How to remove (uninstall) Xtconnect.com

Do you see annoying advertising links in your browser, flagged as “ads by Xtconnect.com”? Did you see the occurrence of Xtconnect.com anywhere else on your machine? If something like that happened lately – the machine is penetrated with an advertising program, and our item will help you to delete it.

Xtconnect.com

What is Xtconnect.com

When the infestation is finished, Xtconnect.com modifies the controls of your browser. It’s everything that it can do, as the main part of this adware is the fake search engine which takes over your browser as soon as you install Xtconnect.com. So, the virus removes the default homepage and your favorite search and places the unreliable webpage instead of them. After that, instead of using the reliable Yahoo, Bing, Google or whatever search you're used to – you’ll surf the Net through the crude scammers' search, showing advertising banners pop-ups fake pages of all forms and sizes. Xtconnect.com also alters the properties of the shortcuts of infected browsers in a way that even if you restore the regular settings, you'll see the scammers’ search engine as the starting tab.

Xtconnect.com cannot be erased as a common utility, and if the operator tries it - the virus will recover. It occurs thanks to the adware’s defensive mechanisms, and we can explain to you their essence:

  • A system task is the easiest manner to start the recovery of Xtconnect.com if the user had removed it. Scheduled tasks aren’t frequently used by regular PC owners, so Xtconnect.com just creates a task to check if it is installed, and if it’s not – to get and install it one more time. This task is being executed after each reboot, and that’s why Xtconnect.com is so hard to reinstall.
  • The second way has the similar goal, but it uses the OS's registry and not the Scheduled Tasks service. You must clear the registry to beat this way, but it is a very complicated task for a novice user. The regular registry values are highly important, and by clearing one of them, you may inflict significant damage to the OS.

Xtconnect.com, as you might have guessed already, is an advertising program. Xtconnect.com can do nothing well, as it’s created to achieve only one purpose: to annoy you. We're joking, the mad-driving activity isn’t its real task, but it’s freely achieved while Xtconnect.com does its job – displays advertising banners. Instantly after the infection, it changes the browser controls and delivers you lots of ads, ensuring that they've attracted your attention. Swindlers earn some tiny amount of money for each click you’ve made, and now you realize why the links appear again and again: it’s a honeypot. In the sections below, we will tell you how Xtconnect.com got onto the device and how it might be protected against suchlike viruses. If you are not interested and simply want to uninstall Xtconnect.com one way or another – ignore the coming sections and look at the deletion instructions.

 

How Xtconnect.com got on your computer

To make it simple, we’ll describe the process in total. Most of the advertising tools are each other's copies, replicated many times and sold to third-grade web-criminals after few visual improvements. Some bad lads purchased Xtconnect.com from the Dark Web, tuned it and uploaded it to file-sharing sites around the Net. That’s where you found it, right? Okay, you’re sure that you haven't searched for adware that will drive you mad? Maybe, you wanted a perfect manner to spoil your PC, and got a direct link to Xtconnect.com installation file? Missed again? Well, then, it was another utility that's actually helpful. Some gratis program created by an unknown developer, or a hacked replica of a paid program you're not going to buy.

The technique is called “bundled installation”, and its essence is that scammers unite the installation files of several viruses and one helpful utility into one "bundle". The core peculiarity of this installer is that they call it by the name of a useful utility, and you don’t see what’s in there before the installation starts. On one of the middle stages, you're allowed to see an offer to install more tools, with all fields filled and the natural decision is to download them and proceed. And you pressed that button. It might have been slightly different: they might have done this via the “manners of installation”. Usually, the veteran installation technique is just a manual choice of a folder for this software to be established, which additional tools do you require, and which ones are useless. In Xtconnect.com's case, if you choose the offered method of installation, you allow all the viruses from the viral installer into the computer.

Methods to remove Xtconnect.com

Method 1. Use special removal software

Method 2. Remove Xtconnect.com manually

Step 1. Uninstall Xtconnect.com from the operation system

Step 2. Remove Xtconnect.com from the browser (Google Chrome/Mozilla Firefox/IE/Opera/Safari/Edge)

 

If you are MAC user, follow this guide How to remove virus from MAC

Now you realize what Xtconnect.com is, and you are aware of its basic methods of penetration. You know all you have to, except the highly important thing: the ways to eliminate this adware. Here we go. You can remove Xtconnect.com with the help of two basic manners. One of them is what you’ve already tried to perform – elimination in manual mode. We know how to make it right, and under this part, you will see the tips on by-hand uninstallation. The main shortage is that you cannot eliminate lots of viruses with its help since it will take too much time. It's better to try another manner: you may completely erase Xtconnect.com within 10 minutes with the help of Spyhunter antivirus. This tool has lots of pluses, and among them are rapid scanning, wide signature database, 24/7 support service and the compatibility with many anti-viruses. It's time to stop trying to guard the system through free utilities – try the genuine antivirus. Push the button below to inspect the system via the toll-free version with limited capabilities.

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Instructions for manual deletion

Step 1. Uninstall software from the system

Windows 7

1. Uninstall Xtconnect.com from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select Xtconnect.com and press Uninstall

2. Delete elements that stayed after uninstalling from Control Panel

  • C:\Program Files\Xtconnect.com
  • C:\ProgramData\Xtconnect.com
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Roaming\Xtconnect.com

3. Clean registry:

  • Click Start
  • Type Regedit.exe
  • Search for "Xtconnect.com" and delete these elements

 

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Windows 10

1. On the field Search Windows type 'Control Panel'

2. Click Uninstall a program

3. Select Xtconnect.com and press Uninstall

 

Windows 8

1. Point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and tap Search.

2. Enter control panel in the search box, and then click Control Panel.

3. Under View by:, select Large Icons, and then click Programs and features.

4. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.

5. Follow the instructions on the screen.

6. Delete Xtconnect.com from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select Xtconnect.com and press Uninstall

7. Remove elements like on Win7.

 

Step 2. Remove Xtconnect.com from the browser

Internet Explorer

Step 1. Disable add-on:

  • Tools
  • Manage add-ons
  • Remove Xtconnect.com

Step 2.Change homepage:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Home page
  • Put “about:blank”

Step 3. Change new tab page:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Tabs

 

Google Chrome

Step 1. Remove add-on:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • More Tools
  • Extensions
  • Remove Xtconnect.com

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • Settings
  • Open a specific page or set of pages
  • Delete all specific pages

 

Mozilla Firefox

Step 1. Delete add-on:

  • Open menu
  • Add-ons
  • Extensions
  • Remove Xtconnect.com

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open menu
  • Options
  • General
  • Put “about:blank” into Home page field

 

Opera browser

Step 1. Disable add-on:

  • Open Opera;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Extensions;
  • Choose Xtconnect.com and press button "Remove from Opera"

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open Opera browser;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Settings;
  • On Startup;
  • Open a specific page or set of pages;
  • Press button "Set pages" and change Homepage to your favorite one.

 

Safari

Step 1. Start Safari browser

Step 2. Display a menu of General Safari Settings

Step 3. Reset Safari...

Step 4. Press "Reset"

 

Microsoft Edge

Step 1. Delete the suspicious extensions.

  • Menu
  • Extensions
  • Choose unfamiliar extension
  • Press Uninstall

Step 2. Change homepage.

  • Go to the website of the search engine you want
  • Select More actions
  • Settings
  • View advanced settings
  • Change search engine
  • Select search engine you want and Set as default

 

Video how to reset browser and remove all extensions

 

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