Many people have started to complaing regarding the so-called redirect viruses. A redirect virus is basically a software that can be added to your Mac or Windows device and start to modify the settings on it. The main idea behind such unwanted programs is to take over your system and web browsers and change settings within them. This will effectively allow a redirect software to show all sorts of browser transfers and lead you to sites that may even be dangerous. This is why, we advise you to read this article. It will help you get familiar with the redirect viruses that are out there and show you insight on quickly removing those risky software from your Windows, Mac and web browsers.
|Type||Browser Redirect PUP|
|Short Description||Aims to modify the settings on your web browser in order to get it to cause browser redirects and display different advertisements.|
|Symptoms||You may start to see different types of online advertisements, which results in slowing down of your PC or Mac.|
|Distribution Method||Bundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by Redirect virus |
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Redirect Virus – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?
There are all sorts of redirect viruses out there and they all propagate differently. According to recent statistics, most of the redirect viruses are often masked as different types of programs:
- Browser extensions.
- Applications (for Mac).
- Helpful software (for Windows).
- Redirect scripts on a toolbar or a page you may visit.
- Malware, hidden on your computer. (like a Trojan.Clicker).
Out of those, the most widespread form of redirect causing software is via programs or extensions for your browser. These two main types could spread via one of the folloiwng ways:
- If you happen to download them to your machine by visiting a website, that is advertising them as a helpful program.
- If you install another free app and the redirect virus is included in the installation steps, advertised as a “free extra” added to the installation.
Once on your computer, most redirect viruses do not limit themselves to solely attacking your computer system. Their main focus is your online activity and more importantly your web browsers. The most commonly used browsers often fall victims to redirect viruses:
- Microsoft Edge.
- Mozilla Firefox.
- Google Chrome.
- Internet Explorer.
In very rare occasions, the redirect virus itself could portray a browser so that it slithers ads unobstructed and runs in the background, just like a virus would do. Such situation is typical for the Chromium-style redirect viruses. They are bascially reworked browsers that use the source code of Google Chrome and often imitate it, but include ads and others. Examples for such fake browsers are Chromatic browser, Torch browser and Mustang browser, all of which caused immense ammount of redirects and ads that slowed down the machines they are installed on immensely.
When a redirect virus is installed on your Mac, it will not just modify your browsers. It may also attack your Windows Registry editor or Mac repositories and create all sorts of registry entries and objects there. The main idea is even if you delete the redirect virus itself, the damage it may have done to your machine may still remain. This is why many people who use traditional antivirus software often complain that they still see ads and redirects after removing an adware or a redirect virus.
The ads that may be shown by a redirect virus are not just redirects. You could also start to notice the following advertised content:
- Push notifications.
- Online banners.
- Highlighted text ads.
- Ad-supported search results, introduced by a hoax search engine.
Usually, ad-supported search results, could begin to appear on your computer if a redirect virus is involved. What it does Is the virus may change your New tab and Home page so that instead of Google, Bing or other search, you can see a hoax search page, created by the redirect malware itself. Such pages are not real search engines and they use the results of other databases that allow them to slither ads in your search results instead of objective information that you should rely on.
- LSOs (Locally Shared Objects).
The ads that are shown by the redirect virus threats can lead to different websites. Some may be legitimate retailers that aim to drive traffic to themsevles by paying off redirect virus developers and some may be more risky sites. We are talking about the following risks, assoicated with a redirect:
- Your page could get locked by a tech support scam that asks you to call a number or download rogue software(https://sensorstechforum.com/remove-mac-auto-fixer/) by lying to you that your Mac or PC is infected.
- You could be redirected to a phishing page that asks you to login to your DHL, PayPal or Dropbox account and therefore have your username and password stolen.
- You could visit malicious URLs that can cause infection with Miners, Trojans, Rootkits or even Ransomware viruses.
What Types of Redirect Viruses are Most Widespread?
There are several different types of redirect viruses that currently plague internet users. Here we will discuss the main ones.
The Yahoo redirect virus, that is also familiar by the domain it redirects to – search.yahoo.com has started plaguing computers more frequently since the beginning of 2017. While still very widespread now, it is not as widespread as it once was. What it did is to enter your computer via a potentially unwanted program and cause redurects to customized yahoo seachers that include third-party ads results that could be dangerous at times. Many users have complained that it brough tons of other odaware on their computer, toolbars and even viruses as a result of multiple redirects.
