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The redirect website, classified as browser hijacker, endowed with high capability to compromise user’s computer especially to the Internet Browsers thereby forcedly governing it in order for malicious profits. More precisely, the virus is designed to access to victims’ computers and present fraudulent pop-ups to prospective victims so that the virus makers can gain money by conducting fraudulent transactions or stealing confidential data. Usually you may get infected with such redirect virus from some website in the shape of an attractive or helpful program which in fact has the harmful malware embedded in it. The malicious redirect virus can be bundled with such software. So that, once click, the virus can fast embed on Internet browsers. Besides that, spam email and unreported email attachments are still the possible place where the virus propagates from. You can see the malicious virus screen shot as bellow.

Online Fraud Methods of the Virus

The hijackers often design infectious camouflage websites like to make website fraud in order for acquiring illegal profit from its victims. To accomplish the goal that those unary computer users can be aware that potential risk when they are surfing online and then be careful, I would like to introduce some common ways exploited by hijackers to fraud. So that, they can be careful or make some precautions to avert from online fraud though virus has taken over their computers.

Camouflage Website:

Just like virus, there is no big difference between the domain name of such website and official website. Thus, you may suppose the as a genuine site. However, the truth is that it is a disguised site to camouflage itself from identification and there are a variety of viruses like Trojan viruses/ ransomware hide there to wait for unwary computer users to be trapped in. Usually the malicious virus has ability to modify the Internet browsers’ display so that it let computer users mistakenly thought they are into the right site. Later after that, the virus and other Trojan virus can completely govern the victimized computers, and always pop-up a floating window says the correct address, mask the real address bar to cheat computer users. No matter what things you have typed in, only thing you would have got is just the virus site.

Sell and also Theft virus can automatically open any malicious site without any consent, which can comprehensively exploit three loopholes (MHT loophole, object data loophole, HHCTRL loophole) on Internet browsers to spread Trojan virus. It may result in malicious site files and confidential data exposure. You may receive a variety of pop-ups about coupons, ads, and raffle ticket from the virus site and always be coaxed to buy some promoted products. Once some unwary computer users click on and tempt to make online transaction, the hijackers already accessed in by opening backdoor can seize any chances to immediately steal confidential data like Credit Card number, account, password, and etc. Even more it may attribute to huge damages and dead damages once the virus victim is from high-authority agency or a company.

Extra Knowledge

The hijackers can defraud the victims of the virus or other rogue virus through Internet fraud especially to Internet ticket fraud/click fraud/ to get their desired illegal profit by confidential data theft. Internet fraud can occur in chat rooms, email, message boards, and often on redirect websites. To avert from Internet fraud when you are surfing online you had better have a clear view about Internet fraud content first. The methods of the Internet fraud possibly exploited by such virus concluded as below: Purchase fraud, Business opportunity or “Work-at-Home” schemes, Money transfer fraud, Dating fraud, Charity fraud, International modem dialing, Internet marketing and retail fraud and etc. (Also you can click here to view more details.)

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Symptoms about Malicious Virus

A considerable number of people are possibly attacked by the redirect virus owning to convenience of developed network. There specific symptoms will be performed on your computer right after the hijacking virus embedding into personal computer.

  • Default homepage has been modified: virus is able to lock various browsers no matter which one it is just such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, Opera, and etc. And then it can alter your default homepage as its own.
  • Default search engine has been modified. Take over whole browsers and non-consensually replace main search engine with itself site. And There are all types of coupons listed before your eyes on the redirect page so that you will subconsciously try to click on any one of them to see if you can pass it.
  • virus can modify the default Microsoft page.
  • Homepage settings can be locked and its set option can’t be altered. The nasty Searchnu.comvirus can disable any programs including anti-virus program and plug-in specific add-ons with infections also and change Internet settings thereby accomplishing degrading your computer functions. PC performance obviously has been degraded.
  • Illegal information added to the IE/Firefox/Google title bar.
  • Malicious site can be added to Right-click menu.
  • Slowdown, freeze, or times out constantly happen when enable programs or open Internet Browsers.
  • Unable to open any urgency email attachments. You can neither open any attachment of your email nor login your account though it is with right typing and password.

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First Step to Remove the Virus from Internet Browsers

No matter what Windows operation you do, the hijack virus always pesters you. Once your computer is infected with such redirect virus, you can follow the below steps to resave.
Before begin, you need end the process of the Internet Browsers to stop its working. You can press Ctrl+ Shift+ Esc or Ctrl+ Alt+ Del to reveal out Windows Task Manager, you then click on process tab. Locate at malicious site virus site and click End Process.

For Mozilla Firefox

1. Click on Tools, then Options, select Privacy.

2. Click “Remove individual cookies.”

3. In the Cookies panel
Click on “Show Cookies”
Remove a single cookie click on the entry in the list and click on the “Remove Cookie button”.

