Bizrate virus - How to remove?
Bizrate is an advertising platform that is used to display annoying pop ups on Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browsers. Usually they appear when users are making some searches on the Internet or just visiting websites. Bizrate is considered to be a potentially unwanted program as it infiltrates into computers bundled with other software and causes some unwanted actions on your system.
The purpose of Bizrate is to increase traffic of specific websites and promote some web pages. The program also collects information about users’ browsing activities and can send this data to the remote server where it would be used for various purposes. As you see Bizrate poses a risk to both: your security and privacy. For these reasons it is considered to be an unwanted program.
If you want to avoid installing such programs to your system, you should be more careful when downloading anything form the Internet. Always check if the programs you install contain any additional applications that can be added without asking for a clear permission of yours. If you have already noticed messages from Bizrate.com popping up on your computer screen that means you already got infected.
To remove Bizrate from your computer go to Control Panel -> Add and Remove programs list and uninstall it from there. Scan with Spyhunter as it identifies such programs quite well. You should also check browser extensions for Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. If you do not see Bizrate listed, you should use antimalware tools like Spyhunter and scan your computer with it. Uninstalling the program from your computer doesn’t change your search providers, it only stops ads appearing on your computer. You will have to do it manually by yourself. Depending on the browser you are using, follow the instructions below:
On Internet explorer:
- Click arrow on the right of search box.
- Do the following: on IE8-9 choose Manage Search Providers, on IE7 click Change Search Defaults.
- Remove Bizrate from the list.
On Firefox :
- Enter “about:config” in url bar. This will open settings page.
- Type “Keyword.url” in the search box. Right click it & reset it.
- Type “browser.search.defaultengine” in the search box. Right click it & reset it.
- Type “browser.search.selectedengine” in the search box. Right click it & reset it.
- Search for “browser.newtab.url”. Right-click and reset. This will make sure that the search page won’t launch on each new tab.
On Google Chrome:
- Click 3 horizontal lines icon on browser toolbar.
- Select Settings.
- Select Basics ->Manage Search engines.
- Remove unnecessary search engines from list.
- Go back to Settings. On Startup choose Open blank page ( you can remove undesired pages from the set pages link too).