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Remove IE redirect virus (Improved Instructions) - 2019 update

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Internet Explorer redirect virus is a PUP that forces you to visit suspicious websites

Internet Explorer redirect virus

IE redirect virus is an annoying browser hijacker[1] that might change your browser's homepage to a suspicious search page without your knowledge. There is also a big chance that you will spot such changes with your default search engine which will supposedly start providing misleading search results. Cybersecurity experts recommend removing this annoying computer infection which is also recognized as Internet Explorer virus. Usually, the program that starts controlling the browser silently tracks user's activity and uses collected data to display irritating ads as pop-ups or search results.

Name   IE redirect virus
Type Potentially unwanted program
Main activities Hijacking the browser's search engine, providing false search results, pushing advertising content, redirecting to developer-sponsored pages
Similar applications Chrome redirect virus, Firefox redirect virus
Possible danger Redirects can take you to malware-based networks
Distribution ways Bundled freeware/shareware, third-party websites (e.g. adult-themed sources)
Remove the threat Removing the PUP can be easy if you use a tool such as Reimage

Normally, programs that belong to the browser hijacker category are rarely considered dangerous because they are not capable of stealing data or putting infected computer users at risk of financial loss or identity theft. Nonetheless, Internet Explorer virus can easily initiate various changes on your Internet Explorer browser and add related toolbars, browser add-ons, and extensions [2].

A hijacked Internet Explorer redirects the user to websites that often look unfamiliar or even suspicious. If the browser gets affected by a browser-hijacking application, the browser will continue launching a particular site (or sites) on a daily basis. In fact, it is very likely that a hijacked web browser might start redirecting to one of the following pages known to be suspicious (clicking on them will take you to their comprehensive descriptions):

In fact, if your IE browser gets infected by Internet Explorer virus, it is likely that other browsers may suffer the same consequences too. Microsoft's new and improved equivalent of the Internet Explorer – the Microsoft Edge browser [3] is especially vulnerable to this infection. So, when the virus alters the default search engine and the start page on your IE browser, your Microsoft Edge will probably undergo the same changes, too.

Because of this and other activities, security experts decided to include it to their tools' database, so you should scan your computer with updated anti-spyware right after noticing IE redirects, slowdowns and pop-up ads that may show up to you during your browsing. Beware that such ads can inform you about missing updates and similar things.

You should never trust such warning messages because, in reality, they might seek to infect PC users with other viruses. This way you might end up with a dangerous trojan or ransomware infection on your machine and face severe damage, IE redirect virus removal is the first step you should take to avoid getting infected even further.

Similarly to Chrome redirect virus and Firefox redirect virus, the main way how you can get infected with IE redirect malware is based on infected downloads. You simply need to open an infected email's attachment, download an illegal program or visit a hacked site and you will be infected by this parasite.

IE redirect virus
IE redirect virus is considered to be a browser hijacker that alters browser's settings, initiates redirects to unknown websites, and provides intrusive ads.

If you have already noticed a different search engine and a new homepage on your Internet Explorer, there is a huge possibility that IE redirect virus hijack has occurred on your computer. In this case, you should never ignore annoying redirects when using Internet Explorer because you may be tricked into visiting unsafe websites [4].

On most of the occasions, this virus interrupts people when they are surfing the web and redirects them to unknown sites that are less popular and need to increase their visitors' number or page rank. However, some experts claim that Internet Explorer virus may also be used to promote other, more serious viruses and allow their infiltration to the system.

As you can see, you should never ignore IE redirects because it means that your PC is infected. In order to remove IE redirect virus, you should try running a full system scan with Reimage or SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner. Additionally, you will find some manual helping lines at the end of this article that will show you how to clean your web browser from suspicious content.

Internet Explorer virus
Internet Explorer virus is a name used to describe various potentially unwanted programs that target this browser

Browser hijacker distribution never stops

According to[5] researchers, browser-hijacking programs and other potentially suspicious content have their own ways of entering the targeted machine/device. The most popular are software bundles as browser hijackers are often inserted into packages of programs as additional components. 

