localmoxie.com is a new browser hijacker currently attacking the majority of browsers, however, primarily it gets installed into Google Chrome. It is also quite likely that other browsers based on the Chromium open source project may become contaminated as well. According to the information from Alexa site ranking, this particular www.localmoxie.com/web hijacker mainly attacks the USA and the UK. The hijacker may be installed through enabling a special unwanted extension into browser. Typically this takes places through forcing computer owners to download these extensions by means of sudden tricky pop-ups. This guide will help you to fix your browser and avoid the cases of search engine redirection through random websites and to clean your entire computer from all kinds of malware.
localmoxie.com with each single attack on specific computer modifies several parameters of infected browser, such as its home page and default search engine settings. It will cause Internet surfers to encounter www.localmoxie.com/web page instead of google.com or other start page defined specifically by the computer owner. Additionally, all search queries made by user will be redirected through some third-party pages, instead of rendering search results via decent search engines. Finally, opening new tabs in browsers may automatically reveal the page of the hijacker, instead of a blank tab.
The reason why localmoxie.com keeps disturbing your attention is because it is additionally protected by a lot of other third-party programs which were installed to prevent you from getting rid of the hijacker in an easy way. This could be some service running in the background which you can’t easily find. Alternatively, certain browser hijackers modify Desktop shortcuts and quick launch items related to specific browsers, thus adding extra attributes for browsers to start with www.localmoxie.com/web, even if the home page settings do not contain any third-party settings at all.
www.localmoxie.com/web performs various illegal functions in your computer, such as regularly tracking your browsing habits and transferring this information to third parties for various illegal purposes. As a consequence, your personal data may become accessible before cyber frauds who may easily manipulate it. Furthermore, the hijacker is interconnected with a lot of other malicious applications through links that may easily lead your browser to them. And, of course, you will be quite annoyed by various advertisement banners and sponsored links that will permanently distract your attention while surfing the web. In the light of this information, you’re strongly advised to perform a thorough scanning of your system using proven anti-malware tools as explained clearly in the remainder of the tutorial below.
localmoxie.com hijacker removal guide
Step1. Remove localmoxie.com page from the browser
First of all, localmoxie.com is a browser hijackers, like many others. So, here is the simple way to remove them from the browser and get your homepage and search engine back. You just need to reset your browser settings. To do this automatically and for free, you can use the Reset Browser Settings tool from GridinSoft:
- Reset Browser Setting is a tool, included to the complex anti-malware program. So, first of all, you need to download and install GridinSoft Anti-Malware (here or from the product page):
- Open the Tools tab on the top menu. Choose the Reset Browser Settings tools from the list:
- Select the browser, which is infected by localmoxie.com, and options, that you need to reset, and just do it! (Please, be aware, that this procedure will close all instances of the selected browsers, and save your work in them before clicking on the “Reset” button):
- When this process is done, you’ll see such screen. It means, that your browser settings are default now and localmoxie.com has been removed from your browser:
Video guide on how to reset browser automatically:
BUT!! Unfortunately, it doesn’t mean that localmoxie.com hasn’t installed some malicious software directly in your system. So, we strongly recommend every user, who has the same problem, to scan his computer after the browser resetting and make sure, that PC is clean and safe.
Step2. Remove localmoxie.com traces from the system
- Go back to the GridinSoft Anti-Malware main screen and choose the scan type:
- Scan your computer system:
- After the scan is completed, you will see if there is any adware on your PC. Remove the detected items by clicking on the “Apply” button:
- Finally, this window is a proof of your system’s absolutely cleanness. You removed localmoxie.com!
Video guide on how to remove localmoxie.com from the system:
How to prevent your PC from being reinfected with localmoxie.com in the future.
GridinSoft Anti-Malware offers excellent solution which may help to prevent your system from being contaminated with malware ahead of time. This feature is referred to as “On-Run Protection”. By default, it is disabled once you install the software. To enable it, please click on “Protect” button and press “Start” as demonstrated below:
The useful and interesting function may allow people to prevent install of malicious software. It means, when you will try to install some suspicious file, On-Run Protection will block this installation attempt ahead of time. NOTE! If users want to allow the dangerous program to be installed, they may choose “Ignore this file” button. In case, if you want to terminate malicious program, you must select “Confirm”.