Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net is a malicious site, that causes browser redirects. These redirects lead to ad-supported sites or ones for online shopping. You might also get redirected to potentially malicious or phishing sites. To know how to remove these redirects, you should carefully read the article.
Currently, the redirects lead to phishing sites imitating official Alibaba.com domains. Your homepage could be changed, and a toolbar or a browser extension might be added to your browser.
|Short Description||The homepage of your browser could be changed and you can get redirected to malicious and phishing sites.|
|Symptoms||Browser settings are changed. There are redirects in your browser. Advertisements could show on webpages.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installers, Bundling|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net.|
Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net – How Did I Get It?
Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net can appear in your browsers due to an unwanted application is extracted from a third-party installer. You can get the software on your PC, without knowing, because it resides in freeware installations and bundled packages. Such packages contain additional components for installation more times than not. When these components are not disclosed the Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net redirect can show up. That is avoidable if you find an option not to install it under the Custom or Advanced sub-menu in a setup.
Another way you can get the malicious domain in your browsers could happen through ad clicks, pop-ups, banners or visiting suspicious websites. Affiliates and partners of Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net might try inserting an application into your PC generating the redirects via their websites. The malicious domain could add a browser extension to your browser to send redirects. Browsers that can be affected are Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, although other browsers are not excluded.
Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net – Description
Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net is a malicious domain. Once you have software which is related to it on your PC, you will start seeing redirects in your browsers. That’s not the only change that you may see. Your homepage can be modified to redirect you even more, or you might have a browser extension added.
When you are browsing, you could get redirected to many different domains. Very often the redirect leads to many offer.alibaba(.)com domains, with different content and deals inside:
It is likely for webpages to show advertisements related to the Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net domain. The redirects may even take you to phishing or malicious sites. Also, you can be redirected to partners and affiliates of the malicious site, which all make money off a pay-per-click basis.
The main domain is freeupdating4u(.)net. The IP address spreading the redirects is 18.104.22.168, according to VirusTotal, which detects it as malicious:
There are around 215 different malicious domains that distribute the redirects. You can block the IP address to try stopping some of the redirects.
Such domains are also known to display prompts for installing fake video players or updates presented as important, so such a thing is not excluded to happen from this one as well.
Also, offer(.)alibaba(.)com will show attractive advertisements and try tricking you into clicking on them. So, that can get you more redirects which are possible to contain malicious code inside. On images of the site, there are links embedded in the picture as another advertising technique.
Those partners and affiliates of Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net may collect information about you and your browsing activity from their sites and redirects. That way they can show you more targeted advertising content and gain revenue on their sites from visits.
Information about you and your system may be gathered, both personally or non-personally identifying one. They may also share the data to third-parties for money or another purpose.
Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net – Removal
To remove Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net and everything related to it manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. If the manual removal does not get rid of the browser redirects completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware program. Such software will also keep your computer safe in the future.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net
Step 2: Uninstall Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net 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 Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net 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 Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net 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 Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net 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 Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net, 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 Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net 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 Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net 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 Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net 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 Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net 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 Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net will be removed.
Eliminate Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net 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.
Remove Push Notifications caused by Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".