I wrote this article to help you remove Bitballoon.com. This Bitballoon.com removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Browser hijackers are annoying cyber parasites that take over their victims’ browsers and attack them with numerous intrusive advertisements. If you notice that your homepage and search provider have been replaced by the Bitballoon.com website, it is a sign that your browser has been hijacked.
An ad attack will ensue right after the hijacker’s invasion. What’s more, this parasite will get its hands on your private web data like browsing history, surfing habits, search results, Login IDs, etc. This is done in order to help it customize the ad content in such way, that the user is most likely to click on the generated content. The aim is to create income from each click that the victim does.
Hijackers are most commonly distributed through infected links and pop-ups, spam emails, email file attachments, torrents, software bundles, fake update messages, fake utility tool ads, etc. In order to make sure you don’t fall into hacker’s trap and keep your PC safe from a malware infection, we suggest you follow our advice. Steer clear from spam emails. If you receive questionable emails from unknown senders, it is best not to open them. Especially if they contain attachments and executable files.
Also, opting for an Advanced/Custom installation where possible is the safest way you can install software on your PC. This will enable you to see if there are any hidden programs and apps on the bundle you have downloaded. If any additional software is available, we strongly suggest deselecting it, since that’s most likely disguised malware.
Browser hijackers are nasty parasites that wreak havoc on the victim’s browser. Symptoms of such malicious infection include but are not limited to slow internet connection, lagging, abnormal browsing behavior, large amount of ads – pop-ups, in-text, banners, blinking alerts, etc. The longer the hijacker is left unattended, the more time it will have to cause trouble. The ever-growing advert quantity will soon prove to be difficult for the browser to display.
At some point, it will start crashing and freezing, which will lead to the browser to stop working altogether. Browser hijackers are a total breach of your online security and privacy. If you want to return to a normal and ad-free browsing experience, you need to get rid of this annoying pest as soon as you notice its presence on your PC. The instructions at the end of this article, concerning the removal of this browser hijacker, may be of help to you.
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Here are the steps you must perform to remove the hijacker from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.
Remove From Chrome:
Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go to the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still cannot remove Bitballoon.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.