If your browser homepage or search queries are being redirected through Astromenda Search, then you have a browser hijacker installed that is causing these redirects.
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What is Astromenda?
Astromenda is a browser hijacker that will change the homepage and default search engine for your web browser to Astromenda Search. This browser redirect happens because the Astromenda program is installed on your computer.
When installed on a computer, the Astromenda browser hijacker will change the browser homepage to astromenda.com. This browser hijacker will also redirect your browser search queries to Astromenda Search, which will redirect to search result pages from https://search.yahoo.com. This is most likely done to generate advertising revenue by using Yahoo Search for its search results.
The Astromenda program may also track your searches and display advertisements on Astromenda.com.
When the Astromenda browser hijacker is installed on a computer, common symptoms include:
- Your web browser’s default homepage and new tab page is Astromenda.com
- Your browser’s search queries are redirected through Astromenda Search
- The Astromenda program is installed on your computer
Why is my browser redirected to Astromenda?
Your browser is being redirected to Astromenda Search because the “Astromenda” program is installed on your computer. Often, this type of program is offered through advertisements or bundled with other software, leaving the user puzzled where this software came from.
You should always pay attention when installing software because often, a software installer includes optional installs. Be very careful what you agree to install.
Always opt for the custom installation and deselect anything that is not familiar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place. It goes without saying that you should not install software that you don’t trust.
To remove the Astromenda Search browser hijacker and check your computer for other malicious programs, please use the free malware removal guide below.
How to remove Astromenda Search (Virus Removal Guide)
Please perform all the steps in the correct order. If you have any questions or doubt at any point, STOP and ask for our assistance.
- STEP 1: Uninstall Astromenda from Windows
- STEP 2: Use Malwarebytes to remove Astromenda redirect
- STEP 3: Use HitmanPro to scan for malware and unwanted programs
- STEP 4: Double-check for malicious programs with AdwCleaner
- STEP 5: Reset the browser settings to remove Astromenda Search
STEP 1: Uninstall Astromenda from Windows
In this first step, we will try to identify and remove any malicious program that might be installed on your computer.
Go to “Programs and Features”.
- On the Start menu, type Control Panel in the search box and select “Control Panel” from the results.
- When the “Control Panel” window opens click on the “Uninstall a program” option under the “Programs” category.
Windows 8Right-click on the Start button in the lower-left corner and select “Programs and Features”. This will take you directly to your list of installed programs.
- If you can’t find the Programs and Features in the Start menu, type “programs and features” into the search bar at the bottom of the Start window, then click the “Programs and Features” result.
- If you don’t have a Start button, you are likely running Windows 8 instead of Windows 8.1. Press the Windows key + X to open the menu instead and select “Programs and Features”.
- Click on Start, then select “Control Panel”.Start by clicking on the Start button, then click on “Control Panel”.
If you don’t see “Control Panel” here, type control panel into the search bar at the bottom of the Start window, then click the “Control Panel” result.
- When the “Control Panel” appears, click on “Uninstall a Program” from the Programs category.
- On the Start menu, type Control Panel in the search box and select “Control Panel” from the results.
Find the malicious program and uninstall it.
The “Programs and Features” screen will be displayed with a list of all the programs installed on your PC. Scroll through the list until you find “Astromenda“, then click to highlight it, then click the “Uninstall” button that appears on the top toolbar.The malicious program may have a different name on your computer. If you cannot find any malicious programs on your computer, you can continue with STEP 2.
Follow the on-screen prompts to uninstall the program.
In the next message box, confirm the uninstall process by clicking on Yes, then follow the prompts to uninstall the program.
Make sure to read all of the prompts carefully, because some malicious programs try to sneak things in hoping that you won’t read closely.
STEP 2: Use Malwarebytes to remove Astromenda redirect
Malwarebytes is one of the most popular and most used anti-malware software for Windows, and for good reasons. It is able to destroy many types of malware that other software tends to miss, without costing you absolutely nothing. When it comes to cleaning up an infected device, Malwarebytes has always been free and we recommend it as an essential tool in the fight against malware.
The first time you install Malwarebytes, you’re given a free 14-day trial of the premium edition, which includes preventative tools like real-time scanning and specific protection from ransomware. After two weeks, it automatically reverts to the basic free version that will detect and clean up malware infections only when you run a scan. It is important to note that Malwarebytes will run alongside antivirus software without conflicts.
