Viruses and malicious programs like Trojan Horses, Spyware and Ransomware cryptoviruses aren’t the only forms of software you need to keep away from your computer. There are actually many more categories of software that, while not nearly as dangerous as the malware programs that we’ve just mentioned, are still regarded as problematic and, at times, potentially hazardous. One such category of software are the representatives of the browser hijacker software type. Those annoying apps (also known as browser-redirects) are actually very common and many users have them in their computers without even knowing it. A browser hijacker is an application that doesn’t normally function on its own and instead needs a browser “host” such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and so on. Once in the browser, the hijacker could trigger ads generation, page redirects, search engine and homepage changes as well as other similar intrusive activities and effects. All of this is done with a common purpose, namely, making profits from online advertising. The changes to the browser are only one of the many ways the hijacker enhances its ability to show adverts on the screens of the users that have the annoying app installed in their machines.
One recent app named Justgetlook.com “Virus” is what we will be focusing in this particular write-up since many users have already complained about its annoying behavior. According to the information that we’ve received, Justgetlook.com “Virus” is indeed what one could call a browser hijacker. This means that uninstalling this application may not be as easy as removing any other computer program. Not to worry, though, as below we have prepared a set of steps that will help all our readers with Justgetlook.com in their computers quickly get rid of the invasive software and thus put an end to the annoying ads-generation.
What’s the danger level of the browser hijackers?
As mentioned earlier, a hijacker is less harmful than a virus, a Trojan Horse or a Ransomware infection. Most hijackers are, in fact, quite harmless even if they may appear to be dangerous and threatening. However, there could still be some security hazards coming from such apps in an indirect way. The main issue are the advertisements and their unverified origins. As all of you should already know, the adverts on the Internet are not always what they seem to be – many of them come from shady and obscure sites and are supposed to mislead the users and trick them into doing something that is not in their best interest. The same can be said about many of the ads that some browser hijackers tend to generate. You see, the apps like Justgetlook.com “Virus” aren’t specifically programmed to show you misleading advertising content, it’s just that they usually do not discriminate between the different types of ads meaning that some of the offers they present you with may be legitimate while others may be fake, misleading and even hazardous. However, since you cannot know which ones are safe and which of the ads should be avoided, it’s better to simply remove Justgetlook.com and stop the generation of commercial materials on your screen altogether.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Excessive numbers of online ads and browser changes.|
|Distribution Method||By being bundled to another software’s installation package.|
Remove Justgetlook.com “Virus”
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 Justgetlook.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 Justgetlook.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 Justgetlook.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 Justgetlook.com and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Justgetlook.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.