The Twisted Search 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||Twisted Search Redirect|
|Short Description||Twisted Search 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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Twisted Search Redirect Overview
The Twisted Search redirect is a dangerous threat which is being distributed by a hacking group in both a malware portal and a virus browser plugin called hijacker. At the moment there is no information available regarding the criminals behind it. It is mostly distributed as fake web browser extensions — they are widely uploaded to the official repositories and third-party sites. They can take various names and can be advertised by fake or stolen developer credentials. The descriptions and user reviews posted will persuade the visitors into installing them. These plugins can be advertised via various phishing and social engineering strategies — they can be either in emails or hosted on various sites. They can be hosted on different sites which can include domain names that sound very similar to well-known services and companies.
The Twisted Search redirect may also be integrated into hijacker carriers, these are files which when interacted with will produce an infection with the hijacker. They are usually macro-infected documents of all popular types or setup bundles of popular applications. They are made by modifying the legitimate ones from their official sources and adding in the necessary Twisted Search redirect code.
When the plugin is installed on a given browser the code will modify essential settings — the default home page, search engine and new tabs page. They will redirect to a hacker-controlled page, as soon as it is visited tracking cookies will be installed. They will monitor the users behavior across the pages and send this information in real-time to the site operators.
The hacker-controlled page will be designed to look like a legitimate search engine however many of its contents may include dangerous links to scam and phishing sites. Browsing such portals can also lead to the installation of various malware. Common categories can be Trojans — viruses which will enable the hackers to remote control the computers and also to obtain valuable data. Another common type of virus infection which can be obtained is the file-encrypting ransomware. These threats will locate and process user data with a strong cipher and then request the victims to pay a decryption fee. Web scripts and sites may also install cryptocurrency miners — they are small-sized scripts that can be run from within the browsers. They will download multiple resource-intensive tasks in a sequence. As soon as one of them is reported as completed the hackers will receive cryptocurrency as a reward. At any time the contents can change which may lead to other issues.
How to REMOVE Twisted Search
The removal of Twisted Search 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 Twisted Search are fully gone from your PC.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Twisted Search Redirect from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Twisted Search Redirect from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Twisted Search Redirect from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Twisted Search Redirect from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Twisted Search Redirect from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Twisted Search Redirect from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Twisted Search Redirect from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Twisted Search Redirect from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Twisted Search Redirect
Step 2: Uninstall Twisted Search 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 Twisted 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 Twisted Search Redirect there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Twisted Search Redirect from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Twisted 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.
- 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 Twisted Search 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 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 Twisted 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 Twisted 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 Twisted 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 Twisted 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 Twisted Search Redirect will be removed.
Eliminate Twisted 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.