Title: Firefox redirect virus
Remove Firefox redirect virus
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Firefox redirect virus is a dangerous cyber threat, which can easily cause several problems for its victims. The most obvious of them is redirections to unwanted websites that are filled commercial pop-up ads, links and similar content. As its name suggests, this virus attacks Mozilla Firefox browser and then alters its DNS settings, homepage, default search engine and similar settings. In order words, Firefox redirect virus misconfigures the browser. While it is not as dangerous as malware or spyware viruses, this threat is mainly used to to increase the popularity of websites and earn the money for this service. However, who can guarantee that Firefox redirect virus won't redirect you to infected website, which is used to distribute those threats.
HOW CAN I GET INFECTED WITH Firefox redirect virus?
Firefox redirect virus can appear on your Mozilla Firefox browser after installing freeware and shareware program. In most of the cases, such programs as media codecs, torrent files and similar free applications have various components that can be downloaded almost without any permission asked. In most of the cases, they are presented in a small print and then used to change search provider and do other changes on the system. Besides, legitimate software and malware applications can also infect your PC with Firefox redirect virus. Be aware that in most of the cases Mozilla Firefox has nothing to do with this problem. In reality, it's the adware/browser hijacker, which should never be ignored. You must remove Firefox redirect virus ASAP.
HOW TO REMOVE Firefox redirect virus?
First of all, scan your computer with updated anti-malware program in order to make sure that your PC is free of viruses. We recommend using STOPzilla, SpyHunter or Malwarebytes Anti Malware.
Additionally, check every of the steps that are given below:
Automatic Firefox redirect Removal Guide
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Help Line to remove Firefox redirect virus
Firefox redirect virus snapshot:
Click Start → Control Panel → Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
Here, look for Firefox or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes.
If you are Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program.
Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties.
Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus.
Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.
Remove dangerous add-ons
- Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Firefox and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable:
Reset Internet Explorer
Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes.
Remove dangerous extensions
Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
Here, select Reset.
When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Firefox removal.
Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons → Extensions.
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
Here, select Firefox and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries.
Reset Mozilla Firefox
Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options → General.
Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
Click OK to save these changes.
Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information.
Delete malicious plugins
Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Firefox removal.
Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools → Extensions.
Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
Here, select Firefox and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries.
Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages.
- Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage.
Click on menu icon again and choose Settings → Manage Search engines under the Search section.
Reset Google Chrome
When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings.
Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Firefox removal.
What is browser hijacker?
Browser hijacker is a malicious program, usually a web browser plug-in or add-ons, which modifies web browser settings in order to change default search page, home page, new tab or error page. After that, it starts unwanted redirects to undesirable Internet sites. A browser hijacker also can record all web pages the user visits and send gathered information out through a background Internet connection.
Practically all browser hijackers are created for commercial, advertising or marketing purposes. However, there are lots of malicious versions of these programs that similarly to spyware or adware threats can be installed on the system without user's consent and often hide deep inside the system for avoiding their removal.
Symptoms showing that your computer was infected by Firefox:
• Changes in homepage and/or default search engine
• Redirects to websites that are unknown and suspicious
• Appearance of new tabs
• Unknown sites in Bookmarks and Favorites list
• Decreased speed of every Internet browser
Geolocation of Firefox redirect virus:
This map reveals the prevalence of Firefox redirect virus. Countries and regions that have been affected the most are: United States.
QR code for Firefox redirect virus removal instructions:
QR is short for Quick Response. They can be read quickly by the mobile phones. QR codes can store more data than standard barcodes, including url links, geo coordinates, and text.
The reason we add QR code to the website is that parasites like Firefox redirect virus are really hard to remove on infected computer.
you can quicly scan the QR code with your mobile device and have manual removal instructions to uninstall Firefox redirect virus right in your pocket.
Simply use the QR scanner and read removal instructions from mobile device.
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Information added: 2014-09-01 07:31:08
Information updated: 2014-09-01 07:31:08
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