Xilbalar.com “Virus” in Depth
If an app called Xilbalar.com (or something similar like www1.ecleneue.com, Hatsurewhim.info, Deskgram) has recently entered your computer and become part of the main browser there but you do not remember installing this software yourself, that’s okay. This application is a browser hijacker and the representatives of this software category typically get inside the users’ computers without getting noticed and without being welcome. This is probably the case with the presence of Xilbalar.com in your system as well and we understand it if you don’t want this app to be there. After all, it has likely already filled your browser with adverts and banners and it has likely enforced its own search engine, toolbar and homepage settings. If you have also recently started experiencing sudden page-redirects during your regular browsing activities, know that this is also likely due to the presence of the unwelcome software. Firefox, Edge, Chrome, Opera, Safari, IE and pretty much any other browser that you may use in your computer could all get “infected” by a software like this – these apps don’t discriminate and it also doesn’t really matter how safe and secure your browser may be, there is still no browser that is fully hijacker-proof. Browser hijackers is how these apps are typically referred to and it’s not difficult to see what that is so. They enter the browser, they introduce changes to it, impose their own settings and they flood the program with invasive advertising content that makes using the browser a highly frustrating experience. And for what? – definitely not for the convenience of the end-user, that much is obvious. Even if a certain browser hijacker is initially presented as a software piece that would be an useful addition to your browser, sooner rather than later, you are bound to realize that the true nature of the app is far less benevolent that how it may have initially seemed.
The end-goal of every hijacker like Xilbalar.com
The ads you see on the Internet within the sites you visit make a lot of money for the site’s owners as long as there’s enough traffic. A hijacker simply takes the need for a popular platform that many people visit away. Instead, it directly feeds the ads directly into your browser and each click you make on a hijacker advert is quickly turned into income for the creator of the pesky app. Sure, this may not seem as problematic as the encryption from a Ransomware virus or the attack from a Trojan Horse but it is still quite irritating to have an app like Xilbalar.com added to your browser.
Also, something important to note in this regard is the fact that, while a software piece like Xilbalar.com wouldn’t mess with the files in your system like a cryptovirus Ransomware would and while it will not damage the computer’s system like a Trojan, it may actually potentially make your machine more susceptible to attacks from such threats because its ads may sometimes originate from sources with questionable reputation that may sometimes be associated with malware distribution.IP Address: 184.108.40.206
|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.|
How To Remove Xilbalar.com Pop up “Virus”
The following guide is only for windows users, it will help our readers get rid of the unpleasant Xilbalar.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 Xilbalar.com. 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 Xilbalar.com From Windows
Step 1: Checking the Task Manager
Before we start deleting files related to Xilbalar.com 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 Xilbalar.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 Xilbalar.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:
Getting rid of Xilbalar.com 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 Xilbalar.com 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 Xilbalar.com 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 Xilbalar.com 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 Xilbalar.com and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Xilbalar.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.