The hijackers are annoying software pieces with the ability to silently install themselves in Safari, Chrome, Firefox and other browsers and to turn them into platforms for promoting different types of content. In most cases, the primary goal of the hijacker is to promote a certain page by making it the user’s homepage. Similarly, a hijacker may also replace the search engine of the browser with some new custom one – the new search engine and starting page are likely to page-redirect to other ad-oriented sites and to spam the screen with various pop-ups, clickbait links, box messages and other similar annoying advertising materials. Usually, this doesn’t place your computer at direct risk but it definitely increases the chances of a malware encounter. Generally, it is inadvisable to keep a hijacker in your system.
How Dangerous is Saltjs.01bd.ru ?
Saltjs.01bd.ru is the page that has likely been placed as your starting page if you are reading this article, and the hijacker responsible for such a change will be the one that we will be telling you about in the next lines. First and foremost, you should know that this software piece isn’t a virus and it has probably gotten inside your computer after you have (unknowingly) given it your permission to get installed. The way this usually happens is through program bundles – the hijacker is added as a bonus element inside a given program installer and its installation is allowed by an “opt-out” clause. What this means is, if the user wants to only install the main program and leave out the irritating hijacker, they’d have to go to the setup wizard’s settings and manually uncheck the clause that allows the installation of the Saltjs.01bd.ru “Virus” hijacker. However, as you have probably noticed, most users do not pay too much attention to what settings there are in the installers of programs that they have downloaded. However, simply clicking “Next” and waiting for a certain program to get installed is exactly the kind of behavior that is likely to get you some annoying hijacker or another similar irritating software component. Luckily, this isn’t a threatening software piece and it doesn’t pose a direct threat to your system, files or virtual security (unlike infections like Trojans, Spyware and Ransomware). If a Ransomware enters your system, it will make sure that you can’t access your files until you pay a ransom and if a Trojan infects your machine, it may take control over its functions and processes, forcing your machine to carry out shady and criminal tasks. The browser hijackers like Saltjs.01bd.ru, Studynerdz.com or www1.ecleneue.com aren’t anything like that. However, due to the fact that they are likely to cause unwelcome changes in the browser and to spam your screen with ads of unknown origin, it’s best if you do not allow such an app to stay in your machine for a long time. To learn how to remove the Saltjs.01bd.ru homepage and remove the hijacker that has imposed it on your browser, be sure to check out the Saltjs.01bd.ru removal guide we have prepared for you here:
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Usually, if there is a hijacker in your browser, there will be changes in the browser that will immediately give away the presence of the unwanted app.|
|Distribution Method||The methods used to spread these apps typically involve the use of some form of file-bundling or social engineering.|
Remove Saltjs.01bd.ru “Virus”
The following guide is only for windows users, it will help our readers get rid of the unpleasant Saltjs.01bd.ru 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 Saltjs.01bd.ru. 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 Saltjs.01bd.ru From Windows
Step 1: Checking the Task Manager
Before we start deleting files related to Saltjs.01bd.ru 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 Saltjs.01bd.ru 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 Saltjs.01bd.ru 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:
Getting rid of Saltjs.01bd.ru 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 Saltjs.01bd.ru 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 Saltjs.01bd.ru 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 Saltjs.01bd.ru 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 Saltjs.01bd.ru and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Saltjs.01bd.ru 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.