How to remove

June 7, 2019

What is is a redirect virus that users can spot while using Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, or any other browser. While random encounters are possible, most users struggle with persistent unwanted activities related to the site – this is due to adware infection.

Adware is a type of potentially unwanted software that usually travels within applications bundles, and usually, users are not informed about such a distribution technique. For that reason, they often fail to spot potentially unwanted programs like that are hidden within shareware and freeware installers.

How to remove

Once inside, virus alters certain settings of the installed web browsers to insert pop-ups, deals, offers, banners, flashing windows, in-text links, and other ads into all websites that users visit. Besides being annoying, adware infection might also lead to scam or phishing websites that might trick users into buying useless software, disclosing personal information, or even installing malware on their devices.

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Initially, Akamaihd is a legitimate service created for websites developers to monetize on its traffic. Nevertheless, cybercriminals abuse this function to insert ads into legitimate sites with the help of adware. Therefore, to remove ads and redirect, you will have to get rid of a potentially unwanted application installed on your device.

The adware can be embedded into a browser plugin, optimization software, driver updater, or any other tools that might seem useful at first glance. Nevertheless, as soon as such application is installed, users notice frequent redirects to or other unsafe sites that might host malicious links or ads.

The phishing sites that users get redirected to from are usually those that promote survey or technical support scams. The latter variant claims that users’ Machines are infected with, prompting them to download scareware applications like Advanced Cleaner Pro, Mac Tweak, Driver Tonic, and many others.

Survey scams often promise users valuable gifts for free. The goal of the plot is to acquire users’ Credit card details and other sensitive data, while in other cases victims subscribe to unwanted services they do not need.

Regardless of which type of scam sites you encounter, they all rely on social engineering to work. Therefore, you should never believe these claims and simply close down the tab/browser. Instead, you should perform removal immediately.

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Therefore, there is no reason to suffer from redirects and secret information tracking anymore. Delete adware with the help of security software or make use of our manual removal instructions below. Once you uninstall the PUP, scan your device with for best results.

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Users are usually unaware of where the potentially unwanted programs come from, as they do not recall installing them intentionally. This is because the software bundling delivery method is used – it is a deceptive marketing campaign that allows freeware and shareware authors to insert optional components into the installers.

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Therefore, once you download a new program from the internet and launch the installation wizard, you should pay more attention to the process. Be aware that free software authors often use tricks like grayed out buttons and their deceptive placement, pre-ticked boxes, etc. Thus, do not skip steps, check if the important documents like Terms of Service and Privacy Policy are present and, most importantly, pick Advanced/Custom settings when prompted, as optional components are hidden inside in most cases.

How to delete removal can be performed either with the help of security software or our instructions below. Both methods are viable, although the latter might be a bit too complicated for novice computer users. If you want to remove manually, scroll down to find our guide below, and follow each step carefully.

Nevertheless, the best way to terminate virus is to scan the device with security software that specializes in PUPs. After that, you should also reset each of the installed browsers on your device to ensure that the potentially unwanted program leaves no malicious components.

Stage 1: Delete Browser Extension

First of all, we would recommend that you check your browser extensions and remove any that are linked to A lot of adware and other unwanted programs use browser extensions in order to hijacker internet applications.

Remove Extension from Google Chrome

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address bar, type: chrome://extensions/ and press Enter.
  3. Look for or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Uninstall Extension from Firefox

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox.
  2. In the address bar, type: about:addons and press Enter.
  3. From the menu on the left, choose Extensions.
  4. Look for or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Delete Extension from Safari

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Select Preferences from the list.
  4. Choose the Extensions tab.
  5. Look for or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Uninstall’.
  6. Additionally, open Safari Settings again and choose Downloads.
  7. If appears on the list, select it and press ‘Clear’.

Remove Add-ons from Internet Explorer

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the menu at the top, select Tools and then press Manage add-ons.
  3. Look for or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.
  4. Reopen Internet Explorer.In the unlikely scenario that is still on your browser, follow the additional instructions below.
  5. Press Windows Key + R, type appwiz.cpl and press Enter
  6. The Program and Features window will open where you should be able to find the program.
  7. Select or any other recently installed unwanted entry and press ‘Uninstall/Change’.

Alternative method to clear the browser from

There may be cases when adware or PUPs cannot be removed by simply deleting extensions or codes. In those situations, it is necessary to reset the browser to default configuration. In you notice that even after getting rid of weird extensions the infection is still present, follow the below instructions.

Use Chrome Clean Up Tool to Delete

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address box, type: chrome://settings/ and press Enter.
  3. Expand Advanced settings, which you can find by scrolling down.
  4. Scroll down until you see Reset and Cleanup.
  5. Press on Clean up computer. Then press Find.

This Google Chrome feature is supposed to clear the computer of any harmful software. If it does not detect, go back to the Clean up computer and reset settings.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

If you still find in your Mozilla Firefox browser, you should be able to get rid of it by restoring your Firefox settings to default. While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox
  2. Into the address box, type: about:support and press Enter.
  3. You will be redirected to a Troubleshooting Information page.
  4. From the menu on the right side, select Refresh Firefox.
  5. Confirm your choice by clicking Refresh Firefox in the new window.
  6. Your browser will close automatically in order to successfully restore the settings.
  7. Press Finish.

Reset Safari Browser to Normal Settings

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Press Reset Safari.
  4. A new window will appear. Select the boxes of what you want to reset or use the screenshot below to guide you. Once you have selected everything, press ‘Reset’.
  5. Restart Safari.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the top menu, press on Tools and then Internet Options.
  3. In the new window that opens, choose the Advanced tab.
  4. At the bottom of the window, below Reset Internet settings, there will be a ‘Reset’ button. Press that.

While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

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