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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 adware
URL: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 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 or – 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 virus
URL: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[3] experts, you should not try to eliminate these cyber threats by yourself.  URL:Mal
URL: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. 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 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 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:

  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 URL:Mal and related programs
    Here, look for URL:Mal 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'

Erase URL:Mal 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 URL:Mal 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'

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.

  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 URL:Mal 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 URL:Mal removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove URL:Mal 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, URL:Mal should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Eliminate URL:Mal 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 URL:Mal 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 URL:Mal removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete URL:Mal from Google Chrome

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

  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 URL:Mal 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 URL:Mal removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall URL:Mal 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 URL:Mal 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 URL:Mal removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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