Epsilon is classified as a potentially unwanted program solely attacking Mac computers and its popular browsers. Some people who encounter Epsilon integrated into Safari, Google Chrome or other browser think that some virus attacked their Mac, so they use the term of “Epsilon virus”, even though the modifications introduced by this software give the grounds to report it as a browser hijacker.
Epsilon Virus quicklinks
- Browser alterations by the Epsilon hijacker
- Epsilon hijacker distribution channels
- How to remove Epsilon hijacker effectively
- Automatic Malware removal tools
Epsilon application is advertised as a helpful utility with the integrated search function that also allows people to check weather forecasts and set various background images on the particular browser. However, considering the fact that Epsilon promotes qsearch.pw fake search engine, it should be treated as a typical browser hijacker that is worth immediate removal.
Browser alterations by the Epsilon hijacker
After successful installation, Epsilon modifies important system settings in order to interfere into your browsing experience right away. The following browser parameters are amended by it:
- default homepage;
- default search engine;
- new tab URL address.
Opening the browser reveals the unusual home page related to Epsilon. Similarly, when you attempt to open the new blank page you will notice the modifications that lead you to the website related to Epsilon. For example, in Google Chrome you will notice qsearch.pw instead of the blank tab. Submitting the specific search queries will redirect you through qsearch.pw and will eventually provide you with the search results delivered by Yahoo and displayed on search.yahoo.com. There are times when the hijacker opens the Yahoo Search engine via another dubious page known as searchpage.com. When submitting the search query on the hijacked Google Chrome through the integrated search bar, the results will be displayed by Google Search, however, this search engine will be opened via another questionable page known as trovi.com.
The search results delivered by means of other search engines may be totally irrelevant to your initial search queries. Furthermore, the hijackers of such kind are designed for the purpose of collecting a lot of personal information about the user, for example, submitted search queries, URLs of the visited pages, geographical locations, IP addresses, and other important data. Applications like Epsilon may also be involved in collecting a lot of personal details. The developers of the hijackers similar to Epsilon may sell this collected data to third parties who may illegally use it for generating revenue. Finally, many browser hijackers through their fake search engines may cause considerable privacy issues or even result in identity theft. Considering the fact that Epsilon belongs to this category, it must be deleted without loitering.
Epsilon hijacker distribution channels
The research shows that Epsilon is spread along with another dubious software known as PlayerWeb. In many instances, a lot of browser hijackers and adware samples are promoted through bundling with many free programs available on the web. You may find some excellent PDF converter, video or audio player distributed as freeware and not realize that there are some additional programs suggested to be installed along with the main software.
To avoid installation of Epsilon and similar unwanted apps we strongly advise you to pay very close attention during the setup process. Pay attention to very important details, considering the fact that the statement about Epsilon as additional software may be provided in a small-print manner. Make sure you carefully read all the information provided in the “Advanced” or “Custom” installation options to prevent unauthorized software installations.
How to remove Epsilon hijacker effectively
Epsilon is not a simple hijacker that could be removed just by changing your default home page and search engine values. There are some other important milestones you need to accomplish, for example:
- deleting unfamiliar applications;
- getting rid of Epsilon 1.0 extension in Safari and other Mac browsers;
- removing unwanted profiles from Mac System Preferences.
Removing Epsilon hijacker can be done much faster and more effectively with the help of reliable anti-virus software. It will analyze all the amendments introduced by the hijacker and will fix these issues automatically. Furthermore, there is a chance that Epsilon is not the only unwanted application on your Mac, so scanning with Spyhunter may professionally discover and remove other possible threats on your device.
Automatic Malware removal tools
How to remove Epsilon virus from Safari:TopRemove malicious extensions
- Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences.
- Select Extensions and uninstall Epsilon virus and other suspicious 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.
- Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Reset Safari…
- Select which options you want to reset (usually all of them come preselected) and click on the Reset button.