You can download Malwarebytes by clicking the link below.MALWAREBYTES DOWNLOAD LINK
(The above link will open a new page from where you can download Malwarebytes)
Double-click on the Malwarebytes setup file.
When Malwarebytes has finished downloading, double-click on the mb3-setup-consumer-x.x.x.xxxx.exe file to install Malwarebytes on your PC. In most cases, downloaded files are saved to the Downloads folder.
You may be presented with a User Account Control pop-up asking if you want to allow Malwarebytes to make changes to your device. If this happens, you should click “Yes” to continue with the installation.
Follow the on-screen prompts to install Malwarebytes.
When the Malwarebytes installation begins, you will see the Malwarebytes Setup Wizard which will guide you through the installation process. To install Malwarebytes on your PC, click on the “Agree and Install” button.
Click on “Scan Now”.
Once installed, Malwarebytes will automatically start and update the antivirus database. To perform a system scan, click on the “Scan Now” button.
Wait for the Malwarebytes scan to complete.
Malwarebytes will now start scanning your computer for adware and other malicious programs. This process can take a few minutes, so we suggest you do something else and periodically check on the status of the scan to see when it is finished.
Click on “Quarantine Selected”.
When the scan has completed, you will be presented with a screen showing the malware infections that Malwarebytes has detected. To remove the malicious programs that Malwarebytes has found, click on the “Quarantine Selected” button.
Reboot your computer.
Malwarebytes will now remove all the malicious files and registry keys that it has found. To complete the malware removal process, Malwarebytes may ask you to restart your computer.
When the malware removal process is complete, you can close Malwarebytes and continue with the rest of the instructions.
STEP 3: Use HitmanPro to scan for malware and unwanted programs
HitmanPro is a second opinion scanner that takes a unique cloud-based approach to malware scanning. HitmanPro scans the behavior of active files and also files in locations where malware normally resides for suspicious activity. If it finds a suspicious file that’s not already known, HitmanPro sends it to their clouds to be scanned by two of the best antivirus engines today, which are Bitdefender and Kaspersky.
Although HitmanPro is shareware and costs $24.95 for 1 year on 1 PC, there is actually no limit in scanning. The limitation only kicks in when there is a need to remove or quarantine detected malware by HitmanPro on your system and by then, you can activate the one time 30-days trial to enable the cleanup.
You can download HitmanPro by clicking the link below.HITMANPRO DOWNLOAD LINK
(The above link will open a new web page from where you can download HitmanPro)
When HitmanPro has finished downloading, double-click on “hitmanpro.exe” (for 32-bit versions of Windows) or “hitmanpro_x64.exe” (for 64-bit versions of Windows) to install this program on your PC. In most cases, downloaded files are saved to the Downloads folder.
You may be presented with a User Account Control pop-up asking if you want to allow HitmanPro to make changes to your computer. If this happens, you should click “Yes” to continue with the installation.
Follow the on-screen prompts.
When HitmanPro starts you will be presented with the start screen as shown below. Click on the “Next” button to perform a system scan.
Wait for the HitmanPro scan to complete.
HitmanPro will now begin to scan your computer for malicious programs. This process will take a few minutes.
Click on “Next”.
When HitmanPro has finished the scan, it will display a list of all the malware that the program has found. Click on the “Next” button to remove the malicious programs.
Click on “Activate free license”.
Click on the “Activate free license” button to begin the free 30 days trial and remove all the malicious files from your PC.
When the process is complete, you can close HitmanPro and continue with the rest of the instructions.
STEP 4: Double-check for malicious programs with AdwCleaner
AdwCleaner is a free popular on-demand scanner which can detect and remove malware that even the most well-known anti-virus and anti-malware applications fail to find.
While the Malwarebytes and HitmanPro scans are more than enough, we’re recommending AdwCleaner to users who still have malware related issues or just want to make sure their computer is 100% clean.
You can download AdwCleaner by clicking the link below.ADWCLEANER DOWNLOAD LINK
(The above link will open a new web page from where you can download AdwCleaner)
Double-click on the setup file.
Double-click on the file named “adwcleaner_7.x.x.exe” to start AdwCleaner. In most cases, downloaded files are saved to the Downloads folder.
You may be presented with a User Account Control dialog asking you if you want to run this file. If this happens, you should click “Yes” to continue with the installation.
