What is Navigate Buddy and How to Remove It

Navigate Buddy is dubbed as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and Adware at the same time. Its official website, NavigateBuddy.com, claims that this application is a useful browser extension that speeds up the internet browsing of web users. By looking at the feature presented by Navigate Buddy, it is undoubtedly useful and valid browser extension. In addition to that, it also asserts that by overriding certain browser settings, this tool can improve the online searching and browsing of web users.

Screenshot of Navigatebuddy.com
Screenshot of Navigatebuddy.com

More on Navigate Buddy

Bear in mind that Navigate Buddy bears a resemblance to other ad-supported programs that claim to revolutionize the internet browsing experience for users. It is often integrated with third-party software that anyone can download from different servers. This unusual browser extension comes along with free yet questionable and misleading programs. Thus, it may enter into the computer in a manner that is unknown to computer users.

Once Navigate Buddy adware is incorporated into the browser application, it is going to execute unauthorized commands. These include changing the browser settings, including homepage and search engine. Moreover, Navigate Buddy will render online advertisements such as pop-ups, banners, and redirects. It is obvious at this point that the adware is eager to generate revenue by promoting the products of its partners and advertisers.

In addition, affected browser may redirect to a selected web address that is risky to visit. At times, it may lead the browser to the promoter’s web page or to another site that presents dubious items, sponsored links, and unsafe ads. We have to remind you that when you click on ads associated with this malware, it may expose the browser to similar potential threats or might trigger the downloading of malware.

Screenshot of Navigate Buddy in Chrome Web Store
The download page of Navigate Buddy

What to do to avoid further complications?

To prevent additional issues that the Navigate Buddy extension may dump into the computer, it is wise to eliminate this adware as well as other suspicious items installed on the browser. For comprehensive removal instructions, kindly browse the next segment and execute the steps as presented.

Avoiding browser hijackers

Computer users can avoid browser hijackers like Navigate Buddy by exercising caution when downloading and installing software from the internet. It is a general rule for safety to download only from reputable sources or official websites. It is also important to carefully read the installation prompts and opt out of any suspicious software or browser extensions. Regularly updating the operating system and internet browser software is also helpful in patching any security flaws that Navigate Buddy may exploit during the attack. Finally, installing and updating reputable antivirus and antimalware software can add an extra layer of security against browser hijacking.

Navigate Buddy Removal Procedure

Below is a systematic instruction that is very useful in getting rid of unwanted programs from compromised Windows computers. Aside from removing the malicious browser extension, this guide is also helpful in deleting browser hijackers and pop-ups. In order to totally eliminate the threat, it is vital to follow the process exactly.

Quick Fix - Scan the PC with Combo Cleaner for Windows

Combo Cleaner is a trusted PC security and optimization tool equipped with powerful virus and malware detection engine. This program can get rid of browser hijacker like Navigate Buddy through this procedure.

1. Download the application from the following page:

2. Save the file to your preferred location.

3. Double-click the downloaded file CCSetup.exe and install with the default settings.

CC for Windows Installation

4. At the end of the setup process, click Finish to run Combo Cleaner.

5. The tool will update the signature file, please wait for this process to complete.

6. To begin checking for threats like Navigate Buddy, click on the Start Scan button. Wait for this scan to finish.

CC for Windows Start Scan

7. At the end of the scan process, click on Remove all threats to delete Navigate Buddy hijacker including all malicious objects from the computer.

Free features of Combo Cleaner for Windows includes Disk Cleaner, Big Files finder, Duplicate files finder, and Uninstaller. To use antivirus, privacy scanner, and to delete identified threats, users have to upgrade to a premium version.

Please continue with the succeeding removal procedures if your are comfortable to manually get rid of the threat and malicious items linked with it.

Step 1 : Delete Navigate Buddy Browser Extension

Most adware and unwanted programs use an application called a "browser extension" to be able to take over the settings of internet applications. Therefore, we highly recommend checking and removing the extension that is closely related to Navigate Buddy. If it is not present, look for and delete any suspicious browser extension.

Remove the Navigate Buddy Extension from Google Chrome

1. Open your Google Chrome browser.

2. Type chrome://extensions/ in the address bar and press Enter on the keyboard.

Chrome URL

3. Find Navigate Buddy or any relevant entry and remove it from the Google Chrome browser.

Screenshot of Navigate Buddy Add-on

Uninstall the Navigate Buddy Extension from Mozilla Firefox

1. Open the Mozilla Firefox browser.

2. Type about:addons in the address bar and press Enter on the keyboard.

Firefox URL

3. Choose Extensions from the sidebar menu.

4. Look for an object that pertains to Navigate Buddy and remove it from the browser.

After deleting the malicious browser extension, it is expected that pop-ups and other troubles will be gone from the internet browser.

Remove Navigate Buddy from Microsoft Windows and Edge Browser

1. On your keyboard, press Windows Key + R and then, type the appwiz.cpl command.

2. The Program and Features window will open. Arrange the list in a chronological manner, with recently installed applications on top. To do this, click on the 'Installed On' column.

Add-Remove Malware

3. Select Navigate Buddy or a recently installed unwanted entry. Then, click on Uninstall to remove it from the Windows system.

