What Is BadURLDefender Redirect?
BadURLDefender is the kind of application that has been reported as PUP (potentially unwanted program). This software’s main purpose of activity is to get into your computer and begin displaying ads, which may slow it down significantly. The biggest problem with BadURLDefender is not that it may slow your machine down, but more that it could cause damage to your PC and the information in it because some of these ads could take you to virus websites or scams. This is why we do advise that you read this article as it contains more information on how to remove this risky software and protect your computer in the future.
|Type||Browser Hijacker / PUP / Scam Redirect|
|Short Description||Aims to modify the settings on your web browser in order to get it to cause browser redirects and display different advertisements.|
|Symptoms||Your web browser begins to display various types of online advertisements, which results in slowing down of your computer.|
|Distribution Method||Bundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.|
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BadURLDefender – Activity Report
BadURLDefender may end up being installed on your computer by being bundled alongside another free program you may have downloaded online, such as media player, file converter, image editor, a video editing app and others. The way this works is for BadURLDefender to be hidden in one of the installation steps of the setup of the downloaded freeware in question, where it is often promoted as a “free extra”. And since these steps are often hidden in the “Custom” or “Advanced” install modes, many users tend to miss them. This method of spreading is very common for such apps and other adware that may also be using it include TheSearchConverters, ProSearchConverters and BestSearchPDF.
BadURLDefender is the type of software that could be responsible for showing the following advertisements on your computer:
- Push promotion pop-ups.
- Third-party site redirects.
- Web banners.
- Browser pop-up ads.
- Ads that show up instead of search results.
- Highlighted text ads.
These ads may often contain trackers, from the likes of:
Such trackers are used to target you with ads based on information that is collected from you without your consent or knowledge. This data may include:
- Where you have clicked online and what your mouse movements are.
- Sites that are bookmarked.
- Which pages you have visited.
- Your browsing history.
- Your search history.
But this is not the main problem, when it comes to software, such as BadURLDefender. The ads it may display are purely shown for profit without any specific regards to the sites they may lead to. This is often how you may end up seeing the following dangerous pages to appear on your machine:
- Fake surveys.
- Fraud websites.
- Fake software download sites.
- Viruses and other malware.
- Fake tech support scams.
- Endless redirect schemes.
- Fake or phishing sites.
This is why apps, like BadURLDefender are considered indirectly risky for your computer system and should be gotten rid of from it.
Remove BadURLDefender Adware from Your Computer
BadURLDefender is the type of program that can be removed from your computer and your web browsers if you follow the steps we have created down below. These steps exist to help you delete this unwanted program either manually or automatically. An effective removal approach is to do the deletion automatically using professional anti-malware software. Experts often advise scanning your computer using such tools as they can help effectively delete such unwanted programs and malware automatically from your machine and make sure they don’t come back.
- Guide 1: How to Remove BadURLDefender from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of BadURLDefender on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove BadURLDefender in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase BadURLDefender from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall BadURLDefender from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove BadURLDefender from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate BadURLDefender from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable BadURLDefender Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove BadURLDefender from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove BadURLDefender
Step 2: Uninstall BadURLDefender and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by BadURLDefender on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by BadURLDefender there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of BadURLDefender from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall BadURLDefender and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove BadURLDefender via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove BadURLDefender files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as BadURLDefender, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove BadURLDefender from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase BadURLDefender from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall BadURLDefender from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove BadURLDefender from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the BadURLDefender will be removed.
Eliminate BadURLDefender from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.
Remove Push Notifications caused by BadURLDefender from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".