Click on “Scan Now”.
When AdwCleaner will start, click on the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan.
Wait for the AdwCleaner scan to complete.
AdwCleaner will now scan your PC for malicious files. This process can take a few minutes.
Click on “Clean & Repair”.
When AdwCleaner has finished it will display a list of all the malware that the program found. Click on the “Clean & Repair” button to remove the malicious files from your computer.
Click on “Clean & Restart Now”
When the malware removal process is complete, AdwCleaner may need to restart your device. Click on the “Clean & Restart Now” button to finish the removal process.
(OPTIONAL) STEP 5: Reset the browser settings to remove Astromenda Search
If your web browser is still being redirected to Astromenda Search, we will need to reset its settings to their original defaults. This step should be performed only if your issues have not been solved by the previous steps.
To remove Astromenda Search redirect from Google Chrome, follow these steps.
Click on the three dots at the top right and click “Settings”.
Click on Chrome’s main menu button, represented by three dots at the top right corner. Now click on the menu option labeled Settings as shown by the arrow in the picture below, which will open the basic settings screen.
At the bottom, click “Advanced”.
Chrome’s “Settings” should now be displayed in a new tab or window, depending on your configuration. Next, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the “Advanced” link (as seen in the below example).
Under the section “Reset,” click “Reset”.
Chrome’s advanced settings should now be displayed. Scroll down until the “Reset and clean up” section is visible, as shown in the example below. Next, click on the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
Confirm by clicking “Reset”.
A confirmation dialog should now be displayed, detailing the components that will be restored to their default state should you continue on with the reset process. To complete the restoration process, click on the “Reset Settings” button.
To remove Astromenda Search redirect from Firefox, follow these steps.
Go to the “Help” menu.
Click on Firefox’s main menu button, represented by three horizontal lines. When the drop-down menu appears, select the option labeled “Help“.
Click “Troubleshooting Information”.
From the Help menu, click on “Troubleshooting Information“.If you’re unable to access the “Help” menu, type about:support in your address bar to bring up the Troubleshooting information page.
Click on “Refresh Firefox”
Click the “Refresh Firefox” button in the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page.
To continue, click on the “Refresh Firefox” button in the new confirmation window that opens.
Click on “Finish”.
Firefox will close itself and will revert to its default settings. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click on the “Finish“.
To remove Astromenda Search redirect from Internet Explorer, follow these steps.
Go to “Internet Options”.
Open Internet Explorer, click on the gear icon in the upper right part of your browser, then select “Internet Options“.
Select the “Advanced” tab, then click “Reset”
In the “Internet Options” dialog box, select the “Advanced” tab, then click on the “Reset” button.
Click on “Reset”.
In the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” section, select the “Delete personal settings” checkbox, then click on the “Reset” button.
Click on “Close”.
When Internet Explorer has completed its task, click on the “Close” button in the confirmation dialogue box.
You will now need to close your browser, and then you can open Internet Explorer again.
To remove Astromenda Search redirect from Microsoft Edge, follow these steps.
Go to “Apps and Features”.
Right-click on the Start button in the lower-left corner and select “Apps and Features“. This will take you directly to your list of installed programs.
Find Microsoft Edge, then select “Advanced Options”.
The “App and Features” screen will be displayed with a list of all the programs installed on your PC. Scroll through the list until you find “Microsoft Edge”, click it, and then click on the “Advanced options” link.
Click on “Reset”.
The “Advanced Options” screen will now be displayed. Scroll down until the “Reset” section is visible, as shown in the example below. Next, click on the “Reset” button.
Your computer should now be free of the Astromenda browser redirect. If your current antivirus allowed this malicious program on your computer, you may want to consider purchasing the full-featured version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to protect against these types of threats in the future. If you are still having problems with your computer after completing these instructions, then please follow one of the steps:
- Run a computer scan with ESET Online Scanner
- Ask for help in our Malware Removal Assistance for Windows forum.
46 thoughts on “How to remove Astromenda Search (Virus Removal Guide)”
I’m a computer dummy sometimes and I was going to have my girlfriend who’s a computer science major do this for me, but it’s so simplified even I can follow, thank you! This “virus that’s not actually a virus” has been driving me crazy and I was about to pay a lot of money to just be DONE WITH IT. THANK YOU.