If Navigate Buddy is still present on the browser and there are still homepage and pop-ups, another option is to remove the browser hijacker from the browser settings.

4. Open the Microsoft Edge program.

5. Input edge://extensions/ in the URL bar and press Enter on the keyboard.

6. Look for and Remove or Disable entries for Navigate Buddy from the Installed Extensions area. Additionally, delete the same object from the Search Providers section by executing the Hijacker Removal Procedure for Edge.

7. Close the window and restart Microsoft Edge.

Step 2 : Scan the computer with Sophos Antivirus

To remove Navigate Buddy automatically, scanning the computer with this powerful anti-virus tool is recommended. This scanner does not just uncover known threats like viruses or malware, it is also effective in discovering browser hijacker like Navigate Buddy that slows down online browsing activities.

1. Download Sophos Virus Removal Tool from the link below. Save the file on your computer where you can easily access it.

2. Once the download completes, browse the location of the file. Double-click to run the program and begin the install process.

3. On first windows of installation wizard, click Next to continue. Then, it will display the program’s License Agreement. You need to Accept the terms in order to proceed. If Windows prompts for User Account Control, please click Yes to proceed.

Screenshot of Sophos EULA Page

4. On succeeding windows, click Next or Continue to carry on with the installation. After completing the installation process, Launch Sophos Virus Removal Tool.

5. Internet connection is required when running this scanner in order to download important updates. Make sure that everything is up-to-date to effectively remove malicious program like Navigate Buddy.

6. Click the  button to  carry out the Scan. This will check the system for presence of malicious objects, malware, and viruses. The tool reveals items that were found linked to Navigate Buddy and other suspicious entities. Be sure to remove all identified threats.

Screenshot of Sophos Virus Scan

The above procedures should have totally eliminated the Navigate Buddy browser hijacker. However, if you found that there are still remnants of the threat, please proceed to manual removal of associated objects as outlined below.

Step 3 : Scan and Delete Adware with AdwCleaner

In addition to the procedure, we suggest scanning the computer with AdwCleaner tool. Possibly, there are some traces of Navigate Buddy on the browser that was not deleted during the preceding steps. This tool will scan the computer and check for presence of malicious applications as well as invalid browser entries that produces hijacking, redirects, and pop-ups.

1. Follow the link below to download the tool called AdwCleaner.

2. When the download has completed, please close all running programs on the computer especially browsers affected by Navigate Buddy.

3. Browse the location of the downloaded file and double-click on adwcleaner_Ver.exe to start running the tool. Then, click on Scan button.

Image of AdwCleaner Dashboard

4. AdwCleaner searches the computer for malicious programs, extensions, plug-ins, adware, and any items that may be associated to Navigate Buddy. It will also check for suspicious entries on browser settings that is associated with the hijacker.

5. Clean or Remove all suspicious and harmful items identified after the thorough scan.

6. After the cleanup procedure, rebooting the computer is required to finalize the removal of detected threats.

Check if your internet browser application is no longer being bothered by Navigate Buddy. If the browser hijacker still persists, please continue with the steps below to reset internet programs to default settings.

Optional : Reset Internet Browser Program

Cleaning your internet browser from clutter and unwanted add-on/extension is a must when dealing with Navigate Buddy. The procedure below discusses on resetting various browsers to their default state.

Restore Google Chrome to Default Settings

Resetting Google Chrome to its default settings is helpful in deleting hard-to-remove extensions, such as Navigate Buddy. This method is highly advisable to perform if you have difficulty removing unwanted extensions.

1. Open the Google Chrome internet browser.
2. On the address bar, type chrome://settings/reset and press the Enter key.
3. Click on Reset Settings on the sidebar and choose Restore settings to their original defaults.
4. On the confirmation window, click the Reset settings button to clear all entries for Navigate Buddy.
5. Close the existing tab and restart Google Chrome. That should have removed the Navigate Buddy extension and associated objects.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

This section describes how to remove unwanted extensions from Firefox that may be related to Navigate Buddy. This process can fix many browser issues by restoring Firefox to factory settings without affecting your essential information (bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, and Internet cookies) on the browser. If you desire to remove only a specific extension, please see the manual removal of add-ons from Firefox.

1. Input the string about:support on the Firefox web address and press Enter on the keyboard.
2. You will now see the Troubleshooting Information page of Mozilla Firefox.
3. You will notice a section in the upper-right corner of the screen stating, Give Firefox a tune-up. Click the Refresh Firefox button.
4. If a confirmation window appears, click Refresh Firefox to continue.
5. Firefox browser will close and start the resetting process. When done, it will display a list of restored data. Navigate Buddy should be gone by now. Click Finish to open a fresh version of Firefox.

Restore Microsoft Edge to Default Settings

1. Open the Microsoft Edge browser.
2. On the address bar, please input edge://settings/reset and press Enter on the keyboard.
3. Once you are on the Reset Settings page, click on Restore settings to their default values.
4. A confirmation window will appear; click on the Reset button to continue.

Your data, like favorites, bookmarks, and history, will remain in the browser. However, this process will delete add-ons by Navigate Buddy and other unknown objects.

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