A new browser hijacker in the form of a browser extension for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer has been detected to change users` home and new tab pages, experts claim. The browser hijacker has been associated with the highly suspicious and potentially hazardous search engine search(.)ividi(.)org and ividi(.)org. The search engine itself may not be a search engine at all. When checked the domain has caused several redirects to third-party websites and ESG security experts strongly advise users to immediately be rid of the suspicious software from their computer and scan it for malware.
|Name||Ividi(.)org Browser Redirect|
|Short Description||The page may look like a regular search engine and may cause information-collecting redirects to other suspicious sites.|
|Symptoms||The user may have the website set as his homepage without his approval.|
|Distribution Method||Spam or by having a PUP(Potentially Unwanted Program) administering it as an ad.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Ividi(.)org Browser Redirect|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss about Ividi(.)org Browser Redirect.|
Ividi(.)org – How Is It Distributed
One method that Ividi(.)org may use to spread its massive redirects is by referral spam. Referral spam has been causing quite the havoc nowadays running around causing Google Analytics data to become corrupt. Being as it is, Ividi(.)org may spread via different spam messages on websites or even email messages.
However, the more likely method of this malicious domain spreading is via different PUPs such as the search(.)ividi(.)org Browser Hijacker. Such ad-supported extensions that may change your home page and new tab page. The suspicious software is added onto the user`s web browser via bundled free program installers of programs users download on a daily basis as well as by clicking on a suspicious web links.
Ividi(.)org – How Does It Work
Once Ividi(.)org has been set off, there is no stopping it. There are may online scams linked by browser hijackers, some of which may boost various websites` rating, some may be fraudulent and some may even infect your computer with malware. The particular detail about Ividi(.)org is that it causes more than one redirect. What is also interesting is that it may redirect the user to anywhere. When tested, it redirected to several different locations.
Once visited, the domain immediately redirected to this web link, which when researched may actually have been its redirect service:
This is believed to be a specific redirect service because it may allow the person, hosting the website, detect information about the user`s device without the user`s knowledge or consent.
After passing through several long URLs the website finally redirected to this web link, offering an free prize upon the completion of a survey:
This is what appears to be a Survey scam aiming for different user information. When this survey has been tested, the scam itself, instead of giving the free iphone 6s as promised, redirected to more `free money` type of web links.
ESG security experts also report that search(.)ividi(.)org may be a low quality search engine resembling Google. However, this is outlined as a risky domain and this is why in case your homepage has been changed recently and causes redirects starting with ividi(.)com domains, you should take immediate actions.
What is worse, the domain itself redirected to more than one websites, which means it could appear differently depending on the location of the user. It may even redirect to a malicious URL that could infect any computers connected to it.
Remove Ividi(.)org Browser Redirect
In order to be rid of this indirectly dangerous software from your computer, it is highly recommended to guide yourself by the step-by-step removal manual after this article. Security analysts also advise scanning your computer with an advanced anti-malware program that will make sure to detect any possible infections on it caused by ividi(.)org redirects.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Ividi(.)org Browser Redirect in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 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 get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Ividi(.)org Browser Redirect.
Step 2: Remove Ividi(.)org Browser Redirect from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Ividi(.)org Browser Redirect and click “Remove”
After Ividi(.)org Browser Redirect is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select Ividi(.)org Browser Redirect to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.
After Ividi(.)org Browser Redirect has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on Ividi(.)org Browser Redirect
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Ividi(.)org Browser Redirect. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Ividi(.)org Browser Redirect will be removed.