When I wrote about Vosteran Search a few months back, I was foolishly hoping it would be the last I hear of this browser hijacker family. Alas, that really was too much of a foolish hope. Here we have another browser hijacker from the same family called Binkiland. It is just as resistant to removal as Vosteran Search, Astromenda, Taplika, and so on.
This new infection has a cute name, I can give it that. Maybe that’s why for a time being some users might be lulled into thinking that Binkiland is the real deal. But you know I wouldn’t be happy to find binkiland.com set as my homepage. I mean, just recently it had your own homepage, with your personal customizations, and then BAM – suddenly you see two palm trees and a hammock (vacation, anyone?) with a search box below.
I sometimes find it disturbing how users disregard such modifications to their browser settings. Constant pop-ups, annoying ads, various redirections – they tend to take it for granted, as if that’s perfectly normal and one should be surprised to experience that. However, Binkiland and other annoying infections aren’t something you should tolerate! Trust me, this kind of browser settings modifications are nothing but bad news. It means that your computer’s security has been compromised and your web browsing habits are being monitored.
Now, don’t panic. It’s not like the hackers will steal your banking logins and passwords, but with Binkiland they can get the general idea of what websites you visit, what you usually buy at online stores, and so on. Binkiland employs tracking cookies to collect data on your web browsing history. Some users may think that it trespasses their privacy, but the truth is that a lot of reliable search engines and websites do the same. It all depends on where and how that data is used later on.
What’s more, aside from worrying about you being monitored, you should also take into consideration the fact that you clearly have more than just Binkiland on your PC. After all, it’s a browser hijacker, and it will not arrive at your system on its own. Chances are you have installed binkiland.com on your computer bundled with some freeware or shareware app from a torrent website, or you have clicked some pop-up notification that offered you to update your media player.
The bottom line is that you need to get rid of Binkiland and anything that could be related to it. Why? Because it’s not safe, that’s why. I’m putting down manual removal instructions below, but it won’t do much good if you continue visiting unfamiliar sites and other potential dangerous pages. You need to take your PC security into your hands. Don’t take annoying stuff for granted! If you need any help with keeping your PC clean, you can always get yourself a reliable antispyware tool. Have a watchdog to look after your system for you.
Remove unwanted programs
Windows 8 & Windows 8.1
- Move the mouse cursor to the bottom right of your desktop.
- When the Charm bar appears, select Settings.
- Open Control Panel and click Uninstall a program.
- Remove all the unwanted programs on the list.
Windows Vista & Windows 7
- Click the Start menu and go to Control Panel.
- Open Uninstall a program and remove unwanted applications.
- Click the Start button and navigate to Control Panel.
- Open Add or remove programs and uninstall all the unwanted applications.
Modify the Target Line
- Right-click your browser’s shortcut.
- Open Properties and select the Shortcut tab.
- Locate the Target line.
- Delete everything OUTSIDE of the quotation marks.
- Press OK to save changes.
Reset browser settings
- Press Alt+T and go to Internet options.
- Open Advanced tab and press Reset.
- Select the Delete personal settings option and click the Reset button again.
- Click Close.
- Press Alt+H and open Troubleshooting information.
- When a new tab opens, press Reset Firefox at the top right of your screen.
- Click Reset Firefox on a confirmation box. Click Finish.
- Press Alt+F and go to Settings.
- Scroll down to the bottom and click Show advanced settings.
- Scroll down and click Reset Settings.
- Press Reset.