R.dlx.addthis.com “Virus” Removal (Chrome/Safari/FF/IE)

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This page aims to help you remove R.dlx.addthis.com “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Safari, Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows and Mac.

In the text that you will find below, we are going to talk about a browser hijacking program called R.dlx.addthis.com. This program is an ad-generating piece of software, which tries to promote certain sites and ads by imposing changes to the homepage or the search engine of your default browser. Here are the most common symptoms, which may indicate the presence of the software on your computer:

  • When you open your browser, most of your searches get redirected to different web locations;
  • Replacement of your homepage or default search engines may take place without your approval;
  • You may experience significant sluggishness and unresponsiveness when you try to browse the web.
  • New toolbars, add-ons or tabs may appear on your browser’ taskbar menu.
  • Hundreds of ads, banners and pop-ups may frequently appear on your screen and interrupt your browsing.

Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera and other popular browsing apps can be hijacked by R.dlx.addthis.com “Virus” without the users’ direct approval, but there is a quick and effective way to remove the imposed changes. We will show you how to do that with the help of the instructions in the Removal Guide below and will also give you some insights about the nature of the browser hijackers in general.

What does the term “browser hijacker” really mean?

Above, we gave you an idea of what you may experience if a piece of software like R.dlx.addthis.com “Virus” gets installed on your system and sadly, no browsing program is immune against such invasion. However, the good news is that the programs from the browser hijacking type are not as dangerous as the viruses or the malicious infections from the Trojan horse or the Ransomware type. They are tools for online advertising, and despite the aggressive way they annoy us with hundreds of nagging ads while we browse, they aren’t a high-level security threats. In fact, R.dlx.addthis.com “Virus” and the programs with similar behavior, are legitimate pieces of software, which usually have strictly promotional purposes. Their activities are entirely related to sponsored ads positioning and redirects to Pay-Per-Click campaigns, which try to generate traffic and increase the ranking and exposure of certain websites and their products and services.

Is it possible that R.dlx.addthis.com may have some potentially malicious effects?

Causing harm isn’t what normally a browser hijacker like R.dlx.addthis.com would be capable of. Such advertising software, unlike viruses like Ransomware or Trojans, cannot do any form of serious damage to your system and its data. Still, there might be some other unpleasant traits to this program, which may make you decide to uninstall it. For instance, some people consider the constant redirects to different ads, banners, and pop-ups really irritating. They see the browser hijacker as a source of a never-ending stream of commercials, which are usually hard to close or remove from the screen. What is more, programs like R.dlx.addthis.com may have the ability to track the users’ online searches and tailor them to certain sponsored sites and offers, which may intrusively appear on the screen and disturb the normal browsing. The fact that such activities may often be initiated without the users’ direct approval also ads a lot to the decision to remove the software and consider it as potentially unwanted. Moreover, the manner in which the hijackers usually get installed on the system may be considered as a bit misleading. They usually are installed as “suggested” or “recommended” components along with some other software. The developers of ad-generating pieces like R.dlx.addthis.com usually use a method called “bundling”, which helps them insert the hijacker inside the setup of some attractive apps, games, tools, and add-ons. Such software bundles could often be found and downloaded for free from different freeware or shareware sites, torrent platforms, spam messages, ads or even direct download links. The key to avoiding the “suggested” components is in the careful customization of the installer itself. Options like “Advanced” or “Custom” could be of a great help for that, and we strongly advise you to always use them instead of the Automatic/Quick installation. This way, you will always be in control of the setup process and all the possible software that may be bundled.

How to uninstall R.dlx.addthis.com?

To effectively remove R.dlx.addthis.com and make all of its nagging ads and imposed browser modifications vanish forever, you need to use a detailed Removal Guide or a professional removal tool. Both of them are available below and we suggest you make use of them, as they are reliable and will help you get rid of the browsing annoyance once and for all.

R.dlx.addthis.com “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. 

malware-start-taskbar

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.

appwiz

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:

msconfig_opt

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:

hosts_opt (1)

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.

DNS

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).

browser-hijacker-taskbar-properties

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

ie9-10_512x512  Remove R.dlx.addthis.com 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 R.dlx.addthis.com from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove R.dlx.addthis.com 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!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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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!

Is it possible that R.dlx.addthis.com may have some potentially malicious effects?

Causing harm isn’t what normally a browser hijacker like R.dlx.addthis.com would be capable of. Such advertising software, unlike viruses like Ransomware or Trojans, cannot do any form of serious damage to your system and its data. Still, there might be some other unpleasant traits to this program, which may make you decide to uninstall it. For instance, some people consider the constant redirects to different ads, banners, and pop-ups really irritating. They see the browser hijacker as a source of a never-ending stream of commercials, which are usually hard to close or remove from the screen. What is more, programs like R.dlx.addthis.com may have the ability to track the users’ online searches and tailor them to certain sponsored sites and offers, which may intrusively appear on the screen and disturb the normal browsing. The fact that such activities may often be initiated without the users’ direct approval also ads a lot to the decision to remove the software and consider it as potentially unwanted. Moreover, the manner in which the hijackers usually get installed on the system may be considered as a bit misleading. They usually are installed as “suggested” or “recommended” components along with some other software. The developers of ad-generating pieces like R.dlx.addthis.com usually use a method called “bundling”, which helps them insert the hijacker inside the setup of some attractive apps, games, tools, and add-ons. Such software bundles could often be found and downloaded for free from different freeware or shareware sites, torrent platforms, spam messages, ads or even direct download links. The key to avoiding the “suggested” components is in the careful customization of the installer itself. Options like “Advanced” or “Custom” could be of a great help for that, and we strongly advise you to always use them instead of the Automatic/Quick installation. This way, you will always be in control of the setup process and all the possible software that may be bundled.

SUMMARY:

Name R.dlx.addthis.com
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  This program may try to promote certain sites and ads by imposing changes to the homepage or the search engine of your default browser.
Distribution Method Software bundles, different freeware or shareware sites, torrent platforms, spam messages, ads or even direct download links.
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.


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