Alfabet.click Ads Pop-ups – How to fix your browser?

Written by Valdis Koks

Alfabet.click search hijacker is a kind of virus that injects into your system, and afterwards switches the search engine settings in your browser to one which it is paid for. It also makes some undesirable changes that may provoke private information leakages, in addition to other malware injection. In this post, you will read the guide of Alfabet.click hijacker removal in various techniques, and additionally the procedure of making your browser as good as new.

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Alfabet.click Info

Name Alfabet.click extension
Type Browser hijacker1
Short Description The unwanted software that amends important browser settings without the user’s permission.
Symptoms The Alfabet.click hijacker replaces the browser parameters set by the users and replaces these settings with its own values.
Distribution Method Bundling with Freeware or Shareware, misleading pop-up ads produced by adware.
Detection Tool Inspect If Your System Has Been Affected by the Alfabet.click hijacker.

The methods of injection of Alfabet.click search hijackers are different. The majority of them belong to the malware spreading with the malvertising or malevolent web links of different web sites. Occasionally, your computer can be contaminated with this virus with the trojan-downloader, which is put into action to spread different other malware. There is a single kind of this undesirable program – web browser plugin that can build into any type of internet browser which supports the add-on setup2.

You will not likely install this plugin by yourself, because their names are quite suspicious, and the usefulness is extremely controversial. The “creators” of Alfabet.click hijacker generally specify that it can save the .doc/.docx documents from the web pages already to .pdf format, or to download the entire web site on your disk. It is very tough to picture if someone can be needed in such functions in 2022, when the Web access is not time-limited as well as every computer is able to start the needed .docx files at Google Docs.

However, besides their impracticality, they can simply be located in the Chrome Web Store. Obviously, virus experts sound the alarm relating to such spam into the legit source of web browser extensions, asking for the Google reaction – removing these extensions from their place. But they are still not hurrying to deal with that security issue.

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Is the Alfabet.click virus?

At the first sight, you may think that these redirects are just frustrating, but not harmful. Because of this factor a great deal of people are simply playing for time rather than getting rid of this malware, getting much more chances of being contaminated with numerous other infections, which are far more serious than Alfabet.click is.

Besides the altered search engine or search engine result, you may also see different promotions even on those websites that do not have any kind of promotions on it by default. And you can unintentionally misclick while shutting off the advertisement, and launch the downloading of an unidentified file, which may be a malware, or a potentially unwanted program, and even ransomware – whatever the maintainers of this hijacker want.

If your web browser is corrupted because of the Azorult trojan task, the system can start malfunctioning in a short time – this symptome is among the most usual in case of trojan injection.

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How to remove Alfabet.click?

First, let me say several words about prevention the Alfabet.click virus injection. It is really easy to discuss the tactics of securing your personal computer from such irritating things as browser hijackers, however, it is quite easy to be caught on this bait perhaps even being a skilled user. As it was pointed out above, this unwanted program may hide after the attractive (at the first sight) advertisement, or in packs with other adware you can get in dozens of ways. However, regardless of the typical complexity of the penetration methods, it is very simple to avoid the Alfabet.click hijacker presence in your system:

  • Do not follow the dubious links;
  • Restrict the usage of pseudo-free software (one which is offered as free, but has an additional unwanted programs in its pack);
  • Leave the habit of clicking advertisements on the web. If you need to buy something, it is better to google it;
  • Avoid downloading the files from dubious sources, like forums or file sharing websites.

Preparation before removing Alfabet.click.

Before starting the actual uninstall procedure, we recommend that you do the following introductory milestones.

  • Make certain you have this hands-on tutorial always prepared to use.
  • Carry out a backup of all of your information, consisting of the saved logins, passwords and also other credentials. You need to support your information with a cloud backup option and make sure your files are safeguarded from any type of kind of loss, also from the most extreme infections.
  • Wait until the long-lasting backup procedure is over.

