AtoZManuals Browser Hijacker
Browser Hijacker | 07/13/2018

How to Remove AtoZManuals Browser Hijacker?

About: AtoZManuals is a malicious Browser extension that redirects user searches to malefic web domain https://search.myway.com on the pretext to help them with online user manuals for popular brands like Sony, Samsung, Canon, Dell, Microsoft etc for ...  Read More  

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What is AtoZmanuals?

 

AtoZManuals is a rogue application that supposedly helps users with various manuals like Computers, Printers, cars and so on. The domain lures users to download the application by claiming to provide thousands of online user manuals for free for popular brands including Sony, Samsung, Canon, Dell, Microsoft, Ryobii, Cuisinart, Garmin, Dyson, Toshiba and many more. However the domain is a malicious Browser extension in disguise.

AtoZmanuals browser Hijacker

The nasty system infection targets popular web browsers like internet explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome and Runs on Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP operating systems. The Browser Hijacker is distributed via various hoax techniques like spam email attachments, software bundles, malevolent ads and pop-ups. Once malicious code is downloaded the infection undergoes stealth installation and targets windows registry to automatically launch the infection when the system is booted.

The pernicious browser extension modifies browser settings and replaces the browser homepage, search engine and new tab with its own. This ruins user browsing experience as all user searches are redirected to https://search.myway.com- a site that has nothing to do with manual guides. Attempts to change the url goes in vain as it reverts back to malicious domain. The site also hosts a ”myway” logo in corner and claims to be “enhanced by Google”. However it is not a good idea to use this search engine as the search results are inaccurate and promote sponsored web pages.

AtoZmanuals Browser Hijacker

 

Threats posed by AtoZmanuals Browser Hijacker

AtoZManuals Browser Hijacker is designed with the sole motive to swindle users. The malicious program is configured to steal user confidential information and use the compromised data to extort them or sell it to the third parties.

  1. Compromise User Personal Identifiable data: Once infiltrated AtoZManuals browser Hijacker spies on user browsing activities. User’s online conduct is constantly being monitored by cyber miscreants as the browser hijacker is configured to establish a network connection with the remote servers controlled by hackers. As a result user online banking credentials are at stake and can be misused by the criminals to render the victim bankrupt.
  2. Bombard computer screen with malevolent ads and pop ups: The malicious system infection monitors user browsing history to generate most appropriate ads relevant to user interest to lure them to click on it. However this is a trick used by the nasty software developers to install other system infections on the victim’s PC as the click on ads redirects victim to malicious web pages that contain malware code.
  3. Renders System Sluggish: AtoZManuals browser Hijacker infects system files, duplicates shortcuts and installs unnecessary programs in the system. This affects system performance and renders it sluggish.

Site Description

AtoZmanuals Browser Hijacker

The malicious browser Hijacker once installed changed the browser home page that follows a typical template that looks similar to popular search engines and Internet portals to deceive users. It is comprised of following toolbars:

Menu bar: Menu bar consists of a search box and several links. The links are sponsored and redirect users to malicious web pages.

Main Search Bar: It presents a Google enhanced search Engine. Queries entered here direct users to https://search.myway.com domain. The search results are inaccurate and aim to promote sponsored web pages that may be malicious.

Links Bar: The bar shows icons to sponsored web sites. The web page that appears may be illegitimate and aims to trick users into entering their account details. The information collected is used to carry malicious activities.

Users therefore need to be cautious and refrain from clicking on any suspicious link, ads and pop- ups to avoid the nasty infection from invading the system.

How does malware invade the system?

 The cyber criminals use various strategies for malware distribution which include –

  1. Software Bundling: Software bundling is the process in which a malicious program is distributed with other free software, to get an unnoticed entry into your computer system. When a user installs a free application, the malicious programs gains a front door entry with the free application, the user has downloaded. Thus, it is a good idea to keep an eye on the installation screens while installing these free applications.
  2. Infected Storage Devices: Your system can also get infected by using removable media such as USB hard drives and jump drives without scanning them with an anti-virus.
  3. Spam Emails – Spamming is the most economic and common method used for the distribution of such malware. The targeted users get genuine looking emails which contain .doc, .txt, and other similar attachments. These attachments can be named as anything which can grab the user’s attention and triggers him/her to open the attachment. As soon as the user opens this attachment, the malware infects the user’s computer system.
  4. Malicious Websites or Malevolent Advertisements: The malicious websites are the ones which are created just for promoting the malware infections. Such websites include but are not limited to porn sites, torrent sites and other free downloading platforms. By visiting such websites, the adware infects the user’s computer without permission. Fake advertisements and updates like Flash player and windows updates which ask the user to update to the latest version are a few examples. When the users click on such links, their computer system gets infected. That is why, it is highly recommended to resist clicking on such links. Also avoid clicking on advertisements offering free stuff such as Win and i Phones, cars or free overseas trips etc.

Threat Summary

Name: AtoZManuals

Browsers Affected: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox

Targeted Operating System: Windows

Category: Browser Hijacker

Symptoms: Homepage, new tab and search engine are replaced with https://search.myway.com domains.

Appearance of sponsored ads and pop-ups

Registry Modification, unnatural network activities, occasional sluggishness of the infected device.

How to remove AtoZManuals Browser Hijacker from the system?

Note: Before we begin, try to remember how the extension got downloaded  on your computer system. Generally, these programs come bundled with free applications that we download off the internet. It is a good practice to locate and uninstall such programs while removing the Browser Hijacker/ Extensions.

 

 

Tips to prevent your computer system from getting infected –

  1. Keeping the Operating System Updated- In order to remain protected and avoid such infections, it is recommended to keep your Operating System updated by enabling the automatic update on your system. The systems with outdated or older versions of Operating System become an easy target for the attackers.
  2. Resist clicking on spam emails – One of the major techniques used for malware distribution is forwarding spam emails to the user. The system gets infected as soon as the user clicks on the attachment. These mails appear to be genuine, so be aware and resist falling for these tricks.
  3. Keep an eye on third party installations- It is quite important that you take due care while installing any third party applications for they are major source of such infections. Such malware programs come bundled with the free applications thereby requiring the user to remain cautious.
  4. Regular periodical backup- In order to keep your data and files safe, it is recommended to take regular back up of all your data and files either on an external drive or cloud.
  5. Use Anti-Virus Protection- We strongly recommend the use of antivirus protection/internet security in your PC like Hitman Pro and Vipre so that it remains safe.
  6. Enable the Ad Blocker/Popup Blocker in your browser- Enabling the popup blocker/ ad blocker in your chosen browser will help you to stay protected from annoying adware.

 

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