Blekko Redirect is a browser hijacker that changes default search provider to Blekko.com. Blekko is a legitimate website, one of the smaller search engines. It also claims to be a spam free. However, it also pays affiliates for each visitor that tries out the search engine. Although the amount of money is relatively small, it is lucrative for malware makers that gain additional couple of bucks for each install. Thus stripped down version of Blekko toolbar is installed without user’s consent and uninstall is impossible sometimes. As users are not warned about the install, they call the toolbar causing redirections a Blekko virus.
Due to this, we rate Blekko Toolbar as Potentially Unwanted Application and if the uninstaller is not included it is a sign of malware infection. Distribution of such programs without actual uninstaller is violation of terms and conditions of affiliate program, however, malware makers do not care and it is hard to prove. If you haven’t installed the toolbar yourself, it is a sign your PC is infected with adware or trojans, and you should not take these redirections lightly. Besides being annoying if you are happy with your regular search results, they hide more serious problem: someone installs software without your actual consent.
If you haven’t installed Blekko Toolbar yourself
In this case, you are infected and should remove Blekko Virus, you must immediately perform a full system scan with an anti-malware program. There are several versions of trojans that distribute toolbars and you will need anti-malware program like Spyhunter to determine the cause of infection. Then you should repeat the steps written bellow.
If you have installed Blekko Toolbar, or see it in control panel
If you have installed toolbar yourself and wish to remove it, follow following instructions :
1. Go to control panel. Uninstall Blekko Toolbar. I would also recommend uninstall other software you do not know about that was installed on the same day.
2. Open your browser. Go to extensions/pluggins. Check out that there is nothing Blekko related. Delete all extensions that are made by anything else than Microsoft, Adobe, Oracle, Sun or Google.
3. You will have to reset your Search provider.
Click arrow on the right of search box
On IE8-9 choose Manage Search providers
On ie7 click change search defaults
Remove Blekko from the list
On Firefox :
In url field type “about:config” (without the quotes) and do following =>
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.
On Google Chrome:
Click gear icon on browser toolbar
Select Basics ->Manage Search engines
Remove Blekko from list
4. Scan with anti-malware program Spyhunter or Spybot S&D to confirm that everything got removed and cleaned.
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