This page aims to help you remove Redirectsmart. These Redirectsmart removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
If you are facing ads delivered by Redirectsmart popping out on your screen, you may be wondering what kind of a program this is and how you can stop these ads from constantly appearing. You have probably noticed that the pop-up messages could be quite annoying, especially when you are trying to browse something and they surprisingly come out of nowhere and disturb your activity. If you reached this page, the chance is you are looking for how to save yourself from this intrusive behavior and the good news is that here we have a solution for you. This article is made to help annoyed online users like you to remove these ads by uninstalling the program that is causing them. Not only that, but here you will also learn how to prevent such programs from getting installed on your PC again.
Redirectsmart is a browser hijacker – what does it mean?
We already mentioned above that Redirectsmart is a program that displays ads on your screen and is the probable source of your browsing disturbance. Now, browser hijacker is the specific term that classifies programs with such behavior and you may have heard it somewhere else. The browser hijacker comes in short from advertisement software and as the name suggests, this is a piece of software that serves the purposes of the online advertising industry. It is widely used by developers because it generates income through a Pay-Per-Click method and is often used to refund the software developing costs of other programs.
How does a browser hijacker distribute itself?
The browser hijacker usually comes bundled inside other software installation, which was probably downloaded from the web for free. There is nothing wrong to have software for free, in exchange for a few ads on the screen. However, sometimes a problem may occur when the companies overdo it with the advertisements and display tens of pop-ups, banners, links and notifications in one single browsing session. Some users may find this browser hijacker behavior quite obtrusive. If you are one of them, keep on reading to find out how to remove Redirectsmart.
Is Redirectsmart a virus?
Usually people refer to this issue as Redirectsmart “virus“. It is easy to see why but we must be clear that technically Redirectsmart is not a virus but a browser hijacker. Users usually don’t notice when they install browser hijacker on their PC, since they skip reading the EULA and proceed to the free program installation, without checking the advanced options in the package. They only notice the ads on the screen when the browser hijacker starts to operate. Removing the browser hijacker once it is installed is quite tricky, because there is often no direct option to disable the program. Uninstalling the free software does not uninstall the browser hijacker that came with it, either. It usually requires some computer expertise or a good browser hijacker cleaning software like the one in the removal guide. Now, when people hear this, they mistakenly think that Redirectsmart must be some sort of a nasty virus since they can’t get rid of it easily. It is true that viruses are nasty and hard to detect, but this is not the case with a browser hijacker.
Here is a short explanation to help you distinguish browser hijacker from malware. Generally, a computer virus, or a Trojan or ransomware, is malicious software. A virus would corrupt, delete or destroy your files, ransomware would encrypt your data and ask you pay ransom; a Trojan would introduce other malware on your system, etc. All these are definitely harmful actions. Moreover, they are all illegal forms of cybercrime.
Redirectsmart, on the other hand, is legitimate software that cannot be related to any of these malicious actions. However, when loading your screen with ads and undesired content, this program may be referred to as annoying. Whenever you connect to the internet, Redirectsmart is using your broadband and may eat up your internet data to load advertising messages. Keep this in mind, if you happen to pay more on internet usage. Also, this browser hijacker may collect statistics on your browsing. It may send it to the developers that use the information to optimize the ads according to your online searches.
How to prevent the browser hijacker?
To begin with, be selective when downloading and installing software on your PC, especially a free application. We know that reading the EULA is boring, but it surely would give you an idea what you are installing. If you don’t want browser hijacker to be installed along, then we advise you to click the “Advanced” option on the installer. There you may find some additional software you may not need. Simply uncheck the checkbox when you see it and you are done. Now, since you’ve probably skipped that step the last time you got software installed, you ended up with Redirectsmart.net. In this case, the step-by-step guide below is for you. Follow the instructions closely and let us know if you have any questions.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near a serious malicious threat, but still a source of online disturbance)|
|Symptoms||Whenever you connect to the internet, it starts to load advertising messages on your screen.|
|Distribution Method||Browser hijackers usually come bundled inside other software, which was probably downloaded from the web for free.|
|Detection Tool||Redirectsmart may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Redirectsmart Removal (Chrome/Firefox)
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This was the first preparation.
- Do not skip this – Redirectsmart may have hidden some of its files.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
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:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
- Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Redirectsmart from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Redirectsmart from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the browser hijacker/malware —> Remove.
Remove Redirectsmart from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
- At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 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—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!