What is redirect?

Albeit we use the keyword redirect, this program that we are going to discuss right now is not a so-called “redirect.” It is actually a genuine browser hijacker, and as such, it can expose you to a wide range of potential security threats. If you care about your system’s safety (and you most certainly do), please remove redirect from your computer immediately. You will find the manual removal instructions right below this description, and you should apply them at once. If something does not go according to the plan, you can always leave us a comment and our team will be ready to assist you.test

Where does redirect come from?

Although redirect looks like an extremely dangerous threat, it follows the usual browser hijacker distribution route. It means that it might come bundled with freeware or simply pop up into your screen via a third-party pop-up. This could mean that you have had adware or other unwanted applications installed on your computer prior to this browser hijacker’s appearance.

That is why it is very important that you check the third-party installers that you use to install new programs on your computer carefully. You have to realize that every single time you download programs from file-sharing sites, there is always a chance you might end up adding unwanted and unnecessary applications to your system. And some of those programs could eventually generate random pop-ups that will expose you to redirect.

The best way to avoid such applications is to refrain from downloading programs from third-party sources. If you feel that you must have a particular application, be sure to get it from its official homepage. Also, when you go through the installation, do not skip those steps. Unless it is the default EULA, you should check out the information presented carefully. More often than not, it is possible to deselect the unwanted applications during the installation.

What does redirect do?

Since this program is a browser hijacker, it will modify your browser’s settings without your permission. During our tests, we have found that this program usually changes the default search provider. After that, it starts collecting information on your web browsing habits so that it could display modified search results, related to your likes and preferences. Now, why would a program do that?

The answer is that the browser hijacker needs to make money for its creators. And this program does that by promoting third-party content that you may find interesting. If you click the links promoted by this program, you will help it make money for its developers. Unfortunately, you do not get anything in return for your work. On the contrary, you might get redirected to dangerous websites that could be associated with malware.

Here we have to say one important thing: browser hijackers are not inherently malicious. They are more annoying applications that simply interfere with your browsing experience. However, since they do not review the content they promote, there is always a possibility that the hijacker will be exploited by cyber criminals to promote their links. Now, the possibility of such resolution is very small, but it is still there, and you should not ignore it. Thus, before the situation falls out of hand, you should remove redirect from your computer.

How do I remove redirect?

Since the application is a mere browser hijacker, you should be able to revert the modifications it performed by simply changing the search provider within your browser’s settings. The instructions you will find below will describe manual removal via Program Files or Windows Registry. It is a little bit more complicated than dealing with the intruder via your browser’s settings, but when you terminate a program like that, the chances it will come back are slimmer.

Also, after manual removal, do not forget to run a full system scan with the SpyHunter free scanner because there might be many other unwanted programs installed on your computer. You have to make sure that your system is clean and safe before you go back to the usual working schedule.

For more information, please contact us by leaving a comment. We are always ready to discuss security issues with you.

Manual redirect Removal

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Win+R and the Run prompt will open.
  2. Type regedit into the Open box. Click OK.
  3. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
  4. On the right side, right-click the Start Page value.
  5. Select Modify and change your homepage address.
  6. Click OK and exit Registry Editor.


  1. Press Win+R and type %LocalAppData%. Click OK.
  2. Go to Google\Chrome\User Data\Default.
  3. Delete the Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data files.


  1. Press Win+R and type %AppData%. Click OK.
  2. Go to Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\[User ID].
  3. Use Notepad to open the prefs.js file.
  4. Delete the user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", ""); string.
  5. Save changes and close the file. 100% FREE spyware scan and
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