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
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
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.
Step 2: Clean your Browsers from Redirect Viruses.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
Manual Removal Steps for Mac
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
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Remove Redirect Viruses – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
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
Scan for Redirect Viruses with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Automatic Removal for Mac
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.
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.