Why your web browser redirects to an unwanted web page and how to prevent it from doing so. Here’s how to remove a web browser redirect virus.
If you’ve ever found your web browser’s homepage by inexplicably changing to a search page you’ve never heard (or even Google.com), or if you notice that the default search engine in your browser’s search bar has changed, I could say that he has been the victim of a browser redirection virus. However, there is not a single ‘Browser Redirection Virus’. Rather, the term covers a large amount of software that hijacks and redirects your browser to a different page than the one you were trying to reach.
You can call it a virus, but others can call it unwanted software or a browser hijacker. However, we are not here to discuss this: we want to help you clean your browser and restore order.
Why are there browser redirect virus?
Like all malicious programs, the answer is cash. The people who propose such unwanted software do so to generate revenue through the search of Google or another search engine of third parties. Every time you search through Google ads they appear. Therefore, each search generates money for someone.
Websites can use Google Custom Search to improve the search experience on their pages and generate a bit of additional revenue. Therefore, when you search for a site that you like and see Google ads on the results page, it is likely that you are using Google Custom Search.
At the simplest level, the browser redirecting ‘malware’ uses this functionality to take it to a personalized search page and then generate small amounts of money every time you use that page to search and deliver ads. Those annoying search toolbars similar to viruses and pages like Delta and Babylon take this a step further, build the legitimate functions of the search engine in their own “search engines”, and deliver the ads they sell themselves. These tend not to be high-class ads for high-class products.
To force you to use your search services as often as possible, the many variants of the redirect virus can change the home pages of your browsers. They will get into the default search engines, managed and provided. You may even find that your computer’s browser shortcuts and Windows hosts files are modified without your conscious permission, although you may have inadvertently clicked on an EULA (End User License Agreement) when you try to install what It seemed to be a legitimate and useful unrelated software.
It is not a good idea to have software on your PC or laptop doing things you do not know. And it can be worse than just irritating. They may be collecting their passwords, account names and private addresses. And you do not know what you enter when you click on any link in an infected site.
How to get rid of redirect virus
As with the removal of unwanted browser toolbars, there are several things you can do, and we recommend you try them all. Follow them in the order we have established: if you only do one thing, it should be a virus scan, because you should isolate any additional infection. But to properly resolve the annoying symptoms that led to this page, you should at least change the settings of your browser and remove the toolbars and unwanted extensions.
1. Scan and remove the malware
Let’s assume you have an updated antivirus. If you do not, get it. Now. Read our Best security software guide and install the tool that you like the most.
Once you are sure that you have the correct software installed and have used it to search for malware and have removed everything you have found, you must perform a second sweep. This is not as simple as installing a second antivirus or security suite. These programs are not designed to work together and often mistakenly identify other security software as malware. Instead, we would use Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware Free, which is free software dedicated to running as a second virus scan. Install and run Malwarebytes to make sure that the infection is removed.
2. Remove browser add-ons, extensions and toolbars
In Google Chrome, click on the three vertical points near the top right corner, then choose More Tools … and then Extensions (you can also type chrome: // extensions in the address bar). Click on ‘DELETE’ below the extensions you want to undo
Chrome also has a built-in ‘cleanup tool’ that you will find by clicking on those three vertical points and selecting Settings. Scroll down to where it says Advanced and click on it. Now scroll to the bottom and click on ‘Clean Computer’ and click on ‘FIND’ next to Search and remove harmful software.
In Firefox, click on the three horizontal bars near the top right corner and choose Add-ons, or press Ctrl-Shift-A. Now click Extensions in the menu on the left and click Delete next to the ones you want to delete.
In Microsoft Edge, click on the three horizontal dots (top right) and choose Extensions from the menu. Scroll to the one you want to delete, click on the cog icon and then click on the Uninstall button.
3. Change your start page(s)
If the virus has changed the home page of your web browser, you must change it manually. That is how:
In Google Chrome, click on the icon in the upper right corner of the screen (there are three vertical dots). Go to Settings, and then scroll down to ‘On start-up’ and make sure ‘Open a set of specific pages’ is enabled. Then click on ‘Add a new page’ and type https://legcd.net (or somewhere below, if necessary).
In Firefox, click on the hamburger menu (three horizontal lines, top right). Choose Options Then, make sure that, next to ‘When Firefox starts:’ the selected option is ‘Show your home page’. Then, in the ‘Homepage’ field: then insert https://www.legcd.net or the site you want to be your homepage.
If you use Internet Explorer, go to Tools, Internet Options. Now type or paste your address in the field of your home page and click OK.
4. Change the default browser and remove unwanted search engines
Click on the three vertical points (as in the previous section) and scroll down to Search Engine. Simply use the drop-down menu to choose a search engine.
Open the menu (the three horizontal lines) and choose Options. Click on Search in the menu on the left and use the drop-down menu below the default search engine to choose the one you want.
Microsoft does not want it to use anything other than its search engine, Bing, so it’s hard to change it.
First, go to the search engine website you want and then click on the three horizontal points, choose Settings and then View advanced settings. Scroll to Privacy and services and click Change search engine. You should see the name of the search engine you visited, as long as it is compatible with the ‘OpenSearch’ standard.
5. Optional: repair browser settings
Your web browsers should now be shiny again, but let’s take a belt and clamp approach and make sure. Install the free utility CCleaner. Now go to Cleaner, Windows / Applications. Click on Analyze, and when the analysis is complete, click on the Run Cleaner button.
Go to Tools, Start and search through each tab. Click Disable and Remove for any entry that includes ‘search’ in the title or file name.
6. Optional: repair the Windows host file, reset the proxy settings
For almost everyone, the redirect virus will now be a thing of the past. But if you want to be sure it is clear, we recommend you perform the following tasks.
First, repair the Windows hosts file. If you do not know what you are doing here, this may be something better for the experts. But as we will explain, you can open Notepad with administrator privileges, by right-clicking on Notepad in the Start menu and clicking Run as administrator. Now open the Hosts file, you will find it here: C: \ Windows \ System32 \ drivers \ etc. \ hosts.
Before doing anything, copy the entire file and paste it into another text document that you save on your desktop, with the same name as the Hosts file. If the changes cause something to go wrong, you can replace the Hosts file with this document.
Remove any entry that looks like this: ‘000.00.00.00 botcrawl.com’ or ‘000.00.00.00 google.com’. They will appear as additions at the bottom of the file. Resave the Hosts file.
Finally, let’s review the proxy settings of each browser so that the Google redirect virus definitely can not hijack your browser.
To do so with IE, start Internet Explorer and go to Tools, Internet Options. Click on the Connections tab, select Local Area Network (LAN) Configuration and deselect everything, Resign OK. (If you’re at work, it’s something you should ask for help from the network administrator.) In Chrome, as before, go to Google Chrome Options. Scroll down to the System section and click Open proxy settings. The same window will appear for Internet Explorer, do the same as indicated above: uncheck ‘Use a proxy server for your LAN’ and click OK. In Firefox, click on the hamburger menu and go to Options. Scroll to Network Proxy and select No proxy and click Settings … Choose No proxy and then click OK. (Again, if you are at work, it is something you should ask for help from the network administrator.