A dangerous web domain has been reported to be associated with several malware families. It is called ad(.)directrev(.)com and is confirmed to affect thousands of computers per hour at the moment of writing this. Expert researchers such as Trend Micro Security Intelligence personnel have identified the suspicious domain to be associated with six malware families. All users who have spotted this domain on their web browser should immediately counter react and remove any malicious applications that may be causing redirects to their computer.
|Short Description||The domain may do various dangerous or unhealthy to the PC activities.|
|Symptoms||The user may witness fake Java Update downloads as well as redirects to other potentially harmful domains.|
|Distribution Method||Via PUPs, installed by bundling (Browser Hijackers) or by visiting a suspicious third-party site that is advertising it.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss Ad(.)directrev(.)com.|
The distribution of this domain may be conducted via several different methods:
- Referral spam over websites, forums and others.(ex. Copyrightclaims(.)org)
- Browser Hijacker causing redirects (ex. Yes Searches)
- Adware advertising the domain. (ex. DNS Unlocker)
Referral spam is distributed by directly advertising links and it generates traffic very quickly. Interestingly enough there are two types of referral spam – ghost referrals and web crawlers. Ghost referral spam is more dangerous since it may spread by remotely connecting to the website being spammed and post legitimately looking comments or replies.
Browser hijackers are a very common occurrence, in fact, there is a real chance someone in your close circle of friends to have such on their computer, if you don’t. They usually come bundled with the setup installers of programs that are being downloaded for free by software providing websites. Such sites include hijackers or other suspicious apps under the pretext of a legitimate “free extra”. Most commonly imitated programs are toolbars, PC optimisers and other at first-hand useful software.
Adware also uses bundling, but it usually does not cause browser redirect. However, this doesn’t mean that it can’t do it.
Ad(.)directrev(.)com In Detail
When the domain itself has been researched using cqcounter, it was established that it may originate from the USA. Furthermore, the domain may be a part or imitate to be a part of the legitimate advertising delivery domain directrev.com which is a digital advertisement marketplace.
- IP address.
- Operating System.
- Any other system or user entered data.
Not only this but this redirect has been associated to infect computers with malware, according to Trend Micro Security Intelligence researchers. It has been linked with several different malware families, some of which categorized by Trend Micro as
Their research suggests that URLs originating from this domain may result in infection with different types of Trojans, like info stealing ones, for example.
Stop Ad(.)directrev(.)com Permanently and Reset Your Browser
To completely be rid of this malicious domain from your computer, you need to act swiftly and methodologically. After the article, we have prepared a removal report for the app that may be causing redirects to the domain and for other apps if detected, and this is one option to do it. Whichever way you may remove it, you should make sure you back up your data, first. There are several ways to do this for free:
1.Online backup – for example, SOS Online Backup
2.Copy it to an external drive.
3.Use Windows Backup services.
N.B. After the actual removal do not forget to change the passwords of all your accounts just to be sure.
Delete Ad(.)directrev(.)com from Windows and Your Browser
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- Guide 1: How to Remove Ad(.)directrev(.)com from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Ad(.)directrev(.)com from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Ad(.)directrev(.)com from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Ad(.)directrev(.)com from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Ad(.)directrev(.)com from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Ad(.)directrev(.)com from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Ad(.)directrev(.)com from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Ad(.)directrev(.)com from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Ad(.)directrev(.)com
Step 2: Uninstall Ad(.)directrev(.)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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Ad(.)directrev(.)com 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 Ad(.)directrev(.)com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Ad(.)directrev(.)com from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Ad(.)directrev(.)com 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 Ad(.)directrev(.)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:
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 malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Ad(.)directrev(.)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.
Erase Ad(.)directrev(.)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.
Uninstall Ad(.)directrev(.)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.
Remove Ad(.)directrev(.)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".
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 Ad(.)directrev(.)com will be removed.
Eliminate Ad(.)directrev(.)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.