Aguea Hijacker - How To Remove?

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Type: Browser Hijacker
 

Search.aguea.com is a perfect example of a typical browser hijacker. Obviously, that’s the main reason why we have categorised this infection as browser hijacker. In general, Aguea virus is looking to change some settings on infected web browser and hijack it – this way cyber criminals behind it builds traffic and then monetises it.

In case you are a victim of this virus, please continue reading the article – by the end of it you will be aware of the best possible methods of removing this virus and protecting your computer against various malware.

We have successfully dealt with viruses like Myprivatesearch.com or Securesurfs.biz infection in the past and they are really similar to this one, therefore using proper software and removal techniques should allow you to completely eliminate search.aguea.com hijacker from your computer and restore previous settings of your web browser.

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What is search.aguea.com virus?

First of all, we should mention that the website itself is not a virus – it only comes as a result of malicious browser extension, which is an actual malware. If one day you noticed that Search.aguea.com is set as a homepage and default search engine on your web browser and you can’t recall doing it by yourself, it is a clear sign that you have been hit with malware.

Usually malicious browser add-ons gets added after the suggestion to do it which is misleading or lacks comprehensive message. A pop-up window might appear while visiting some unreliable website, offering you to add Aguea add-on to your web browser and experience its’ benefits. The same can be done using freeware – cyber criminals tend to distribute malware as a bundle to various, even well-known software. For this particular reason we always recommend our readers to pay close attention to the installation process of freeware – you shouldn’t skip any steps, because usually options to install additional tools come as default.

Speaking of benefits presented by Aguea add-on, we cant say much. It is designed to look like a regular search engine, which could be used instead of Google, Yahoo or other popular and reliable website. That is why some of the users simply ignore this hijacker and use it like a reliable search engine. However, we do not recommend to do that because you can get in trouble. Besides, it’s not really rational or efficient. If you try to search for something using Search.aguea.com, you will notice lots of sponsored results, like in the image below:

Aguea search results

In this particular case, we tried to search for our own website and you can see first results. They are sponsored and not really nearly relevant to what we were looking for. As a matter of fact, healh.zone and hansautoparts.com appear on Search.aguea.com results page almost every time, regardless of what you are searching for, thus they might be closely affiliated.

Moreover, your searches submitted to this website are most likely tracked and can be exposed to third parties. It means if it happens so that you reveal some of your sensitive information to Search.aguea.com, it can be easily leaked and you can become a potential target of cyber criminals.

We have already mentioned that the virus itself is based on a malicious add-on, so eventually to get rid of it you will have to vanish that extension. However, things are not that easy, because Search.aguea.com might place some malicious files on your computer, which would allow this infection to restore itself to the web browser every time you restart it. Those files can be extremely difficult to detect, so we recommend to employ a strong anti-malware tool, such as Reimage or SpyHunter. Scan your computer with one of those anti-malware applications, it will take you just a several minutes.

After the scan, all you need to do is to restore settings on your web browser. It can be easily done if you follow instructions provided below this article. And if you have some questions regarding the virus or its’ removal process, don’t hesitate to ask it in the comments section.



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How to remove Aguea browser hijacker using Windows Control Panel

Many hijackers and adware like Aguea hijacker 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 Aguea browser hijacker .
    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 Aguea hijacker from your browsers

  Top How To remove Aguea hijacker 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 Aguea browser hijacker, 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 Aguea hijacker 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 Aguea hijacker 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 Aguea hijacker, 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 Aguea hijacker virus from Internet Explorer:

How to remove Aguea hijacker 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 Aguea browser hijacker from the list.

How to remove Aguea hijacker from IE 11:

  • Click on the Settings icon (top right) → Manage Addons.
    Add-on
  • Go through Toolbars and extensions. Remove everything related to Aguea browser hijacker 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 Aguea hijacker, 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 Aguea hijacker 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, Aguea hijacker should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

  Top How to remove Aguea hijacker 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 Aguea browser hijacker 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 Aguea hijacker, 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.

Manual removal

 

Important Note: Although it is possible to manually remove Aguea browser hijacker, such activity can permanently damage your system if any mistakes are made in the process, as advanced spyware parasites are able to automatically repair themselves if not completely removed. Thus, manual spyware removal is recommended for experienced users only, such as IT specialists or highly qualified system administrators. For other users, we recommend using Reimage or other tools found on 2-viruses.com.

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