In this article we are going to try and help you remove Epicunitscan.info “Malware”. Our instructions cover all Windows versions as well as most browsers – Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer etc.
We all want a smooth, uninterrupted, high-quality browsing experience when we are surfing the web. Whether it’s for work or leisure, our browser needs to be as fast and efficient as possible. And while there are a lot of minor factors that can slightly slow it down, for the most part our wish is granted. However, at times a program comes by that makes everything about your online experience turn on its head. Your clear Chrome, IE or Chrome interface gets covered with weird new toolbars, your search engine of choice is replaced with some obscure-looking one that you’ve never heard about before and your homepage greets you with some unknown sketchy website you see for the first time. What is happening!? Things were fine yesterday…
Meet Epicunitscan.info – a Browser Hijacker
The new program never asked for your permission. Instead, it took the liberty of messing with your browser/s and making them nearly impossible to use without getting enraged after you realize that the intrusive program does not allow you to revert the changes. This is what this type of unwanted software called Browser Hijacker does. Epicunitscan.info is only one example of such a program and since it is one of the most recently released, we decided to focus on it in the current article. Though the negative effects that it usually has on users’ browsers can be incredibly frustrating, in reality it should not be all that difficult to deal with the issue as long as you know what to do. Here, you can find all the information that you might need regarding those pesky programs in order to remove them and ensure that none of them gets installed on your PC ever again.
What is Epicunitscan.info used for? Is it a virus?
Surely, the nagging Hijacker does things without your permission and for the most part those things are an absolute pain in the neck. However, Epicunitscan.info is not some form of a Trojan horse or Ransomware. Browser Hijackers, though commonly referred to as malware, are usually harmless on their own. Most of the time they are used as Internet marketing tools, which is one of the main reasons why they are so nagging and obstructive. Through a number of different features related to online marketing, those programs are able to generate income for their developers. You, on the other hand, are left with the unwanted toolbars, homepage and search engine coming from the Hijacker (until you have it removed).
The fact that Epicunitscan.info is not malicious Ransomware or other type of nasty virus does not mean that you should not remove the program, as soon as you are done reading this. Hijackers might not be dangerous in the majority of cases, but they are certainly not something you’d want to have on your PC. Apart from its ability to nag you with its presence and the changes it has enforced upon your browser, there are a couple of more things that you should be aware of when it comes to programs like Epicunitscan.info.
- Hijackers might try to look into your browser searches and utilize the gathered data in order to display more appealing ads. Privacy invasions like this, while often not illegal, are surely unwanted and should be reduced to a minimum. In this case, by removing the Hijacker (you can find instructions on how to remove it down below in our removal guide).
- They sometimes tend to employ aggressive advertising techniques. For example, they can cover your whole screen with ads so you have nowhere else to click or display banners that look like error warnings aimed at promoting some other obscure software that is said to be the only way to deal with the errors (which are often non-existent).
- Many Hijackers use significant amounts of PC resources to sustain their processes. This can lead to a slowdown of your machine. Also, due to the overwhelming amount of intrusive content in your browser, the latter might start to crash every now and then.
How to avoid installing Epicunitscan.info
Alas, removing the pesky Hijacker is not enough to fully ensure that your machine is clean and safe. You also must make sure to prevent these programs from entering your system in the future. Browser Hijacker developers use all sorts of distribution methods for their software such as junk mail, deceptive ads and downloadable content from less reputable websites. However, as long as you use your common sense, you will be fine with regards to these. The fact is that most of the time people land Browser Hijackers by installing software bundles. A software bundle is basically a program that has additional applications added in its installer file. To avoid installing the added content, you must carefully look through the installation menu and find the list of added applications. Then, you must uncheck the ones that look suspicious and could turn out to be a Hijacker. If you do not see such a list, look for an Advanced/Custom installation option, since this is often where the added installs are hidden.
Epicunitscan.info “Malware” Removal
Many types of malware will restrict your access to their core files. It is highly recommended that you reboot your PC in safe mode before attempting to use this guide.
- To enable Safe Mode reboot you PC, then hit F8 repeatedly. When the corresponding menu opens please select Safe Mode with Networking.
WARNING! If you are using Windows 8,0 or later and/or your operating system is installed on a fast SSD drive this may fail to work. In this case click here to see how to start your PC in Safe Mode.
#1: Uninstall the malicious program from your control panel
Enter control panel to look for any suspicious programs, which may have installed on your PC. To do that:
- Navigate to your Desktop
- Press simultaneously the Win button together with the R button (Win+R)
- In the Run window that just opened type appwiz.cpl
- Go through the list of programs and find Epicunitscan.info or anything else that may seem suspicious. Right-click on it and choose the uninstallation option
WARNING! Carefully read any confirmation messages that may be created in the process. Sometimes you may get offers to download more Adware applications and this can be linked to either the Yes or the No answer depending on the wording!
Go through the list of programs again and check online for any potentially unwanted programs. We have an article that covers this awesome free software that makes sure that your computer is free from bloatware and programs that you don’t need.
#2: Remove Epicunitscan.info From Chrome
Now we’ll remove the extensions that the malware has attached to your browser.
- Open your Google Chrome browser.
- Type chrome://extensions/ in the URL address bar and press Enter.
- Click on “Developer Mode” on the top right and look for the extension installed by Epicunitscan.info and anything that might be related to it. Copy their IDs (the string of letters), then remove them by clicking on the trash bin icon.
- Type Regedit in the Windows Start Menu and press Enter. Go in : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome\Extensions and delete the entries corresponding to the suspicious IDs you recorded.
#3: Remove Epicunitscan.info From Firefox
- Open Mozilla Firefox browser.
- Type “about:support” in the URL address bar and press Enter.
- Click on the “Refresh Firefox” button on the right and confirm.
#4 Remove Epicunitscan.info From Internet Explorer
- Open your Internet Explorer internet browser.
- Click on the Gear icon on the up right, then on manage add-ons.
- Go through the list disable any suspicious extensions.
#5 Remove any leftover parasitic processes
From the task manager:
- Use Ctrl + Shift + Esc and open the Task manager, then click on the Processes
- Go through the list of processes and look for unknown or otherwise suspicious entries.
- If you see anything suspicious right click on the process and shoes Open File Location, then terminate the process and delete any files you find in the directory.
WARNING! If the directory you open from this menu has no files inside of it it’s probably because the malware has hidden them. You need to reveal hidden files and folders in order to be able to see them. Click here if you don’t know how to do that.
From the start menu:
- Press simultaneously the Win button together with the R button (Win+R)
- In the Run window that just opened type msconfig
- Click on the Startup tab.
This menu controls which programs are loaded when windows starts after a reboot. Disable anything that seems suspicious. Optionally you can also disable any program that you don’t need and also has a high impact on your startup time.
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