How to Get Rid of Fidonav.com (Browser Hijacker)

Nov 13th 2017 - by Fix My PC FREE in: Blog PC Protection News Tips Virus Removal | 0 Comment

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What is Fidonav.com? And how does it function?

Fidonav.com is presented as a “top-notch” search tool that supposedly enhances users’ web browsing experience through generating improved search results as well as providing quick links to several popular websites like Facebook, eBay, YouTube, and more. At a first glance, one would think that Fidonav.com is a legitimate website as it has a decent interface. Even so, looks can definitely be deceiving and this certainly applies to Fidonav.com as it is actually a browser hijacker that hijacks browsers without a user’s consent.

Once it infiltrates your computer, it immediately changes your browser’s settings such as your default home page and search provider to Fidonav.com. This is a common trait for browser hijackers as they force users to use their search tool for their own gain. And unlike what it’s claiming, Fidonav.com does not really produce any improved search results – in fact the only thing it seems to be good at producing are countless of ads that are injected in the search results which leaves users confused as to what link is related to their search queries. As a matter of fact, some of the links it includes in the search results can lead you to some highly suspicious website that may contain harmful computer infection.

In addition, this browser hijacker can also track all your browsing activities so that it can collect your personal information. Whether you’re particular with your privacy or not, this trait should alarm your warning bells as it definitely poses a threat to your privacy. Not to mention that the data gathered is shared with its affiliated third party advertising partners. Its goal is to generate more customized and personalized ads to increase its revenue from pay-per-click marketing. So if you want to keep your information safe, removing Fidonav.com from your computer would be a wise thing to do.

How does Fidonav.com spread online?

Fidonav.com is promoted on rogue downloads, installation setups, freeware and shareware. This kind of distribution technique is called software bundling. Software bundling is one of the common methods used to distributed browser hijackers and the likes and Fidonav.com is no different. This browser hijacker is added as an extra download in a bundle which can only be removed from the package if you use the recommended Custom or Advanced installation setup rather than the quick and standard one.

Get ris of Fidonav.com with the help of the removal guide below.

Step 1: Reset your browsers to their default state.

Google Chrome

  1. Tap Win + E to open File Explorer.
  2. Navigate to the following location:

%LocalAppData%\Google\Chrome\User Data\

  1. Look for the folder that represents your profile in Chrome and open it.
  2. Right click on the files named Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web data and then delete or overwrite each one of them.
  3. Close the File Explorer
  4. Empty the Recycle Bin.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Tap Win + E to open File Explorer.
  2. And then go to:

%AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\

  1. Look for the folder that represents your profile in Firefox and open it.
  2. Look for js and open it in Notepad.
  3. Replace http://fidonav.com in the user_pref(“browser.startup.homepage”, “http://fidonav.com “); with your preferred address.
  4. Save the changes and close Mozilla Firefox.

The next step below is not recommended for you if you don’t know how to navigate the Registry Editor. Making registry changes can highly impact your computer. So it is highly advised to use PC Cleaner Pro instead to get rid of the entries that the hijacker had created. So if you are not familiar with the Windows Registry, skip to Step 12 onwards.

However, if you are well-versed in making registry adjustments, then you can proceed.

Internet Explorer

  1. Tap Win + R to launch Run.
  2. Type in regedit and tap Enter.
  3. Go to the following locations:
  • HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Start Page (64-bit!)
  • HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Start Page
  • HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Start Page
  1. After that, replace “http://fidonav.com” value data in the registry keys of the paths listed above.
  2. Close the Registry Editor.
  3. Empty the Recycle Bin.

Step 2: Tap the Win + E keys to open File Explorer.

Step 3: Navigate to the following directories and look for suspicious files associated to Fidonav.com and delete it/them.

  • %USERPROFILE%\Downloads
  • %USERPROFILE%\Desktop
  • %TEMP%

Step 4: Close the File Explorer.

Step 5: Empty your Recycle Bin.

To make sure that nothing is amiss and that Fidonav.com is completely removed from your computer, follow the advanced steps below.

Perform a full system scan using SpyRemover Pro. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Turn on your computer. If it’s already on, you have to reboot
  2. After that, the BIOSscreen will be displayed, but if Windows pops up instead, reboot your computer and try again. Once you’re on the BIOS screen, repeat pressing F8, by doing so the Advanced Option shows up.

  1. To navigate the Advanced Optionuse the arrow keys and select Safe Mode with Networking then hit
  2. Windows will now load the SafeMode with Networking.
  3. Press and hold both R key and Windows key.

  1. If done correctly, the Windows Run Boxwill show up.
  2. Type in explorer http://www.fixmypcfree.com/install/spyremoverpro

A single space must be in between explorer and http. Click OK.

  1. A dialog box will be displayed by Internet Explorer. Click Run to begin downloading the program. Installation will start automatically once download is done.

  1. Click OK to launch it.
  2. Run SpyRemover Pro and perform a full system scan.

  1. After all the infections are identified, click REMOVE ALL.

  1. Register the program to protect your computer from future threats.

 

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