeepr.com browser hijacker, 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 any recently-installed browser plug-ins, 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://search.inkeepr.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 "search.inkeepr.com" and add or select your preferred domain.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.inkeepr.com browser hijacker, 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" 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://search.inkeepr.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: "search.inkeepr.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with search.inkeepr.com browser hijacker 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.inkeepr.com browser hijacker, 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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