Redirect Virus Removal


In this article we are going to try and help you remove Redirect Virus. Our instructions cover all Windows versions as well as most browsers – Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer etc.

If being interrupted by ads, banners and pop-ups is not how you imagine your online experience, then you would probably like to read this. Our “How to remove” team has decided to give you a hand in the uneven fight with the intrusive advertisements and the potentially undesired programs that generate them. This time, we are going to explain the specifics of a browser hijacker called In case that most of the ads flooding your screen come with a short text like “Powered by” or “Ads generated by”, then this is the probable source of your disturbance and here you are going to learn how to effectively remove it.

Why is on your computer?

We will start by explaining the basic principles that browser hijacker programs of this type follow and how they operate. First of all, you should know that applications like the Redirect Virus are primarily developed as online advertising tools. They contain a special code that generates multiple ads, banners, pop-ups and all sorts of notifications, page redirects and new tabs that lead you to some offers and promotional pages. Browser hijackers easily integrate into any browser you may use, and start to operate the moment you open your browser. They may even incorporate some undesired changes to your browser settings like change your homepage, add a new search engine and make it your default one, or redirect your searches to some other pages, not the ones you type in. All in all, this activity could be really disturbing, especially when you have to deal with dozens of pop-ups and new tabs every couple of minutes.

Why are there so many intrusive ads?

You have surely seen ads online before, but the ones that generates may really seem way too aggressive than what you can tolerate and the reason for that behavior is very simple. There is a lot of money paid for every single click that the aggressive ads could get. That’s why they are usually displayed in dozens and appear in places where it would be impossible to overlook them. You would inevitably have to click on them if you want to continue navigating, even if it’s just to close them.

This entire disturbance, actually, is caused just for the sake of profit. You have probably heard of the so-called Pay-Per-Click scheme, where every click generates income and this is exactly what stands behind the intrusiveness of the browser hijackers. Many businesses and software developers actually take advantage of this remuneration method be it to “sponsor” some free release of software products or to cover their development costs. They often bundle programs like in the setup of other free applications and when users install them without checking the advanced options in the setup, they end up with them. And while there is nothing wrong with this method from a legal point of view, the undesired activities that users are forced to endure may really make them wish to uninstall the browser hijacker.

Some risks you should beware of:

Tracking your web searches and redirecting you to unknown web locations are the common security risks that a browser hijacker may expose you to. Sometimes, in its attempts to display relevant ads and make you click on them, programs like may monitor your browsing history, the pages you visit and your online activity. Once collected, this data, called “traffic data” may be used to optimize the ads you see, it may be transmitted to the developers or sold as valuable marketing information to some third parties. However, many users may not really like to be tracked this way, especially when they don’t know exactly where their data goes and how it is stored.

Another thing that may happen is that you may bump into malware like viruses, Trojans or even Ransomware. There is a risk you may click on misleading ads or your searches may get redirected to some unsafe or illegal web location. This method of integrating a malicious script inside ads is called Malvertising and unfortunately, this is one of the ways the very dangerous crypto viruses known as Ransomware infect unsuspecting users. Although this doesn’t happen really often, such risk still exists, especially when hackers try to take advantage of every opportunity to spread malware in ways and places where users least expect them. However, this is an indirect risk that may eventually happen, but it is not necessarily related to browser hijackers only. In fact, we cannot compare a browser hijacker like with viruses that infect machines or other malicious threats that may corrupt the entire system. It is important to highlight that browser hijackers themselves are not malicious pieces of software, but they may eventually represent a vulnerability that people with malicious intentions may take advantage of.  That’s why it is strongly recommended to avoid clicking on the ads, too-good-to-be-true offers, unrealistic discounts, free downloads and spam emails or any kind of sketchy content in general. Or you can just remove from your PC by following the removal guide below and never see its annoying ads again. Redirect Removal

Many types of malware will restrict your access to their core files. It is highly recommended that you reboot your PC in safe mode before attempting to use this guide.

  • To enable Safe Mode reboot you PC, then hit F8 repeatedly. When the corresponding menu opens please select Safe Mode with Networking.

WARNING! If you are using Windows 8,0 or later and/or your operating system is installed on a fast SSD drive this may fail to work. In this case click here to see how to start your PC in Safe Mode.

#1: Uninstall the malicious program from your control panel


Enter control panel to look for any suspicious programs, which may have installed on your PC. To do that:

  1. Navigate to your Desktop
  2. Press simultaneously the Win button together with the R button (Win+R)
  3. In the Run window that just opened type appwiz.cpl

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  1. Go through the list of programs and find or anything else that may seem suspicious. Right-click on it and choose the uninstallation option

WARNING! Carefully read any confirmation messages that may be created in the process. Sometimes you may get offers to download more Adware applications and this can be linked to either the Yes or the No answer depending on the wording!

  • Optional:

Go through the list of programs again and check online for any potentially unwanted programs. We have an article that covers this awesome free software that makes sure that your computer is free from bloatware and programs that you don’t need.

#2: Remove From Chrome

Now we’ll remove the extensions that the malware has attached to your browser.

  1. Open your Google Chrome browser.
  2. Type chrome://extensions/  in the URL address bar and press Enter.
  3. Click on “Developer Mode” on the top right and look for the extension installed by and anything that might be related to it. Copy their IDs (the string of letters), then remove them by clicking on the trash bin icon.

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  1. Type Regedit in the Windows Start Menu and press Enter. Go in : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome\Extensions and delete the entries corresponding to the suspicious IDs you recorded.

#3: Remove From Firefox

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. Type “about:support” in the URL address bar and press Enter.
  3. Click on the “Refresh Firefox” button on the right and confirm.

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#4 Remove From Internet Explorer

  1. Open your Internet Explorer internet browser.
  2. Click on the Gear icon on the up right, then on manage add-ons.
  3. Go through the list disable any suspicious extensions.

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#5 Remove any leftover parasitic processes


From the task manager:

  1. Use Ctrl + Shift + Esc and open the Task manager, then click on the Processes
  2. Go through the list of processes and look for unknown or otherwise suspicious entries.
  3. If you see anything suspicious right click on the process and shoes Open File Location, then terminate the process and delete any files you find in the directory.

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WARNING! If the directory you open from this menu has no files inside of it it’s probably because the malware has hidden them. You need to reveal hidden files and folders in order to be able to see them. Click here if you don’t know how to do that.

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From the start menu:

  1. Press simultaneously the Win button together with the R button (Win+R)
  2. In the Run window that just opened type msconfig
  3. Click on the Startup tab.

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This menu controls which programs are loaded when windows starts after a reboot. Disable anything that seems suspicious. Optionally you can also disable any program that you don’t need and also has a high impact on your startup time.

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