About the Newsredir.com Virus
The browser hijacker applications are oftentimes seen as harmful programs and even likened to viruses and Ransomware. However, they are far less problematic than actual computer malware. Still, a hijacker can be quite irritating and may still decrease the safety levels of your computer by making changes in your browser. Those browser change are, in fact, the main problem that most users have with the browser hijacker apps. Normally, a browser hijacker would be sued by its creators to promote some website, a search engine, or some software product. For example, many users with a hijacker in their browsers have reported that their homepage has gotten changed to Newsredir.com. Sudden page-redirects to the Newsredir.com page are also a possibility if you have the same hijacker, which is responsible for the promotion of this page. Usually, the hijacker do not discriminate between the different browsers and can affect Chrome Firefox, Safari, Edge, Opera, and most other browsers that people use. Though not harmful in and of itself, the presence of a hijacker inside the browser can lead to the potential exposure of your computer to different threats from the Internet – Ransomware, Spyware, Viruses, Trojans, and the like. Also, even if this doesn’t happen to your system, you will still probably find the presence of the hijacker annoying and unpleasant and would want to remove the Newsredir.com homepage and the other potential changes that may have been made to your browser. The good news is that, with the help of the instructions offered below this article and/or the recommended removal tool that can be found linked there, all of the readers of this post who have the Newsredir.com page added to their browser should be able to remove it and uninstall the hijacker that is behind all this.
Why do so many users get hijackers in their browsers?
The main reason why browser hijackers like the one that promotes Newsredir.com are some widespread and why so many people have them in their browsers is because of those users’ lack of attention and overall carelessness. You see, a hijacker such as www1.ecleneue.com or R.eaburl.com isn’t really a virus program, and because of this it normally gets distributed through legal channels of distribution. One frequently used way of spreading hijackers that many users fall for is the file-bundling. With this method, the unwanted app gets bundled with some other software – normally a free or a cheap program that many users are likely to install. There, in the installer, the hijacker is presented as some bonus app and its installation is automatically enabled if the Default setup configuration is used. Since most people go for the Default install, if there is a hijacker in the installation wizard, that hijacker would get installed in the computer. This is why it is advisable to go for the Custom installation and to manually leave out anything optional that you think you may not need or want inside your system. This is a very important and easy to apply time that can save you a lot of time trying to uninstall annoying apps, such as the one that promotes Newsredir.com, in the future.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||The main symptoms are unwanted changes in the homepage and the search engine of your main browser.|
|Distribution Method||The file-bundling method is what allows most of the hijackers to get inside the users’ computers.|
Newsredir.com Virus Removal
The following guide is only for windows users, it will help our readers get rid of the unpleasant Newsredir.com software. Follow the instructions and complete each step for best results. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them using our comment section down below.
Preparation: Entering Safe Mode and Revealing Hidden Files and Folders
Before you proceed with the actual removal instructions, you will need to take two extra steps in order to ensure that the guide has maximum effect.
For best results, we advise our readers to boot into Safe Mode prior to attempting to remove Newsredir.com. If you do not know how to do that, here is a separate How to Enter Safe Mode guide.
Also, in order to be able to see any potentially undesirable files, you should reveal any hidden files and folders on your PC – here is how to do that.
Removing Newsredir.com From Windows
Step 1: Checking the Task Manager
Before we start deleting files related to Newsredir.com we want to make sure that all services related to the viruses are killed before we proceed.
Open your Task Manager by using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys and go to the Processes tab. Look for any suspicious processes. For example, any unfamiliar process that uses high amounts of RAM and/or CPU. If you aren’t sure if a certain process comes from malware, tell us in the comments.
Right-click on any process that you consider shady and select Open File Location. Delete anything from the file location of the process.
Step 2: Disabling Startup programs
Use the Winkey + R keyboard combination to open the Run search bar and type msconfig. Hit Enter and in the newly opened window, go to the Startup tab. There, look for suspicious entries with unknown manufacturer or ones that have the name Newsredir.com on them. Right-click on those, and select disable.
Step 3: Uninstalling unwanted programs
Go to Start Menu > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program. Click on Installed On to sort the entries by date from most recent to oldest and look through the programs that come at the top of the list. Right-click on any entries that appear shady and unwanted and then select Uninstall to remove them from your PC. If you see the name Newsredir.com in the list of programs, be sure to remove the software without hesitation.
Step 4: Checking for shady IP’s
Open your Start Menu and copy-paste notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts in the search bar. In the notepad file, look below Localhost and see if there are any IP addresses there. If there are some, send them to us in the comments and we will tell you if you should take any action. [add_forth_banner]
Step 5: Cleaning-up the browsers
You will also have to uninstall any undesirable browser extensions from your browser programs. Here’s how to do that for some of the more popular browsers:
Getting rid of Newsredir.com from Chrome
Open Chrome and open its main menu. Go to More Tools > Extensions. Look through the list of extensions and uninstall any that you think could be suspicious. To remove them – click on the trash can icon next to each extension.
You can also use a specialized Chrome CleanUp tool if you cannot manually remove a certain extension. Here is an article where you can learn more about the CleanUp tool.
Removing Newsredir.com From Firefox
Open Firefox and go to its Menu. Select the Add-ons button.From the left panel, select Extensions and take a look at the different entries. Remove any of the that might be unwanted.
Removing Newsredir.com From Windows Internet Explorer
Once you open your IE browser, click on the Tools button at the top-right corner of the program and from the drop-down menu select Manage Add-ons. Check each one of the four different groups of add-ons and search for anything that seems undesirable. If you find anything, click on it and them select Remove.
Removing Newsredir.com From Windows Edge
Open the main menu of Microsoft Edge and go to Extensions. Find the extensions that you believe could be unwanted and right-click on them. Then, select Uninstall.
Step 6: Checking the Registry Editor
Open the Run search bar again and type regedit in it. Hit Enter and once the Registry Editor opens press Ctrl + F. In the search field type Newsredir.com and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Newsredir.com in your PC’s Registry.
Step 7: Deleting recent entries
For this step, you will have to open your Start Menu and copy-paste the following lines, one by one:
Hit Enter after each one to open a file directory. In the directories, delete the most recent entries that you find there. In the Temp folder, delete all files.
Step 8: System Restore
In order to be fully sure that the unwanted software has been removed from your machine, you can also try using a Restore Point to roll back your system its last stable configuration. However, in order to do that, you would have to previously had had a restore point created. On most systems, such points get created automatically but this isn’t always the case.
- If you want to learn how to configure System Restore and how to manually create Restore Points, follow this link.
- Open your Start Menu and type System Restore.
- Click on the first result – a setup wizard should open.
- Read the brief description of the process and select Next.
- Now, choose a restore from the presented list. You can also check the Show more restore points option in order to reveal any other restore points that might be saved on your PC.
- Click on Scan for affected programs to see what programs will get deleted or restored after you use the Restore Point. (optional)
- Click on next and take and then select Finish.
- A warning window will appear telling you that once the process starts, it shouldn’t be interrupted. Select Yes and be patient as this might take some time. Do not do anything on your PC throughout the duration of the process.
Step 9: Windows Refresh/Reset
Use this method only if nothing else has worked so far as it is a last resort option. If you do not know how to do it, this separate guide will give you the information that you need.