This page aims to help you remove Cardinaldata.net. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
You may not like the ads that the annoying Cardinaldata.net app is streaming on your computer screen while you are browsing the Internet but, at the very least, you aren’t dealing with a nasty Ransomware encryption or a Trojan Horse attack. Still, we fully understand your frustration with this app and your desire to get rid of it and all of its changes that it’s made to the search engine, the homepage address and the toolbar of your browser. Some users may think that if they switch to another browser or re-install their current one, the issue would be resolved but browser hijackers like Cardinaldata.net (that’s what these apps are called) don’t normally go away so easily. Also, they don’t normally discriminate between different browsers so you can get such an app on Chrome, Firefox, Edge, IE and oftentimes even Mac users complain about having a hijacker inside their Safari browser. This all makes it even more irritating to have an app like Cardinaldata.net installed inside your computer. The removal of a hijacker could be quite a tricky task, especially for users that haven’t before dealt with such software. This is, however, why we have written this post in the first place – our main goal here is to help you take care of this problem in a reliable and easy manner. Just scroll down to the instructions that we have included in this article and follow them in order to quickly and successfully uninstall the invasive and unwanted software from your computer. In case you prefer a quicker method that doesn’t require you tinkering with your computer system, you can also use the specialized security tool we’ve added to the guide as an extra helper against the unwanted browser hijacker that you are struggling with.
Is there any use of a browser hijacker
In many instances, an app the likes of Cardinaldata.net would initially get presented to the users as a useful helper that can improve different aspects of the user’s browsing activities. In many cases, it may actually be arguable whether a given browser add-on is a hijacker or simple an irritating, yet somewhat useful, tool. Usually, what sets regular add-ons from hijackers is the amount of ads and the aggressiveness of the imposed browser changes as well as the options that the user is given with regards to the control they have over the app’s activities. If for example, a “hijacker” is giving you some useful functions while at the same time isn’t being too annoying with its ads or is allowing you to stop them or limited them, you may actually keep the app. However, if the adverts are being too aggressive, there aren’t really any useful functions and the changes in your browser can’t be reverted in any way other than removing the invasive software component, then you should probably uninstall the pesky hijacker and restore your browser to it’s more stable state.
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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 Cardinaldata.net 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 Cardinaldata.net 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 Cardinaldata.net in the list of programs, be sure to remove the software without hesitation.
Step 4: Checking for shady IP’s
Open your Start Menu and copy-paste notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts in the search bar. In the notepad file, look below Localhost and see if there are any IP addresses there. If there are some, send them to us in the comments and we will tell you if you should take any action. [add_forth_banner]
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 Cardinaldata.net and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Cardinaldata.net 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.