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Remove Akamaihd (Uninstall Guide) - Jul 2020 updated

removal by Olivia Morelli - - | Type: Adware

Akamaihd is a legitimate content delivery provider, although it is often mistreated by third-parties to deliver ads to macOS and Windows users

Akamaihd
Akamaihd.net is a browser hijacker that populates unwanted web browser settings on Google Chrome, or another we browser without permission

Akamaihd is a reputable service provider that many high-profile companies use to host a part of their content on. However, the misuse of the platform comes in play when dubious advertising networks purchase server capacities of this service. As a result, ads and redirects leading to suspicious domains are common among users, as they notice that their web browser homepage gets changed to default120617-a.akamaihd.net or another URL, and their online browsing time is disturbed with intrusive ads. Additionally, many users complained about search results being redirected to Yahoo.com, and they are commonly filled with sponsored links.

The reason for Akamaihd.net ads and browser hijacking activities are most usually connected to adware that might be hiding inside the system. Nevertheless, if a standalone application is not installed, there is a high chance that the unwanted browser behaviour is connected to an extension or pre-set profile on macOS systems. Therefore, Akamaihd removal might require different actions, depending on the type of issue you are having – please follow this guide carefully to stop the intrusive browser behaviour.

Name Akamaihd
Type Adware, potentially unwanted program
Primary purpose Originally, Akamaihd is a content service provider for many reputable companies that host a part of their content to relieve the strain on their own servers; however, it is often misused by adware to expose users to commercial content
Related apps You are suffering from Akamaihd.net or a similar browser hijacking, you should look for the following apps/extensions on your system: Safe Finder, Results Hub, Search Pulse, WindowMix, GoPhoto, Advanced Mac Cleaner
Infiltration  Adware is typically installed using deceptive measures; this particular threat is often associated with fake Flash Player updates, as well as installation of freeware apps from third-party sources (software bundling)
Symptoms 

While the severity of symptoms depends on the infection type, common adware infection symptoms include:

  • The homepage, new tab URL and the search engine altered, e.g., set to search64107304-a.akamaihd.net
  • All searchers are redirected to a different search provider, such as Yahoo.com
  • Search results are filled with sponsored links and ads, leading to sponsored sites
  • Pop-ups, deals, offers, coupons, banners, and other commercial content shows up on most visited websites
  • Slowdown on the web browser
Removal To get rid of potentially unwanted programs, you need to uninstall them from your computer or the web browser manually, although automatic removal options are also available using anti-malware software. Mac users might have to get rid of a malicious profile established by a PUP or reset web browser settings as per instructions below
System fix Adware and malware may affect system negatively by making it crash, lag, and cause other stability and performance issues (in some cases, making users reinstall Windows altogether); to avoid that, we recommend using PC repair tool Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego, it can fix virus-caused damage and ensure optimal performance

Akamaihd.net redirects are typically a direct result of adware infection – these potentially unwanted applications only have one purpose on users' machines, and it is to display various commercial content, and redirect their searches to predetermined sites. As a result, developers behind the PUP receive monetary benefits for each click (pay-per-click scheme) or redirect made. Nonetheless, the Akamaihd delivery network does not profit from these activities – only adware developers do.

While there are many ways potentially unwanted programs are distributed, Akamaihd virus was closely connected to software bundling, as well as Fake Flash Player update prompts. The former is extremely common and occurs when users install freeware without paying attention to the process and missing the optional components included within the installer. On the other hand, fake Flash Player updates have been associated with various malware distribution, and users should never download anything from these scam sites.

Akamaihd.net
Akamaihd is adware that is usually spread via packaged software bundle installers or via fake Flash update prompts

Without a doubt, there are many applications that could be related to the Akamaihd hijack, including well-known browser hijackers like Safe Finder or Search Pulse, browser extensions like GoPhoto or standalone apps as WindowMix or Results Hub. Nevertheless, countless other application might be related to the changes made to the web browser, and the homepage set to a.akamaihd.net variants, which include, but are not limited to:

  • lkysearchex1488-a.akamaihd.net
  • Fbstatic-a.akamaihd.net
  • Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net
  • Asrv-a.akamaihd.net
  • Fbcdn-external-a.akamaihd.net
  • BrowserGuard-a.akamaihd.net
  • Default120617-a.akamaihd.net
  • Rvzr-a.akamaihd.net
  • Default21076355-a.akamaihd.net
  • lkysearchds1694-a.akamaihd.net, etc.

While Windows users might also suffer from Akamaihd.net virus infection, most of them can get rid of it relatively easily – by scanning the computer with anti-malware software and resetting the installed web browsers. However, the vast majority of macOS users claimed that they have a particularly difficult time when trying to remove Akamaihd hijack from their Safari of Google Chrome web browsers.

In most of the cases, the Akamaihd virus culprit is the same as that one which affects Windows users, and it is adware. However, unlike in Windows, Mac devices might get embedded with a malicious profile that keeps reapplying the unwanted settings to Safari or Google Chrome. Therefore, unless it is removed, web browsers will remain hijacked, and no attempts to change the homepage will work.

