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Dubalub.com Redirect Removal Guide

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This article aims to show you how to remove Dubalub.com browser redirect from the affected system and how to restore your browser settings.

Dubalub.com is the domain of annoying browser redirect that provides hoax search engine. It can occur after an unnoticed installation of a potentially unwanted application. The threat can alter important browser settings like those of the homepage, the new tab page and the default search engine. Dubalub.com can compromise popular browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Safari. In case of infection with Dubalub.com redirect it’s best to locate all files installed by the redirect and remove them completely from the system.

Threat Summary

Name Dubalub.com
Type Browser Hijacker, PUP
Short Description Dubalub.com redirect can change the homepage, the default search engine and the new tab of each affected browser. It also installs a suspicious browser extension.
Symptoms The homepage, new tab and search engine of all installed browsers are set to display Dubalub.com’s homepage. A lot of sponsored content invade the search results.
Distribution Method Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Dubalub.com – Delivery Techniques

Potentially unwanted programs that can cause infection with Dubalub.com redirect are usually distributed on torrent websites and shady online stores. Most of the freeware have compromised installation setups that unnoticeably deliver PUPs on your PC. The good news is that the installation of such additional unwanted components can be prevented by selecting the Advanced/Custom options. There usually has an option to unmark all undesired programs. In case that you choose to follow the regular installation steps, Dubalub.com redirect can sneak into the system without your knowledge.

As another delivery technique may be used corrupted web pages that are set to download Dubalub.com automatically on the system after you visit them.

Dubalub.com redirect can affect commonly used web browsers like Google, Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera and Edge.

Dubalub.com – Detailed Analysis

The Dubalub.com is designed to hijack installed browsers once it gains access to the system. Due to adjustments of some essential browser settings it starts to cause constant redirects to its homepage. The browser homepage, the new tab page and the default search engine can be affected by Dubalub.com browser hijacker. As a result they are all set to display the redirect’s homepage. Below you can see how it looks like:

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If you believe the creators of Dubalub.com which is not advised, it is a search engine that delivers secure search results in a simple format. Well, it’s true that it has a simple design like some of the most trusted search engines but it definitely does not provide reliable and trustworthy search results.

In fact, the primary purpose of Dubalub.com redirect is to leave you no other chance but using its hoax search engine so it can obtain data about you, your browsing behavior and online preferences. Afterward, it can use the records to deliver you a lot of annoying ads that offer various kinds of products, services, games and apps. Unfortunately, just a click on the wrong advertisement can lead to severe malware infection.

Furthermore, the hijacker may install a browser add-on named DubSearch. The DubSearch extension is available on Chrome Web Store and once installed on the browser it has the rights to:

  • Read and change all your data on the websites you visit
  • Replace the page you see when opening a new tab
  • Change your search settings to: dubalub.com

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It is also believed to gather information from the browser which is then used by its owners to monetize their project. Once Dubalub.com’s owners disclose the collected information to third-party services or other obscure company partners your browser will be flooded by sponsored web and results based on your location and online preferences. The bad news is that the redirect may display you malicious ads with links to compromised web pages which deliver devastating computer infections like ransomware after you visit them.

Dubalub.com – Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy section of Dubalub.com is important page that reveals further details about data collection and its maintenance. The section can be found on the bottom navigation menu of Dubalub.com redirect homepage. It does not state who owns the suspicious website. However, you can find that as long as Dubalub.com is your default search engine it will obtain the following details about your browsing habits:

  • IP address
  • Search queries and all data you type in search field
  • URLs and clicks

All recorded details can be disclosed to third party providers and partners of the redirect owners. Afterward, they can use them to deliver you targeted content and a lot of intrusive advertisements. As a result, you may notice slowed browser performance and frequent browser crashes.

How to Remove Dubalub.com Redirect

The step-by-step removal instructions below will help you to get rid of Dubalub.com redirect and its associated browser extension DubSearch. Have in mind that sometimes the detection of all files and objects installed by the potentially unwanted program may be a hard task especially if you lack any computer experience. With the help of an advanced anti-malware tool, you will get the location of all infection files. Then you can easily remove them from the affected PC.

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Gergana has a bachelor's degree in Marketing. She has been with the STF team for five years, researching malware, reporting on the latest computer infections, and following digital marketing trends.

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How to Remove Dubalub.com from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Dubalub.com

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Dubalub.com 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Dubalub.com on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Dubalub.com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Dubalub.com with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of Dubalub.com from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Dubalub.com and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Dubalub.com:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Dubalub.com. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Dubalub.com. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 Dubalub.com 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Dubalub.com. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove Dubalub.com files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Dubalub.com, 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.


Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for Dubalub.com:


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Remove Dubalub.com 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.


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Erase Dubalub.com 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.



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Uninstall Dubalub.com 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.



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Remove Dubalub.com 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".

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Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Dubalub.com will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate Dubalub.com 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.


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