OMG THANK YOU! STUPID ASTROMENDA WAS MAKING ME GO INSANE! AFTER I GOT IT I NOW RUN VIRUS SCANS ON MY COMPUTER EVERY DAY!!!
Worked for me. D****d Astromenda! I really appreciate the help. BTW, I would have made a small donation for the great service, but I am not about to provide credit card info even to someone who seems to be legitimate, such as yourself. Again, thanks.
Thank you. Very clear even for total amateurs – but not in a condescending way.
Thank you Stelian! This was a BIG help!
ADW Cleaner worked for me! THANK YOU! Astromedia was driving me crazy.
Brilliant. Thank you so much: astromenda was driving me mad!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Great. Thank you.
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thank you very much, a very comprehensive breakdown
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You Don’t Know How Thankful I Am
Thanks man, really made my day! For sure, I hate those creepy adds
Great tutorial! Thanks for all the effort you put into it!
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Yes I did. And it worked perfectly. Thanks! Now let’s hunt down the author of that PUP and pull his/her fingernails out. Slowly. Just kidding. Seriously though, your tutorial was great. I shared both your tutorial and a link to this webpage with several people. You are a great resource!
Did you follow this guide: http://malwaretips.com/blogs/remove-mac-os-x-virus/
Good instructions – worked for me, thank you.
Thanks. What an annoying pest to get rid of.
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thank you so much. astromenda was pissing me off so much
thank you dude really helpful man just a question should i keep these anti virus programs on my compter or delte them
Can you please run a scan with this tool: https://www.google.com/chrome/srt/
This was extremely helpful and quite lucid. Thanks so much.
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omg thank you sooo much. i was so effing sick of this damn astromenda. ive been uninstalling so much stuff and still couldnt get rid of it. thank you!!!
Worked great on Internet Explorer and Firefox, however, even though I do not show any
extensions on Chrome it will still open with astromenda – is there a solution to this?
Thank you! I had uninstalled astromenda but it was still appearing on chrome and when I followed your instructions I was able to remove it. Thanks
Sooooo helpful! Thanks!
Well detailed. Thanks for the assist. Do these tools also fix the registry?
Excellent step by step instructions! Very easy to do, but takes a little while. So important to check everything, though. Thanks for helping solve this problem.
Solved my problem! Thanks!
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At the beginning, when I tried to delete extensions, there were no extensions that presented themselves as Astromenda. There were not even any which I did not recognize. I had to type in my task bar, “How to remove unwanted extensions from Google Chrome using Windows8,” which led me to other articles. I selected one which had two other programs to download, which, one of them was Tune Pro, and there was another which was to remove the unwanted extensions.
I followed through with the rest of these directions, in order, and my virus protection announced that a virus had been found, and so I deleted it from the quarantined section.
So, that afternoon my computer worked fine for many hours, and then, that night, I was unable to use my Google Chrome browser! It said that someone was trying to hijack or put something malicious on my computer and that it was blocked. I had typed on Advanced, and this is, basically, what the computer said.
Later, I contacted a Microsoft Technician, hoping that he would reset the password on my storage device of which, I must have changed the password and could not locate it. But, that is not what happened. He spent hours telling me that my computer may still be infected, and showing me various things on the computer and saying that it could only be removed with a Microsoft Certified Technician.
One of the things he showed me were that some of my utilities were not working that should be working. He said that only a Microsoft technician would know which ones should be and which should not be.
Okay, I did not restore the computer to original settings as it was from the factory, because I was afraid that I would lose college work. I remember seeing that in something that I did, because, when things did not look exactly as it does on these directions, I tried different things to see what would work or just how to do things. I remember that I made a Google account and a Microsoft account, trying to make my computer more secure so that this would not happen again.
However, I want to go back in and reset my computer to it’s factory settings. I have to get my registration numbers and product licenses to reload my software, and I hope that I can access these.
This was very irritating, and I want to get my computer back up before the weekend is over, as I have a lot of work that is due now! Any information will be appreciated!
Stelian — Really nice job. Clear, thorough and a real service computer-kind. Sincere thanks.
thanks a lot
I usually always do them, they will check for additional malware that might be on your system. The scans won’t take more that 10 minutes to complete, but if you don’t want to, then you can skip them!
are steps 3, 4, and 5 important.. i must do them?
Tks for the tutorial And links they were really useful