Just knowing that the Oursurfing browser hijacker operates in a covert way has us wondering but the truth is that browser hijackers are not technically speaking malware. But don't let that fool you into thinking they are all sweetness and light because even though most browser hijackers don't really cause you any harm, they are still something that, in my opinion, you won't want installed on your computer.
Just what is a browser hijacker?
A browser hijacker due to the method in which the programmer chooses to install it; yes, it's a program because it has a nominal use – browser hijackers are usually home pages and search engines – so why is it potentially unwanted? That's where the difference between browser hijackers and "real" malware comes in because even though browser hijackers are not malicious generally speaking they still remain a piece of software that you didn't knowingly install yourself. Thus the poor old browser hijacker inhabits a bit of a no man's land – meaning that while you might not want that, frankly not very good home page, your buddy or co-worker might actually think it's not half bad!
Indeed, to the untrained eye, there might be some features that Oursurfing can boast of which begs the question, why WOULDN'T you want it? Well just because it's a new home page or search engine, for example, and forgetting for a moment that it installed itself without asking you if you even wanted a new home page or search engine, many browser hijackers exhibit some pretty antisocial behavior.
Why we don't like browser hijackers
The thing is, while browser hijackers may be potentially unwanted to some people, when you know what they can do, we think they are definitely unwanted! Your new home page or search engine might look the part but it is extremely unlikely that it will have the same functionality as your previous one. And by previous one, we mean the one it so rudely deleted and usurped!
And that's not all because, you see, the real reason Oursurfing is created is to generate revenue for their programmer. And that means that they will hijack your browser and whenever you search for a web page or a set of keywords, instead of bringing up the website you wanted to visit, or a list of relevant search results, they will instead send you directly to a website that the programmer wants you to visit, in this case oursurfing.com. They might not be malware, but browser hijackers certainly are annoying. I suggest you to remove it from your computer as soon as possible. If you don't know how to do that, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!
Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com
Oursurfing 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. Remove Oursurfing 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.
3. 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:
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 Oursurfing from Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to Tools → Extensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Oursurfing, MassTube, 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.
6. Right-click Google Chrome shortcut you are using to open your web browser and select Properties.
7. Select Shortcut tab and remove "http://www.oursurfing.com...." from the Target field and click OK to save changes. There should be only the path to Chrome executable file.
Remove Oursurfing from Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools → Add-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Remove Oursurfing, MassTube, 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: oursurfing
Now, you should see all the preferences that were changed by www.oursurfing.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://www.oursurfing.com...." from the Target field and click OK to save changes. There should be only the path to Firefox executable file.
Remove Oursurfing 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 Oursurfing 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://www.oursurfing.com...." from the Target field and click OK to save changes. Basically, there should be only the path to Internet Explorer executab