How to Stop Redirects on Your Browser

How to Stop Redirects on Browser (Update Jan. 2020)

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.

Threat Profile

NameRedirect Viruses
TypeBrowser Redirects
Short DescriptionMany redirects to suspicious sites, often scamming or malicious.
SymptomsAutomatic transfers to pages you did not wish to open.
Distribution MethodInfected 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.
Scenario 2: You do not know what is the threat and you still see redirects.

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

Preparation before removing Redirect Viruses.

Before starting the actual removal process, we recommend that you do the following preparation steps.

  • Make sure you have these instructions always open and in front of your eyes.
  • Be patient as this could take a while.

Step 1: Uninstall Redirect Viruses and related software from Windows


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

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 2: Clean your Browsers from Redirect Viruses.

Remove an extension from Mozilla FirefoxRemove an extension from Google Chrome Remove an extension from Internet Explorer Remove an extension from Microsoft Edge
1. Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window

2. Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu.

3. Select the unwanted extension and click “Remove

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.

1. Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu

2. Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions

3. From the opened “Extensions” menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its “Remove” button.

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.

1. Start Internet Explorer:
2. Click on the gear icon labeled ‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’

3. In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window.

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’.

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.

1. Start Edge

2. Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.

3. From the drop menu select “Extensions”.

4. Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.

5. Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.

Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Redirect Viruses 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 Redirect Viruses 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.

Manual Removal Steps for Mac

Preparation Phase:

Before starting to follow the steps below, be advised that you should first do the following preparations:

  • Backup your files in case the worst happens.
  • Make sure to have a device with these instructions on standy.
  • Arm yourself with patience.

Step 1: Uninstall Redirect Viruses and remove related files and objects

Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with Combo Cleaner
Keep in mind, that Combo Cleaner needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check Combo Cleaner’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 Redirect Viruses:

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 Redirect Viruses. 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 Redirect Viruses. 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 Redirect Viruses 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 Redirect Viruses. 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

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.

Step 2: Remove Redirect Viruses – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox

Remove an extension from Safari and reset it.Remove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Mozilla Firefox

1. Start Safari

2. After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.

3. From the menu, click on “Preferences

stf-safari preferences

4. After that, select the ‘Extensions’ Tab


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

6. Click ‘Uninstall’

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Redirect Viruses 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.

1. Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu

2. Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions

3. From the opened “Extensions” menu locate the add-on and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.

4. After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

1. Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window

2. Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu.

3. Select the Extension and click “Remove

4. After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

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

Before starting, 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.

Scan for Redirect Viruses 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.


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


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.


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

Automatic Removal for Mac

Threats such as redirect viruses may be persistent. They tend to re-appear if not fully deleted. A malware removal tool like Combo Cleaner will help you to remove malicious programs, saving you the time and the struggle of tracking down numerous malicious files. Combo Cleaner’s scanner is free but the paid version is needed to remove the malware threats. Read Combo Cleaner’s EULA and Privacy Policy.

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Redirect Viruses, 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.


Combo Cleaner

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.


Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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