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removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Adware is a malicious website that displays porn and malicious content to users is porn-related website that is related to adware infection is a website of dubious content that users can encounter at any time during their web browsing sessions. While this activity might not be caused by a browser or computer infection, in most cases, the unwanted activity is related to a browser extension called Auto Refresh. If that is the case, even a browser reset will not help users to get rid of redirects, as all the add-ons are installed on the browser automatically as soon as Google Account is connected.

In most cases, potentially unwanted programs are distributed via deceptive ways, such as software bundle packages or fake Flash Player update prompts.[1] Once installed, the app hijacks the web browser by changing its settings, as well as appending a malicious extension. Soon after that, the virus begins to deliver unwanted ads, such as pop-ups, in-text links, banners, deals, and redirects. To make matters worse, some of the potentially unwanted apps are capable of collecting a variety of personal information and selling it to third-parties.

Type Adware, redirect virus, potentially unwanted programs
Related Auto Refresh, Riskware.bit.coin.miner
Distribution  Potentially unwanted applications can be downloaded on various websites intentionally, while in most cases users install them via software bundle packages or fake Flash update prompts
Symptoms  Symptoms may vary depending on the extension/application that is causing the unwanted behavior. However, users can often frequent redirects to the, which leads to porn sites, increased amounts of ads, changed homepage and new tab URL, etc.
Risks  Browser redirects are extremely dangerous as they can lead to malware-laden, scam, and inappropriate websites. As a result, users might infect their machine with malicious software, disclose sensitive information (credit card details, logins, etc.) to cybercriminals, suffer financial losses or identity theft
Removal To stop the redirects, you have to eliminate potentially unwanted program installed on your computer or web browser – you can either do it manually or automatically – check the instructions below 
Fix Virus damage fix can be performed with tools like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego 

There are hundreds of thousands of malicious websites around, and is one of them. In most cases, such sites are compiled to provide monetary benefits for certain parties, e.g., the developers of Auto Refresh browser extension. Each time users click on sponsored links, download and install applications (that might also be malicious), profits are gained.

However, quite often, shady extensions or applications choose advertising campaigns that are not safe, hence how users end up seeing ads and redirects. In any case, the website uses X-rated material that is inappropriate to certain age groups and can be offensive. Therefore, it is important to make sure that unwanted browser behavior is stopped on time.

In most cases, malicious apps that bring users to are installed behind the back, during the installation of freeware applications downloaded from third-party websites. Also, many might install apps like AutoRefresh for their functionality, i.e., website refresh function that can be set to occur at certain intervals. In many cases, such browser extensions operate without causing any troubles for users, although bad behavior can start seemingly out of nowhere.

This usually comes down to decisions that the developers of the app make, especially when it comes to the advertising networks that are related to it. As a result, users might experience abrupt redirects to and similar sites, all while thinking that they did not install any new applications.

As soon as the virus gets on the system, it changes web browser settings of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge, Safari, or another web browser. While symptoms of the infection may vary, most commonly experienced signs include:

  • Redirects to and similar malicious sites;
  • Changed new tab and homepage URL of the web browser;
  • Sponsored search results in search results;
  • Slower operation of the web browser;
  • Inability to access certain websites via the web browser, etc.

Unfortunately, many of the potentially unwanted programs that are related to are related to malicious behavior, such as information recording and sharing it with third-parties for profits. While in most cases, the recorded data includes IP addresses, geo-locations, browser information, timestamps, visited websites, bookmarks, and other non personally identifiable information, some malicious apps record names, emails, passwords, login credentials, etc. As a result, users might end up suffering from such consequences as financial losses and identity theft. is a redirect virus that is typically caused by AutoRefresh malicious browser extension

If you wonder how to remove from your web browser, you should uninstall a potentially unwanted program that is associated with the redirects. As mentioned before, the suspicious browser extension is the most likely culprit, although programs installed on the system can also be the cause. removal from Chrome or another browser highly depends on which application is causing unwanted browser behavior. You can uninstall extensions easily by right-clicking on them. However, some malicious apps use various persistence techniques that prevent users from uninstalling them. In such a case, you can reset the web browser or employ powerful anti-malware software that would find and eliminate all the PUPs, malware, and the leftover components. Finally, we recommend using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to keep your system running smoothly after the infection.

Potentially unwanted programs clutter your computer and browser – avoid them at all costs

Potentially unwanted programs are very sneaky and can range from completely harmless to those that are trying to extort money or sell their private data to third-parties. Besides, some can use various mechanisms to prevent users from removing them from the system in usual ways. In other words, some PUPs resemble malware more closely and can seriously compromise users' online safety, making the machine more prone to more serious infections.

While it is best to stay away from third-party programs, many can be really useful and help users customize web browsing experience, making it more convenient. In some cases, however, these apps tend to cause harm and barely provide any benefits. Security experts from[2] provide the following tips that could help you to stay away from potentially dangerous applications that would clutter your machine:

  • Install security software that would warn you about potentially unwanted programs;
  • If possible, only download apps from official sources such as Microsoft Store (although you should still be careful, as malicious apps managed to slip past built-in Google's defenses many times before they were pulled out);[3]
  • Before downloading apps from third-parties, find forum posts, blogs, articles, and other information that would help you decide whether the app is trustworthy;
  • During the installation process, ensure that Privacy Policy and ToS are provided;
  • When prompted, pick Advanced/Custom settings instead of Recommended/Quick ones;
  • Remove ticks from pre-ticked boxes and watch out of misplaced buttons and other tricks.

Get rid of redirects

As previously mentioned, removal might differ, as the related application might be installed on Mac or Windows computer, or be attached as an extension to the web browser. Since the situation can differ to each individual, we first recommend checking your browser for unwanted extensions – get rid of Auto Refresh and everything else that you do not recognize or find suspicious. might be encountered randomly while browsing the web, although it typically indicates that a potentially unwanted program is installed on the system

However, if virus redirects continue, you must investigate further. There is a high chance that your machine is actually infected with the malicious program – you can use our manual instructions provided below or scanning the device with security software that is set to recognize PUPs.

Finally, we also provide the instructions on how to reset all the installed browsers – sometimes, it might be the only way to remove completely.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove, follow these steps:

Erase from Windows systems

To uninstall unwanted programs from Windows systems, follow these steps:

To remove from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Remove from Mac OS X system

macOS users should follow these instructions if they want to get rid of redirect virus:

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Eliminate from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example,
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Get rid of from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete removal.Reset Firefox 2

Delete from Google Chrome

In case pop-ups, in-text links, banners, deals, and other commercial content does not stop on your web browser, reset Chrome by following this guide:

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete removal.Reset Chrome 2

Erase from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Choose a proper web browser and improve your safety with a VPN tool

Online spying has got momentum in recent years and people are getting more and more interested in how to protect their privacy online. One of the basic means to add a layer of security – choose the most private and secure web browser. Although web browsers can't grant a full privacy protection and security, some of them are much better at sandboxing, HTTPS upgrading, active content blocking, tracking blocking, phishing protection, and similar privacy-oriented features. 

Nevertheless, there's a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various circumstances, malware is also one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. Potentially unwanted programs may clear files that keep the application from running smoothly.

More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, or images get locked. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them. Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system.

In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 


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