Remove Malicious Domain Request “Malware” (Chrome/FF/IE) Dec. 2018 Update


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This page aims to help you remove Malicious Domain Request “Malware”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Malicious Domain Request has already triggered various discussions among the Internet users. This is the reason why our “How to remove” team has decided to look at it more thoroughly. Unfortunately, the results are not very satisfactory because it appears that this tool is categorized as a browser hijacker and falls in the list of potentially unwanted programs/apps.

If you are wondering how you may have ended up with this strange application on your computer, you should know that Malicious Domain Request may get added to your main browser Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or another) if you perform a careless installation of an installation bundle which contains the unwanted software. Once installed, the application is really easy to spot. It typically introduces some changes to the main homepage or search engine of the browser and it may also add some new tools, buttons automatic page-redirect services and toolbars to your browser. As a typical browser hijacker, Malicious Domain Request “Malware” may start launching different aggressive marketing campaigns which are used to generate advertising revenue via pay-per-click ads. For this reason, the application may generate tons of sponsored commercials that may appear in the form of text links, banners, pop-up ads and more. These ads are not intended to cause harm or to infect you with nasty viruses. However, our team usually recommends being careful with the commercial suggestions generated by the hijacker even if they look attractive and legitimate. The reason is, such randomly displayed pop-up ads and links may make you visit certain web pages that, unfortunately, may be both unreliable and unsafe. To avoid this risk and to stay away from potential carriers of Ransomware, Spyware and other nasty viruses, we advise you to avoid the content provided by this software app. If you have already become forced to deal with such misleading adverts, have been getting redirected to unfamiliar sites, or have been experiencing slowdowns in the computer’s performance due to this hijacker, it is best to remove Malicious Domain Request and uninstall its components with the help of the instructions and the removal tool that you can find below.

Remove Malicious Domain Request “Malware”

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).

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Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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 Malicious Domain Request 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 Malicious Domain Request from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Malicious Domain Request 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

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

How can Malicious Domain Request hijack my browser?

As we mentioned above, the infection with a browser hijacker is directly related to the users’ careless installation of software packages. Such programs may often be included as “free” or “bonus” components in other free software installers, such as browser add-ons, PDF readers and editors, media players, optimization tools and more. That’s why, if you want to protect yourself from getting such potentially unwanted programs in the future, you should be more careful when installing free software. Always choose the Advanced or Custom option that is more extensive than the Quick or Basic installation. This will allow you to view and uncheck all of the added apps that are “optional”. To do this, you must go through the entire installation process step-by-step and remove the checkmarks that are enabled by default.

Since you are on this page, you most probably have skipped these settings in a certain installer and have already ended up with Malicious Domain Request on your PC. In this case, it is recommended to remove the browser hijacker and revoke its imposed settings in your browser with the help of the instructions provided in the guide above. Otherwise, you may experience different types of redirects, slowdowns in your computer, ads and other similar issues, including potential exposure to security hazards such as Trojans or Ransomware infections.

SUMMARY:

Name Malicious Domain Request
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Different annoying pop-ups and automatic page-redirects may interrupt your web surfing. 
Distribution Method Typically distributed via program bundling and inside different free software setups, torrents, shareware, freeware, ads.
Detection Tool

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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