For full instruction on how to get rid of Akamaihd.net hijacker, please refer to the removal section below – the guidelines vary from person to person, depending on a type of PUP is installed. We also highly recommend using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to repair virus damage on Windows systems.

Prevent adware from infecting your computer

Adware and other potentially unwanted programs, while not malicious directly, are underlying threats to computer safety. Nevertheless, there are plenty of PUP examples that establish removal prevention techniques and operate more closely like malware. For that reason, ignoring these seemingly minor infections is never recommended, as they might bring in other unwanted apps or even viruses onto your machine without you noticing.

The best way to prevent consequences of unwanted software is by not letting it be installed in the first place – and it is relatively easy to do, as long as basic security measures are being followed. Most users know that downloading software cracks or visiting sites of other dubious content is dangerous, but they are relatively careless when it comes to program installation practices.

Akamaihd.net hijack
Users reported that they were struggling with Akamaihd.net hijack removal on Safari and Google Chrome

For example, freeware distributors can often employ various tricks in order to make users download applications they did not intend to initially, for example, pre-ticked boxes, fine print text, misleading button placements, underlying content hidden under Advanced installation options, etc. However, because users mostly want to be done with the process as soon as possible, they do not notice these deceptive techniques and end up with adware or malware on their systems.

To avoid that, pay close attention to the installation process of new software, especially if you downloaded it from a third-party site. If possible, always pick official sources instead, as Google Web Store, App Store, Microsoft Store, Amazon, and others have millions of apps to choose from.

Finally, you should be wary of online scams – all those prompts on random websites that claim virus infections, outdated Flash, and similar bogus statements, should be immediately ignored. Remember, web browsers cannot diagnose problems related to your computer, so don't listen to these fake alerts.

Terminate Akamaihd.net ads, redirects, and other unwanted activity

Akamaihd removal might sometimes be performed without any difficulties – all you have to do is access the installed application list and get rid of apps that are responsible for browser hijacking activities. If you need more information on how to perform these actions on Windows or macOS, please follow instructions provided below However, in some cases, users might not know where to look, as the unwanted app might be a browser extension that is clipped to Google Chrome or another browser.

Therefore, as a first step to remove Akamaihd virus from your machine, we suggest you look for unwanted apps and then perform a full system scan using reputable anti-malware software. If that does not suffice, you should also try resetting all the installed web browsers. Nevertheless, some users claimed that these actions did not help them – macOS users in particular.

If you an issue with Safari, you should go to Safari > Preferences > Extensions and disable all extensions. Once done, check if your problems are gone. Then, enable each of the add-ons one-by-one, and see which one is causing the Akamaihd.net problem.

You might also suffer from a Safari bug where you can't set your proffered homepage. If that is the case, follow these steps:

  • Go to Safari > Preferences;
  • Pick General tab;
  • Type if the address of your preferred homepage in the Homepage field; Akamaihd hijack removal from Safari
    Get rid of the unwanted homepage by changing Safari's settings
  • Do not press Return, but instead, click on one of the tabs at the top of the window, such as Passwords, or Privacy;
  • If the confirmation prompt shows up, confirm the change
  • Now go to General tab and see if the homepage is no longer set to Akamaihd.net.

Finally, you should check if malicious profiles are established on your macOS:

  • Go to System Preferences… > Profiles;
  • Select the unwanted profile;
  • Get rid of it by pressing the “” icon at the bottom-left of the window.

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To remove Akamaihd, follow these steps:

Uninstall Akamaihd in Windows systems

Windows users should follow these steps if they want to get rid of unwanted programs manually:

  1. Go to Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, open Add/Remove Programs). Go to 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, open 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, click on Windows icon in the lower left corner of the screen to open Quick Access Menu. Then click Control Panel and select Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, click on Windows icon in the lower left corner of the screen to open 'Quick Access Menu'. Then click 'Control Panel' and select 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Remove Akamaihd and programs related to it
    Now, take a look at the list of programs and find Akamaihd or other programs that you do not remember installing.
  4. Right-click on these programs and select "Uninstall." Then click OK to save changes. Right-click every suspicious program and select 'Uninstall'

Uninstall Akamaihd in Mac OS X system

Uninstall Akamaihd ads-related adware from macOS:

  1. Users who use OS X should click on Go button, which can be found at the top left corner of the screen and select Applications. Click on 'Go' to open a drop-down menu and select 'Applications'.
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Akamaihd or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on each malicious application and select 'Move to Trash'

