If you have been noticing opening of suggestive websites automatically while surfing the web, your browser might be infected with Fuq.com virus. No, your computer is not getting horny. (though, I applaud you for such imagination)
Yes, it is a reason to worry. This website is a Browser Hijacker Malware which works by redirecting the victim to the target website. Today we have amassed a detailed guide to help you get relief from this Malware.
- 1 What exactly is Fuq.com?
- 2 How to remove Fuq.com?
- 3 Conclusion
What exactly is Fuq.com?
Fuq.com is a Malware categorized as a “Browser Hijacker.” It is a program which runs in the background and pops up advertisements and redirects your browser to particular websites in the name of promotion and advertising.
Browser Hijackers have a job of redirecting your browser to those websites for which the hacker is paid for. Some webmasters pay for this Malware to direct the browser to their site.
This increases traffic, and ultimately their ranking in Google. As you might have guessed, Fuq.com is a Browser Hijacker which has been programmed to redirect your browser to this malware sitr since the hacker is paid for the promotion.
What is the harm in keeping Fuq.com?
Just imagine yourself working on a school project while your parents enter the room and suddenly the browser is directed to this strange website.
Yes, the horror is palpable.
This alone should be enough incentive to get rid of this Malware. Though, if you are still not convinced, here is a full list of potential harms a Browser Hijacker can cause:
- Opening malicious or infected websites in the background.
- Collecting personal information like your IP Address and geographical location.
- Gathering Browser History, Cookies, and Cache.
- Collecting Usernames and Passwords.
- Gathering banking details like Credit Card details.
How did my system get infected?
Browser Hijackers are not applications that can be seen on your desktop. Even some Anti-Virus programs may also be unable to detect such Malware since they actively try to hide their presence.
Few ways in which your system could have been infected are:
- Visiting malicious websites which inject such Malware into your browser without your notice.
- Downloading suspicious extensions in your browsers.
- Installing third-party applications from non-trustworthy resources.
- Installed by some pre-existing Malware host.
How to remove Fuq.com?
Follow the steps below to remove this malware website link from your browser.
Step 1: Download and run Rkill.exe
Rkill is the silver bullet to completely halt all the malicious processes running at the time on your computer. It is a simple open and close application which automatically kills all the malicious tasks running in the background.
Alternatively, you can open the Windows Task Manager and manually kill all the tasks named as Fuq.com but the sheer number of processes and the possible presence of other malicious tasks makes it faster and more convenient to use Rkill.
Step 2: Install and run Malwarebytes on your computer
Malwarebytes is a renowned anti-virus program which automatically detects and removes most of the malicious software that might have infected your device.
It is a simple three-step process to use Malwarebytes to remove all the malicious programs from your device:
- Install Malwarebytes from this here.
- Run Malwarebytes and click on “Scan.”
- Click on “Quarantine Selected” to remove all the Malware detected by Malwarebytes.
Step 3: Cleaning up the Browser Shortcuts
- Right-Click on your Web Browser’s Shortcut. (Google Chrome, Firefox, etc.)
- Select “Properties.”
- Under the “Shortcut” tab check the “Target” section.
- Remove anything after “.exe”
- Select “Apply.”
Step 4: Quarantining Browsers
- Close Google Chrome if under use.
- Go to: C:/Users/<USERNAME>/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data.
- Rename the folder “Default” to “Backup Default.”
- Restart Google Chrome.
- Open the “Settings” menu.
- Click on “Add-ons.”
- Select “Extensions” to see all the extensions installed.
- Remove all the suspicious or unknown extensions.
- From the Safari menu, select “Preferences.”
- In the Safari Preferences window, click the “Extensions” tab.
- Find any unknown plugin, then click the “Uninstall” button.
- Next, select “Preferences,“ go to the “General” tab and change the “Default Search Engine” to any trusted Search Engine of your choice like Google, Yahoo, etc.
- Then, in the “General” tab, find the “Home Page” and change it to any trusted website you want as your homepage.
- Go to “Settings” and click on “Manage Add-ons.”
- Remove all the suspicious or unknown Plugins.
- Go to “Settings” and click on “Internet Options.”
- Change the URL to any of your trusted website. (like Google, Yahoo, etc.)
Step 5: Restart your computer
Now, finally restart your system to see the changes.
Following the steps given above should ensure the complete removal of this Malware from your system. It is always recommended to scan your system with a reliable Anti-Virus program on a regular basis.
Also, be wary while installing free application packages and always chose “Custom Installation” to avoid being a victim of Bundling. We hope it helped!