What Is Setaga (Setaga Browser Extension, Setaga Search)?
Setaga is an unethical adware platform and alleged search engine, categorized as a browser hijacker, that claims to be a monetization aggregator company offering web monetization tools for third party extensions, add-ons or website owners, but Setaga helps unethical developers and website owners turn their add-ons, extensions or websites into a profitable business by bundling monetization services that complements the extension’s activities.
The Setaga extension displays popup windows of information and popup advertisements concerning third party discounts, promotions, and savings. Many Setaga users have reported that the popup deals prompted by Setaga are unhelpful and lead to old websites, with old products.
Setaga is often referred to as the Setaga virus, Setaga redirect, or Setaga browser hijacker.
Is Setaga Safe?
Setaga is not safe to use or voluntarily download from the Setaga website (Setaga.com). The Setaga program may utilize spyware techniques in order to collect information about their users, including browser activity and data stored by websites (passwords, saved addresses).
Furthermore, the Setaga extension has been reported to introduce additional software to a computer system and internet browser without permission, including browser attachments such as add-ons, extensions, plug-ins, and toolbars in the form of a Setaga standalone client primary used to display advertisements to the user, or third party programs utilizing Setaga to generate revenue and vice versa.
Information is based off a small sample size.
Setaga.com Redirects (Setaga Redirection Virus)
Setaga and/or third party malware and programs can negatively affect existing internet browser settings including the default search engine (or provided search engine) for each internet browser installed on to a computer.
This causes infected internet browsers to redirect to setaga.com, http://www.setaga.com/search.html (setaga.com/search), http://www.setaga.com/search.html?q=s (bing developers tool/affiliate), and a series of other web address on the same domain or third party website.
Though Setaga’s search results do not prompt any suspicious, nor malicious links, the redirections to Bing.com are considered a nuisance to the user and very unethical (Setaga can generate revenue through ads, via commandeering internet browsers using Bing’s and other’s advertising tools).
Setaga.com also hijackers existing homepage and/or browser start up settings, causing browsers to redirect to setaga.com, setaga.com/search, and third party websites up on starting without direct consent of the computer user (entrapment).
How To Remove Setaga – Stop Setaga.com Redirects
- Scan For And Remove Malware
- Uninstall Setaga
- Remove Setaga Extension
- Remove Setaga.com From Home Page
- Stop Setaga.com Redirections (Default Search Engine)
- System Restore (Troubleshoot)
1. Scan For And Remove Malware
To remove malware associated with Setaga or that shares similarities in symptoms, it is recommended to scan your computer for malware, viruses, and or Trojans that may have infected your system with reputable Antivirus software such as Malwarebytes or Norton.
Once Antivirus (or Anti-Malware) software is installed on your computer, make sure the program is updated, and run a full system scan in order to detect and remove malware that has infected your system.
Afterwards, examine your internet browsers to ensure your settings have been restored. If not, please use the free steps below to remove Setaga from your computer and internet browser.
2. How To Uninstall Setaga
Use the directions below to completely uninstall Setaga and/or third-party programs affecting your browser and computer system.
1. Access Window’s Start Menu and select Control Panel
2. Select Uninstall a program or Add and remove programs
3. Search for Setaga and Uninstall it by clicking the Uninstall button, or double clicking the program.
Also search for any suspicious software in the list of installed programs. Analyze any found suspicious titles and remove them if necessary.
3. How To Remove Setaga Extension
1. Click Tools and select Add-ons. (Ctrl+Shift+A)
2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for Setaga and additional third party add-ons. Remove Setaga and any third party add-ons if located.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.
2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for Setaga and additional third party add-ons. Remove Setaga and any third party add-ons if located.
1. Click on the Customize icon (wrench or 3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to Tools > Extensions.
2. Search for Setaga and additional third party extensions. Remove the Setaga extension (and others) by clicking the trashcan icon adjacent to the add-on/extension/toolbar.
4. How To Remove Setaga From Home Page
CCleaner ↔ Install
An alternative recommendation is to use a program such as CCleaner to repair all browser settings at once with productive accuracy.
1. Install CCleaner.
2. Navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.
In Google Chrome click the customize icon (wrench or 3 bars) and navigate to Settings. Click “Set pages” under the On startup option. Remove any malicious websites and replace with your preferred URL.
In Mozilla Firefox navigate to Tools > Options. Under the General tab remove any malicious URL from the “Home Page:” field and replace with your preferred home page.
In Microsoft Internet Explorer navigate to Tools >Internet Options. Remove any malicious URLs from the Home Page field and replace with your preferred URL.
5. How To Stop Setaga Redirections (Default Search Engine)
CCleaner ↔ Install
1. Install CCleaner.
2. Navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.
In Google Chrome, click the customize icon (wrench or 3 bars) and navigate to Settings > Manage search engines… click the X next to any suspicious search engines including search.snap.do and/or conduit manufactured search engines.
In Mozilla Firefox, click the small search magnify glass near the search box (not url/search field) and click “Manage Search Engines…”. Remove any suspicious search engines from the list by highlighting the selection and clicking remove.
In Microsoft Internet Explorer navigate to Tools > Manage Add Ons and remove the malicious search engine from the list.
6. System Restore
Perform a system restore to an automatic restore point created by Window’s each week or during system updates.