Step 1: Uninstall Alfabet.click and related software from Windows

Right here is a technique in few simple steps that ought to have the ability to uninstall most applications. Either you use Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, these milestones will work well. Moving the app or its folder to the Trash can be a very wrong idea. In case you do that, remnants of the app may remain, and that can cause the unstable performance of your system, malfunctions with the file type associations and other unpleasant behavior. The effective solution to get an app off your device is to remove it manually. To do that:

1. Keep holding the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will soon arrive.

Windows keyboard R

2. In the field that appeared, type in “appwiz.cpl” -1  and choose OK – 2.

Run appwiz.cpl

 

3. This will open a window with all the apps available on the device. Choose the app that you want to get rid of, then choose “Uninstall

Follow the steps above and you will successfully get rid of most unwanted apps.

Step 2: Get rid of Alfabet.click from all your available browsers.

Mozilla FirefoxGoogle ChromeInternet ExplorerMicrosoft Edge

1. Launch Mozilla Firefox. Go to its menu window

2. Choose the “Add-ons” icon in the menu.

3. Find the unwanted extension and select “Remove

Mozilla Firefox Add-ons Remove

4. Upon deleting the extension, reload Mozilla Firefox, closing it with the help of a red “X” button in the upper right corner and start it again.

1. Launch Google Chrome and go to its drop menu

Google Chrome drop menu click

2. Click on “Tools” and then in the extended menu select “Extensions

Google Chrome Tools select Extensions

3. In the “Extensions” menu find the unwanted extension and apply the “Remove” button related to it.

Google Chrome Extensions Remove

4. As soon as the extension is deleted, reload Google Chrome by closing it by means of the red “X” button at the top right corner and launch it again.

1. Launch Internet Explorer

2. Click on the gear icon marked ‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and choose ‘Manage Add-ons’

Manage-add-ons

3. In the “Manage Add-ons” window, locate the extension you want to delete and then click “Remove”. A pop-up window will come up to inform you that you are about to delete the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and choose “Remove”.

Internet Explorer extension removal

4. Once the unwanted extension is deleted, reload Internet Explorer by shutting it down from the red “X” button located at the top right corner and launch it again.

1. Launch Edge

2. Access the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.

3. From the drop menu choose “Extensions”.

Microsoft Edge menu Extensions

4. Locate the suspected dangerous extension you want to delete and then click on the Remove button.

Microsoft Edge Extensions Remove

Step 3: Clean any registries that could be added by Alfabet.click on your device.

The usually attacked registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by going to the Windows registry editor and getting rid of any values added by Alfabet.click. Follow the steps below:

  1. Start the Run Window command once again, type “regedit” and click OK.Window command regedit
  2. As soon as you open it, you can freely go to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are displayed above.Window command Run and RunOnce keys
  3. You can delete the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and deleting it.Window command regedit delete the value virus

Tip: To locate a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and select “Modify” to find which file it is set to run. If this is the malware file location, delete the value.

Step 4: Scan for Alfabet.click with Loaris Trojan Remover

1. Click on the “Download” button to proceed to Loaris Trojan Remover download.

It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by Trojan Remover. Click on the corresponding links to check License AgreementPrivacy Policy.

2. Click “Install” to start.

Loaris Trojan Remover Install

There were 4 scan types suggested:

  • Standard Scan.
  • Full Scan.
  • Custom Scan.
  • Removable Scan.

 

3. After the installed has finished, click on the ‘Scan’ tab. Click on ‘Full Scan’.

Loaris Trojan Remover Full Scan

4. Once the scanning is started, Loaris will initiate the thorough analysis of your device and may soon identify specific threats currently slowing down the performance of your system. Make sure to wait until the scanning is completed to let the software fully evaluate the safety of your workstation.

Loaris Trojan Remover - scan in process

5. After Loaris Trojan Remover has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the ‘Apply’ button. There were options to move the files to quarantine, ignore or delete them.

Loaris Trojan Remover - show viruses

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

 

  1. About browser hijackers on Wikipedia
  2. Possible danger of free browser extensions

About the author

Valdis Koks

Security engineer, reverse engineering and memory forensics

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