How to remove Underline?
The browser hijacker programs are malicious software that can infiltrate your PC and change your Internet browser settings.
The browser hijacker often starts changing the homepage with the default search engine settings, interfering with the functional parameters of the internet browser. The main goal of the malicious is thought to be to generate income, which comes from deceptive advertisements with sponsored internet search results from promoted sites.
A common form of browser hijacker is browser extensions, toolbars, and various auxiliary applications. The malicious enters the user's Internet browsers through drivers, emails, and the installation of freeware downloaded from the Internet.
What is Underline?
Underline is a browser hijacker (redirect program or hijackware) and adware installed in Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Safari etc. The PC recognizes the malicious as an add-on/extension to the program, changing browser settings and showing ad banners that appear through pop-ups or ad links.
Underline is installed on the PC without permission by itself, so the user doesn't even know that the risk is already on his computer. Underline can slow down the speed of web pages in browsers and tracks the user's active web activities to sell private data to other pests.
|Detection Names||alphaMountain.ai (Suspicious)|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.|
|Distribution Methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.|
|Attack Consequences||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.|
Why should the Underline hijacker be removed from my PC?
The Underline hijacker program most likely got on user's PC without their knowledge. The malicious software changes the user's chosen browser settings to redirect its web search to advertise and make money for its publishers.
Browser Hijacker Symptoms:
- The home page in the browser has been changed, as well as the default search engine settings
- Browser Hijacker: Browser settings have been changed
- Pop-up/banner ads
- The computer slows down and works so slowly
Unwanted programs, like Underline, are very often found in the installation files of other legitimate programs. Users start installing legitimate software without seeing that they are installing the rest of the software, which is unnecessary for legitimate software to function.
Be sure to remove Underline because the user's computer is at risk, which can be very damaging!
How to correctly remove Underline from your PC?
Here are a _w_8few methods to quickly get rid of Underline:
Method 1: Remove Underline from Control Panel
Go to Windows Control Panel
Set View By for small icons. (For Windows XP, you should click Switch to Classic View on the left).
Next, open Programs and Features (Windows XP - open Add or Remove Programs). Now click Installed On to sort all programs by the installation date. Find and remove the Underline program. Uninstall also all unknown programs recently installed on your PC.
Method 2: Remove the Underline with AVarmor
Use an antimalware program that knows how to detect and then remove malicious software from your PC and internet browsers.
First, download and run AVarmor. Wait for the scan to complete, and then select the items found in the Registry and Web Browsers tabs. Now you can remove all found objects safely.
How to remove Underline from the browser?
It is unnecessary to remove Underline directly from the browser. Still, it should be done if problems with the browser continue or the user wants to make sure that unwanted plug-ins, extensions, and settings are completely removed.
The first thing to do is reset the current Internet Explorer settings to the default settings, which means that by resetting the browser settings, the user returns the browser to the state that it was in when you first installed Internet Explorer on your computer.
Click the gear icon in the upper right corner to select Internet Options. Click the Advanced tab where you perform a Reset. Check the box for Delete personal settings. Then click on the Reset button. Now close all the Internet Explorer windows and restart the browser.
First, you need to reset the current settings of Firefox to the default settings; that is, by resetting the settings of this browser, the user returns the browser to the state that it was with the very first installation of Firefox on your computer.
In the Firefox menu, choose the Help option. Now select Troubleshooting Information. Click Refresh Firefox and then click Reset Firefox again. After that, close all open Firefox windows, and the browser will restart.
First, you need to reset the current Chrome settings to the default settings. By resetting this browser, the user returns the browser to the state that it was from the very first installation of Chrome on the computer.
Click on the Chrome menu icon to select Settings, where you scroll down to the bottom of the page that appears and click on Show Advanced Settings. Scroll down the page again and click Reset Browser Settings. Press the Reset button again and restart Google Chrome.
