This page aims to help you remove Arasak.com. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
If you are struggling with annoying page-redirects, pop-ups, pop-unders and box messages that get shown in your browser on every site you try to visit, you may need to clean your browser because there’s likely a browser hijacker/browser redirect app like Arasak.com in it. Arasak.com and other similar apps are not really viruses or malware. For example, they won’t try to secretly encrypt any of your files like Ransomware cryptoviruses or steal sensitive data from your computer and cause damage to its system like Trojan Horses. However, the endless barrage of different flashy ads and invasive page-redirects could really get on one’s nerves and that is why it’s still preferable if you rid your browser of the invasive software. In addition to the ads and the redirects, your Chrome, Firefox or other browser may have its homepage, search engine service, toolbar as well as other similar components and settings altered by the invasive hijacker. Again, it’s all done to make the ads distribution and generation more effective. The end goal of the intrusive app is to make you click on the ads as this is what earns money for the developers of the hijacker. Each advert that gets clicked upon and each site you get redirected to by Arasak.com generates income on Pay-Per-Click/Pay-Per-Visit basis. It is, therefore, understandable why these software pieces tend to be so frustratingly invasive and annoying. Of course, you don’t need to put up with any of this – you can simply remove the hijacker and end the whole annoyance for good and here, on this page, we can help you do it with relative ease. Just follow our instructions from the dedicated Arasak.com removal guide that you will find below and contact us through the comments section in case you should need any further assistance.
You should still remain careful
The fact that this isn’t a Ransomware encryption-virus or a Trojan Horse virus doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be careful around the hijacker. Apps like these can be unpredictable when it comes to what type of advertising content they may spam inside of your browsing program. Sure, some of the ads may show you real offers that you may be interested in exploring. However, in many cases, some of those banners, redirects links and promotional messages could be fake or misleading and could lead you to download, purchase and install all kinds of software that you don’t need inside your system. And, needless to say, many hackers online use the infamous malvertising method to spread their malware which makes it even more risky to interact with randomly displayed web ads that pop-up on your computer screen during your sessions online. It is, therefore, best if you use our guide or the professional security tool we’ve linked in it (or both) to quickly and fully uninstall and remove all components related to Arasak.com from your computer.
Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
Mac user, please use our Mac Malware Removal guide.
The following guide will help our readers get rid of the unpleasant Arasak.com software. Follow the instructions and complete each step for best results. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them using our comment section down below.
Preparation: Entering Safe Mode and Revealing Hidden Files and Folders
Before you proceed with the actual removal instructions, you will need to take two extra steps in order to ensure that the guide has maximum effect.
For best results, we advise our readers to boot into Safe Mode prior to attempting to remove the virus. If you do not know how to do that, here is a separate How to Enter Safe Mode guide.
Also, in order to be able to see any potentially undesirable files, you should reveal any hidden files and folders on your PC – here is how to do that.
Step 1: Checking the Task Manager
Open your Task Manager by using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys and go to the Processes tab. Look for any suspicious processes. For example, any unfamiliar process that uses high amounts of RAM and/or CPU. If you aren’t sure if a certain process comes from malware, tell us in the comments.
Right-click on any process that you consider shady and select Open File Location. Delete anything from the file location of the process.
Step 2: Disabling Startup programs
Use the Winkey + R keyboard combination to open the Run search bar and type msconfig. Hit Enter and in the newly opened window, go to the Startup tab. There, look for suspicious entries with unknown manufacturer or ones that have the name Arasak.com on them. Right-click on those, and select disable.
Step 3: Uninstalling unwanted programs
Go to Start Menu > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program. Click on Installed On to sort the entries by date from most recent to oldest and look through the programs that come at the top of the list. Right-click on any entries that appear shady and unwanted and then select Uninstall to remove them from your PC. If you see the name Arasak.com in the list of programs, be sure to remove the software without hesitation.
Step 4: Checking for shady IP’s
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
Step 5: Cleaning-up the browsers
You will also have to uninstall any undesirable browser extensions from your browser programs. Here’s how to do that for some of the more popular browsers:
Open Chrome and open its main menu. Go to More Tools > Extensions. Look through the list of extensions and uninstall any that you think could be suspicious. To remove them – click on the trash can icon next to each extension.
You can also use a specialized Chrome CleanUp tool if you cannot manually remove a certain extension. Here is an article where you can learn more about the CleanUp tool.
Open Firefox and go to its Menu. Select the Add-ons button.From the left panel, select Extensions and take a look at the different entries. Remove any of the that might be unwanted.
Once you open your IE browser, click on the Tools button at the top-right corner of the program and from the drop-down menu select Manage Add-ons. Check each one of the four different groups of add-ons and search for anything that seems undesirable. If you find anything, click on it and them select Remove.
Open the main menu of Microsoft Edge and go to Extensions. Find the extensions that you believe could be unwanted and right-click on them. Then, select Uninstall.
Step 6: Checking the Registry Editor
Open the Run search bar again and type regedit in it. Hit Enter and once the Registry Editor opens press Ctrl + F. In the search field type Arasak.com and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Arasak.com in your PC’s Registry.
Step 7: Deleting recent entries
For this step, you will have to open your Start Menu and copy-paste the following lines, one by one:
Hit Enter after each one to open a file directory. In the directories, delete the most recent entries that you find there. In the Temp folder, delete all files.
Step 8: System Restore
In order to be fully sure that the unwanted software has been removed from your machine, you can also try using a Restore Point to roll back your system its last stable configuration. However, in order to do that, you would have to previously had had a restore point created. On most systems, such points get created automatically but this isn’t always the case.
- If you want to learn how to configure System Restore and how to manually create Restore Points, follow this link.
- Open your Start Menu and type System Restore.
- Click on the first result – a setup wizard should open.
- Read the brief description of the process and select Next.
- Now, choose a restore from the presented list. You can also check the Show more restore points option in order to reveal any other restore points that might be saved on your PC.
- Click on Scan for affected programs to see what programs will get deleted or restored after you use the Restore Point. (optional)
- Click on next and take and then select Finish.
- A warning window will appear telling you that once the process starts, it shouldn’t be interrupted. Select Yes and be patient as this might take some time. Do not do anything on your PC throughout the duration of the process.
Step 9: Windows Refresh/Reset
Use this method only if nothing else has worked so far as it is a last resort option. If you do not know how to do it, this separate guide will give you the information that you need.
Daniel Sadakov has a degree in Information Technology and specializes in web and mobile cyber security. He harbors a strong detestation for anything and everything malicious and has committed his resources and time to battling all manners of web and mobile threats. He has founded MobileSecurityZone.com, a website dedicated to covering the top tech stories and providing useful tips for the everyday user, in an effort to reach and help more people.