Additionally, potentially unwanted programs can be found in other sources such as peer-to-peer networks,[6] online-gaming websites, movie-watching pages, and on adult-themed networks. The best ways to avoid the secret installation of browser hijackers are:

  • Using the Custom mode for performing downloads and managing all incoming objects. Be aware of all Quick or Recommended modes as these often let suspicious content into the system.
  • Keeping a distance from secondary sources while browsing throughout the Web. Avoid all content that looks questionable to you (e.g. links, ads).
  • Installing reputable computer protection. Search for an advanced anti-malware tool[7] that includes as many security features as possible for your own and machine's safety purposes.

Frequently asked questions about IE virus

Question. I am dealing with a virus on Internet Explorer 11. Every time I open my browser, pops up. I have never set this page as my default start page or something. How can I remove this annoying Trovi virus that causes IE redirects repeatedly?

Answer. Dear visitor, it is clear that your browser is affected by a redirect virus. The cause of Internet Explorer 11 virus is obviously Trovi virus, which could have sneaked into your computer alongside other programs you recently installed.

We recommend you to be more careful when installing free programs as their installers often suggest adding a couple of unwanted programs to your system.

To remove the virus causing IE redirects, uninstall every suspicious program and delete every shady browser extension not only from IE but from the rest of web browsers as well. It is highly advisable to check browser shortcuts as well (see a tutorial provided below).

Question. I am having problems with my browser. Internet Explorer now redirects me to without my request to do so. How can I solve Internet Explorer home page redirect problem? I tried to change my home page settings but no results. The suspicious domain keeps appearing in my browser over and over again. 

Answer: Dear visitor, your computer is compromised by Conduit Search virus, a widely known browser hijacker that causes Internet Explorer redirects and also targets other web browsers such as Chrome or Firefox.

To uninstall it from the system, you must find files related to Conduit and root them out from the computer system. The quickest way to do it is to use an automatic spyware removal tool such as Reimage.

A guide to IE Redirect virus removal

In order to remove IE redirect virus, you should run a full system scan to find the potentially unwanted program that is related to it. This could be done with the help of legitimate anti-spyware or with the help of the manual removal steps indicated below the article. The choice depends on you but automatical elimination requires less effort and can be done more effectively.

However, when using manual IE redirect virus removal method, you should know exactly what are you looking for. In this particular case, it's quite difficult, since the virus is good at obfuscating its components and can easily hide in places you'd never expect it to. Thus, automatic virus elimination is the option we recommend more.

Furthermore, Interner Explorer virus will be eliminated much faster and easier by using reputable anti-malware tools than it can be done by using your own effort. Besides, people who lack experience in dealing with various cyber threats will also find the automatical removal method very helpful and comfortable to carry out.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, 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 IE redirect virus, follow these steps:

Erase IE redirect from Windows systems

To stop IE redirect virus from causing redirects, uninstall questionable applications from your computer. Eliminate Search Conduit, Trovi, Settings ManagerSearch Protect and other questionable programs.

  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 IE redirect and related programs
    Here, look for IE redirect 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 IE redirect 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.

Uninstall IE redirect 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 IE redirect 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'

Remove IE redirect from Internet Explorer (IE)

Before you reset your Internet Explorer browser, delete all the extensions, add-ons and other suspicious helper-objects that might help the virus bounce back to your browser.

  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 IE redirect 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 IE redirect removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete IE redirect virus from Microsoft Edge

Make sure you not only reset your Internet Explorer browser but also take care of other browsers which may also have been affected by the virus. In addition, check the browser extension list for the corrupt helper objects and remove them as well.

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, IE redirect should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of IE redirect from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  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 IE redirect 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 IE redirect removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate IE redirect 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 IE redirect 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 IE redirect removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase IE redirect 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 IE redirect or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by IE redirect, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. 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...'
  6. 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 IE redirect removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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