Dybdended Virus

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Dybdended

Dybdended is a browser hijacker programmed to promote advertising content on users’ screens during regular web browsing sessions. If not removed, Dybdended will spam every web page with sponsored pop-ups and will redirect users’ searches to pre-defined web locations.

Dybdended

If you found Dybdended on your computer and you’re not quite sure what this program is, how it works, and if it can cause any issues, then you’ve come to the right place. In this article, you will find the answers to all these questions and a good explanation of what a browser hijacker is capable of. Below we’ve also prepared some steps that can help you remove Dybdended and uninstall all the components related to it if you decide that you don’t want such software on your computer anymore. So let’s get to the point.

The Dybdended Virus

The most visible symptoms of having a browser hijacker like the Dybdended virus or Captcha Fair Top in your system include modifications of the browser’s homepage or the main search engine, as well as the installation of some new toolbars, redirect buttons and components that constantly display various ads, pop-ups, and banners during your web browsing sessions. Typically, the Dybdended virus integrate with popular web browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Safari and make them display specific sponsored web links and commercial messages the very moment they get started.

SUMMARY:

NameDybdended
TypeBrowser Hijacker
Danger LevelMedium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
SymptomsA browser hijacker may modify your web browser’s settings and expose you to hundreds of pop-up ads during your regular browsing sessions.
Distribution MethodDifferent free program bundles, torrents and free software installers may contain browser hijackers in their installation package.
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Please follow all the steps below in order to remove Dybdended!

How to remove Dybdended

  1. First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
  2. Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find Dybdended in the programs list that would show up.
  3. Select Dybdended from the list and click on Uninstall.
  4. Follow the steps in the removal wizard.

What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:

  • From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
  • Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to Dybdended.
  • If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to Dybdended.
  • If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.

Remove Dybdended from Chrome

  1. Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
  2. Go to more tools
  3. Now select extensions
  4. Remove the Dybdended extension
  • Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
  • Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to Dybdended and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
  • Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
  • Note that the App Data folder is normally hidden so you’d have to first make the hidden files and folders on your PC visible before you can access it.

How to get rid of Dybdended on FF/Edge/etc.

  1. Open the browser and select the menu icon.
  2. From the menu, click on the Add-ons button.
  3. Look for the Dybdended extension
  4. Get rid of Dybdended by removing it from extensions

If using Firefox:

  • Open Firefox
  • Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
  • Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
  • Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
  • Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.

If using MS Edge/IE:

  • Start Edge
  • Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
  • Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
  • Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
  • Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by “Dybdended” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.

How to Delete Dybdended

  1. Open task manager
  2. Look for the Dybdended process
  3. Select it and click on End task
  4. Open the file location to delete Dybdended
  • Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
  • Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
  • If you don’t see a “Dybdended” process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
  • Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
  • If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
  • Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
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    • If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
    • Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.

    How to Uninstall Dybdended

    1. Click on the home button
    2. Search for Startup Apps
    3. Look for Dybdended in there
    4. Uninstall Dybdended from Startup Apps by turning it off
    • Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any Dybdended-related entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat. 
    • Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found. 
    • After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to Dybdended in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory. 
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run/Random
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main/Random

    What is Dybdended?

    Since you are on this page, you may have experienced the annoying behavior described above and may have been concerned about the safety of your computer as you cannot find a way to remove these ads or uninstall the imposed browser changes. That’s why the first thing that may come to your mind is that you have been faced with some sort of a virus infection. Fortunately, we can calm you down by saying that Dybdended is not a virus, nor is it Ransomware (which, by the way, is now a very popular threat) and not even a Trojan horse or some other kind of malicious script. In fact, a browser hijacker is legal software that is developed to generate ads and bring revenue to its creators through something known as the Pay-Per-Click remuneration method. If we need to describe the level of danger that such software may expose you to, Dybdended is relatively harmless compared to the aforementioned Trojans and Ransomware, because it cannot cause significant software damage such as encrypting your files or stealing sensitive information.


    Is Dybdended dangerous?

    Yet, a browser hijacker may definitely be a source of irritation that needs to be uninstalled if you want to browse the web in peace. For instance, such software can run in the background, monitor your online activities and collect browsing-related information in an attempt to show you the most relevant ads. It can often fill your screen with pop-up notifications, pay-per-click ads, banners, and links that redirect you to sponsored web pages. In that context, when a program like works actively, it may control the web browser and may cause it to crash, freeze or become unresponsive to your search queries in favor of some third-party sponsored content. Many web users may see these practices as an invasion of their privacy and a source of serious frustration. That’s why they simply prefer to uninstall the browser hijacker and remove all of its ads and browser changes at once.

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    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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