Many computer users face a commonly encountered problem with their browsers where the browser starts spamming their screen with obnoxious and invasive adverts and also page-redirects the users’ searches with the help of a new search engine tool and a new starting page address that has been imposed on the browser and that has replaced the previous ones. This is usually the work of a browser hijacker application which is neither a malicious virus nor a regular program that you’d want to have in your system. To put it simply, the browser hijacker are known for their ads and page-redirects and they could enter most browsers in order to show ads on them and, in turn, make money from the clicks that the users make on the said ads. You could be using Chrome, Edge, Firefox or any other reliable and highly secure browser and it would normally not matter as the hijackers do not discriminate between different browsing programs, they are normally multi-compatible and since they aren’t actual malware like Trojans or Ransomware cryptoviruses, their presence in your browser would typically be taken for something normal by any security software you may have installed in your computer. This all could actually be quite annoying and frustrating since you may not be able to easily eliminate such an application from your computer. Not to worry, though – in case you have such software in your machine and browser, you will learn how to deal with it within the following lines. Below, we have prepared a guide for removing the Arletrinsin.info browser hijacker which is the most likely reason why you’re currently reading this post. Just make sure you complete all of the steps that you will see below and remember that for even better results you can use the removal program we’ve linked in the guide.
Things you need to remember about apps like Arletrinsin.info
While most software belonging to the hijacker type is relatively safe, at least when compared to Ransomware infections, Trojans, Rootkits and other similar dangerous software, it is still not a good idea to allow a hijacker to mess with your browser. Leaving aside the fact that this could be really unpleasant and is likely to make it quite difficult for you to actually use your browsing program in a normal way, sometimes the hijacker apps could be rather unsafe. We aren’t saying that Arletrinsin.info will try to mess with your system or do some other malicious thing. However, the problem is that the random advertisements that get spammed by the representatives of the hijacker category are really not the safest or the most reliable type of content that you could interact with. Some of the offers may be fake or misleading and could land you on all sorts of unreliable online places. It is always a safe bet to eradicate and fully uninstall everything related to a hijacker from your system and that is exactly what you are advised to do next.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||The symptoms may vary but usually involve some form of ads-generation.|
|Distribution Method||Spam and malvertising and sometimes installation bundles.|
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 Arletrinsin.info 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 Arletrinsin.info 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 Arletrinsin.info 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 Arletrinsin.info and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Arletrinsin.info 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.