About Blank Removal Guide
About Blank is a browser hijacker that changes your browsers’ settings and is basically another version of Cool Web Search hijacker. It is able to install itself on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. The hijacker is a serious infection that may cause a lot of damage to your system, however, since technically it is not a virus, your antivirus will probably miss it. We strongly advise you to acquire a legitimate anti-spyware and to remove About Blank.
How does About Blank work?
The list of problems associated with this browser hijacker is a long one. This rogue changes your home page so every time you open a new tab you see about:blank written in address bar. The intruder makes these changes by replacing the existing homepage with HTML file. In the page you will be introduced to “Quick Web Search” search engine and forced to use it. The engine is disappointing, since with every new search you will be presented with numerous pop-up advertisements, banners, etc. We advise you not to compromise your computer’s security any further and to stay away from them. These ads are displayed by third parties and can be very dangerous. The hijacker does not monitor them so the possibility of infecting your computer with even more malicious software is very real. This application can give access to your private information stored inside your PC to said third parties too. You should not delay the About Blank removal.
The hijacker also transfers browser helper object to your computer. BHO helps the hijacker and can connect to the internet behind your back, thus slowing down the browsers and taking part of your computer’s resources. It appears after the rogue manages to hide dll file inside your registry:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows CurrentVersion Windows\AppInit_DLLs
The fact that the application has dll connections makes it extremely hard to remove, because after the removal it can be downloaded again. The process must be very precise and that is why we do not recommend to remove About Blank on your own. Much more beneficial would be to employ a powerful security tool.
This hijacker can become a way for dangerous Trojans to enter your computer which in turn can lead to very serious malware issues. The researchers also noticed that the hijacker modifies some .exe files which runs in your Windows Task Manage. The latest version of hijacker creates the names randomly and that makes their detection very difficult.
How to remove About Blank?
About Blank is a terrible nuisance and you have to take care of it immediately. Until you get rid of About Blank, the hijacker poses a great threat to your computer. We advise to use a powerful anti-spyware to uninstall About Blank. If, however, you are determined to do it by yourself, make sure to follow the instructions on how to eliminate About Blank that are provided below.
Delete About Blank
- Press Windows key+R and type in Control Panel.
- Click OK.
- Choose Uninstall a program and uninstall the unwanted application.
Windows Vista an Windows 7
- Click Start menu and open Control Panel.
- Choose Uninstall a program and uninstall About Blank.
- Open Start menu and select Control Panel.
- Choose Add or Remove programs and remove About Blank.
Terminate About Blank from your browsers
- Choose Tools menu and click Manage add-ons.
- Select Search providers and erase the unwanted search engine.
- Set a new search engine, save changes, and close the window.
- Choose Tools menu again and select Internet Options.
- Move to General tab and change your home page.
- Click OK.
- Press Alt+F and choose Settings.
- Choose Open a page or a set of pages and click Set pages.
- Write in URL of your preferred page and click OK.
- Select Search header and tap Manage search engines
- Delete the undesirable search engine and choose a new one.
- Click OK and restart your browser.
- Click Tools menu and go to Options.
- In the General tab change the home page and click OK. Leave menu.
- In the search box tap search engine icon.
- Click Manage Search Engines, delete search engine, and choose a new one.
- Click OK.