Redirect Removal Guide

Do you know what Redirect is? Redirect might not look like much of a security problem, but this phenomenon can lead to severe cyber threat issues. It is hard to categorize Redirect because it is actually associated with a browser extension. A browser extension you did not want to install can be called a potentially unwanted program. However, some security experts may want to label this intruder as a browser hijacker, too. Whichever it might be, the bottom line is that you need to remove Redirect and everything associated with it from your computer immediately.

According to the information collected by our research team, Redirect should be identical to Dilyme, which was a malicious Chrome extension. This allows us to assume that Redirect also comes with an extension that has been intended for the Chrome browser. It also means that if you use Firefox, Internet Explorer or Edge, you may not get affected by Redirect directly, but it does not mean the program cannot enter your system in general. These extensions have many ways to reach their potential targets, so even if you do not remember adding it to your browser directly, you could have downloaded it accidentally in some other way.

How do such potentially unwanted programs travel around? Browser extensions are often available at their official websites, and when plug-ins for Chrome can always be found in the Chrome Web Store. Also, sometimes you might encounter a pop-up that offers to add a new extension to your browser when you surf some commercial websites. In some cases, these pop-ups can be very annoying and intrusive. They may not allow you to close your browser unless you add this extension. Please note that you can always close your browser with the Alt+F4, or via Task Manager.

However, the most common freeware distribution method is via bundled downloads. It means that users download potentially unwanted programs very often when they look for new programs at file-sharing websites. The reason they end up installing more than one application is that the third-party installers bundle several applications together. If users go through the installation process automatically, they are bound to miss the steps that offer them to deselect the unnecessary programs. As a result, breezing through the installation results in adding Redirect, Dilyme, and other unwanted applications to your browser.

Perhaps the most annoying thing about such extensions is that they modify your browser settings without your permission. Or so, at least, it will look like it. Technically, when you allow this program to enter your system, you do agree with the modifications. Whether you read the notification about it is already a different question. But the point is that it is one of the reasons we cannot say that Redirect is a genuine malware infection. It is not a malicious program because does ask your permission to be installed (albeit indirectly). So even though it feels like the application is a browser hijacker, it is actually a lot closer to a potentially unwanted program.

So when Redirect affects your system, your default homepage and a search engine will be changed. The extension will tell you that it is done to provide you with some useful service, but that is often far from the truth. The reason browser extension changes your settings is that it needs to collect information on your web browsing habits. It is mostly done for online marketing purposes. The more it knows about you, the more content it can promote for you. But there is always a chance that you could get exposed to malicious websites that promote malware.

To put it simply, Redirect is a result of having potentially harmful applications on your system. To avoid these constant redirections and annoying pop-ups, you need to remove unwanted apps at once. Below you will find instructions on how to delete unwanted extensions from the Chrome browser.

When you are done with that, please be sure to scan your computer with the SpyHunter free scanner. If this extension came bundled with freeware, you are bound to have more unwanted apps that you have to remove. So the sooner you get rid of them, the better.

How to Remove Redirect

  1. Open your Chrome browser.
  2. Press Alt+F simultaneously.
  3. Select More tools on the drop-down menu.
  4. Click Extensions and remove the unwanted plug-ins.
  5. Restart your browser.

In non-techie terms: Redirect may look like a browser hijacker infection, but it is very likely that you have an unwanted extension added to your browser. If you do not want to remove this one extension, you can simply reset your browser’s settings to default, and then every single undesirable plug-in will disappear. For more information, please feel free to leave us a comment. Our team is always ready to assist, and your computer’s security should be one of your top priorities.