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Uclaut.net (Adf.ly) “Virus” – How to Remove It

This article has been created to explain what is Uclaut.net browser hijacker and how you can remove it completely from your web browser, plus how you can try and restore your computer back to normal state.

A new phishing and very dangerous website was recently detected by security researchers. The site aims to get users to type In important information, such as their names addresses and other data or click on buttons belonging to the site, that may lead them to multiple different malicious pages. The site’s name is Uclaut.net and it’s main purpose is to copy the website Adf.ly from the ground up. We do not know for what purpose this is done, but it is likely to obtain data from users via the many tracking technologies this site uses. If you happen to be redirected to Uclaut.net, then you most certainly have an invasive program whose removal is strongly recommended.

Threat Summary

Name Uclaut.net "virus"
Type PUP / Virus
Short Description The software may automatically display the Uclaut.net and other web pages on the computers of victims and may collect user data via them.
Symptoms Your web browser begins to display various types of online advertisements, which results in slowing down of your PC. Data and unfamiliar software may be automatically installed on your machine.
Distribution Method Bundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.
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Uclaut.net “Virus”– How Did I Get It

Uclaut.net is a website which looks exactly the same as the paid URL [wplinkpreview url=”https://sensorstechforum.com/get-rid-of-adf-ly-referral-spam-links-in-google-analytics/”]shortener site Adf.ly. This is a strong indicator that the creators of this page may aim to steal user-names and passwords of people who have generated money via posting their shortened URLs on Adf.ly. This site has become a very popular URL shortener that is used by many to spread web links in a shortened manner. When the user clicks on the URL, it redirects him to an ad page and then the user is led to the real page, for which the one who posted the link is compensated with US dollars.

This may mean that the Uclaut.net may aim to hijack the profiles of those users by automatically detecting if you type “adf.ly” on your browser and if so, it may open it’s phishing site Uclaut.net. This may happen by having the “virus” or PUP (potentially unwanted program) which shows this page to be installed on your computer without your consent.

The main method via which the Uclaut.net hijacker may have landed on your PC is via Software Bundling or the act of adding the suspicious program alongside another free app you may have downloaded from a third-party site – usually those apps may be media players, converters and other similarly useful software.

Another method by which you may have let Uclaut.net software to be added to your computer is if you have allowed it’s installation by visiting a website which asked you to add an extension that seems useful. Some suspicious browser extensions may modify your web browser to an unrecognizable extent and it may become flooded with redirects and ads. So If you see a lot of ads, then this is most likely caused by such an unwanted program installed on your PC. Keep reading this article to understand more about such programs and how you can remove them from your PC.

Uclaut.net – More Information

As soon as the PUP showing the Uclaut.net page is added to your PC, it may begin to display it’s web page, that is a ripped version of ADF.LY:

Whether or not Uclaut.net is really related to Adf.ly or no, truth is, the page does not even provide simple security encryption, for your own safety, meaning that anything you type in there may ultimately lead to information compromising and even data theft by hackers:

In addition to this, the site also uses a lot of cookies and other tracking technologies, which does make it pretty far from a site you can trust:

The cookies that may be used by this unwanted program may track the following information from you:

  • The sites you visit.
  • The links you click on.
  • The searches you perform.
  • The keystrokes you type.
  • Your browsing history and bookmarked sites.

This information may be used for a lot of purposes by the Uclaut.net software and having it on your computer may result in ads beginning to appear. The ads shown by Uclaut.net may be of the following types:

  • Pop-ups.
  • Banners.
  • Ad-supported search results.
  • Highlighted text ads.

In addition to this, the program that shows the Uclaut.net page on your computer may also begin to display a lot of other different pages that may be outright dangerous for your computer in different ways:

  • Pages that may infect your PC with malware.
  • Pages that may scam you.
  • Pages that may be of a phishing type.
  • Pages that may use JavaScript miner to overheat your CPU by mining for cryptocurrencies.

Remove Uclaut.net from Your Computer

If you want to stop seeing ads and redirects and most importantly to stop the site Uclaut.net from showing up on your computer, we would strongly suggest that your follow the removal instructions underneath this article. They have been created with the main idea to assist you in removing the Uclaut.net either by yourself or automatically. For maximum easiness and effectiveness, security experts often recommend users to download and scan their computers with an advanced anti-malware software. This software aims to detect all unwanted file types, related to the Uclaut.net browser hijacker and remove them.

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Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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How to Remove Uclaut.net "virus" from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Uclaut.net "virus"

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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 Uclaut.net "virus" 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 Uclaut.net "virus" 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 Uclaut.net "virus" 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 Uclaut.net "virus" 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.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


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

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


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.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

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


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Get rid of Uclaut.net "virus" from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Uclaut.net "virus" 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 Uclaut.net "virus":

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 Uclaut.net "virus". 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 Uclaut.net "virus". 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 Uclaut.net "virus" 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 Uclaut.net "virus". 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 Uclaut.net "virus" 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 Uclaut.net "virus" 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 Uclaut.net "virus" 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 Uclaut.net "virus" 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".

stf-safari preferences


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

stf-safari-extensions


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


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Uclaut.net "virus" 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 Uclaut.net "virus" 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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