Browser hijackers are a special kind of software, which, among other things, specializes in playing with the nerves of the Internet users. In this article, we will focus on a specific representative of this software type known as Push-checking.com. If you came to our page because you had the “luck” to encounter this application, then stay with us and you will be shown how to safely uninstall it and remove all of its components without the need to seek help from expensive specialists. With the effective removal of the annoying application, all the unwanted changes that it might have introduced to your Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Explorer or other popular browsers will immediately disappear. We are talking about the potential changes to your homepage URL or to the default search engine, which may often cause page-redirects to different sponsored and unfamiliar web pages, as well as the unstoppable generation of various ads, pop-ups, banners and blinking boxes, which may constantly interrupt your web surfing.
What is the purpose of Push-checking.com and can this software be dangerous?
The purpose of browser hijackers such as Push-checking.com is mainly to make profits from different forms of web advertisement. The only reason for their existence is the need to advertise all sorts of goods, services, websites and tools (like the homepage and the new search engine that Push-checking.com might have installed). That’s why, no matter what kind of websites you are on, all sorts of pop-up ads, colorful banners, blinking boxes and redirect links will most likely cover the screen of your browser. It can be incredibly difficult to remove those ads and to avoid the automatic redirects which the hijacker may initiate, which is why you may quickly get irritated and frustrated by the unwanted app.
In fact, it is quite possible that you may initially mistake the ad generation and the browser changes as a symptom of a possible virus or malware infections, such as those caused by Ransomware or Trojan Horses. The reason is, most browser hijackers tend to be quite aggressive in their attempts to promote their content on the users’ screens making it seem like their computers have been invaded by some form of nasty malware. They may also employ some invasive marketing methods such as traffic data collection in an attempt to better serve their advertising purpose. For instance, applications like Push-checking.com may get access to all the data in your browser that is related to your surfing. Moreover, the hijackers may actively monitor, collect and analyze browsing data such as the history of your search queries, bookmarks, likes, shares and your activities in social networks. This way the browser hijacker gets a clearer idea of what products and services you may be interested in, which, in turn, allows it to specifically target you with relevant ads. As a result, you may get constantly spammed and redirected to pages that correspond to your latest searches but that may also increase the chances of getting exposed to misleading content, security hazards and virus transmitters. Therefore, if you want to keep your machine away from any Trojans, Ransomware viruses and other harmful programs, it’s simply better to uninstall the annoying ad-generating app.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Aggressive sponsored ads may cover the screen of your main browser every time you start a new browsing session.|
|Distribution Method||Shareware and freeware platforms are some of the common sources of browser hiajckers along with program bundling.|
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 Push-checking.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 Push-checking.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 Push-checking.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 Push-checking.com and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Push-checking.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.