redirect Removal Guide

Do you know what redirect is?

It is possible that you experience an increased number of seemingly random websites appearing in your browser for which redirect could be responsible. Our researchers have found that this adware server can redirect you to possibly unreliable third-party websites and thus expose you to potentially harmful web content. In other words, finding your browsers affected by this adware server means a system security risk. Since these redirections could be the work of malware infections and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) hiding on your system, you could be facing multiple virtual security threats indeed. In other words, these questionable redirections could be only the tip of the iceberg. If you do not wish to make your computer more vulnerable or, in fact, you want to make it more secure, we recommend that you remove redirect from your system.

Basically, there are two main ways for you to end up on a potentially harmful website promoted by this adware server. First, you can simply click on unsafe content while browsing the web, such as a link or a third-party advertisement on a shady website. You always need to be extra careful whenever you land on a suspicious page because one click on the wrong content could cause serious security issues for you. Sometimes it is enough to click into an input field, for example, to give it focus and this could trigger malicious Javascript code to open a new tab with a harmful page or drop an infection behind your back. The most questionable pages you should avoid are suspicious gaming, betting, dating, torrent, freeware, and porn sites. These are also the ones that are most likely to promote unsafe third-party advertisements that can drop bundles of malware threats. In any case, even if you do not think that your computer is infected and you simply got redirected by clicking on a link, we still recommend that you scan your system with a free online scanner that you can trust. But before you do so, we advise you to delete redirect.

Second, it is quite possible that your system was formerly infected with malware or PUPs and one of these programs is responsible for the questionable redirection to this adware server. Such infections usually travel in bundles, packed together. You may download such a malicious software package again, when your computer is infected with, for example, an adware program, when you try to download free software off of questionable file-sharing pages, or when you click on unreliable third-party ads on shady websites we have mentioned before. A bundle can easily contain a number of PUPs, adware programs, browser hijackers, fake alerts, Trojans, and more. Obviously, installing such a software package could seriously increase the vulnerability of your system security. This is why we emphasize the need for a deep malware scan on your PC after you delete redirect.

You may not consider random websites popping up in your browsers a dangerous threat. However, these pages are more than just simply annoying and distracting. This adware server is known to redirect it victims to all kinds of questionable online gaming, gambling, and software download pages, thus making money through driving web traffic to affiliated websites. But, the reliability of these third parties cannot be guaranteed, of course. This is how it is possible that you may find yourself on websites run by cyber criminals. The problem is that some malicious pages are rather tricky and misleading when it comes to fishing for victims. For example, a fake pop-up window may come up and block your view of the site and it could have two close buttons; one fake, obviously. If you click on the fake one, you could open other malicious pages on new tabs or drop infections onto your machine. It is always risky to end up on malicious pages because these are often well-disguised as online shops or other authentic-looking pages. However, if you believe that you are in a webshop, you may want to take the opportunity to buy some products at surprisingly low prices. The problem is that once you enter your banking details, you may share these with cyber crooks who will be more than happy to transfer all your money to their account or use it otherwise like buying a lot of expensive items for themselves. No wonder why we recommend that you remove redirect and all possibly related infections from your system.

We have included the necessary instructions for you below this article. Although you may be able to delete most of the potentially harmful programs by resetting your browsers and uninstalling them from the list of installed programs in Control Panel, we believe that this may not be enough if you are not an expert user. In order to make sure that there is not even one single threat source on your computer and it stays that way, we suggest that you install a proper anti-malware program, such as SpyHunter. If you still have problems with the removal of redirect, please let us know by leaving a message below.

Reset your browsers

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Alt+H and navigate to Troubleshooting information.
  2. Press Refresh Firefox.
  3. Press Refresh Firefox again in the confirmation window.

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+T and go to Internet Options.
  2. On the Advanced tab, click Reset.
  3. Select Delete personal settings.
  4. Click Reset and then, press Close.

Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F and select Settings.
  2. Scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and click Reset.
  4. Press Reset in the confirmation window.

Remove redirect from Windows

Windows XP

  1. Press Start and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Select the uninstaller and press Remove.

Windows Vista and Windows 7

  1. Open the Start menu and go to Control Panel.
  2. Pick Uninstall a program.
  3. Select the uninstaller and press Uninstall.

Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10

  1. Press Win+X and choose Programs and Features.
  2. Select the uninstaller and press Uninstall.

In non-techie terms: redirect is an adware server that can be a rather annoying phenomenon while browsing the net but that is not the worst that can actually happen. Unfortunately, the redirections this adware server is capable of may take you to potentially unreliable gaming, gambling, and software download promoting websites that could pose a threat to your system security. You can be redirected to this server by clicking on corrupt links or third-party ads when surfing the web or when your PC is infected with potentially unwanted programs, adware programs, or any other threat that is capable of redirections. If you do not wish to end up with more malware infections or being scammed by crooks, we recommend that you remove redirect by eliminating the related threat as well as all other potentially harmful and malicious programs. For the best possible security level, we advise you to install a reliable anti-malware application.