The Shield My Searches redirect is a new web threat which we have received security reports about it. It is being spread using a multitude of delivery mechanisms and once it is installed on a given computer it will execute a lot of malicious actions. It can hijack data, modify system settings and deploy other threats.
|Name||Shield My Searches redirect|
|Short Description||Shield My Searches is a web page, caused by a browser hijacker. It is unwanted, because it may lead you to dangerous sites.|
|Symptoms||Your web browser may start to behave in a strange way. You may receive redirects and other types of ads and your PC’s performance may sharply decline.|
|Distribution Method||Bundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.|
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Shield My Searches Redirect Overview
The Shield My Searches redirect is a popular hijacker which has been reported to have many virus-infected copies distributed against users. Computer criminals have created the malware versions in order to hijack user data through the installed tracking cookies — they will track the behavior of the users and report it back to the criminals immediately. Other dangerous consequences can result from the other built-in threats which are programmed to start as soon as the malware code executes.
The majority of infections will be deployed via the use of hacker-created sites — they will coerce the victims into interacting with them and downloading the plugin. To a large extent this is an addition step used to boost the distribution of hijacker copies offered in plugin repositories — they are uploaded with fake developer credentials and user reviews with the intention of making the visitors believe that its installation will improve the performance of their browsers or add new features. The browser hijacker which forms the Shield My Searches redirect infection can also be caused by an installation of a dangerous payload carrier — they are usually macro-infected documents or app installers of popular software. They are made y taking the original files and modifying them with the Shield My Search code. These files can then be spread onto the hacker-created sites and through SPAM email messages. They are designed to impersonate the notifications and messages of famous companies and services. They are also hosted on domain names that sound safe. Large-scale distribution can be done by uploading the infected files to file-sharing networks such as BitTorrenet. This is an important step as once the files are uploaded there it an be shared by hundreds and thousands of users.
Apart from setting up tracking cookies there are other dangerous actions that can happen following a successful infection. This includes the changes of the installed web browser configuration setting. This is done in order to always open the hijacker, the modifications will be done to the default home page , new tabs page and search engine. The made infections can deploy other threats such as ransomware which are file encrypting viruses — they will target often used data and process them with a strong cipher. The locked files will be renamed with a preset file extension and accompanied by a ransom note and lockscreen . Its aim is to manipulate the victims into paying the hackers a decryption fee in cryptocurrency.
Shield My Searches redirect infections can be used to install cryptocurrency miners. They can be part of the hijacker site or of the plugins which are installed in the web browsers. Their main goal is to download small performance-intensive tasks. They will place a heavy toll on the most important components: CPU, memory, hard disk drive, network speed and graphics. For every completed task the hackers will receive cryptocurrency payment as a reward. This is automatic and the amount of money will be directly wired to their digital wallets.
More dangerous infections can be done if the hackers insert Trojan horse clients — these are dangerous viruses which are designed to overtake control of the systems. As part of the execution it can also be used to hijack sensitive user data and spy on the victims.
We remind our readers that at any time the website owners and the hijacker creators can implement new functionality.
How to REMOVE Shield My Searches
The removal of Shield My Searches may be a very tricky process, because of the fact that the unwanted program introducing this scam page may have files spread all of your hard drive. This is the main reason why we strongly advise you to follow the removal steps below. They are made so that if the problem persists after step 1 and 2, you can use a powerful anti-malware software(recommended). Be advised that security professionals often advise victims to remove this adware via an advanced anti-malware program. This will help save you significant time and will make sure that all of the persistent files and objects of Shield My Searches are fully gone from your PC.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Shield My Searches redirect from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Shield My Searches redirect from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Shield My Searches redirect from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Shield My Searches redirect from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Shield My Searches redirect from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Shield My Searches redirect from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Shield My Searches redirect from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Shield My Searches redirect from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Shield My Searches redirect
Step 2: Uninstall Shield My Searches redirect 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 Shield My Searches 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 Shield My Searches redirect there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Shield My Searches redirect from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Shield My Searches 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.
- 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 Shield My Searches redirect 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 Shield My Searches redirect files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Shield My Searches redirect, 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 Shield My Searches 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 Shield My Searches 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 Shield My Searches 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 Shield My Searches 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 Shield My Searches redirect will be removed.
Eliminate Shield My Searches 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.