Remove redirect

Remove redirect is a site associated with a browser hijacker. If your browser suddenly redirects you to every time you open your browser, your computer is likely infected with a browser hijacker. It’s not a serious infection, but it is very annoying because it makes unwanted changes to browser settings.



Browser hijackers are very obvious infections because they make changes to a browser’s settings. Specifically, hijackers change the homepage/new tabs, and search engine. This particular hijacker sets as the default search engine. This means that all your searches will go through this search engine. Hijackers can affect all popular browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, etc. The changes are also irreversible while the hijacker is installed because it will just keep canceling out all the changes you make. So until you remove browser hijacker, you’re stuck with the changes.

Browser hijackers are generally not dangerous infections and they do not directly harm the computer. However, they can redirect to dangerous websites. The whole purpose of a hijacker is to expose users to sponsored content and redirect users to certain websites to generate revenue. They do that by pushing users to use questionable search engines that insert sponsored results among legitimate ones. These results are usually quite obvious because they’re only very loosely related to the search queries. It’s not recommended to interact with them because you could be redirected to sites that promote scams or conceal malware infections. Those results will be useless to you anyway so there’s no reason to interact with them.

In addition to redirecting users to questionable sites, browser hijackers also have intrusive data collection practices. The hijacker may track what sites you visit, what you search for, your IP address, etc. This information could also be shared with third parties. There’s no reason to put up with this type of intrusive data collecting, especially because the hijacker has no redeeming qualities and is completely useless.

Because browser hijackers are not serious infections, they can be removed both manually and using anti-virus programs. Using an anti-virus program like WiperSoft to remove browser hijacker would be easier because the program would take care of everything. Hijackers can be pretty persistent infections so using an anti-virus program is recommended.

How did a browser hijacker install on my computer?

Minor infections like adware, browser hijackers, and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) are often attached to free software as extra offers. This is known as the software bundling method. It’s a controversial installation method because it essentially allows unwanted programs to install without explicit permission. When something is added to a program as an extra offer, said offer is set to install alongside automatically. The offers are technically optional but users need to manually deselect them to prevent them from installing. However, the offers are hidden in settings users don’t normally use, which means they often go unnoticed.

If you want to prevent unwanted installations, you just need to pay attention when installing programs. During installation, choose Advanced or Custom settings instead of Default. The installation window recommends using Default settings but if you do that, all added offers will be hidden and permitted to install alongside. If you opt for Advanced (Custom) settings, all added offers will be made visible and you will be given the option to deselect all of them. You simply need to uncheck the boxes. Most free programs you download from non-official websites will have something attached to them. Unless you want to fill your computer with junk programs, always deselect all offers. They are much easier to deselect than to remove once fully installed.

You may also encounter the hijacker pushing the search engine being promoted as a legitimate browser extension. Such extensions are promoted as tools that will supposedly improve the browsing experience. If you frequently install free programs, always research them before installing them to avoid accidentally installing some kind of infection. A simple search with Google is often enough as the first results will reveal whether a program is safe or not.

How to remove redirect

As we said already, you can remove browser hijacker both manually and using anti-virus software. To save yourself some time and effort, use an anti-virus program like WiperSoft. Once the hijacker has been removed, you will be able to change your browser’s settings like normal.

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