Fortifyshield.com redirection – How to fix your browser?

Written by Valdis Koks

Fortifyshield.com search hijacker is a sort of virus that infuses into your personal computer, and afterwards modifies the search engine configurations in your web browser to one which it is paid for. It additionally makes some unwanted modifications that can trigger personal information leaks, as well as to other malware injection. In this article, you will read the manual of Fortifyshield.com hijacker clearing in several options, as well as also the procedure of making your web browser like new.

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Fortifyshield.com hijacker nature

Name Fortifyshield.com extension
Type Browser hijacker1
Short Description The unwanted software that amends important browser settings without the user’s permission.
Symptoms The Fortifyshield.com 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 Fortifyshield.com hijacker.

The ways of injection of Fortifyshield.com search hijackers are diverse. Many of them come from the malware spreading through the malvertising or malevolent links of various internet sites. Occasionally, your computer might be infected with this malware through the trojan-downloader, which is utilized to distribute various other malware. There is a single kind of this unwanted program – web browser plugin that can build right into any browser which supports the add-on installment2.

You will not likely add this plugin on your own, because their names are pretty suspicious, and also the capability is really controversial. The “developers” of Fortifyshield.com hijacker typically mention that it can save the .doc/.docx files from the web pages already to .pdf format, or to download the whole site on your disk. It is quite tough to imagine if someone may be needed in such operations in 2020, when the Internet access is not time-limited and every PC has the ability to open the needed .docx documents at Google Docs.

Nevertheless, besides their uselessness, they can simply be spotted in the Chrome Web Store. Of course, virus analysts sound the alarm regarding such spam into the legit source of web browser extensions, requiring the Google response – removing these extensions from their place. However, they are still not hurrying to deal with that protection problem.

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Is the Fortifyshield.com virus harmful?

At the first blush, you can believe that these redirects are only frustrating, but not risky. Due to this reason a number of people are simply playing for time as opposed to eliminating this malware, obtaining much more possibilities of being contaminated with various other infections, which are much more severe than Fortifyshield.com is.

Besides the changed search engine or search results, you can also see different ads even on those websites that do not have any type of ads on it by default. And you can just misclick while shutting off the promotion, and launch the downloading of an unrecognized file, which may be a virus, or a potentially unwanted program, or perhaps ransomware – whatever the maintainers of this hijacker desire.

If your web browser is damaged due to the Azorult trojan activity, the system may begin malfunctioning in the near future – this symptome is among the most common in case of trojan infiltration.

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How to remove Fortifyshield.com hijacker?

First, let me say several words about prevention the Fortifyshield.com virus penetration. It is very easy to refer to the techniques of protecting your system from such annoying things as browser hijackers, however, it is really simple to be caught on this lure perhaps even being a professional user. As it was mentioned above, this unwanted program may hide after the attractive (at the first sight) promotion, or in packs with various other adware you can get in dozens of means. However, regardless of the common difficulty of the injection methods, it is very simple to avoid the Fortifyshield.com 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.
Fortifyshield.com may remain persistent on your system and may re-infect it. We recommend you to download LOARIS TROJAN REMOVER and run free scan to get rid of all infected files on your device. This saves you a lot of time and efforts compared to the manual malware removal.
Keep in mind, that LOARIS TROJAN REMOVER is only for malware detection. If LOARIS TROJAN REMOVER detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase LOARIS TROJAN REMOVER removal tool to delete the malware threats. Read our LOARIS TROJAN REMOVER. Click on the corresponding links to check LOARIS TROJAN REMOVER License AgreementPrivacy Policy .

Preparation before removing Fortifyshield.com.

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

  • Make sure you have this hand-operated tutorial always all set to use.
  • Execute a back-up of all of your information, including the saved logins, passwords and various other credentials. You ought to back up your info with a cloud back-up option and make sure your data are shielded from any sort of loss, even from the most serious infections.
  • Wait up until the durable back-up procedure is over.

Step 1: Uninstall Fortifyshield.com and related software from Windows

Right here is a technique in couple of easy stages that must be able 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 Fortifyshield.com 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 Fortifyshield.com 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 Fortifyshield.com. 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.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting “Step 4”, please boot back into Normal modein case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use LOARIS TROJAN REMOVER successfully.

 

Step 4: Scan for Fortifyshield.com 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 LOARIS TROJAN REMOVER. Click on the corresponding links to check LOARIS TROJAN REMOVER 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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