Delete Akamaihd from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Delete suspicious browser add-ons
    Launch Internet Explorer, and then open IE by clicking on the Gear icon, which is located at the top right corner of the Internet browser. Then, click Manage Add-ons. Open browser menu and go to 'Manage add-ons'
  2. Manage Add-ons window will appear on your screen. Now, search for Akamaihd and other questionable browser add-ons. Right-click them on each of them and select Disable. To eliminate malicious applications, right-click on each of them and click 'Disable'
  3. If virus altered your homepage, change it:
    Click the Gear icon at the top right corner of the Internet browser and then click Internet Options. Stay in General section.
  4. Now, delete malicious URL and enter Delete suspicious URL, type in your preferable site name and click 'Apply' to save
  5. Reset all Internet Explorer settings
    Click on Gear icon and then opt for Internet options. Then go to Advanced section.
  6. Click Reset.
  7. A new window appears, and then you have to tick Delete personal settings and click Reset to finalise Akamaihd removal. In 'Advanced' tab, click 'Reset'. Then tick 'Delete personal settings' and click 'Reset'.

Delete Akamaihd from Microsoft Edge

Reset settings in Microsoft Edge (Technique No.1):

  1. Open Microsoft Edge browser, then click on More button, which is situated at the top right edge of the screen
  2. Select Settings from the drop down menu.
  3. When the Settings panel appears, find Clear browsing data section and hit Choose what to clear button. Open Settings and click on 'Choose what to clear' button
  4. Then mark all components that you wish to delete and after that hit Clear. Click 'Clear'
  5. Right-click the Start button (that has Windows logo on it) and choose Task Manager. Right-click the Start button again and choose 'Task Manager'
  6. Go to Processes tab and look for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and select Go to details. If there is no Go to details option, select More details and carry out previous instructions. Right-click on 'Microsoft Edge' and choose 'Go to details' option If 'Go to details' option does not show up, choose 'More details' instead
  8. Once Details tab appears, look for entries that contain Microsoft Edge name. Right-click on such individual entries and choose End Task option to terminate them. Locate all entries that relate to Microsoft Edge and click 'End Task'

Reset Microsoft Edge (Technique No.2):

In case the Technique No.1 did not help you to fix the problem, use advanced Edge reset option.

  1. Important: you must backup your files before you use these tips
  2. Locate this folder on your PC: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select all items in this folder and right-click with your mouse. Select Delete. Open Microsoft Edge folder on your PC, click every entry with the right mouse button and select 'Delete'
  4. Click on the Start button (that has Windows Logo on it) and in Search my stuff field, type in window power.
  5. With the right button of your mouse, click on every entry and select Run as administrator. Locate where Windows PowerShell is, right-click on it and click on 'Run as administrator' option
  6. Once you get Admin's rights, Windows PowerShell window should show up shortly. Paste this line:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and hit Enter. Copy and then paste the necessary command and hit 'Enter'

After completing these steps, Microsoft Edge should be Akamaihd-free.

Delete Akamaihd from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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  1. Delete suspicious browser extensions
    Launch Mozilla Firefox, and then open menu (click a button at the top right corner). Then, go to Add-ons Extensions. Open browser menu and go to 'Add-ons'
  2. Now, locate Akamaihd and other suspicious extensions. Click Remove to eliminate them. Go to 'Extensions' and locate malicious browser add-ons. Hit 'Remove' button to delete each entry
  3. Reset all Mozilla Firefox settings
    Click on the Firefox at the top left corner and then click the question mark. Then, select Troubleshooting Information. Open menu by clicking on the indicated icon and on '?'. Then select 'Troubleshooting Information'.
  4. Reset Firefox to its default state message should appear then. You will see Reset Firefox button. Click this button a few times and finalise Akamaihd removal. Hit 'Reset Firefox' button a few times

Delete Akamaihd from Google Chrome

Google Chrome users suffer from browser hijacking issues the most; to resolve them, follow this guide to reset the browser:

  1. Remove malicious extensions
    Launch Google Chrome, and then open menu (click a button at the top right corner). Then, go to Tools Extensions. Open browser's menu, then click 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Now, look for Akamaihd and other suspicious extensions and then click the trash icon to remove them. Find malicious extensions and click on the Trash bin icon to remove them
  3. Open Chrome menu and go to Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. Once you open browser's 'Settings', click on 'Manage search engines...' button
  4. In Search Engines..., configure default search engine settings. Remove untrustworthy ones. We advise you to leave only Google or another reputable website of your choice. Remove malicious search sites by clicking 'X'
  5. Reset all Google Chrome settings
    Open menu by clicking the button at the top right corner of Google Chrome, and go to Settings.
  6. Scroll down to find Reset browser settings button. Click on it. When in 'Settings', click Show advanced settings and then find 'Reset browser settings' button. Click on it.
  7. Click Reset to approve this action and finish Akamaihd removal. Click 'Reset' to finish the removal process.

Delete Akamaihd from Safari

Reset Safari's settings in order to get rid of PUP traces:

  1. Delete suspicious browser extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and then select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Akamaihd or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and remove untrustworthy extensions
  3. Reset all Safari settings
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and then select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Akamaihd removal process. Select all checkboxes and click 'Reset'

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