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Syndication.exosrv.com Browser Redirect “Virus” – How to Remove It

This article has been created in order to help explain what exactly is the Syndication.exosrv.com browser hijacker and how to remove this unwanted software from your computer plus how to stop it from displaying browser redirections.

A new browser hijacker that has been detected by security researchers. The nefarious software’s main purpose is to convince victims that it is a legitimate program which aims to help with the online activities on their browsers. However, the software’s end goal is to cause different browser redirects that lead via the domain Syndication.exosrv.com and in addition to those, change the default search engine page and new tab page on the computers It’s installed on. If you are one of the affected by this browser hijacking program, we advise that you read this article to learn how to remove it from your computer and stop browser redirects, related to syndication.exosrv.com.

Threat Summary

Name Syndication.exosrv.com
Type Browser Hijacker
Short Description Aims to modify the settings on your web browser in order to get it to cause browser redirects and display different advertisements.
Symptoms Your web browser begins to display various types of online advertisements, which results in slowing down of your PC.
Distribution Method Bundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.
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Syndication.exosrv.com – Propagation Techniques

The primary method which may be used to spread the Syndication.exosrv.com browser hijacker on users’ computers is believed to be via bundled installers. This method is predominantly used by most unwanted programs to slither onto the computers of users without being flagged as an unwanted program, since when you install something legitimate, it is not detected by most security programs. Such freeware installers are often programs that you download very often, for instance media players, torrent downloaders and several other free programs. By default, the installers of those programs do not have other programs embedded in them but usually, most third-party websites often bundle their programs in a way that it is difficult to spot this during the installation process. This is because the prompt that asks you to agree to add the Syndication.exosrv.com browser hijacker, claims that it is a “free extra” and is well hidden within one of the many installation steps in the “Custom” install options.

Syndication.exosrv.com Hijacker – Analysis

Once installed on your computer, this program aims to heavily modify your web browser. To do that, the Syndication.exosrv.com may attack the Windows Registry sub-keys of the web browsers installed on the victims’ computers in order to add registry entries in them, configured in a way that the hijacker changes your home page and new tab page to possibly Syndication.exosrv.com or other related domains. This makes the web page to be opened automatically, driving traffic to the domain.

And in addition to this, when we checked the domain itself, we have detected numerous security issues with it, such as the lack of encryption and security on the web page:

In additon to this, there were multiple tracking technologies used by Syndication.exosrv.com that are of different types:

Such tracking technologies are often various kinds used to obtain different information from your computer. The most often used trackers by such browser hijackers are:

  • Cookies.
  • LSOs or Flash Cookies.
  • Pixels.
  • Geo-Locators.
  • Tags.

These types of tech are used to obtain different information from your online activity, every time you open your web browser. This information may be of the following types;

  • The online searches you perform.
  • Data on your browsing history.
  • The places you click on.
  • Your keyboard typings.
  • Information about your bookmarked sites.

This data may be used for different, often nefarious purposes by the creators of Syndication.exosrv.com, whose main goal is to display advertised content on your computer, among which can be the following types of ads:

  • Browser redirections.
  • Pop-ups.
  • Online banners.
  • Highlighted text advertisements.

In general, the advetisemetns, displayed by Syndication.exosrv.com may lead to thrid-party websites with the goal to boost hoax traffic to those domains, but the browser hijacker may also pose several risks to users this way. These risks may vary from leading you to third-party sites that may be malicious and infect your computer with more viruses or websites of a scamming nature that may scam you out of your information or money. These are more than enough reasons for security experts to regard Syndication.exosrv.com as an indirect threat to the security of computers and recommend it’s removal as soon as possible.

How to Remove Syndication.exosrv.com PUP

In order to get rid of this unwanted program, reccomendations are to follow the removal instructions that are underneath this article. They are divided in manual or automatic removal steps. If manual removal does not seem to help or you lack the expertise, the most effective removal method according to security researchers is to automatically remove the Syndication.exosrv.com – related software with the aid of an andvanced anti-malware program. Such tool will scan your computer for all intrusive software and remove it plus ensure that your system remains safe and secure against future intrusions as well.

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Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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How to Remove Syndication.exosrv.com from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Syndication.exosrv.com

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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

1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Syndication.exosrv.com 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. 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 3: Clean any registries, created by Syndication.exosrv.com 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 Syndication.exosrv.com 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.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", 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.

Step 4: Scan for Syndication.exosrv.com 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.

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

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


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.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

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


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Get rid of Syndication.exosrv.com from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Syndication.exosrv.com and remove related files and objects

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

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 Syndication.exosrv.com. 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 Syndication.exosrv.com. 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 Syndication.exosrv.com 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 Syndication.exosrv.com. 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
/Library/LaunchDaemons

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


Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

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



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Remove Syndication.exosrv.com 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.


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Erase Syndication.exosrv.com 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.



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Uninstall Syndication.exosrv.com 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.



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Remove Syndication.exosrv.com 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".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Syndication.exosrv.com 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.


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Eliminate Syndication.exosrv.com 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.


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