About this threat

Nordwest.xyz is a browser hijacker promoted web page that may become your homepage/new tabs. Hijackers usually infect computers via freeware bundles, which means that if you carelessly install programs, you are more likely to end up with an infection of some sorts. This will be explained more in the following paragraph. However, this hijacker may also be obtained via a questionable extension from the Chrome store.


Hijackers aren’t considered to be high-level infections, although some do refer to them as viruses. They’re not malicious, thus calling them viruses would be incorrect. However, because of their intrusive behavior, they are very frowned upon. You will notice that your homepage has been changed to the hijacker’s promoted site, and if you try to undo the changes, you will not be allowed to. Hijackers also encourage users to use their supplied search engines, which usually lead to sponsored results. They aim to redirect users to sponsored sites so that owners can make revenue. However, users get nothing from this. It should be noted those redirects may also lead to unsafe sites, where malware could found. If you get malware, you might not even notice, and it would be a much more serious infection. There is no need to put up with this, just delete Nordwest.xyz.

How does it spread?

The hijacker comes together with themed new tab page extensions, such as Minions New Tab page add-on. You need to be very careful about what kinds of extensions you install, even if they come from the Chrome store. You should also be cautious about how you install free programs because a lot of them have hijackers attached to them. You need to actually pay attention to installation process to be able to deselect them. Always choose Advanced or Custom settings when installing something, and when the added items become visible there, deselect them. Only after you have deselected everything should you continue installing the program.

Why uninstall Nordwest.xyz?

This hijacker is advertised as a themed new tabs page, focusing on the Minion characters. It may seem like a decent extension to fans but it’s more trouble than its worth. Especially if you didn’t install it willingly. Your Google Chrome homepage/new tab page will change to a different website, and you will be unable to undo those changes unless you first get rid of the hijacker. If you decide to ignore the abrupt changes, and use the site, make sure you first read its Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Information about your data collection, its safekeeping and sharing should be presented there. If you find that it collects your personal information, you should stop using it immediately. It’s not a trustworthy extension and allowing it to hold data about you should not be allowed. If you use the provided search engine, be on the look out for sponsored content, as hijackers aim to redirect users to certain sites, whose owners earn more revenue when their traffic is increased. We should also warn you about malicious redirects, which could lead to serious infections. Hijackers do not ensure the sites you are led to are safe so you could easily end up on a malware-ridden one. If you are looking for themed new tab extensions, there are much better ones you can find, ones that will not put your computer in danger. In the meantime, get rid of the hijacker.

Nordwest.xyz removal

When it comes to these kinds of infections, there are a couple of ways to get rid of them. The one that is recommended to less-experienced computer users is via spyware removal software. The program of your choice would find the infection and erase it for you. However, if you would prefer to remove Nordwest.xyz yourself, you can also do that. You’ll have to locate the infection but if you’re struggling, you can use the below provided instructions to help you.

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Step 1. Uninstall Nordwest.xyz and related programs.

Remove Nordwest.xyz from Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel choose Programs and Features and select to Uninstall a software.

Delete Nordwest.xyz from Windows 8

Uninstall Nordwest.xyz from Windows 7

Click Start → Control Panel → Programs and Features → Uninstall a program.

Uninstall Nordwest.xyz from Windows 7

Delete Nordwest.xyz from Windows XP

Click Start → Settings → Control Panel. Locate and click → Add or Remove Programs.

Remove Nordwest.xyz from Windows XP

Remove Nordwest.xyz from Mac OS X

Click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Select applications folder and look for Nordwest.xyz or any other suspicious software. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash, then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

