This article has been made with the main goal to help explain how you can fully block random browser redirects to third-party sites that you do not want to see.
|Short Description||Many redirects to suspicious sites, often scamming or malicious.|
|Symptoms||Automatic transfers to pages you did not wish to open.|
|Distribution Method||Infected sites, Unwanted Apps, Adware, Viruses|
|Stop Redirects for Windows Users||Windows Removal|
|Stop Redirects for Mac Users||Mac Removal|
Browser redirects are probably what appears to be the most annoying part of having an adware or a browser hijacker on your computer. However, browser redirects can also be caused by visiting several suspicious sites and falling victims to their scripts. Usually these redirects are caused with the main idea in mind to get the victim to visit pay-per-click sites that drive traffic to third-party domains and in this way drive a lot of traffic to those sites and generate income to the ones who cause the redirects. But there are also those malicious redirects that may lead you to websites that may infect your computer with malware and cause a lot of headaches for you. This is why we have created this article which explains how you can remove redirects from your computer and how you can make sure to prevent those from appearing in the future as well.
How to Remove Browser Redirect Adware or Malware
To remove browser redirects from your Mac, you will need to first identify the source. Usually, in most cases this is a toolbar, a browser extension and it might even be a malicious program running directly on your machine. So to remove such unwanted software, you should consider the following two scenarios:
Scenario 1: You know what is causing the redirects.
In case you know what exactly seems to be the problem, we advise you to follow the instructions for manual removal of the toolbar from your browsers and uninstalling any suspicious apps that you know to be causing redirects on your Windows or Mac device.
Manual Removal Steps for Windows
Manual Removal Steps for Mac
Scenario 2: You do not know what is the threat and you still see redirects.
If you have tried manual removal and you still seem to see redirects, you should use another method that will be more effective against hidden threats. According to security professionals, the most effective way of detecting a threat that is causing redirects on your Mac or Windows machine is to scan it’s file system for the objects that cause redirects. The best way to scan your machine is to use an advanced anti-malware program. Scanning your machine with such tool will significantly improve your chances of fully detecting and removing any files and hidden objects from your browser and system. Furhtermore, such software also ensures that you protect your computer against any threats that might appear in the future too. Below you can find the appropriate removal tool, capable of handling such unwanted programs, based on what operating system and machine you are using, whether it is Mac or Windows OS.
Automatic Removal for Windows
Automatic Removal for Mac
What If You Removed All Malware, But You Still See Redirects?
If you still experience redirects on your web browser, then we recommend that you either secure your default web browser by installing the necessary browser extensions to keep you safe:
1.Install an Ad Blocker extension. – Since a big percentage of browser redirects get on your machine as a result of being caused by ads, we strongly suggest that you install an ad-blocker extension. One such extension is Adblock Plus, which is available for basically every browser.
2. Set up a Blacklist. – If you are using a mainstream browser, like Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, we recommend that you install a web browser extension that is running a blacklist of the websites that cause redirects each time you visit them. One such extension is “Blacklist” for Google Chome, but there are many analogues of the extension for other web browsers as well.
3. Set up a VPN Connection. – Usually, some browser redirects tend to take you through sites that install cookies on your PC or Mac. These cookies stay on your system and they track your online behavior. Since they are authorized by your browser automatically, you have no way of knowing they exist. This is why, if you set up a VPN connection, the cookies may not actually track information linked to your IP address. And not only this, but you also become anonymous for any websites and redirect pages that may want to track your information. Below you can see the best VPN services for 2018:
4. (Optional) Install a Security Browser – With a big percentage of malware infecting victims via web browsers, you can now install a web browser that is specifically created for security. The security field has become denser and denser with security-specific browsers made by big cyber-sec companies. Below, in the related story, you can see secure web browsers among which you can choose. These browsers have all the necessary online protection that blocks redirects and performs scans of phishing and scam pages:
How to Stop Redirects on Your Android Smartphone?
For Android smartphone, there are many apps that can be installed and that aim to cut connection, but sometimes, these apps are not as effective. For example, Adblock Plus for Android might block ads on your browser, but then you have to disable certain defneses from our Android phone, like the ability to install it as a third-party app, for example. One way is to change your DNS to an ad-blocking type of DNS that will cut out any random redirections that appear on your smartphone. Below, you can see how you can use DNS66 to block out ads and redirects on your Android device:
Protection against browser redirects is something that is very crucial and must not be disregarded when it comes to your online security, because this accounts to a big percentage of the viruses that enter computers each day. Not only this, but redirects may also track a lot of the information you type online, such as your online searches, clicks and even personal data, if you type it on sites that are unsecured, like phishing ones to which you might get redirected eventually. This is why, it’s best to play it safe and install all of the security measures so that you minimize any risks, because an infection can happen anytime, to anyone.