Msftconnecttest Redirect


Msftconnecttest is a browser hijacking application that actively forces web browsers to open different websites and redirects users’ searches to sponsored web pages. Msftconnecttest is not a virus but it can remove your homepage, place a new homepage address and install a new browser search engine without asking for your approval.

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The Msftconnecttest Virus will redirect your pages

Applications of the browser hijacker category can affect the operation of web browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Explorer and others and can be very frustrating because they won’t let you surf the Internet in peace and will constantly redirect you to different sites you don’t want to visit. In addition to that, such apps can shower your screen with hundreds of pop-up ads, banners, and promotional messages. The latter could lead to exposure to questionable online content and increase the risk of a close encounter with viruses like Trojans, Spyware or Ransomware infections that use malvertisements to get distributed across the web. That’s why, on this page, we will show you how to remove all the unwanted ads and uninstall the software that generates them.

The Msftconnecttest Redirect

If you have been worried about having the Msftconnecttest Redirect on your computer, know that this is not a virus infection but a browser hijacker that can redirect you to sponsored pages, fill your screen with intrusive ads and make unwanted changes to your browser. The main job of the Msftconnecttest Redirect is advertising-oriented. Its goal is to turn your browser into an ad platform and to make you click on the displayed ads and visit the sites that it promotes.

That’s why Msftconnecttest may install a new search engine that predominantly generates sponsored search results and replace your homepage URL with a particular web address so that every time you start your browser, you get redirected to the desired site. All the clicks and visits to the advertised pages typically generate revenue for the hijacker’s developers thanks to remuneration models like Pay-Per-Click and Pay-Per-View. That’s why they are more than interested that you keep their software on your computer for as long as possible.

The Msftconnecttest Virus

Nevertheless, apart from covering the screen with ads and modifying various components of the main web browser, there is little to no other functionality in virus apps like Msftconnecttest. Usually, they will just interrupt your web surfing sessions by trying to engage you with more advertisements without any real benefit for you. This is one of the main reasons why most people consider the Msftconnecttest Virus to be potentially unwanted and prefer to uninstall them from their system.

Another good reason is that its advertisements could link to all sorts of sites, including pages that are not safe at all. For instance, if you unintentionally click on a misleading or a fake pop-up or banner message, you may land on sites offering low-quality products, pages run by scammers or web locations where Ransomware, Trojans and other malware lurks. It is, therefore, highly recommended that any kind of browser hijacker should never be connected to your device. If you currently have Msftconnecttest in your system, the manual removal guide on this page will help you uninstall its components and reset your browser.


Name Msftconnecttest
Type Browser Redirect
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Browser Hijackers can easily be detected because they immediately reveal their presence by introducing changes to the main web browser.
Distribution Method Free software installers, torrents, web ads, automatic installation managers, spam messages, email attachments.
Detection Tool

Remove Msftconnecttest Redirect Virus

To try and remove Msftconnecttest quickly you can try this:

  1. Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
  2. Then click on the Extensions tab.
  3. Look for the Msftconnecttest extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove Msftconnecttest by clicking on the Thrash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of Msftconnecttest and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Msftconnecttest removal guide below.

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

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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).

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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. 

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    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.

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    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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    • 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.

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    Msftconnecttest Redirect  Remove Msftconnecttest from Internet Explorer:

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

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

    Msftconnecttest Redirect Remove Msftconnecttest from Firefox:

    Open Firefoxclick  Msftconnecttest Redirect  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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    Msftconnecttest RedirectRemove Msftconnecttest from Chrome:

    Close Chrome. Navigate to:

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

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    Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

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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!


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    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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