IE redirect virus also known as Explorer redirect virus, Internet Explorer redirect virus or IE hijacker, is classified as a browser hijacker. Many users refer to the hijacker as a virus because it has the capabilities to alter both browser and system settings. The default search engine may also be changed without the user’s consent. Furthermore, IE redirect virus may inject various pop-up advertisements into Internet Explorer.
Those pop-ups may try to trick the user into thinking that a crucial update is missing. Users should not believe any claims associated with the IE redirect. Clicking any of the given content may redirect them to attack’s pages where malware is distributed, or phishing is executed.
IE redirect virus Distribution Method
The browser hijacker that targets Internet Explorer may have been available as an optional component in freeware bundles. Bundled downloads are often applied by both developers and digital marketers for financial reasons. Developers pack their products to monetize various platforms or to cover money losses. Even though bundling is not an illegal action, it may be done in quite a misleading manner so that the user remains unaware of additional downloads.
Bundling can be avoided by opting for the custom installer and unchecking unnecessary pieces of software.
IE redirect virus Description and Risk Evaluation
Browser hijackers may not be defined as malicious, but they cause several issues on an affected system. As already mentioned, the home page and search provider may be changed without the user’s knowledge. Using the suggested search provider may seriously compromise the user’s online safety. Suspicious search engines are known to display predefined results. Clicking any of the given links may redirect the user to threatening web pages.
The longer the browser hijacker is running in the background of the system, the more vulnerable the user is to further malware infiltration. In addition, hijackers may alter the Windows registry so that their removal is more challenging especially to inexperienced users.
IE redirect virus Removal Options
To clean their systems, users should consider running a full system scan with the help of a trustworthy AV tool. The steps given below the article will be of great assistance.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter
- Guide 1: How to Remove IE redirect virus from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of IE redirect virus from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove IE redirect virus from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase IE redirect virus from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall IE redirect virus from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove IE redirect virus from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate IE redirect virus from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove IE redirect virus from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove IE redirect virus
Step 2: Uninstall IE redirect virus 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 IE redirect virus 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 IE redirect virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of IE redirect virus from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall IE redirect virus 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 IE redirect virus 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 IE redirect virus files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as IE redirect virus, 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 IE redirect virus 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 IE redirect virus 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 IE redirect virus 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 IE redirect virus 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 IE redirect virus will be removed.
Eliminate IE redirect virus 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.