About the Redrelaxfollow.com Virus
The most likely reason you’ve ended up on this page is because of recent “infection” with one of the newest representatives of the browser hijacker category – an invasive and potentially unwanted software app called Redrelaxfollow.com. If you have already met with this application, then you are probably familiar with all the typical symptoms which it triggers. Your browser (could be Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, Opera or any other) typically starts to operate strangely the very moment Redrelaxfollow.com gets integrated with it. It usually starts filling your screen with hundreds of different ads, pop-ups, banners, and links that page-redirect you to various random websites, sales platforms and sponsored pages. In addition to that, the browser hijacker may introduce changes to the search engine tool that’s set as default in your browser or maybe add a new homepage as a replacement for your previous one. What causes even more irritation and disturbance is the fact that no matter how many times you may try to uninstall the imposed changes or remove the ads that pop-up on your screen, they may simply appear again and again the very next time you start your browser. Such behavior is seen as unacceptable by many and some users who encounter an application like Redrelaxfollow.com, www1.ecleneue.com, Site-great.xyz for the first time may even mistake the above-described activity for the result of an infection with some kind of a malicious program (such as a Ransomware or a Trojan Horse) or a virus. In the event that you have such suspicions, you may find it relieving to learn that Redrelaxfollow.com is neither a virus nor some other program created with criminal intentions. However, there are some good reasons why it would be desirable to remove the browser hijacker from your system as soon as possible. We will describe them below and will provide you with detailed instructions that will show you how to uninstall the annoying application all by yourself.
How Redrelaxfollow.com works, and why it is undesirable?
Redrelaxfollow.com is an application from the browser hijacker category and this means it serves the online marketing industry by promoting a variety of different kinds of products and services on the users’ screen. The application is basically acting as a kind of intermediary between its developers and the manufacturers and/or distributors of all the advertised goods and services. The former usually get rewarded on a pay-per-click basis for displaying the advertisement messages of the latter and this is how both parties make profits and achieve their goals. The more the users that click on all the endless banners, pop-up windows, hyperlinks, etc., the greater the profit for the creators of the hijacker. Therefore, they have a motive to aggressively promote everything on your screen and sometimes may employ some rather intrusive methods such as automatic page-redirects, changes in the browser’s settings and modifications in the search results which, in turn, may lead to exposure to security hazards. For instance, if you let Redrelaxfollow.com redirect you to random sponsored ads and don’t uninstall it on time, you may eventually come across real viruses or fake and misleading links, which could be transmitters of Ransomware, Spyware and other nasty infections.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||This program may display various ads and may redirect you to sponsored web locations.|
|Distribution Method||Most commonly the browser hijackers get distributed via program bundling, free installers, torrents, ads, and spam.|
Remove Redrelaxfollow.com Virus
The following guide is only for windows users, it will help our readers get rid of the unpleasant Redrelaxfollow.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 Redrelaxfollow.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 Redrelaxfollow.com From Windows
Step 1: Checking the Task Manager
Before we start deleting files related to Redrelaxfollow.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 Redrelaxfollow.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 Redrelaxfollow.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 Redrelaxfollow.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 Redrelaxfollow.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 Redrelaxfollow.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 Redrelaxfollow.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 Redrelaxfollow.com and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Redrelaxfollow.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.