Deceptive Site Ahead “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) May 2018 Update

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This page aims to help you remove Deceptive Site Ahead. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

In the passages we are presenting below our experts have discussed an awfully annoying program with the name Deceptive Site Ahead in detail. The infection inflicted by this standard browser hijacker could result in the complete modification of all your browsers’ appearances and the ways in which they act. Among the probable effects of this program could be:

  1. some forms of unauthorized redirecting to different websites;
  2. a kind of intensive production of pop-ups and other online ads; no matter which of your installed browsers you are using, this program could infect Chrome, Firefox, Opera or Explorer (and all the other less popular and used versions).
  3. the substitution of your browser homepages and/or default search engines with some absolutely unfamiliar ones and perhaps less functional, ones.

More info about this kind of software – the hijackers in general is available in the following lines.

Deceptive Site Ahead Warning

Browser Hijackers and all you need to know about their nature:

When thoroughly discussing browser hijackers, it is essential to point out that these programs may merely affect your browser apps. Moreover, they do not really resemble any popular kind of malware in any way. Normally, their usual way of behaving has to do with advertising. Therefore, we can always logically deduce that this fact might be the explanation for all the changes a hijacker could result in. It is simple indeed: the creators of these programs have signed various contracts, offering them substantial payment provided that the advertising of particular web pages, search engines, homepages, products or services occurs with the help of their software.

What distinguishes Deceptive Site Ahead from the Trojan and Ransomware-based viruses in examples:

The standard malware versions (such as the programs created on the basis of Trojans or Ransomware) can and do perform many very harmful activities immediately after they have infected your device. An example is the fact that the Ransomware viruses can encrypt the most regularly accessed data of yours; and the Trojans can delete files or format all your disks and drives.

In case you need to remove the current infection caused by Deceptive Site Ahead, simply stick to the instructions inside our Removal Guide.

Deceptive Site Ahead “Virus” Removal

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

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Step5

  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Deceptive Site Ahead from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Deceptive Site Ahead from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Deceptive Site Ahead from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

WARNING!
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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

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!

Fortunately, nothing like that could be expected from a version of a hijacker such as Deceptive Site Ahead. What such a program may do, for example, is to research your latest browsing requests. This happens for the purpose of adjusting the production of ads to your individual interests. Really, such activity may be regarded a little more intrusive than what we consider normal. Despite that, this research of your references might surprisingly be useful to you. If Deceptive Site Ahead is able to and really does generate various ads, related to your recent interests, you could learn about the best deals on certain products and services you may need. Nonetheless, most users see such actions as too intrusive. Hence, Deceptive Site Ahead and the programs similar to it have earned the reputation of potentially unwanted software.

How you may end up infected by hijackers such as Deceptive Site Ahead:

In most of the cases hijackers come from program bundles. Let us inform you now what the term ‘bundle‘ really means. Briefly speaking, it’s a number of various programs mixed and spread together as a package. Any bundle could include games, apps, Adware-like products, browser hijackers or other types of software. Simply ensure that you keep this fact in mind: the act of downloading such a free software bundle is not what may really cause an infection. In fact, the actual reason for more than 80% of all contaminations that have ever happened is improperly installing a bundle.

Which installation features are good? Which ones are considered bad?

As soon as the installer is displayed, you are presented with the available options. From all the shown ones, seek the Advanced or the Customized one. Always choose only one of these two. Stick to its instructions as closely as possible in order to complete the installation process safely and properly. Don’t forget that only one of the features above is going to let you select what exactly to install on your PC from a particular bundle. Just to compare: the features such as the Brief; the Default; the Automatic; the Quick ones are always to be avoided as they feature an installation process which is not under your control!

Some general prevention-oriented tips:

Beside the already discussed right manner of installing any piece of software you want to use, bearing in mind the steps below may considerably lower the risks of getting infected by a hijacker such as Deceptive Site Ahead in the future:

    • Avoid all the other potential hijacker sources: torrents; shareware and spam. Furthermore, stay as away as practically possible from any add-ons, and never enable any suspicious browser extensions.
    • Your OS needs to be updated on a daily basis.

SUMMARY:

Name Deceptive Site Ahead
Type Adware/Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Redirection, ad production and new search engines/ homepages might result from its presence on your PC.
Distribution Method Via bundles, shareware, torrents, infected platforms and spam.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.