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Erdnt.loc. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Adware

Erdnt.loc – an advertising network used to fill user's browser with ads right after thr “Allow” button is clicked 

Erdnt.loc adware
Erdnt.loc - an ad-supported program which is presented as a threat by various antivirus tools, such as AVG, Avast and others.

Erdnt.loc is an adware-type program[1] which has been spotted as malicious by AVG and other vendors of security software. This PUP can infiltrate the system unnoticed and start its activity by modifying browsers' settings. After that, Erdnt.loc virus starts producing numerous ads which pop out each time the user turns on the affected browser. In addition, it causes “Push notifications” that can fill the victim's web browser with even more ads right after the “Allow” button is clicked. If you do not get rid of the ad-supported program ASAP, your browser might start struggling to maintain even simple activities due to the big amount of adverts that are intruding your computing work.

Name Erdnt.loc
Category Adware
Possible dangers Can redirect you to harmful sites, interrupts your browsing by showing numerous ads
Browsers modified Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.
Symptoms Overloads your PC screen with various ads, redirects to dubious pages, modifies browsers' settings without a warning
Distribution Can come bundled with other software, from suspicious third-party sites
Avoiding tips Staying away from questionable websites, using only original software installers
Deletion Install Reimage and get rid of the PUP effectively

You can recognize the suspicious adware on your computer from such symptoms:

  • You are dealing with Erdnt.loc redirect issue right after you launch your web browser;
  • You are interrupted by numerous ads overfilling your computer screen;
  • Your browsers' settings have been modified without your approval.

Nevertheless, there is one thing that you cannot see – adware such as Erdnt.loc pop-up has an ability to collect data that is related to the users' browsing habits. Such data includes commonly visited sites, pictures and videos viewed, bookmarks, IPs, and other particular information. Such collected details are used for ad creation. Developers gain more benefit from advertisements that are generated by “taking a look at the user's needs”.

However, you should perform the Erdnt.loc removal as soon as you spot the first signs showing that your computer is infected by the adware-type program. This PUP might redirect you to dubious-looking sites which might promote damaging content. Once clicked, you might launch the installation of a serious malware.

Even though Erdnt.loc is only potentially unwanted, the program does not bring any true value. Besides, various antivirus tools[2] such as Avast or AVG detect it as a virus. However, you should also take into account that such a report can be a false positive as antivirus programs sometimes include numerous entries in their database and start detecting various legitimate files as harmful ones. You might get lost and decide to uninstall a file which truly is necessary for your computer system. We just want to warn you, to be more cautious, and if you see that your antivirus program is acting strangely – perform the recommended updates.

That is why you should double check the system to decide whether you need to remove Erdnt.loc virus. To make sure that there are no harmful components left in your PC, we suggest running a full system scan with updated anti-spyware. You can find manual elimination instructions below the article if you are likely to get rid of the cyber threat on your own. However, you should try installing Reimage to make sure that your computer is safe.

Adware prevention techniques

According to NoVirus.uk experts[3], adware-type applications spread very widely throughout the Internet. They can come from various software you have recently downloaded, from a suspicious page you entered, and many other sources, especially third-party ones. If you want to prevent adware infections, you need to know some techniques:

  • Install antivirus protection. This type of computer security tool is necessary for every user. It will secure the system from various infections and threats that might occur in your way. Make sure that your antivirus tool is always updated and perform a regular system scan with it once in a while;
  • Use only original installers. However, you can track all your downloads by picking the Custom or Advanced option over the Quick or Recommended. Once you are there, opt-out all incoming downloads that you did not request for or look suspicious;
  • Stay away from questionable websites. There are many pages that are promoted by secondary sources and come improperly disclosed. Such sites might easily spread malicious content which can be activated only with one click. If you enter a dubious page – be quick to eliminate it and run a system scan with your antivirus program to make sure that no infections managed to break through.

Get rid of Erdnt.loc pop-up from your computer

If you have spotted symptoms such as various redirects, overloading ads, and browser modifications, you can be sure that your computer is affected by a PUP. To remove Erdnt.loc virus, you will need to take some actions by yourself or do it with an anti-malware tool. However, if you choose the manual way, you can find instructions below the text.

To perform the Erdnt.loc removal manually, you will need to clean browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and others. Eliminate all adware-added browser extensions and plug-ins. After you complete the elimination, reset all browsers that were affected by the adware-type program and make sure that all unwanted components have successfully vanished.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Erdnt.loc, follow these steps:

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Delete Erdnt.loc from Windows systems

Get rid of Erdnt.loc from your Windows operating system by looking through these instructions:

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / 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. If you are 'Windows 10 / 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'.
  3. Uninstall Erdnt.loc and related programs
    Here, look for Erdnt.loc or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
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Eliminate Erdnt.loc from Mac OS X system

  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 Erdnt.loc 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'
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Get rid of Erdnt.loc from Internet Explorer (IE)

Eliminate all adware-related components from the Internet Explorer browser. Follow each step carefully:

  1. 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. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Erdnt.loc and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Erdnt.loc removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Erase Erdnt.loc from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Erdnt.loc should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Remove Erdnt.loc from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Get rid of all unwanted extensions and various plug-ins from Firefox with the help of this guide:

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Erdnt.loc and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Erdnt.loc removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Uninstall Erdnt.loc from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Erdnt.loc and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Erdnt.loc removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Delete Erdnt.loc from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Erdnt.loc or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Erdnt.loc removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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