Mac Virus

Cloud1.pw Virus

Cloud1.pw

Cloud1.pw is a page-rerouting program designed to advertise specific websites and to redirect user searches to them. From a security point of view, Cloud1.pw is essentially a non-malicious browser hijacker, but its ability to display different sponsored domains, ads and pop-ups is seen as highly irritating.

Cloud1.pw

The Cloud1.pw will redirect your browser searches.

If you are reading this article, you must have already been greeted by the changes that Cloud1.pw has probably imposed on your Chrome, Firefox, Edge or Safari browser. As harmless as it is, this browser hijacker may have installed a new search engine without your approval and must have replaced the homepage URL with another one that automatically loads a different page than the one that you have set. On top of that, Cloud1.pw is probably the source of a never-ending stream of pop-up ads, banners and redirect messages that appear on every new tab that you open. Fortunately, in the removal guide that follows, we will show you how to safely remove those unwanted changes and ads by uninstalling their source.

The Cloud1.pw Virus

Typically, such software is not intended to do harm to the system it is hosted on, but it can cause numerous potentially unwanted and unauthorized changes that may affect the way it works. For instance, as we mentioned above, Cloud1.pw may replace the browser’s main search engine and alter the homepage domain so that every time you start a new browsing session, you get redirected to a specific sponsored website.

The term browser hijacker is becoming increasingly popular. It stands for all programs that typically generate unwanted or annoying advertisements during the regular web browsing that may come in different forms (pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, new browser tabs, colorful box messages, redirect links, etc.). In that sense, Cloud1.pw can be considered a browser hijacker, created to manipulate the settings of a given web browser in such a way that it starts to generate a wide range of advertisements, some of which can be very intrusive and irrelevant.

While it can be heavily criticized because of its aggressive and sometimes very questionable methods of operation, however, a browser hijacker such as Cloud1.pw should not be labeled as malware or a virus. This is because, contrary to popular malicious software (such as Ransomware, Trojans, Spyware, etc.), a browser hijacker does not corrupt personal data or take over your computer’s operations in any way. Thankfully, such software is not designed to perform criminal actions – it’s just for feeding your screen with different sponsored ads.

Despite not being as malicious as a Ransomware virus or a Trojan, a browser hijacker may still be regarded as suspicious, since it uses traffic data from the hijacked browser to determine your personal preferences in an attempt to display only relevant ads. In addition, some browser hijackers can sell your browsing data to third parties like, for example, other advertising platforms.

In most cases, however, the browser changes and the constant stream of redirect ads that the hijacker promotes are usually enough to irritate the end-users and to make them decide to uninstall the annoying software once and for all. Besides, lots of people fear the random redirects and the fact that they have no control over their web browser’s settings because sometimes, they may find themselves on pages full of sketchy-looking content. That’s why the usual choice is to remove programs like Cloud1.pw and to reset the main browser.

SUMMARY:

Name Cloud1.pw
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms The usual symptoms include ads all over the screen and an unstoppable page-redirect service to sites full of more aggressive ads.
Distribution Method Spam messages and click-bait may often contain free Browser Hijacker applications which users can get tricked to download.
Detection Tool

Cloud1.pw Virus Removal

Step1

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The first thing you need to do is to Quit Safari (if it is opened). If you have trouble closing it normally, you may need to Force Quit Safari:

You can choose the Apple menu and click on Force Quit.

Alternatively you can simultaneously press (the Command key situated next to the space bar), Option (the key right next to it) and Escape (the key located at the upper left corner of your keyboard).

If you have done it right a dialog box titled Force Quit Applications will open up.

In this new dialog window select Safari, then press the Force Quit button, then confirm with Force Quit again.

Close the dialog box/window.

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

Start Activity Monitor by opening up Finder, then proceed to activity-monitor

Once there, look at all the processes: if you believe any of them are hijacking your results, or are part of the problem, highlight the process with your mouse, then click the “i” button at the top. This will open up the following box:

chromeinfo

Now click on Sample at the bottom:

chromesample

Do this for all processes you believe are part of the threat, and run any suspicious files in our online virus scanner, then delete the malicious files:

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Step3

The next step is to safely launch Safari again. Press and hold the Shift key while relaunching Safari. This will prevent Safari’s previously opened pages from loading again. Once Safari is opened up, you can release the Shift key.

On the off chance that you are still having trouble with scripts interrupting the closing of unwanted pages in Safari, you may need to take some additional measures.

First, Force Quit Safari again.

Now if you are using a Wi-Fi connection turn it off by selecting Wi-Fi off in you Mac’s Menu. If you are using a cable internet (Ethernet connection), disconnect the Ethernet cable.

Step4

Re-Launch Safari but don’t forget to press and hold the Shift button while doing it, so no previous pages can be opened up. Now, Click on Preferences in the Safari menu,

Preferences in Safari

and then again on the Extensions tab,

extensions in safari

Select and Uninstall any extensions that you don’t recognize by clicking on the Uninstall button. If you are not sure and don’t want to take any risks you can safely uninstall all extensions, none are required for normal system operation.
Step5

The threat has likely infected all of your browsers. The instructions below need to be applied for all browsers you are using.

Again select Preferences in the Safari Menu, but this time click on the Privacy tab,
Privacy in Safari

Now click on Remove All Website Data, confirm with Remove Now. Keep in mind that after you do this all stored website data will be deleted. You will need to sign-in again for all websites that require any form of authentication.

Still in the Preferences menu, hit the General tab

General Tab in Safari

Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.
Default Home Page

Select the History menu this time, and click on Clear History. This way you will prevent accidentally opening a problematic web page again.

firefox-512 How to Remove Cloud1.pw From Firefox in OSX:

Open Firefoxclick on mozilla menu (top right) ——-> Add-onsHit Extensions next.

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The problem should be lurking somewhere around here –  Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.


chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundHow to Remove Cloud1.pw From Chrome in OSX:

 Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the malware and  select  chrome-trash-icon.

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 Click chrome menu icon again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines.  Delete everything but the search engines you normally use. After that Reset Your Chrome Settings.

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


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