News broke out that D-Link, the notorious maker of wireless routers have several vulnerabilities that could allow hackers to exploit the devices in their interest, PCmag has reported.
When it comes to the 21st century and the internet of things (IoT) hackers have begun to set their sight on any internet-enabled device, including web cameras. This was exactly the case with D-Link. The company is advertising products with the claiming they are secure and have advanced mechanisms for protection, however there were multiple flaws that were not so difficult to exploit, concerning their routers and IP cameras.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reported that guest usernames and passwords can be used in a way that allows for a certain individual or a group to gain access to IP cameras.
Another flaw reported was several exploits that can also grand access via an injection of a script or commands directly on those routers’ firmware which can lead to credentials access and other permissions.
But this is nothing new. The D-Link case is only because of a situation that was linked to the discovery of a critical vulnerability in their firmware which allowed any connected camera to the web to be turned on remotely.
This is just one of the many companies whose devices suffered the consequences of the multiple vulnerabilities that were discovered after IoT malware, such as Mirai botnet hit the world last year on a massive scale.
However, where D-Link went wrong is that the company did not properly secure their devices against widely known vulnerabilities.
D-Link has created multiple different IP cameras on their websites including web cameras designed to work with Apple devices.
This is not the first complaint regarding D-Link, primarily because of other related complaints, such as a complaint back in 2013, regarding the home cameras’ security of the company’s models then. Given the ever-increasing usage of these devices, the FTC may have taken this risk towards consumers into consideration which could be the result of this action.
Many feel concerned that these attacks are not the first ones and more massive DDoS and other attacks on IoT devices are to take place in 2017.
- Guide 1: How to Remove D-Link from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of D-Link from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove D-Link from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase D-Link from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall D-Link from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove D-Link from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate D-Link from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove D-Link from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove D-Link
Step 2: Uninstall D-Link 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 D-Link 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 D-Link there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of D-Link from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall D-Link 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 D-Link 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 D-Link files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as D-Link, 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 D-Link 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 D-Link 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 D-Link 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 D-Link 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 D-Link will be removed.
Eliminate D-Link 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.