Sync.1rx.io Malware

Sync.1rx.io

Sync.1rx.io is a browser-redirecting malware that experts put in the browser hijacker category. Typical traits of rogue apps like Sync.1rx.io are their ability to enforce unwanted changes in the browser, cause sudden page-redirects, and spam the screen with ads that may lead to unsafe sites.

Sync.1rx.io

If you are struggling with an increased number of online advertisements that have recently started to bombard your screen during your browsing sessions, then you most likely want to know what the reason behind this irritation is as well as what you can do in order to put an end to this browser-related issue. If that is indeed your case, then know that the most likely source of the ads, the banners, the page redirects, the pop-ups and of all other nagging advertising materials that are flooding your screen is a piece of software of the browser hijacker category – Sync.1rx.io.

The Sync.1rx.io Malware

Also, as should already be apparent, the Sync.1rx.io malware is able to generate big numbers of intrusive ads on the screen of the computer while the browser is being used. This is, in fact, the main purpose of the apps of the browser hijacker category like Sync.1rx.io malware and Parrable.com and any changes they may impose on the targeted browser are also likely going to be targeted at increasing the number of ads that the users are getting exposed to.

This however, isn’t supposed to harm your system or lead to any sort of damage to your files or computer. Hijackers are not like Trojans, spyware, ransomware and other viruses in the sense that they purpose is typically not malicious. Nonetheless, their presence on any computer could lead to great irritation to the users and that is why we will try to help you remove Sync.1rx.io by presenting you with a detailed removal guide below.

 

SUMMARY:

NameSync.1rx.io
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger LevelMedium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms A hijacker will likely disrupt your browsing experience by spamming you with ads and page redirects.
Distribution MethodUsually, hijackers get added to the installers of other software and get distributed in this way.
Detection Tool

Please follow all the steps below in order to remove Sync.1rx.io!

How to remove Sync.1rx.io

  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 Sync.1rx.io in the programs list that would show up.
  3. Select Sync.1rx.io 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 Sync.1rx.io.
  • If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to Sync.1rx.io.
  • 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 Sync.1rx.io 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 Sync.1rx.io 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 Sync.1rx.io 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 Sync.1rx.io 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 Sync.1rx.io extension
  4. Get rid of Sync.1rx.io 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 “Sync.1rx.io” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.

How to Delete Sync.1rx.io

  1. Open task manager
  2. Look for the Sync.1rx.io process
  3. Select it and click on End task
  4. Open the file location to delete Sync.1rx.io
  • 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 “Sync.1rx.io” 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 Sync.1rx.io

    1. Click on the home button
    2. Search for Startup Apps
    3. Look for Sync.1rx.io in there
    4. Uninstall Sync.1rx.io from Startup Apps by turning it off
    • Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any Sync.1rx.io-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 Sync.1rx.io 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
    Is Sync.1rx.io dangerous?


    A hijacker is not a piece of software capable of stealing sensitive personal data from your computer or encrypting your files and blackmailing you for ransom payment. It will also not destroy any of your files or corrupt your OS – all of these malicious activities are typical for threats like ransomware, spyware, Trojan horse infections and so on and so forth, but not for browser hijackers.
    Regardless, if you have a browser hijacker such as Sync.1rx.io on your computer and if it is behaving in an irritating and unpleasant way, it’s still best if you remove it as there may still be certain hidden risks. For example, you may get prompted to download more sketchy software or to purchase items and products that false advertised and are made to look much better and more appealing than they really are. Also, the very fact that you are constantly forced to deal with the intrusiveness of the endless stream of ads should be enough of a reason to use our guide and eradicate Sync.1rx.io with its help, which is what we strongly advise you to do in case you do indeed have this nagging app inside of your computer.

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    Violet George

    Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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