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URL:Mal alerts explained

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URL:Mal is a threat warning message, although adware authors can use such alerts to redirect online traffic

URL:Mal adwareURL:Mal is a term used to describe either an adware or a false positive.

URL:Mal is a heuristic name of a possible threat that shows up on AVG and Avast scans or directly before accessing the suspicious site. This is a warning message that is displayed by various anti-virus engines but can indicate different issues. Typically, it pops up whenever users are about to visit a malicious website, and the security software blocks the entry. This is normal behavior, and users should not ignore it.

However, cybercriminals managed to utilize this alert and display it as a fake message in order to trick users into installing bogus software, redirecting their traffic to ad-supported sites, or retrieving personal information. The questionable rundll32.exe also is associated with this alert warning. This fact only raises more questions even though the executable is mainly reported as safe and legitimate. If you want to know more about what is URL:Mal and what causes those suspicious alerts, keep on reading this article.

Name URL:Mal
Type Adware
Purpose To make users install fake software or expose their personal data
Main dangers Malware infiltration, identity theft, stolen money from a bank account
Symptoms Fake messages, redirects, pop-up ads, etc.
Distribution Software bundling, dubious websites
Elimination You can get rid of URL:Mal by using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or by checking our manual guide below

URL:Mal warnings started to spark suspicions when users noticed the alert is popping up whenever they visit a website which is entirely legitimate, like Amazon.com or Wikipedia.com – these sites do not display advertisement content, and neither they are harmful.

The malicious URL:Mal virus looks identical to the original alert message. In most cases, it starts showing up after the user falls for installing a malicious add-on, plugin or extension on his/her computer. It can also block you from entering your favorite websites, so there is a high risk that you can fall into believing that the pop-up message is real.

Similar alerts about errors or even threats appear on the browser due to the corruption of a file associated to URL:Mal – rundll32.exe, so these messages may be fake and the issue is this executable file. The best tip to know what is the reason for this behavior is to disable third-party antivirus tools and other applications and scan the system with one powerful anti-malware program that should indicate all possible threats and diagnose the corrupted executables.

The URL:Mal alert shows up with a similar warning:

We have safely aborted the [link] connection because it was infected by URL:Mal

URL:Mal virusURL:Mal is a detection code for the malware-laden websites by Avast, AVG and other antivirus. However, it might also be a fake alert created by cybercrooks.

In most of the cases, URL:Mal fake alert is used to swindle the money away from unsuspecting users.[1] However, it can also trick them into installing other PUPs, redirect to other suspicious websites or show fake surveys that are used for personal data harvesting.

Finally, the fake URL:Mal message can lead victims to domains that advise downloading and installing questionable software (usually scareware or bloatware). If you have any doubts about the legitimacy of URL:Mal warning message, make sure you ignore suggestions to download/install programs or their upgrades offered to you by them.

The particular URL:Mal alerts show up on many people' computers and browsers, as we can find on various forums and discussions online.[2] These messages cause frustration because of many things:

  • pop-ups appear continuously;
  • alerts come up while visiting certain sites;
  • there is no particular threat that can be removed;
  • warnings show up on social media, Wikipedia, other safe and commonly visited pages.

Additionally, you should complete URL:Mal removal as soon as possible since these types of viruses could stealthily infiltrate other high-risk computer infections such as Trojan Horses, spyware, etc. According to the Virusi.hr[3] experts, you should not try to eliminate these cyber threats by yourself.  URL:MalURL:Mal virus is a warning message that can be falsely caused by the adžsupported program.

Malware alerts indicating threats or messages appearing out of nowhere?

Generally, seeing such pop-up alerts means that your antivirus blocked a suspicious domain from opening on your browser. It may be caused by malicious page, ad-supported website or PUP-filled site.

However, this alert can also be caused by two different AV programs interacting with each other and causing such alerts to show up. It usually appears people have a few anti-malware or security tools and they cannot work properly due to the existence of the other one, so blocks various safe sites instead.

Another thing that may be the issue causing such messages about URL:Mal threat is potentially unwanted programs. This alert can be used by a cyber threat developer that attempts to trick users into accessing their sites, sponsor domains or even purchase promoted applications.

Besides the fake message, PUP is capable of the following:

  • installing additional software without users' knowledge;
  • modifying certain system settings to avoid elimination;
  • slowing down the computer;
  • disturbing web browsing activities by covering up contents with annoying ads.

If you think that you are infected with such adware, you can remove URL:Mal by scanning your computer with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. It will detect all potentially unwanted programs which cause false positive detection and eliminate the adware from your computer. 

Unfortunately, there is no particular program that we could offer to remove and the associated file has a low detection rate[4], but you should disable all your AV tools, choose one of many reliable anti-malware programs and then scan the machine fully. This way, your computer gets thoroughly checked and cleaned, so all the malicious programs get removed entirely.

URL:Mal malware

Potentially unwanted programs distributed in software bundles

The most common way of how the potentially unwanted program enters your system is software-bundling. Usually, people are unaware that once they download a free application, it can secretly install the additional one. This marketing strategy is widely used by the developers of PUPs[5].

However, you can easily avoid adware programs if you pay attention during the download/installation procedure. Firstly, you should opt for Advanced or Custom settings during the process. They will reveal the previously selected checkmarks which allow installing the potentially unwanted program. Do not forget to de-select them.

Also, we recommend you to stay away from online ads. Once clicked, they might even help to infiltrate the adware or other high-risk computer infections. Therefore, use a robust anti-spyware software to protect your computer and valuable information stored on it.

The best way for URL:Mal removal – professional anti-malware tools

Since it might be hard to determine whether Avast URL:Mal warning is real, you should double-check your system using a professional security software. Scan your computer and make sure that the adware is not present on your PC. If it is compromising your computer, the antivirus tool will eliminate it.

Additionally, keep in mind that adware programs do not travel alone — its components might also damage your system. Therefore, it is vital to not only remove URL:Mal but its elements as well. For that, use one of the anti-malware tools from the list below.

If you want to complete URL:Mal removal manually, make sure to check the instructions below. They will help you to detect adware-related components and eliminate the hidden hazard. 

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 URL:Mal, follow these steps:

Uninstall URL:Mal from Windows systems

If you continuously are provided with URL:Mal pop-up, you have to clean your Windows following the given guide:

To remove URL:Mal 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 URL:Mal (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.

Erase URL:Mal from Mac OS X system

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

Remove URL:Mal from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for URL:Mal-related 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 URL:Mal, 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 URL:Mal and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the URL:Mal-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Get rid of URL:Mal from Internet Explorer (IE)

You can get rid of the adware from your Internet Explorer by uninstalling all suspicious entries.

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 URL:Mal 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, Google.com).
  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 URL:Mal removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove URL:Mal 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 URL:Mal-related 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

Eliminate URL:Mal 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 URL:Mal 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 URL:Mal 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 URL:Mal removal.Reset Firefox 2

Delete URL:Mal from Google Chrome

Fix Chrome from URL:Mal pop-up by deleting all adware-related components.

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 URL:Mal 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 URL:Mal-components:

  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 URL:Mal removal.Reset Chrome 2

Uninstall URL:Mal 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 URL:Mal 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

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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