Redirect Removal
THREAT REMOVAL Redirect Removal

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This article provides removal for redirect. By following the steps at the end you will easily remove it from affected Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, or Safari browser and Windows system. is a domain that pushes suspicious search engine of unknown origin. It is considered to be an unwanted program with hijacking capabilities. That’s why you may see the main page of during each browsing session. The redirect is designed to sneak into the system without asking for your prior permission so it can modify some important browser settings and start to appear each time you open the affected browser. The redirect may change the homepage and new tab page with its domain address – The removal of this infection should be a priority of yours as it may cause some unpleasant privacy-related issues.

Threat Summary
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionThe suspicious domain can be set as homepage and new tab on each affected browser. A rogue search engine is set as default one.
SymptomsThe homepage and new tab browser page of affected browsers can display the main page of hijacker. Many redirects and advertisements can occur during browsing sessions.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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The distribution of happens mainly via shady techniques with the most preferred one being the installers of third-party apps. When you download a desired and supposedly useful freeware it may incorporate the unwanted redirect into the installer. As such additional components are often not disclosed properly, you can install them without your knowledge. In some cases, you can prevent their installation by choosing the Advanced/Custom configuration options where you can see all the programs included in the installer. If you do not need some of the apps you can deselect them and continue with the installation process. However, there is no doubt that redirect is a program that you should remove as soon as possible. Otherwise, you risk serious misuses of your important data.

The installation of redirect may also happen after a visit of a web page that is set to infect each user who lands on it. Such pages may be part of malvertising campaigns and spread via popular social media channels as well.

Another possible scenario is that the dubious browser extension associated with the redirect is installed in your browser. The extension is called Sield-Plus and can be found in Chrome web store:

shield-plus browser extesion chrome web store

Commonly used web browsers are considered to be set as targets of So it is believed to hijack Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge and Safari browsers. – In Details redirect can be also called a browser hijacker due to its capabilities to alter essential browser settings without your consent. Once the redirect gains access to your system it replaces the homepage, new tab page and default search engine of each target browser.

As a result, its main page appears each time you open the affected browser. Currently, has a simple design that resembled a lot the designs of some reliable search engines like Google and Bing. The hijacker provides a dubious search engine that displays mainly sponsored results as well as websites of unknown origin.
Below you can see the picture of the redirect: dubious search engine

The redirect generates many annoying advertisements as possible to all affected users because each click on an ad generates revenue to its creators. The model is called pay-per-click and is widely used by website owners to monetize their projects.

In addition, during our research, we found that a nasty browser extension installed in your browser may be one of the reasons why the suspicious redirect domain appears while you are surfing the net. When the extension called Shield-Plus History Cleaner is installed in your Chrome browser is can:

  • Read and change your data on
  • Read and change your browsing history
  • Change your search settings to:

shield-plus history cleaner browser extension capabilities

In case that you found Shield-Plus History Cleaner installed in the browser, it is better to consider its removal. No matter it claims to be a useful app that cleans your browsing and search history, it is able to gather the details and keep a record of them on its servers. This means that the owners of the nasty extension related to acquire many valuable details about you and your online profiles, searches, preferences, downloads, etc. The next paragraph reveals in detail what kind of information is collected from the redirect. – Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy is a must read page as it describes what information is collected by the website owners and further explains how they plan to use it. The policy of acknowledges that the owners (Start Page) of the redirect are able to record all your download and browsing activity on Babylon servers in case that you are using their services.

The redirect keeps records of the following details:

  • Visited URLs and websites
  • Names of downloaded software
  • Search queries
  • Search queries on the visited web pages
  • Type of used browser
  • Operating system type
  • Internet protocol (IP) address
  • Geographic location
  • Default language setting
  • Date/time stamp
  • Referring and exit pages

The data is used for purposes of delivering targeted search results and content in accordance with your preferences as well as for advertising purposes.

We may share certain information with a Third Party Content and/or services providers … By downloading and/or using the Start Page and/or Services you agree to the collection and use of your data as described in this policy.

In case that you want to prevent the privacy-related troubles that may occur as a result of using services, be advised to consider its complete removal from the system as soon as possible. Afterward, do not forget to change the passwords of all your online accounts as the hijacker may have already gathered them.

Remove Browser Redirect

Below are listed all the steps that will help you to remove redirect completely from an affected Chrome, Mozilla, Explorer, or Safari browser. The guide reveals how to remove the nasty program from the Windows system as well. You have two options to follow a manual or an automatic removal. Once you complete the manual removal some leftovers may remain on the system so you need to check out whether your PC is safe or not. With a scan of an advanced anti-malware tool, you will be able to locate all harmful files and remove them completely from the PC.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has completed a bachelor degree in Marketing from the University of National and World Economy. She has been with the STF team for three years, researching malware and reporting on the latest infections.

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