Redirect Removal
THREAT REMOVAL Redirect Removal redirect imageA dangerous browser hijacker called has been found to infect computer users worldwide. The victims report serious security and privacy issues when accessing the malicious service. It is linked with other criminal services that are used to harvest sensitive data from the victims.

Threat Summary
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionEvery browser application which is on your computer will get affected. The hijacker can redirect you and show you lots of advertisements.
SymptomsBrowser settings that get changed are the start page, search engine and the new tab page.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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The redirect can infect victim machines using several methods. The hackers behind the malware can use different strategies depending on the target victims and the available resources.

One of the most popular ways of through the use of browser hijackers. They are malicious extensions made for web browsers. The hackers usually attempt to make versions compatible with the most widely used applications: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera and Microsoft Edge. Once installed they perform a series of malware actions depending on their configuration. Examples include the following:

  • Default Web Browser Settings Change ‒ The malware changes some of the most important browser settings used by the browsers to redirect to a hacker-provided address. This is used to make the victims use a counterfeit download portal and infect themselves with the redirect or another virus. Target settings include the default home page, search engine and new tabs page.
  • Operating System Settings Change ‒ The browser hijacker is able to change important settings used by the operating system itself. This can lead to performance or stability issues.
  • Information Harvesting ‒ The malicious extensions can be used to download private information stored in the applications and relay it to the hackers. This may include any of the following: form data, bookmarks, history, passwords, settings and account credentials.

Another way of obtaining the infection is by downloading an infected file from a hacker site. They usually come as counterfeit download portals and serve modified versions of popular software. The software installers are usually placed on sites that pose as legitimate sources. Other ways of delivering the redirect is by distributing scripts using documents of different types ‒ rich text documents, spreadsheets or databases. – In-Depth Overview search results image

The redirect displays a home page that showcases a familiar-looking search engine design. The aim of the criminals is to make the victims use the service. It displays intrusive ads above and below the search engine in an effort to generate additional income. The displayed graphical and text links are run by an ad network or affiliate site which partners with the site owners.

Unlike other similar threats the home page displays no links or copyright. It is likely that the site is auto generated based on a template. A list of domains can be used to register several sites at the same time and apply the design. The victims are the lured through browser hijackers or another means. Its interesting to note that the site does not use cookies to track the users actions. They have probably opted to use network packets as an alternative. This is a less intrusive option where the information about site interactions is sent automatically during the message requests.

When the search engine is used the victims are shown results that do not correctly reflect the query. The hackers generate the bulk of their money by redirecting the victims to partner ad sites. This is the reason why browser hijackers have been found to be an effective distribution tool, they allow many users to instantly switch to the malware domain as their primary search option.

The security analysis shows that the engine is a customized Google search that is designed to reflect the configuration given by the hackers. The home page does not display a terms of use or privacy policy page which does not give an indication of who actually owns the site. The domain is registered by an anonymous party. – Privacy Policy

The lack of a privacy policy page showcases that the users have no information on how their data is being processed. This allows the redirect operators to process the harvested information as they see fit. Examples of malicious usage include the following cases:

  • Site Usage Analysis ‒ The criminals behind the site have the ability to track the users interaction with the site by including scripts on every page.
  • User Information Harvesting ‒ Every user is assigned a unique ID associated with their computer and habits. If the site is truly part of large network then the data is crosslinked and an overall report is immediately available to the operators.
  • Data Trade ‒ The collected data can be sold to marketing agencies or other hackers for a profit. Sites like the redirect are a popular source of valuable information about users, their interest and habits.

Remember that using such sites threaten your security. Follow our redirect removal instructions below to restore your web browser and recover your computers from the infection.

Remove Effectively

To remove manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the hijacker redirect and its files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such a program can keep your computer safe in the future.

Martin Beltov

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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