Remove Twisted Search Redirect
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Remove Twisted Search Redirect

Twisted Search redirect imageWhat is Twisted Search page? Which program causes Twisted Search redirects? How to remove the unwanted program, causing Twisted Search redirects from your computer?

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.

Threat Summary

NameTwisted Search Redirect
TypeBrowser Hijacker
Short DescriptionTwisted Search is a web page, caused by a browser hijacker. It is unwanted, because it may lead you to dangerous sites.
SymptomsYour 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 MethodBundled 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.

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Martin graduated with a degree in Publishing from Sofia University. As a cyber security enthusiast he enjoys writing about the latest threats and mechanisms of intrusion.

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