What is Babal.net?
Babal.net is a browser hijacker that mostly attacks computers in Turkey, Egypt and the Middle East. It is usually distributed via Amonetize bundles and comes as a part of the YouShaHD Player installer. The hijacker gets installed silently.
It modifies your browser settings without your permission. It also adds a shortcut on your desktop to babal.net. The application affects all popular browsers including Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer. There is nothing useful about it. You should not hesitate to remove Babal.net from your computer.
How does Babal.net work?
Once the hijacker enters your system, it changes your home page to babal.net. It does not affect your default search engine. If you try using the search engine that is presented on the webpage, you will simply be redirected to Google. Aside from the search box you will find lots of advertisements, links and quick access buttons on the main page of the hijacker. There are links to popular sites like Facebook, Twitter and so on. However, you will also notice links to plenty of unfamiliar pages. Some of the links are categorized into News, Images and Games groups. Even if you do know what page is advertised, we would not recommend clicking on these ads.
It is clear that the main purpose of hijacker is to promote its associated sites. There is no real value that the application brings to the table and hence there is no reason why you should not terminate Babal.net. The presented advertisements can not all be trusted and if you click on a fake ad you may be redirected to a malware harboring website where you could infect your computer. You should also be careful with various lotteries and surveys designed to acquire your personal information. Do not share your private data on unreliable webpages if you do not wish to become a victim of identity theft.
How to remove Babal.net from my PC?
It may not be that easy to remove Babal.net. First you will have to delete the program that it came bundled with. The hijacker has been associated with Baidu Antivirus, Plus-HD, Win32/BitCoinMiner.A and others. In order to identify the threat you can use a malware scanner. Afterwards you can choose to either eliminate Babal.net manually or automatically. If you choose the first option, you will have to follow the instructions below. The manual Babal.net removal guide will help you get rid of Babal.net related software and restore your browser settings. However, if you go for the second option, you will need a malware removal utility. The anti-malware will scan your PC, detect the threat and delete Babal.net automatically. You will not have to worry about similar issues ever again.
Guide on Babal.net Removal
Uninstall Babal.net and the related program:
- Press Win+S and type in ‘control’
- Hit Enter and go to Uninstall a program
- Select the application and click Uninstall
Windows XP/7 & Vista
- Click on Start and open Control Panel
- Choose Add or remove programs in XP
- Select Uninstall a program in 7 & Vista
- Highlight the unwanted application
- Click Remove or Uninstall
Delete Babal.net from browsers:
- Alt+H → Troubleshooting Information → Reset Firefox → Reset Firefox → Finish
- Google Chrome menu → Settings → Show Advanced Settings → Reset browser settings → Reset
- Gear icon → Internet Options → Advanced tab → Reset → Delete personal settings → Reset → Close.
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