I wrote this article to help you remove Rotumal.com. This Rotumal.com removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Your browser recently started behaving strangely? Have your homepage and search engine been replaced by a custom webpage? The reason behind such abnormal browser behavior is often a malicious cyber infection. If you constantly get redirected to the Rotumal.com page, that only confirms your fears. The existence of this site is a sign that a nasty browser hijacker has invaded your web space. It does not limit its reach to only one type of app. No browser is protected from its nasty infiltration – Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari, Opera, no browser is immune to malware attacks.
As soon as a hijacker infiltrates, it will start to generate multiple adverts. The longer it is let to roam free, the more the number of ads will grow. Every page you visit, you will get flooded with pop-ups, blinking messages, and even annoying ad interruptions during a video that you are trying to watch online. Browser hijackers are known to use any means necessary in order to provide attractive content for the user to click on. That’s why it will steal victim’s browsing history and search queries, to customize the ads accordingly.
The most common means of hijacker distribution include free software bundles, fake update messages, torrent files, questionable links and ads, spam emails and attachments, etc. If you stumble across suspicious pop-ups that are urging you to update a program on your computer by clicking on a shady link, it is most likely a fake update that wants to infect your computer with malicious software.
Speaking of software, if you are about to proceed with an installation process, we strongly suggest opting for Custom or Advanced mode in the Setup Wizard. This way, you can easily deselect any programs or applications that seem suspicious to you or you never even intended to download in the first place. More often than not, additional software is actually disguised malware that waits to get access to your computer.
While the generated ads will look appealing, there is no way of knowing for sure where they will redirect the user. You might get rerouted to infected sources that seek to give hackers access to your computer. They rely on your lack of attention to get their criminal hands on valuable data, so they can share it with other third-parties for profit. Hijackers are a threat to your online privacy and security. They have the power to alter any settings they see fit. What’s more, they can install dubious add-ons, extensions, toolbars or fake utilities without your permission. No matter how much you try to undo this parasite’s modifications on your browser, it will be in vain.
In order to truly regain control over your browser and return to a secure and ad-free browsing experience, you need to remove this malicious software. The sooner, the better. Do not leave it unattended for long. The longer you wait, the more ads it will be able to generate. Such huge amount of advertisements will cause your browser to crash constantly. Sooner or later it will get so overloaded with them, that it will stop working entirely. If you don’t know how to proceed, we suggest you follow our instructions below to find out how to get rid of this annoying browser hijacker.
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 Rotumal.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.