Click on the "..." icon in the Edge menu in the upper right corner and select "Extensions." Now look for each recently installed suspicious file, i.e., browser add-ons, to remove them. Next, change the home page settings with the new tabs.
Now click again on the "..." icon to select "Settings." Under "On startup," find the name of the browser hijacker to disable it.
First, make sure that the browser is Safari. Next, click the Safari menu to select Preferences. In the Preferences window, select Extensions, where you should look for recently installed suspicious extensions. Once malicious software are detected, delete them.
Next, in the preferences window, select the General tab to ensure that the home page is set to the desired URL. When the browser hijacker has corrupted the desired URL, then change it to the correct URL.
In the settings window, select the Search tab and make sure that the correct search engine is installed.
How to change browser Search engine?
Search engines can replace your usual ways of searching the Internet on their own, without your influence.
For example, search engines such as Yahoo are the most popular and legitimate search engines. An unverified web extension or app gets your browser settings and replaces them with the Yahoo search engine.
Let's understand in more detail how to fix the situation and return your browser settings to the direction they were before.
Select the "gear" icon in the upper right corner of the browser, where you go to "Manage Add-ons. Find recently installed extensions that look very suspicious and click "Uninstall."
Now you can change your browser's home page. To do this, select the "gear" icon in the upper right corner and click on "Internet Options." It will open a window where we remove the unnecessary search engine and enter the preferred domain.
Click on the Firefox menu icon - "Add-ons" - "Extensions" - delete recently installed browser plug-ins.
Next, change the browser's home page: click on the menu icon Firefox - "Options" - in the window that appears, remove the malicious plugin, and enter the preferred domain.
Remove the search engine via Settings
In Chrome, go to Settings (the left pane), select Search Engine. In the drop-down list, you need to select the search engine and the Manage Search Engines option. Click on the three dots next to the search engine and choose Remove from List.
Restart your PC in Safe Mode
Select Start and press the power button. Now you need to hold shift and press Restart and shift hold until the menu press Troubleshooting - Advanced Options - Startup Options.
Restart the PC with the F4-F6 keys (choose to restart in the safe mode of your choice). When the computer restarts, it will return to its normal operating position.
Removing web extensions
Malicious web extensions in your browser are very often the cause of redirections. Some of them need to be disabled or removed altogether.
Click on the three dots in the upper right corner - choose More tools - in the advanced menu, click on Extensions - now find the extensions that we disable or remove.
Reset browser settings
It is necessary to make the browser settings standard
Select Settings (three dots in the upper right corner) - Advanced Settings - under Reset and Clear, select Advanced Settings. Select "Reset Settings" in the window that appears - restart the browser.
Delete temporary files
There may be a malicious file in the temporary files folder. Let's try to delete temporary files:
Open the "Run" command window - type %temp% and press Enter - the path C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Temp will appear - in the temp folder, select all files with folders and delete them all.
Click the Microsoft Edge menu icon at the top right to select Extensions. Find recently installed suspicious browser add-ons and uninstall them all.
To change the home page settings with a new tab, click the Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon on the top right to select "Settings." Go to the "At startup" section, where you find the malicious plugin and click "Disable."
Safari browser must be active! Press Safari menu - Preferences - in the preferences window, you should select Extensions, where recently installed suspicious extensions are located, and you need to delete them all.
Now select the General tab in the Preferences window to ensure the home page is set to the URL you prefer. If the homepage has been changed, modify it.
In the settings window, go to the Search tab and see what search engine is selected.
What to do if you can't remove Underline after all attempts?
You can also use the paid version of AVarmor, which checks the user's computer more thoroughly and is supplemented with new scanning and protection functions. Follow all AVarmor instructions. If it is necessary, restart your computer after the Underline scanning and deletion procedure.
Also, avoid installing "bundled" browser extensions - choose "opt-out." If the user installs free programs, it is better to use "advanced" or "custom" installation options. Additionally, keep track of updates for the selected Internet browser.
If the PC is still infected with Underline, use our tips to remove Underline once and for all.