Mongo Search redirect is a common web infection which is hybrid redirect and browser hijacker. Hijackers are dangerous plugins made for the most popular web browsers and aim to redirect the users to a hacker-controlled page. These pages will contain virus code and/or scamming pages.
|Name||Mongo Search Redirect|
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||Each browser application on your computer could get affected. The hijacker can redirect you and will display lots of advertisements.|
|Symptoms||Browser settings which are altered are the homepage, search engine and the new tab.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Mongo Search Redirect.|
What Is Mongo Search Redirect?
The combination of a Mongo Search redirect and hijacker is a dangerous web threat. A browser hijacker is a dangerous extension, primarily they are made for web browsers. As soon as they are installed in the programs they will redirect the users to a hacker-controlled page. There are several major distribution strategies which are used by the criminals:
- Malware Files — They are created with the intention of carrying the virus code. The most popular variants are the app installers and macro-infected documents. They are usually made of data that is commonly downloaded and installed by the end users. This includes common software and documents of popular file type extensions: text documents, spreadsheets, presentations and databases. Applications that can be targeted include system utilities, creativity suites, productivity programs and even computer games. These files can be uploaded to file-sharing networks like BitTorrent where users commonly share legitimate or pirate data.
- Phishing Sites and Emails — The criminals can create special landing pages that can impersonate well-known services and companies. They are primarily hosted on similar sounding domain names. An alternative medium can be email messages
- Social Networks and Online Communities — The hackers can use hacked or specially created for the purpose accounts on social networks, forums and chat rooms. There they can include links to the web threat in posts and messages both in public “walls” or in private group communications.
At any time other strategies can also be applied.
What Does Mongo Search Redirect Do
As soon as the Mongo Search redirect is installed on a given system we expect that a common behavior pattern will be run. One of the foremost actions which will be done is a settings change which will affect the victim web browser: default home page, search engine and new tabs page. When the application is started the users will be forwarded to the site. When the page is entered for the first time tracking cookies will be deployed. They are designed to monitor the user interactions as they navigate the portal.
The site itself is designed to look like a legitimate and useful web site. When the visitors interact with it they can be redirected to phishing pages and/or malware. Consequences of this include the execution of various crimes such as identity theft and financial abuse. The most dangerous aspect of such infections is the ability to hijack sensitive data from the affected computers. This includes data stored in the web browsers: cookies, history, bookmarks, preferences and even stored passwords. In some cases this can be extended to user and system files.
The malware that is delivered by the redirect can be installed as a persistent threat which means that it will start every time the compute is started. Possible infections include the following:
- Ransomware — These are file encrypting viruses that are designed to process user data and system files according to a built-in list of target extensions. When the main engine has finished running the victim users will find that their data has been locked. To blackmail them into paying a hackers a ransom note or lockscreen will be created asking for a payment.
- Trojans — These viruses which are also as RATs(Remote Access Trojans) are designed to allow the criminals to take over control of the systems, steal data and cause other types of damage.
- Cryptocurrency Miners — These are small-sized scripts that can be run from within the browser windows. When they are run a sequence of tasks will be downloaded and run on the hosts. This will have a negative impact on the performance and important components: CPU, memory, hard disk space, GPU and network speed. When one of them is rated as complete the criminals will receive a cryptocurrency award.
Other behavior can be added at any time by the criminals.
Remove Mongo Search Browser Hijacker
To remove Mongo Search manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the hijacker redirect and its files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such a program can keep your computer safe in the future.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Mongo Search Redirect from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Mongo Search Redirect from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Mongo Search Redirect from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Mongo Search Redirect from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Mongo Search Redirect from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Mongo Search Redirect from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Mongo Search Redirect from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Mongo Search Redirect from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Mongo Search Redirect
Step 2: Uninstall Mongo Search Redirect and related software from Windows
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Mongo Search Redirect 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 Mongo Search Redirect there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Mongo Search Redirect from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Mongo Search Redirect 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.
- 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 Mongo Search Redirect via Step 1 above:
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 Mongo Search Redirect 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 Mongo Search Redirect 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 Mongo Search Redirect 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 Mongo Search Redirect 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 Mongo Search Redirect will be removed.
Eliminate Mongo Search Redirect 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.