And while Jamenize Search may not be the most vicious of the bunch when it comes to malware, it is still something you should take pains to avoid. The programmers and organizations who use malware obviously have a vested interest in making sure that malware is tricky to uninstall from your PC and it can be a nightmare to contend with so it really is in your best interests to ensure you are doing all you can to protect yourself – and your PC - from it.
It can make your computer run slowly, keep crashing, drive you crazy with pop-up adverts, and create loopholes in your PC's security, which in turn means you are more vulnerable to more attacks by other malware programs. But the main goal of this virus is to hijack your web browser, change your homepage to jamenize.com and your search engine to Jamenize Search. Multiple instances of jamenize.exe keeps running in the background and waiting for updates or command from scammers. Not only it makes your computer slow but also vulnerable for other malware infections.
What is more, browser hijackers very often come bundled with adware and dodgy web browser extensions that can display ads on your computer and even gather information about your browsing habits. So, if you noticed that your homepage has been changed to Jamenize Search then there's a chance that other unwanted programs were installed in your computer too.
But the good news is – it doesn't take too much effort, or any cash, at all to make sure that you don't get infected by this virus. So what are you waiting for? Read our tips and make sure that you're not leaving yourself open to the annoyance, disruption and dangers that browser hijackers can present.
- Probably the number one thing to ensure is that you have a decent anti-malware program installed on your PC. However you also need to ensure you keep it up to date and that you run it manually as well.
- No matter how tempting it appears to be, don't download software or files from a website that you don't trust completely. A lot of shareware or peer to peer files contain adware, browser hijackers and other PUPs, as does pirated software.
- Install a pop-up blocker - some browsers even give you the opportunity to block all pop-ups and they will let you know if the website is one that uses pop-ups. It's your call – do you trust the site or not? If it's a known company or reputable website you should be safe. If it's a third party download site, you could be in trouble.
- If you have a pop-up advert bugging you and you want to close it make sure that you only ever click on the little red 'X' symbol in the corner of the window. Clicking on an 'OK' or 'Close' button could have the desired opposite effect as it may trigger an installation and leave you winding up with even more malware on your computer.
- You should also ensure your computer can't auto install software if you're online – who knows what other programs may be bundled with!
- In a similar vein, check your email's settings aren't configured to let attachments in messages open automatically and install themselves.
- As well as making sure your anti-malware is up to date, you also need to make sure you have the latest security patches installed for every program on your computer. Good luck!
Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com
Jamenize Search Removal Guide:
1. First of all, download recommended anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this infection. Hopefully you won't have to do that.
2. As this infection is known to be installed by vulnerabilities in out-dated and insecure programs, it is strongly suggested that you use an automatic software update tool to scan for vulnerable programs on your computer.
3. Remove Jamenize Search related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).
Go to the Start Menu. Select Control Panel → Add/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.
If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".
Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.
4. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following programs:
- Jamenize Search
If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.
Remove Jamenize Search from Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to Tools → Extensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove WSE_Jamenize, Jamenize Search, BookmarkTube extensions.
3. Then select Settings. Scroll down the page and click Show advanced settings.
4. Find the Reset browser settings section and click Reset browser settings button.
5. In the dialog that appears, click Reset. Close Chrome.
6. Right-click Google Chrome shortcut you are using to open your web browser and select Properties.
7. Select Shortcut tab and remove "http://jamenize.com...." from the Target field and click OK to save changes. There should be only the path to Chrome executable file.
Remove Jamenize Search from Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools → Add-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Remove Jamenize, Jamenize Search, BookmarkTube browser extensions. Close Add-ons manger.
3. In the URL address bar, type about:config and hit Enter.
Click I'll be careful, I promise! to continue.
In the search filter at the top, type: jamenize
Now, you should see all the preferences that were changed by jamenize.com. Right-click on the preference and select Reset to restore default value. Reset all found preferences!
4. Right-click the Mozilla Firefox shortcut you are using to open your web browser and select Properties.
5. Select Shortcut tab and remove "http://jamenize.com...." from the Target field and click OK to save changes. There should be only the path to Firefox executable file.
Remove Jamenize Search from Internet Explorer:
1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to Tools → Manage Add-ons.
2. Select Search Providers. First of all, choose Live Search search engine and make it your default web search provider (Set as default).
3. Select Jamenize Search and click Remove to remove it. Close the window.
4. Right-click the Internet Explorer shortcut you are using to open your web browser and select Properties.
5. Select Shortcut tab and remove "http://jamenize.com...." from the Target field and click OK to save changes. Basically, there should be only the path to Internet Explorer executable file.