4. To remove all cookies click on the “Remove All Cookies button”.
As seen above picture with red arrow-3.

For Google Chrome

1. Click on the “Tools” menu and select “Options”
2. Click the “Under the Bonnet” tab, locate the “Privacy” section and click the “Clear browsing data” button
3. Select “Delete cookies and other site data” to delete all cookies from the list.

4. Make sure Delete Cookies and Other Site and Plug-In Data is checked.

5. Click Clear browsing data.

6. Click on Tools again> Extensions.

7. Search for any suspicious extensions and remove them by clicking the trash can icon next to them.

For Internet Explorer

1. Open Internet explorer window->Click the “Tools” button.
2. Locate to “safety” and then click “delete browsing history.”

3. From here, to delete all cookies, uncheck the Preserve Favorite Website Data box, check the box next to Cookies, and hit Delete.

4. Click on Tools again and click manage add-ons. In the Manage Add-on pop-up window, you need click on first option Toolbars and Extensions, and then remove all things that associated with virus.

So far, you can clear our all cookies as the steps above.

For Safari

Open Safari-> Click Safari then Preferences-> Click on ‘Privacy.’->Click on ‘Details.’-> You will see a lit of websites that store cookies. You can remove single sites by clicking ‘Remove All.’-> when you have finished removing sites, click ‘Done.’


1. Click ‘Settings’ at the top of your Opera browser.
2. Click ‘Preferences’ and select ‘Advanced.’
3. In the ‘Advanced’ screen, select ‘Cookies.’
4. At this point, you can select one of three options: accept all cookies (this is the default setting), accept cookies only from sites you visit, and never accept cookies. If you block cookies, most of the sites you visit will stop working. This is usually not a good choice. Your best default choice is to accept cookies only from sites you visit. This blocks cookies set by advertising networks and other malicious redirect sites like virus site.

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Second Step to Reset Internet Browser Come Back from

Mozilla Firefox

1. Click Tools and select Options.
2.  Click on the General tab, remove virus site and click Restore to Default or add you preferred URL.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

1. Click Tools and select Internet Options.
2. Click on the General tab remove the hijack webpage and click Restore to Default or add your preferred URL.

Google Chrome

1. Click on the Wrench or 3 bar icon next to the address bar and select settings.
2. Under the On startup section, click Set pages.
3.  Click the X next to hijack webpage and other unwanted websites, then add or keep your preferred URL. Or Click on the Wrench, click on Internet options.

Tips: If you are on Windows Operating system, you can immediately use this way to make default Internet Browsers.

  • Take Windows 7 with Internet Explorer for instance. Click on the Start menu, go to Control Panel, then click Network and Internet. Once in Internet Options page, click on the Programs tab, then select Set your default programs. Locate the left programs bar, select Internet Explorer, then click Set this program as default. (If you want to set Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, you can select either of them).
  • Take Windows 7, Windows8, Windows Vista and Windows XP with Internet Explorer 7 or 8 for example. Open Internet Options. Click the Start button, then click Control Panel, click Network and Internet, and then click Internet Options. In the Internet Options window, click the Programs tab, next to the place where it says “Internet Explorer is not currently the default web browser,” click Make default.


1. Start the Safari and click the Setting button, in the drop-down list, find Reset Safari item and click on it.

2. Locate at Preferences…

3. In the next window, you need select General tab. Locate at homepage column, you need type in the desired page instead of redirect site. Later after that you need click on Set to Current Page button. You then need save all changes.

Third Step to Delete All Virus Files and Registries

1. Show hidden files first to clear out all virus files, here is how: Click Start button->Go to Control Panel->Double click on Files and Folder Option->Select View tab->Check “Show hidden files, folders and drives”->Uncheck “Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)-> Click Ok.

2. Delete redirect virus files from Local Disk. Click on Start button and open My Computer/Computer, and then open local disk, find the below files and delete them.



%Temp%\ [random].exe

3. Delete the malicious virus registry entries. Press Windows + R keys to reveal Run box and type regedit in Run window, click ok to open Registry Editor.

4. In Registry Editor box, you need access to below registry keys and delete related entries.

Registry editor

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “.exe”
5. Restart the infected computer to effect all changes of redirect virus removal.

Conclusion redirect virus, if it has been identified by you on your computer, it is highly recommended you remove it ASAP since it can bring increasingly damage as the time goes by. Such browser hijacking virus can sneakily slip into one computer with automatic just when users are experiencing online. Like download some freeware, shareware and video. Once the nasty virus has existed in system, it may fast tamper with main Internet browser like Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, etc thereby governing it and collecting confidential resources. Further more, virus can track browsing history, remembered information, bookmarks, or cookies to collect profitable information and thereby present ing advertising pertinent to the types of goods or services featured there to coax computer into buying. Meanwhile, once one unwary computer users is trapped in by such nasty trick, it may face huge risk at identity theft. If you leave virus unfixed, it may lead to considerable damages. If you still have problems on how to remove such browser hijacker, you can chat with nerds with expert skills and get an answer right away.

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