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Swiftviz.net. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Adware

Swiftviz.net – a potentially unwanted program that promises extra cash but spreads malware

Swiftviz.net virus
Swiftviz.net is an adware that disturbs users' browsing activity by displaying pop-up ads and other notifications.

Swiftviz.net is an adware application that usually infiltrates users' machines with the help of software bundling – a deceptive marketing technique used by freeware and shareware developers. Once inside, the misleading app modifies settings of Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or another browser in order to redirect users to predetermined websites. Additionally, Swiftviz.net reads technical details, monitors 12 processes and changes Windows Registry.[1] The application suggests users shrink links (similarly like bit.ly does) and place them on social networks to gain revenue for each click made. However, the links provided by Swiftviz.net can be straight out malicious, redirecting to phishing, scam and malware-ridden websites.

Summary
Name Swiftviz.net
Type Adware/PUP
Related Adfly
Affected browsers Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Opera, etc.
Suspicious activity Monitors several processes, modifies Windows Registry
Infiltration Software bundling, insecure websites
Elimination Use the instructions provided below or scan your PC with anti-malware software 
Optimization Install Reimage to restore Windows Registry

There are many services online that are offering users allegedly “fee” monetizing. Unfortunately, there are no services like that, as nobody on the internet wants to give out free money. However, some users might be gullible and register for the Swiftviz.net service. This can compromise virtual safety, as disclosing personal details like name or email address can lead to severe consequences, such as stolen credit card details, social security numbers or even identity theft.[2] For that reason, Swiftviz.net removal should not be postponed any longer.

Our team tested the service provided by the Swiftviz.net site and detected that the service is malicious. After shrinking the link, we discovered that It led to a phishing website that prompted us to update Adobe Flash Player. Other links rerouted us to Notification redirect virus site, but we were baffled as the original link was never provided, which makes the service utterly useless.

We advise you never register for Swiftviz.net service, as not only can it lead to malware[3] infection, but will involve you in malicious activity by making you distribute malicious links on your social networks such as Facebook or Twitter. If you allowed notifications, please follow our instructions below on how to stop them.

However, you will also have to remove Swiftviz.net virus that is redirecting you to dangerous websites and displays pop-up ads on all the sites you visit. We provided detailed instructions below. We also advise you to scan your machine with Reimage to make sure all the registries are fixed and malicious ones removed.

Potentially unwanted applications are distributed with the help of software bundling

Users are quite careless when it comes to free software installation, and PUP authors are well aware of that. For that reason, if the unwanted program installs malware or redirects to a malicious website, developers can simply point the finger at the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy, which discloses that they are not reliable for any damage done by the service. Therefore, it is vital to protect yourself from such activity by installing programs correctly.

We advise you to download applications from reputable websites only, as third-party file-sharing and torrent sites are dangerous domains that should be avoided. You should also make sure the program you are about to install provides Privacy Policy and ToS documents. Finally, you should never skip steps during the installation procedure by clicking “Next” several times and opt for Advanced or Custom settings when prompted. This way, you will be able to remove all the optional components offered together with the desired application.

Get rid of Swiftviz.net pop-up ads

If you registered for the dubious service, you would have to take several steps to make sure your personal data is not compromised. But first, you have to remove Swiftviz.net ads and check your computer for adware. To do that, you should follow our guide below and eliminate all the suspicious entries manually. Then, you will have to reset your browsers, although you can also opt for pop-up by Swiftviz.net removal on Chrome:

  • Open Google Chrome and go to Menu > Settings
  • Scroll down and click on Advanced
  • Scroll down once again and click on Content Settings and then Notifications
  • Look for any suspicious entries under Allow
  • Click on it and select Remove

To stop Swiftviz.net and AdF.ly ads on Mozilla Firefox, follow these steps:

  • Open Mozilla Firefox and go to Menu > Options
  • Click on Privacy & Security
  • Scroll down and locate Notifications (under Permissions)
  • Click Settings
  • Identify all the suspicious entries and select Block from the drop-down menu

Alternatively, you can scan your PC for adware by using security software that specializes in PUP detection. It will eliminate all the suspicious entries of Swiftviz.net automatically. Also, we suggest you use ad-blocking add-ons or applications that can stop malicious notifications from being displayed in the first place.

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 Swiftviz.net, follow these steps:

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Erase Swiftviz.net from Windows systems

To remove Swiftviz.net pop-ups from Windows, follow these steps:

  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 Swiftviz.net and related programs
    Here, look for Swiftviz.net 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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Remove Swiftviz.net 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 Swiftviz.net 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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Eliminate Swiftviz.net from Internet Explorer (IE)

  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 Swiftviz.net 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 Swiftviz.net 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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Get rid of Swiftviz.net 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, Swiftviz.net should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Delete Swiftviz.net from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Please follow these steps to reset Mozilla Firefox browser:

  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 Swiftviz.net 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 Swiftviz.net removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Uninstall Swiftviz.net 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 Swiftviz.net 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 Swiftviz.net removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Erase Swiftviz.net 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 Swiftviz.net 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 Swiftviz.net removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Lucia Danes
Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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