Nordwest.xyz removal from MAC OS X

Step 2. Delete Nordwest.xyz from your browsers

Terminate the unwanted extensions from Internet Explorer
  1. Tap the Gear icon and go to Manage Add-ons. Nordwest.xyz IE gear
  2. Pick Toolbars and Extensions and eliminate all suspicious entries (other than Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Oracle or Adobe) Nordwest.xyz IE toolbars and extensions
  3. Leave the window.
Change Internet Explorer homepage if it was changed by virus:
  1. Tap the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of your browser and click Internet Options. Nordwest.xyz IE gear
  2. In General Tab remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Press Apply to save changes. Nordwest.xyz IE toolbars and extensions
Reset your browser
  1. Click the Gear icon and move to Internet Options. Nordwest.xyz IE options
  2. Open the Advanced tab and press Reset. Nordwest.xyz IE reset browser
  3. Choose Delete personal settings and pick Reset one more time. Nordwest.xyz IE reset
  4. Tap Close and leave your browser. Nordwest.xyz IE close
  5. If you were unable to reset your browsers, employ a reputable anti-malware and scan your entire computer with it.
Erase Nordwest.xyz from Google Chrome
  1. Access menu (top right corner of the window) and pick Settings. Nordwest.xyz Chrome menu
  2. Choose Extensions. Nordwest.xyz Chrome settings
  3. Eliminate the suspicious extensions from the list by clicking the Trash bin next to them. Nordwest.xyz Chrome extensions remove
  4. If you are unsure which extensions to remove, you can disable them temporarily. Nordwest.xyz Chrome extensions disable
Reset Google Chrome homepage and default search engine if it was hijacker by virus
  1. Press on menu icon and click Settings. Nordwest.xyz Chrome menu
  2. Look for the “Open a specific page” or “Set Pages” under “On start up” option and click on Set pages. Nordwest.xyz Chrome settings
  3. In another window remove malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Nordwest.xyz Chrome extensions remove
  4. Under the Search section choose Manage Search engines. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search websites. You should leave only Google or your preferred search name. Nordwest.xyz Chrome extensions disable
    Nordwest.xyz Chrome extensions disable
Reset your browser
  1. If the browser still does not work the way you prefer, you can reset its settings.
  2. Open menu and navigate to Settings. Nordwest.xyz Chrome settings more
  3. Press Reset button at the end of the page. Nordwest.xyz Chrome advanced menu
  4. Tap Reset button one more time in the confirmation box. Nordwest.xyz Chrome reset
  5. If you cannot reset the settings, purchase a legitimate anti-malware and scan your PC.
Remove Nordwest.xyz from Mozilla Firefox
  1. In the top right corner of the screen, press menu and choose Add-ons (or tap Ctrl+Shift+A simultaneously). Nordwest.xyz Firefox add ons
  2. Move to Extensions and Add-ons list and uninstall all suspicious and unknown entries. Nordwest.xyz Firefox extensions
Change Mozilla Firefox homepage if it was changed by virus:
  1. Tap on the menu (top right corner), choose Options. Nordwest.xyz Firefox reset confirm
  2. On General tab delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default. Nordwest.xyz Firefox reset confirm
  3. Press OK to save these changes.
Reset your browser
  1. Open the menu and tap Help button. Nordwest.xyz Firefox help
  2. Select Troubleshooting Information. Nordwest.xyz Firefox troubleshooting
  3. Press Refresh Firefox. Nordwest.xyz Firefox reset
  4. In the confirmation box, click Refresh Firefox once more. Nordwest.xyz Firefox reset confirm
  5. If you are unable to reset Mozilla Firefox, scan your entire computer with a trustworthy anti-malware.
Uninstall Nordwest.xyz from Safari (Mac OS X)
  1. Access the menu.
  2. Pick Preferences. Nordwest.xyz Safari menu
  3. Go to the Extensions Tab. Nordwest.xyz Safari extensions
  4. Tap the Uninstall button next to the undesirable Nordwest.xyz and get rid of all the other unknown entries as well. If you are unsure whether the extension is reliable or not, simply uncheck the Enable box in order to disable it temporarily.
  5. Restart Safari.
Reset your browser
  1. Tap the menu icon and choose Reset Safari. Nordwest.xyz Safari reset menu
  2. Pick the options which you want to reset (often all of them are preselected) and press Reset. Nordwest.xyz Safari reset
  3. If you cannot reset the browser, scan your whole PC with an authentic malware removal software.

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