Don't know why get infected with Fantastigames.MetaCrawler.com? All web browsers including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Goolge Chrome get infected with this browser hijacker virus? Want to remove MetaCrawler search engine from your computer? This post provides you with the best way to remover Fantastigames.MetaCrawler.com as well as MetaCrawler from your computer. Learn more here and remove it thoroughly.
Fantastigames.MetaCrawler.com is a malicious browser hijacker virus that can redirect search queries (search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing) to its domain by modifying DNS settings as well as browser internet setting. Once installed, Fantastigames.MetaCrawler.com starts to change your defaulted search engine such as Google, Yahoo and Bing to MetaCrawler search engine. No matter what you want to search using MetaCrawler, you will be presented a mixed the most popular search results from other search engines. It can also mislead you to some irrelevant websites (most are these websites contains many commercial ads ) or popup adware. Besides, Fantastigames.MetaCrawler.com may mislead you to open more sites unwanted and download some malware applications.
Pretending itself to be a legitimate website, Fantastigames.MetaCrawler.com actually contains rootkit and Trojans which can automatically record your online behaviors in order to steal personal information and confidential data such as bank account information, credit card information, social security number. These confidential information then be transferred to remote server. Your personal information will be in high risk of exposure to public if your PC is infected with Fantastigames.MetaCrawler.com browser hijacker virus. Fantastigames.MetaCrawler.com is able to affect all kinds of browsers including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
A screenshot of Fantastigames.MetaCrawler.com:
You're highly encouraged to remove this redirect virus as soon as possible if you have faced such problems mentioned above. This step-by-step manual removal guide will tell you how to do it. Read More.
Fantastigames.MetaCrawler.com Removal Guide
Important Note: 1) Before you start to remove Fantastigames.MetaCrawler.com, please make sure you have saved all files and backed up system files.
Step 1> Log on to your computer as an Administrator who has the right to add or remove software.
* Click Start Menu->Control Panel (Uninstall a Program for Window 7)-> Double-click Add/Remove Programs (Programs and Features for Windows 7)
* Scroll down to the Fantastigames.MetaCrawler.com entry and click Uninstal or Remove. Click Next to confirm, and then Finish.
Step 2> Download and install Anvi Smart Defender (Highly Recommended) to fully scan your computer and remove all residual infection or potential infection.
Step 3> Reset homepage.
* Internet Explorer
Open Internet Explorer->select Tools->Internet Option->General.
You have two options. One is to set homepage as a blank page. The other is to set a certain website (Just type a website into the address box) as the homepage. Then click OK to save the change.
* Mozilla Firefox
Open Mozilla Firefox->Tools->Options->General->Startup
You have two options. One is to select when Firefox Starts Show a blank page and then click Ok to save the change. The other is to set a certain website (Just type a website into the address box) as the homepage. Then click OK to save the change.
* Google Chrome
Open Google Chrome->Wrench Icon->Options->Basics
On Startup area, select Open the home page. Then navigate to the Home page area, you also have two options here, please refer to Mozilla Firefox homepage reset guide.
Step 4> Check the LAN settings of your browser.
Fantastigames.MetaCrawler.com may alter your Internet settings to block you from accessing other security websites, so you need to change the settings back first.
Open your Internet Explorer> click on Tools(gear bar if you’re using IE9)> select Internet Options> click on Connections> click on LAN settings and check whether the check box under “Proxy server” option is checked, if yes, uncheck it and click OK to complete.
Step 5> Check your hosts file and remove any malicious entries. Hosts file locates on C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\hosts. Then there will come out hosts files and hosts backup files. Open both of them in the form of notepad and then make sure the hosts file is in accordance with the hosts backup file.
Should there is no backup host files in your computer, please open Host Files with Notepad. The default host files should be only one line:127.0.0.1 localhost in Windows XP and 127.0.0.1 localhost ::1 in Windows Vista, if there're more lines, please delete all of them and save the change.
Step 6> Check DNS (Domain Name Server) settings
To do this, you need to go to Control Panel->Network Connections->Local Area Connection->Right-click Local Area Network icon and select Properties->Select Internet Protocol(TCP/IP) and Click Properties once again. A window showed below will display:
Select “Obtain an IP address automatically” and “Obtain DNS server address automatically”.
Step 7> Remove Fantastigames.MetaCrawler.com add-on from your web browsers.
* Internet Explorer
To do this, you need to open Internet Explorer->Tools->Manage Addons->Disable Fantastigames.MetaCrawler.com related addons or disable all unverified addons.
* Mozilla Firefox
To do this, you need to open your Mozilla Firefox->Tools->Add-ons->Extensions->Find Fantastigames.MetaCrawler.com related extensions or disable all unverified extensions.
* Google Chrome
To do this, you need to open your Google Chrome->Wrench Icon->Tools->Extensions->Unclick the Enabled to disable Fantastigames.MetaCrawler.com Extension and then click the Bin button to remove it.
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