Reddit viruses are not something that is new. Since Reddit is one of the biggest platforms for discussing topics of all types out there, it is often targeted by malware authors who infect computer users as well as mobile users via the platform. Over time, many complaints have arisen over virus-related infections as a result of visiting Reddit. Not only this, but we have also received numerous reports on people getting to fake phishing Reddit pages with the main goal to enter their credentials. If you believe that you have a Reddit virus on your computer or smartphone, we recommend reading this article.
|Short Description||Virus that takes advantage of the legitimate and famous site Reddit.|
|Symptoms||The symptoms may be ranging from seeing redirects to having symptom-less Trojan on your computer.|
|Distribution Method||Bundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.|
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Reddit Virus – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?
Typically, there are many types of viruses that may take advantage of Reddit out there. For one, a user has asked if you can get a virus on Reddit as a result of clicking on a virus link:
While there is such a minimal chance, most of the Reddit links are completely safe to visit. There are those links, however, that may ask you to download a dubious software of some sort and several other types of threats on your computer, whose primary goal is to work against your interests. These may end up to be the following types of threats:
Trojans often aim to slither on your computer undetected and then steal files from it, log your keystrokes, take screenshots and even enable your camera or microphone. Some Trojans not only can steal your credit card details and banking information, but also have the capability of downloading and running other malware on your computer.
These types of viruses as they are called are not exactly a virus. In essence, they are a browser hijacking software, that changes the settings on your browser, with the main purpose of making sure that redirections are displayed on your computer or smartphone as one user on reddit has reported:
In this situation, we have seen a classic Amazon Phishing Virus that has led to your computer as a result of a bogus or compromised application.
Similar to other viruses, just like it, such as Facebook Virus, the Reddit virus may infect users without them even realising it and the outcome of this is not always good. This is why, we strongly suggest that you remove it from your computer.
Remove Reddit Virus from Your Machine
In order to be able to remove Reddit virus, you should know where it’s files and objects are hidden. The main idea is to follow the removal steps below. They are made to help you isolate the virus and detect and delete the malicious files. For the complete detection and removal of Reddit Virus, however, we strongly suggest that you download and run a free scan with an advanced anti-malware software. Such tool will automatically identify and eliminate all of the virus files and objects, related to any Reddit Virus from your computer plus protect it in the future too.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Reddit Virus from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Reddit Virus on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Reddit Virus in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Reddit Virus from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Reddit Virus from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Reddit Virus from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Reddit Virus from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Reddit Virus Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove Reddit Virus from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Reddit Virus
Step 2: Uninstall Reddit 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 Reddit 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 Reddit Virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Reddit Virus from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Reddit 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 Reddit 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 Reddit Virus files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Reddit 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 Reddit 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 Reddit 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 Reddit 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 Reddit 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 Reddit Virus will be removed.
Eliminate Reddit 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.
Remove Push Notifications caused by Reddit Virus 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".