CalendarSpark browser hijacker
Browser Hijacker | 01/21/2020

How to remove CalendarSpark Browser Hijacker from your system?

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Guide to remove CalendarSpark Browser Hijacker from system

CalendarSpark Browser Hijacker is a dubious toolbar which claims to assist users. with a simple calendar to plan out their daily activities. Superficially, CalendarSpark Extension might look like a genuine tool, But, internally it has the ability to make harmful changes to your browser.

Image 1 for Calendar Spark

This rogue browser extension comes under the category of Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) & browser hijacker. CalendarSpark Browser Hijacker spreads via Software bundling & its official Website. 3 primary reasons to designate CalendarSpark as a browser hijacker are: Alteration of browser settings, Web browser activity tracking & Stealth installation.

Once the browser hijacker is installed, it modifies the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox & Internet Explorer settings. It changes the homepage, new tab URL & default search engine settings to hp.myway.com. Attempts to reset the settings prove futile as the CalendarSpark Extension reverts the settings to hp.myway.com.

Affected users are searching for ways to remove CalendarSpark Browser Hijacker permanently. Read on to know how to remove CalendarSpark from your system.

Threat summary of CalendarSpark Browser Hijacker-

Threat Summary
Name CalendarSpark
Type Browser Hijacker
Category Malware
Targeted OS Windows
Symptoms It changes default browser settings & causes unnecessary redirects.
Damage It monitors online activities & accumulates personal data of the user such as search queries, username, e-mail & IP Address.
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Threat Behavior of CalendarSpark Browser Hijacker

Declared as a (PUP) Potentially Unwanted Program by the cyber-security analysts, the devious CalendarSpark Browser Hijacker distributes via its official download website & Software Bundling.

The overview of CalendarSpark asserts providing an easy-to-use calendar as a daily planner for your activities. It further states that adding the CalendarSpark Extension to Chrome or other browsers will modify the functionality of the New Tab page.

Menaces of Calendar Spark

Cybersecurity analysts have found that this browser hijacker is capable of modifying the default search engine & home page settings & replacing it with hp.myway.com. In addition to that, it prevents the users’ from restoring the old settings. Any attempt to change the modifications brought by the browser hijacker is automatically reassigned.

It redirects the searches to hp.myway.com&hampers web browsing experience of the users.

Indicators that make CalendarSpark Extension evident-

  • Homepage displays the myway search bar.
  • Searches are redirected to myway.com rather than the default search engine.

UI of CalendarSpark

Information collected by CalendarSpark Browser Hijacker

Cyber-security analysts suspect that CalendarSpark is capable of carrying out a wide range of malicious activities on the targeted computer.

Some of these activities are:

  • Rigorous Monitoring of Browsing Activity
  • It gathers IP Addresses& records visited URLs, viewed pages, search queries
  • It collects Installed Browser type & Version along with System Operating System & Version
  • It can also accumulate Personal Information such as Username, e-mail & contact information
  • The information collected by the CalendarSpark Extension can be shared with Third-parties.

It is obvious that such fraudulent actions might pose a significant threat to the privacy & personal identity of the user. Thus if you notice this browser extension installed in your browser, we suggest that you get rid of CalendarSpark Browser Hijacker right away.

Refer to the CalendarSpark removal guide given below & remove this nasty browser hijacker& protect your PC.

Distribution Techniques of CalendarSpark Browser Hijacker-

 The cyber-criminals behind CalendarSpark 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 an iPhones, cars or free overseas trips etc.

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Removal instructions for CalendarSpark Extension

STEP A: Remove unwanted & suspicious browser extension from browsers

Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome and click on the three vertical dots (Google chrome menu icon ) i.e.Menu option which are located at the upper right corner of the Chrome Window.
  2. Find and click on More tools from the drop down menu that is displayed & select Extensions or you can open a Chrome window and type “chrome://extensions” in the address bar.Removal Step 2 CalendarSpark
  3. Check the developer mode option which is located opposite to extensions heading on the top of the Chrome window. By enabling the developer mode, additional details and option related to all the installed extensions will be displayed. One of the details that will be displayed is the ID. ID is the folder name created by the extension at the location “C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions”.
  4. Locate the extension you want to uninstall or delete. Copy and paste the folder name opposite to the ID Tag of that extension into a notepad file. In this case the folder name is “apfkjcjglfhoemadfobgcacfkdhapiab”.Removal Step 4 Calendar Spark
  5. Now, un-check the enabled option next to the extension in question. Make sure you also click on the “Remove” button to delete the extension from the browser. It is important to note that even after uninstalling and deleting the extensions from the browser, the extension might not uninstall properly. Thus, it is a good practice to make sure that we have deleted the folder as mentioned in step 3.Removal Step 5 Calendar Spark
  6. Make sure that you have made the hidden files and folders visible.
  7. Open My Computer and go to “C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions”. Now, look for folder with the name as specified in Step 4 i.e. “apfkjcjglfhoemadfobgcacfkdhapiab”. Delete the folder if present.Removal Step 7 Calendar Spark
  8. Close and re-open the Chrome browser. It is also advisable to restart your computer once the extension is removed.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox, click on three horizontal lines (Mozilla icon ) at the top right corner of the Firefox Window and select the Add-ons option.Mozilla Firefox menu
  2. On the Add-ons manger page, select and click on the Extensions tab as shown below.Firefox Add on remove
  3. Find the extensions related to CalendarSpark and click on the remove button.
  4. In addition, try to remember how the extension got downloaded on your computer system. If this extension was bundled with some other software, then make sure to delete that as well.

Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer, Click on the Gear icon (IE menu icon ) which is at the top right corner of the Internet Explorer Window.
  2. From the newly appeared drop-down menu, click on the option that reads Manage Add-ons.Internet explorer settings menu
  3. A new window will appear on the screen. On this window choose the option that reads Toolbar and Extensions. Under the Show option, select the option that reads “All add-ons”. This option will allow you to see all the browser extensions. Mozilla-manage add-ons toolbars and extensions page
  4. Select the Extension related to CalendarSpark and click on the Disable button which is at the bottom right of the computer screen.

IE toolbar Disable

Step 2: Restore the settings changed by Browser Hijacker

Google Chrome

  1. Open Google chrome and click on the three vertical dots (Chrome menu icon) located on the top right corner of the Chrome Window.Settings-Chrome
  2. From the Drop down menu that appears, click on the “Settings”. A new browser tab will open up, displaying all the settings.Settings-Chrome
  3. Now, we will make changes to the appearance section. Under the “Appearances” section, we will enable the “Show Home Button” option. You can select New Tab page or can add Google or any of your preferred browsers under the “Show Home Button” option.Appearance- Chrome
  4. After this, we will go to the “Search Engine “section.
  5. Here, make Google or any of your preferred browsers as your default browser in the drop-down menu under the option “Search engine used in the address bar”.Search Engine- Chrome
  6. After this click on Manage Search Engines. Now you can remove Other Search Engines that were added by the browser hijacker. Simply click the three vertical dots (Chrome menu icon) and select the option “Remove from list”. Other Search Engines-Chrome
  7. You can make Google or any other preferred browser as your Default Search Engine by clicking the three vertical dots (Chrome menu icon) and clicking on the “Make default” option.
    Manage Search Engines- Chrome
  8. At the end, we will go to the section “On Startup”. You can select the “Open the New Tab page” or can “Continue where you left off”.  If you want to open a specific page or set of pages, select the option “Open a specific page or set of pages”  and remove any pages added by the browser hijacker by clicking on the three vertical dots (Chrome menu icon ) and selecting “Remove”.On startup-Chrome
  9. Then, add Google or any of your desired URL in “Add a new page” option under the “Open a specific page or set of pages”.Add a New Page- Chrome
  10. This is a very important step and we would like you to pay very close attention here. This step has to be repeated with all the shortcuts to the browser that you can locate; like your desktop, start menu and the shortcut pinned to your taskbar. Right click on the shortcut and a context menu will appear. On this menu select the last option that reads Properties.
    Reset Chrome properties
  11. A Google Chrome Properties Dialogue box will appear as below. Replace whatever is there in the text box next to the label Target with the following: Make sure that inverted commas are included.“C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe”
    Chrome target location
  12. Click OK at the end to save the changes.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox and click on the three horizontal lines (Mozilla Firefox menu icon ) i.e. Open Menu located on the top right corner of the Firefox Window.
  2. From the drop down menu that is displayed, we have to right click on the (IE Gear icon Options to open the window.Firefox menu options
  3. Now, we will click Search, under the given options that are displayed in the left corner of the screen.
  4. You can choose Google or any of your preferred browsers as your default search engine to use in the address bar and search bar.Search-Firefox
  5. Then, you have to go to the (IE menu icon General and under “startup” section to make sure that Firefox is your default browser.
  6. At the end, we have to add Google or your preferred URL in the box given under Home Page.Startup-Firefox
  7. After this, you have to right click on the browser shortcuts that you can locate like your desktop, start menu and taskbar to which the application is pinned. A context menu will appear. On this menu select the last option that reads Properties.
    Properties in Mozilla Firefox
  8. A Firefox Properties Dialogue box will appear as below. Replace whatever is there in the text box next to the label Target with the following: Make sure that inverted commas are included.“C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe”
    Mozilla Firefox target location
  9. Click OK at the end to save the changes.

Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer and click on the gear icon (Internet Explorer gear icon )which is at the top right corner of the Internet Explorer Window.Manage Add-Ons -Internet Explorer
  2. From the Drop down menu that appears, click on the “Manage add-ons” A new browser tab will open up, displaying all the add-on types.Manage Add-Ons- Internet Explorer
  3. Now, we will click on the “Search Providers” option from the list of options displayed on the left hand side of the screen. Then we will click “Find more search providers” option given at the lower left corner of the Manage add-onsFind More Search providers-Internet Explorer
  4. This will open an Internet Explorer Gallery; from here you can add Google search or any of your preferred add-ons as your default browser.Internet Explorer Gallery
  5. Next, you are required to go to the “Manage add-ons” window and click on the “Search Providers” option under the Add-on Types.
  6. Here, you can enable Google Search or any of your preferred browsers as your default browser in the list of search providers.Search Providers- Internet Explorer
  7. At the end, we will click on the gear icon (IE gear icon )which is at the top right corner of the screen and select “Internet Options” from the drop-down menu.Internet Options- Internet Explorer
  8. A new window will open displaying the Internet options. In the “Internet Options” window, add Google or any of your desired URL under the Create Home Page option and click OK.Create Home Page- Internet Explorer
  9. After this, you have to right click on the browser shortcuts that you can locate like your desktop, start menu and taskbar to which the application is pinned.  A context menu will appear. On this menu select the last option that reads Properties.
    Settings for Internet Explorer
  10. An Internet Explorer Properties Dialogue box will appear as below. Replace whatever is there in the text box next to the label Target with the following: Make sure that inverted commas are included.“C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe”Target column in Internet Explorer
  11. Click OK at the end to save the changes.

How to prevent CalendarSpark Browser Hijacker from infecting your system-

  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 Vipre and BULL GUARD 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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