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Remove Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net Fully from Your PC

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.

NameSoft.freeupdating4u(.)net
TypeMalicious Domain
Short DescriptionThe homepage of your browser could be changed and you can get redirected to malicious and phishing sites.
SymptomsBrowser settings are changed. There are redirects in your browser. Advertisements could show on webpages.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installers, Bundling
Detection ToolDownload 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:

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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 62.210.93.163, according to VirusTotal, which detects it as malicious:

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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.

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How to Remove Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

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:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

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.



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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.


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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.



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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.



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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".

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Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Soft.freeupdating4u(.)net will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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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.


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