Amisites.com Virus - How To Remove?

 

Amisites application is associated with NueSearch, both being the browser hijackers. Hijackware is creepy malware which moves into the computer’s system stealthily, feels at home there and brings about changes without the user’s permission.

About Amisites Browser Hijacker

This browser hijacker hijacks your default homepage, new tab and search engine and, instead, redirects you to amisites.com every time you launch your web browser. This browser extension can make changes to Mozilla, Explorer, Safari, Chrome and other browsers. When you do a search on amisites.com, it reroutes you to Google search results in a new tab. This is a typical behavior of fake search engines. And this redirection is, in fact, a basic feature of rogue search providers which distinguishes the fake ones from the legitimate ones. You will never notice that Google, Yahoo or Bing reroute you to some other search engine. Fraud engines like Amisites do not generate search results by themselves, they only incorporate sponsored 3rd party websites into the results of authentic providers.

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Amisites.com does not provide any information about legal entity running it. Even in licese, privacy policy and other such pages you will not find which company is responsible for this website and if you get any problems, there is no entity to be responsible for it. Thus Amisites “legal” texts are bogus placeholders to look like serious company. The single way to contact the users is their yandex email. Yandex emails are used in Russia and some other post-soviet countries and are not popular in Western countries.

How does Amisites Browser Hijacker Infect Your Computer?

Host programs, such as Flash Players, PDF Creators, etc., carry additional apps such as Amisites browser hijacker. Advanced/Custom installation options can put a stop to the setup of such apps. Actually, you yourself can prevent the installation of the PUPs (potentially unwanted programs) setting the setup wizard in the previously mentioned mode. Then, you will be able to uncheck the checkboxes next to the unwanted programs. Additionally, read the EULA (End User License Agreement). And, as you might already know, gaming, gambling, torrent, porno and the like domains are better to be sidestepped.

Additionally, this malware family is known to do 2 other distinct system changes:

  1. They hijack your shortcuts (including, but not limited to your browser shortcut), so each time you launch your programs a browser window with Amisites will open. This generates page views and potential clicks for malware makers. Thus you will have to check all the shortcuts either by hand of with malware scanner.
  2. It installs hidden programs that reset the infection once it is removed. These programs can be detected by scanning with anti-malware programs. If you fail to remove them, the infection will reappear.

While there are legitimate smaller search engines, both above mentioned things are a sure sign of malware. Thus I strongly recommend removing this parasite.

Spyhunter, Plumbytes or Malwarebytes is your number one solution to fighting such malware infections as the infiltration of Amisites PUP. Download, install and run one of these scanners and you will be sure that your computer’s system is clean and safe. For manual removal of Amisites browser hijacker follow the free instructions below.


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Manual removal of Amisites.com virus

How to remove Amities.com virus using Windows Control Panel

Many hijackers and adware like Amisites virus install some of their components as regular windows programs as well as additional software. This part of malware can be uninstalled from Control Panel. To access it, do the following.
  • Start→Control Panel (older Windows) or press Windows Key→Search and enter Control Panel (Windows 8);
    Control panel
  • Choose Uninstall Program;
    Programs and features
  • Go through a list of programs and select entries related to Amisites.com virus .
    Remove toolbars
  • Click uninstall button.
    Uninstall
  • In many cases anti-malware programs are better at detecting related parasites, thus I recommend installing Spyhunter or Reimage to identify other programs that might be a part of this infection.
    Scan with spyhunter
This method will not remove some of browser plugins therefore proceed to the next part of the removal guide.
Removing Amities.com virus from your browsers

  Top Remove shortcut hijack (all browsers) (optional): If your browser opens Amities.com virus page on startup only, try this:

  • Right click on your browser icon. Choose Properties;
    Shortcut properties
  • Open Short cut tab;
    Remove url
  • Delete Amities.com virus part from target field.

  Top How To remove Amisites.com virus from Google Chrome:

  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select More Tools→Extensions
    Extensions
  • Select all malicious extensions and delete them.
    Remove extensions
  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select Settings
    Open settings
  • Select Manage Search engines
    Manage search engines
  • Remove unnecessary search engines from the list
    Delete search engines
  • Go back to settings. On Startup choose Open blank page (you can remove undesired pages from the set pages link too).
  • If your homepage was changed, click on Chrome menu on the top right corner, select Settings. Select Open a specific page or set of pages and click on Set pages.
    Set pages
  • Delete malicious search websites at a new Startup pages window by clicking “X” next to them.
    Delete start pages

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Amisites.com virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on a Chrome’s menu button (three horizontal lines) and select Settings.
  • Scroll to the end of the page and click on theReset browser settings button.
    Resset settings
  • Click on the Reset button on the confirmation box.
    Reset approve