Similar to the Yahoo Redirect virus, the Bing Redirect virus was also very widespread, but the difference here is that it targeted a lot of Mac machines. Many Mac users have complained that their Safari browser or other web browser, like Google Chrome has started to redirect their searchers via Bing. But we are not talking about the real Bing search, but a fake domain that is using the Bing.vc spoofed link. The main idea here is to get you to visit an actual bing search result, but by clicking on it, you receive a bonus – nasty redirect to a god knows what type of site.
Google Redirect Virus
Google redirect virus is another form of redirect that is caused by an unwanted software on your computer. The virus itself uses readirects to all sorts of web pages, some of which have been the reasons of many reports out there:
- search.babylon.com (One of the most famous browser hijacker related search engines).
- livejasmin.com (Ad-supported online adult website).
- adf.ly(Legitimate ad-supported service that can be exploited via malvertising).
- neatsearchserver.com (known associations with ZeroAccess rootkit).
Google redirect virus is also known to be more aggressive than other redirect viruses, since it tampers with a lot of System registries and directly attacks your computer’s drivers.
Chrome redirect virus is known to attack the Google Chrome web browser and to show redirects that can lead to backdoors, one of which was detected by Symantec researchers to be called Backdoor.Tidserv, that is a dangerous malware which can steal information from your computer and even tap into your microphone and camera.
The number of potentially unwanted programs targeting Mac users has been rising. These programs are designed to access installed browsers and modify their settings without the user’s knowledge or consent. Thanks to the unwanted modifications, the so-called Safari redirect virus may appear, as a result of the unnoticed installation of an undesired app.
As long as the so-called Safari redirect virus is running on your Mac, you may witness an increased number of annoying ads showing up on every website you visit. Furthermore, be aware that the undesired program could be using some tracking technologies to spy on your online behavior. If you want to remove the Safari redirect virus along with all files associated with it, we recommend you to read thoroughly the following article.
There have been a lot of Firefox redirection programs out there and the most common distribution of these ever-evolving threats is to bundle them in the setups of other programs, making you completely unaware that you have a problem. They are very well hidden, because you can have quite the hard time in having to manually find them. Here are only some of the sites to which a Firefox Redirect virus could cause transfers:
“Search.babylon.com, scour.com, blinkx.com, Worldslife.com, Blendersearch.com, Bodisparking.com, coolsearchserver.com, webplains.net, find-fast-answers.com, search-netsite.com, toseeka.com, AboutBlank, La.vuwl.com, 10-directory.com, 22.214.171.124, 126.96.36.199, 7search.com, adorika.com, adf.ly, admarketplace.com, alive-finder.com, alltheservices.com, articlemule.org, asklots.com, ave99.com, b00kmarks.com, background-sleuth.net, bargainmatch.com, beoo.com, bestdiscountinsurance.com, bestsearchpage.com, bestclicksnow.com, bestmarkstore.com, bestwebchoices.com, bestwebsearch.com, bidsystem.com, secure.bidvertiser.com, britewallet.com, budgetmatch.net, buzzclick.com, celebrity-gossip.net, cheapstuff.com, citysearch.com, clicksor.com (Clicksor), clkads.com, feed.clickbizz.com, comparedby.us, comparestores.net, couponmountain.com, digitaltrends.com, easilyfindlocal.com, everythinghere.com, evoplus.com, expandsearchanswers.com (expand search answers), fastfinder.com, feedsmixer.org (starFeedsMixer), find-quick-results.com, FilesCup.com (FilesCup), findexmark.com, find-answers-fast.com, Zinkwink.com, us-srch-system.com, finditreport.com, findology.com, finderquery.com, findstuff.com, flurrysearch.com, forless.com, gimmeanswers.org, glimpse.com, google-redirect.com, googlesearchserver.net, get-search-results.com, goingonearth.com, goodsearch.com, gomeo.co.uk, gossipcenter.com, gquestionnaire.com, greatsearchserver.com, greenluo.com, grooveswish.com, guide2faucets.com, happili.com, HelloLocal.com, hyperpromote.com, informationgetter.com, inruo.com, jerseyscatalog.com, juggle.com,”
Remove Redirect Virus from Windows, Mac and your Browser
Removal of Redirect viruses can be done if you detect the files andd objects created by them and erase them. One way to do this is to follow the removal steps below. They are created so that you can look for and do the removal of the files manually. However, unlike a professional anti-malware software, they cannot guarantee a full removal, because you could miss some leftover file or setting. This is the main reason why for a full removal, experts strongly recommend that you download and run a scan of your machine, using an advanced anti-malware program. Such app will guarantee that all of the redirect virus files are detected and fully gone from your Mac or Windows device.