The Tech-Connect search hijacker is an illustration of an average unwanted program; such applications are promoted enormously these days. In this article you will see the complete information of “Tech-Connect” hijacker removal in several ways: utilizing anti-malware software and manual removal technique.
It is better to prevent, than repair and repent!
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Tech-Connect – What is it?
“Tech-Connect” search hijacker is a potentially unwanted application (PUA)1, that is spread as a plugin for your web browser. It is usually promoted as an add-on for Chrome or Firefox, that helps to browse some precise information, as an example, about sport events, make your web browser much more safe, enable downloading of any kind of video clip, et cetera. Also, this app adds the “Managed by your organization” feature (on Chrome browsers).
However, the “Tech-Connect” plugin is pretty useless since all such features are currently built-in to your web browser and/or Windows. Such marketing slogans are targeted at low-skilled computer users, for example, pensioners or schoolchildren. But sometimes even skilled users are getting caught on such an appeal. In specific cases, this hijacker is distributed together with free tools.
Here is a short info for the Tech-Connect hijacker
|Hosting||AS174 Cogent Communications
|Infection Type||Browser Hijacker, Unwanted Application|
|Symptoms||Changed search engine; search queries redirection|
|Similar behavior||Private, Hydrough/, Securesurf|
To remove possible virus infections, try to scan your PC
How harmful is Tech-Connect hijacker?
Besides its uselessness, Tech-Connect hijacker is also rather hazardous for web browser usage. It alters your search engine to its particular – Tech-connect.biz, and also alters your background, adding its watermark on your background image (or, sometimes, altering it to default with the specified symbol).
Besides visual modifications done by Tech-Connect hijacker, you can notice that a couple of your search questions are redirecting to the unfamiliar sites, filled with web links and ads – so-called doorway sites. Such websites can have links for malware downloads. The possibility of redirecting boosts if you try to launch Google search page forcibly.
But all these activities are more annoying than really harmful. The biggest risk, especially for people who have a huge amount of secret information in their browsers, is installed in information gathering functionalities. Cookie files, conversations, often-visited sites, as well as other activities are easily gathered by Tech-Connect hijacker.
How to remove Tech-Connect search hijacker?
- Download and install GridinSoft Anti-Malware.
- Open GridinSoft Anti-Malware and perform a “Standard scan“.
- “Move to quarantine” all items.
- Open “Tools” tab – Press “Reset Browser Settings“.
- Select proper browser and options – Click “Reset”.
- Restart your computer.
Browser hijackers are almost always very easy to remove. For the most part, they have a separate app that can be spotted in the list of installed programs. As a result of the particular distribution manner of Tech-Connect hijacker, it can be conveniently tracked and removed manually. Nonetheless, if you got Tech-Connect in the bundle with a free applications, your personal computer may be infected with much more serious malware – trojans, spyware and even ransomware. That’s why I’d suggest you make use of anti-malware tools to delete the Tech-Connect PUA and all other malware.
You can use Microsoft Defender2 – it is capable of discovering and eliminating different malware, including named hijacker. But major malware, that might be present on your computer in the mentioned case, can disable the Windows antivirus tool by editing the Group Policies. To keep away from such circumstances, it is far better to use GridinSoft Anti-Malware.
To detect and erase all unwanted programs on your PC with GridinSoft Anti-Malware, it’s better to utilize Standard or Full scan. Quick Scan is not able to find all the malware, because it checks only the most popular registry entries and folders.
You can see the detected malicious apps sorted by their possible harm till the scan process. But to choose any actions against malicious apps, you need to hold on until the scan is finished, or to stop the scan.
To set the action for each detected malicious or unwanted program, click the arrow in front of the name of the detected virus. By default, all malware will be moved to quarantine.
Reset browser settings to original ones
To reset your browser settings, you need to use the Reset Browser Settings option. This action is not able to be counteracted by any malware, hence, you will surely see the result. This action can be found in the Tools tab.
After pressing the Reset Browser Settings option, the menu will be displayed, where you can choose, which settings will be reverted to the original.
Deleteing Tech-Connect hijacker manually
Besides using anti-malware software for browser restoration, you may choose the “Reset browser settings” function, which is usually embedded in all popular browsers.
To reset Edge, do the following steps :
- Open “Settings and more” tab in upper right corner, then find here “Settings” button. In the appeared menu, choose “Reset settings” option :
- After picking the Reset Settings option, you will see the following menu, stating about the settings which will be reverted to original :
For Mozilla Firefox, do the next actions :
- Open Menu tab (three strips in upper right corner) and click the “Help” button. In the appeared menu choose “troubleshooting information” :
- In the next screen, find the “Refresh Firefox” option :
After choosing this option, you will see the next message :
If you use Google Chrome
- Open Settings tab, find the “Advanced” button. In the extended tab choose the “Reset and clean up” button :
- In the appeared list, click on the “Restore settings to their original defaults” :
- Finally, you will see the window, where you can see all the settings which will be reset to default :
Opera can be reset in the next way
- Open Settings menu by pressing the gear icon in the toolbar (left side of the browser window), then click “Advanced” option, and choose “Browser” button in the drop-down list. Scroll down, to the bottom of the settings menu. Find there “Restore settings to their original defaults” option :
- After clicking the “Restore settings…” button, you will see the window, where all settings, which will be reset, are shown :
As an afterword, I want to say that time plays against you and your PC. The activity of browser hijacker must be stopped as soon as possible, because of the possibility of other malware injection. This malware can be downloaded autonomously, or offered for you to download in one of the windows with advertisements, which are shown to you by the hijacker. You need to act as fast as you can.
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How to Remove Tech-Connect?
Description: Tech-Connect - a lot of users became a victim of browser hijacker. I have a lot of friends who literally bombed me with the questions like “how to remove Tech-Connect?”. In this article we will show you how to deal with Tech-Connect (Tech-connect.biz), which may corrupt your browser’s correct performance, and create a lot of troubles while you are working.
Operating System: Windows
Application Category: Browser Hijacker
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