A new scam promoting a browser redirect web page, which accuses the user of “suspicious surfing behavior” has been reported by cyber-security researchers. The pop-up displays a screen which begins to mine for the cryptocurrency Monero as the victim sits and does absolutely nothing. The pop-up asks from victims to type a captcha in order to discontinue the mining operation, however many have reported this not to be advisable as a course of action. If you have started seeing pop-ups accusing you of suspicious browsing behavior, such as the one on the picture on the right, we recommend that you read the following article in order to learn how to stop seeing such pop-ups in the future.
|Name||“Suspicious Surfing Behavior”|
|Short Description||Aims to mine for various different cryptocurrencies as a result of a browser redirect, caused by unwanted advertisements or banners.|
|Symptoms||Random browser redirects caused by unwanted program residing on the victim’s computer.|
|Distribution Method||Via bundled installers, fake setups or via other PUP that has already been installed on your PC.|
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“Suspicious Surfing Behavior” – Distribution Methods
Another method by which this browser redirect may have situated itself onto your computer system is via a potentially unwanted program, whose primary purpose is to display such redirects as a result of a scheme that generates funds to it’s creators. Such unwanted software is usually spread when you download the setup of a free program which you may be looking for online, such as a free extension or a free media player, torrent downloader or other type of freewar. What happens is that most sites “advertise” ad-supported programs since this is one way to generate income. And some of those sites do not mind what types of programs they advertise as long as the publishers of freeware get paid.
“Suspicious Surfing Behavior More Information
The pop-up itself aims to get victims to write down captcha in order to stop it, however we’d advise against It as this may lead to more problems for your computer. Instead, since the Monero miner may lead to more trouble on your computer, we’d advise you to remove it as soon as possible, preferrably by following the instructions below.
Remove “Suspicious Surfing Behavior” Miner from Your Compter
Since this miner may also be associated with other types of unwanted software and malware which can also obtain your crucial information, like web passwords keystrokes you have typed and other info, we would advise that you follow the removal instructions down below to discontinue the software causing these pop-ups to appear. If the manual removal does not solve your issue, be advised that security experts often advise removing the malware automatically by scanning your computer with an advanced anti-malware software. Such will make sure that the “Suspicious Surfing Behavior” miner is fully gone from your PC and it stays protected against various forms of online threats and the newest malware at all times.
Delete “Suspicious Surfing Behavior” from Windows and Your Browser
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- Guide 1: How to Remove “Suspicious Surfing Behavior” from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of “Suspicious Surfing Behavior” from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove “Suspicious Surfing Behavior” from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase “Suspicious Surfing Behavior” from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall “Suspicious Surfing Behavior” from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove “Suspicious Surfing Behavior” from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate “Suspicious Surfing Behavior” from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove “Suspicious Surfing Behavior” from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove “Suspicious Surfing Behavior”
Step 2: Uninstall “Suspicious Surfing Behavior” 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 3: Clean any registries, created by “Suspicious Surfing Behavior” 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 “Suspicious Surfing Behavior” there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of “Suspicious Surfing Behavior” from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall “Suspicious Surfing Behavior” 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 “Suspicious Surfing Behavior” 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: Scan for and remove “Suspicious Surfing Behavior” files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as “Suspicious Surfing Behavior”, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove “Suspicious Surfing Behavior” 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.
Erase “Suspicious Surfing Behavior” 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.
Uninstall “Suspicious Surfing Behavior” 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.
Remove “Suspicious Surfing Behavior” 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".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the “Suspicious Surfing Behavior” will be removed.
Eliminate “Suspicious Surfing Behavior” 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.