It will try to trick you into subscribing to its mailing list and spam you with unwanted ads and messages. Do NOT click the Allow Notifications button.
If there is a browser hijacker in your computer, there’s pretty much no way you can miss it. With its invasive adverts and its custom browser settings, an app like this makes its presence known as soon as it gets installed in the computer. Some of the things you can expect from this sort of software, like Toftothisle.info, www1.ecleneue.com and www2.savemax.store ,include a custom search engine and/or a toolbar getting imposed in your browser. A new starting page address is also likely to replace the one you’ve up until this point. Page-redirects to sites that try to get you to play some browser game or to buy some obscure “top offer” products may also start to swarm your screen after a browser hijacker gets installed on whatever browser you have in your computer. Speaking of the browser you may have, this could be Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge or some other popular browsing program – a hijacker wouldn’t normally discriminate between the different types of browsers. Those invasive software components are usually compatible with most of the popular browsers that people use the most, which also means that if you try to install a new browser in your computer that would hopefully be clean, this would probably not solve anything as the hijacker would likely latch onto the new browser as well.
What to do with a hijacker in the system?
Obviously, the one thing you could do is fully eradicate everything related to the hijacker so that you can be sure that it’s removed. Doing this, however, may take some time and effort, especially if you aren’t an experienced computer user and if you haven’t dealt with such software before. The good news is that you aren’t faced with a serious malware infection as the hijacker apps do not operate like Ransomware, dreadful Trojans or sneaky Spyware infections. They aren’t really viruses and though they could be highly annoying, could still be handled without leaving behind any actual system damage.
An example of this is Toftothisle.info – it is a new and quite irritating app that gets added to the browser upon installation. Similarly to other hijackers, it too can mess with the settings of the browser and enforce its own custom ones in place of the settings preferred by the user. It, however, couldn’t encrypt your files like a cryptovirus of the Ransomware family or mess with anything in the OS like a Trojan. At its worst, Toftothisle.info may show you unreliable ads and redirect you to sites and pages that may not be the safest web locations to visit. However, even then, its goal isn’t to expose you to danger. Instead, the app is simply seeking to make money through its marketing techniques without imposing too much control over the advertising materials that it shows you. This, however, is precisely why you need to act quickly and uninstall Toftothisle.info. You can learn how to remove Toftothisle.info from within the guide that you will see next.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Hijackers are easily-noticeable due to their intrusive adverts.|
|Distribution Method||Hijackers are distributed through the help of other program’s installers.|
Remove Toftothisle.info “Virus”
The following guide is only for windows users, it will help our readers get rid of the unpleasant Toftothisle.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 Toftothisle.info. 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.
Removing Toftothisle.info From Windows
Step 1: Checking the Task Manager
Before we start deleting files related to Toftothisle.info we want to make sure that all services related to the viruses are killed before we proceed.
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 Toftothisle.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 Toftothisle.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:
Getting rid of Toftothisle.info from Chrome
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.
Removing Toftothisle.info From Firefox
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.
Removing Toftothisle.info From Windows Internet Explorer
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.
Removing Toftothisle.info From Windows Edge
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 Toftothisle.info and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Toftothisle.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.