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

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How To remove Amisites.com virus from Firefox:

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla window and select the “Add-ons” icon (Or press Ctrl+Shift+A on your keyboard).
    Select add-on
  • Go through Extensions and Addons list, remove everything Amisites.com virus related and items you do not recognise. If you do not know the extension and it is not made by Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Oracle or Adobe then you probably do not need it.
    Remove add-on
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Firefox menu in the top right corner, select Options → General. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Restore to Default.
    Restore default

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Amisites.com virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla Firefox window. Click on the Help button.
    Help button
  • ChooseTroubleshooting Information on the Help menu.
    Troubleshooting
  • Click on theReset Firefox button.
    Refresh firefox
  • Click on the Reset Firefox button on the confirmation box. Mozilla Firefox will close and change the settings to default.
    Refresh firefox approve

(Optional) Steps for older Mozilla Firefox versions:

  • Enter “about:config” in URL bar and hit enter. This will open the settings page
    Abou config
  • Type “Keyword.url” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
    Reset Keyword.url
  • Type “browser.search.defaultengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Type “browser.search.selectedengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Search for “browser.newtab.url”. Right-click and reset it. This will make sure that the search page won’t launch on every new tab.
  • If the settings revert and the scan with anti-malware programs is clean: close Firefox, open file explorer and enter %AppData% in the address bar. Enter user.js in the search box. If this file exists, rename it and start Firefox again. You will have to repeat the steps above.
    Remove user.js
If the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program to identify malicious entries.

  Top How to remove Amisites.com virus virus from Internet Explorer:

How to remove Amisites.com virus virus from Internet Explorer (older versions):

  • Click on the arrow on the right of the search box.
  • Do the following: on IE8-9 choose Manage Search providers, on IE7 click Change search defaults.
  • Remove the Amities.com virus from the list.

How to remove Amisites.com virus from IE 11:

  • Click on the Settings icon (top right) → Manage Addons.
    Add-on
  • Go through Toolbars and extensions. Remove everything related to Amisites.com virus and items you do not know that are made not by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle or Adobe.
    Disable add-ons
  • Select Search Providers.
    Set search engine
  • If any of these search providers is not available, follow “Find more search providers” in the bottom of the screen and install Google.
    Find search engines
  • Close the Options.
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Gear icon on the top right corner to open the Internet Explorer menu, select Internet options and choose General tab. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Apply.
    Restore home page

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Amities.com virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Gear icon→Internet Options.
    Internet options
  • Choose the Advanced tab and click on the Reset Reset settings
  • Select Delete personal settings checkbox and click on the Reset button.
    Reset approve
  • Click on the Close button on the confirmation box, then close your browser.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

How to remove Amisites.com virus from Microsoft Edge:  Top


Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 1)

  • Open Microsoft Edge and click on More actions button (three dots at the top right corner of the screen), then choose Settings.
    Open settings
  • In the Settings window, click Choose what to clear button.
    Choose clear
  • Select everything that you want to remove and click Clear.
    Clear browsing data
  • Right click on Start and choose Task manager.
    Open task manager
  • In the Processes tab right click on Microsoft Edge and select Go to details.
    Go to details
  • In the Details look for entries named Microsoft Edge, right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries.
    End Edge task

If the first method didn't work for you, follow the steps of advanced method below. Make sure you backup your data before completing these steps.

Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 2)

  • Navigate to the following folder: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe Select all of the entries in this folder, right click on them and select Delete.
    Delete files
  • Click Start button and type in “Windows power”. Right click on the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator.
    Open powershell
  • When Administrator: Windows PowerShell window appears on your screen, paste in this line after PS: cd C:\WINDOWS\system32 and press Enter: Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml" -Verbose}
    Run command
Once you finish these steps, Amisites.com virus should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

  Top How to remove Amisites.com virus from Safari:

Remove malicious extensions

  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences.
    Open preferences
  • Select Extensions and uninstall Amisites.com virus and other suspicious extensions.
    Extensions
  • If your homepage was changed, click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences and choose General tab. Enter preferable URL to the homepage field.
    Reset homepage
(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings(older versions)

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Amities.com virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Reset Safari…
    Choose reset
  • Select which options you want to reset (usually all of them come preselected) and click on the Reset button.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

Note: Amisites belong to shortcut-replacing search hijackers family. Thus it is critical to check all the shortcuts on desktop and menu for malicious links. Anti-Malware programs might detect them automatically, or you should fix all the ones that re-open amisites window on launch.

     
 

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