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Remove virus (Removal Guide)

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Browser hijacker

What is known about redirect virus? virus is a program that can modify your browser’s settings and make it launch this URL on every startup. At first, you might not notice anything suspicious because this URL serves a simple search engine with a FullSearching logo above it. However, most likely you will start looking for removal guidelines right away because this search engine tends to act suspiciously. Its search results are filled with questionable links that can bring you to potentially dangerous Internet sites, and this will give you a feeling of insecurity. We have to disappoint you by saying that this search tool hardly filters sponsored ads and can present sponsored results that lead to insecure Internet sites, where you can be asked to download dangerous programs or to reveal personal information for shady purposes. For your own safety, we advise you to remove redirect virus and change your browser settings then. To uninstall this program and get rid of all components that might be related to it (such as tracking cookies, which are used to spy on your activity online), use anti-spyware program, for instance, ReimageIntego.

Questions about virus

It appears that this browser hijacker can infect two major web browsers only – Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Once installed, it loads these browsers with tracking cookies and starts monitoring user’s activity on the Internet. It aims to explore what websites the user enters, what links or ads does he or she click on, what is the computer’s IP address, and similar content. All this information gives this hijacker an opportunity to analyze user’s interests and deliver targeted sponsored content later on. However, such activity might not seem beneficial to you; most likely, you will find ads annoying.

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Methods of distribution virus travels in the same way as many other browser hijackers. It spreads bundled with other software that users download from the Internet or via file-sharing programs. This method allows developers to add their program as “additional download” and hide it under “Default” or “Standard” installation mode. Usually, software installers recommend using these settings, and the majority of users agree with it. That’s the biggest problem. Users have to monitor freeware installation process and stop potentially unwanted programs from infiltrating their computers by adjusting components of the software package. This can be done via “Advanced” or “Custom” settings only. removal guide

If you have encountered hijack, it’s time to concentrate and eliminate this potentially unwanted program until it hasn’t caused more problems or let other malware enter your computer. At the end of the article, you will find detailed instructions how to remove manually. This method takes more time and requires more knowledge or experience in virus elimination. If you don’t feel capable of removing the virus manually or this task scares you a lot, you can choose automatic removal. We recommend this method for those who faced a browser hijacker for the first time.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. 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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Alternative Software
Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Reimage, try running SpyHunter 5.
Alternative Software
Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Intego, try running Combo Cleaner.

To remove virus, follow these steps:

Get rid of from Windows systems

  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 and related programs
    Here, look for 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'
  5. Remove from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete '' or other suspicious URL

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 from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Delete from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Go to Firefox Options panel as instructed below. In General tab, delete FullSearching link from homepage field and enter a preferred homepage URL there. Click OK. Then look at these instructions again and go to Manage Search Engines section. Click on FullSearching URL, and click Remove, then OK.

  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 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. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. 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'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate from Google Chrome

Go to your browser’s settings using instructions provided below. Once in the Settings panel, look for On Startup section. Click on Set Pages and then delete FullSearching URL from there, click OK. Then again, find Appearance section in Settings and click Change. Then delete FullSearching URL from there, too, and click OK.

  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 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. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. 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
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is 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. 

No backups? No problem. Use a data recovery tool

If you wonder how data loss can occur, you should not look any further for answers – human errors, malware attacks, hardware failures, power cuts, natural disasters, or even simple negligence. In some cases, lost files are extremely important, and many straight out panic when such an unfortunate course of events happen. Due to this, you should always ensure that you prepare proper data backups on a regular basis.

If you were caught by surprise and did not have any backups to restore your files from, not everything is lost. Data Recovery Pro is one of the leading file recovery solutions you can find on the market – it is likely to restore even lost emails or data located on an external device.

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  1. Lucy says:
    September 26th, 2016 at 3:27 am

    Thanks for instructions. They helped me a lot!

  2. Disappointed says:
    September 26th, 2016 at 5:09 am

    I have no idea why I am forced to use this search engine, but it delivers so strange results. Nothing similar to Google.

  3. Simona says:
    September 26th, 2016 at 5:11 am

    Ive bought a new computer and installed so many programs. Somehow I managed to install virus too. Im so mad!

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