What is Browser redirect virus?
Browser redirect virus is a cyber threat that belongs to ‘Browser hijacker’ category. Programs that belong to this category (search engines, deceitful browser add-ons and extensions) can be downloaded to the system and installed on each of web browsers without realizing that because they are mostly spread with a help of hidden ‘bundling’.
eScan has recognised some symptoms that indicate users having this virus are:
- Browsers freeze
- Pages not loading at all
- Google/Bing/Yahoo searches redirected to malicious sites
- some programs won’t respond
- Internet connection brakes itself
- Terrible adds popping on visited webpage
If your browser is forcing you to redirect to new location like delta-homes.com, conduit, and search protect or other domains while you are using Google, Yahoo, Bing or other search engine, then it’s a sign that you have already got infected by the browser hijacker. Please, do not ignore such signs and do not let this browser redirect virus stay on your computer because there is a huge danger that your web browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Opera, etc.) will be redirected to unsafe site that belongs to malware creators. Besides, once browser redirect virus hijacks the system, it can also start showing you annoying pop-up ads during your browsing. In addition, it can easily start tracking your browsing habits and start collecting information, which is related to your browsing habits, such as your search terms, mostly visited websites, information that you add when visiting these websites, your computers’ IP addresses and locations. This information is considered as ‘personally non-identifiable’ but its loss can lead you to various issues, such as an increased amount of spam and similar problems. As we have already mentioned, such potentially unwanted and sometimes even dangerous programs are actively spreading around with a help of bundling.
Browser Redirect Virus Removal Guide
Remove browser redirect related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).
Go to the Start Menu. Select Control Panel → Add/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.
If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for Control Panelor you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control Panel from there. When the Add/Remove Programs or the ‘Uninstall a Program’ screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
- HD-Plus 3.5
- and any other recently installed application or unknown programs
Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you’re done, please close the Control Panel screen.
There may be PC users or Mac OS users whose computer is hijacked by a browser hijacker. In order to avoid such incidents, use reputed Anti-Virus and IT security solution providers like eScan and stay safe from all such attacks.