V9 Redirect Virus Description
The V9 Redirect Virus is a browser hijacker designed to force computer users to visit the URL v9.com/us repeatedly. This is done in order to generate traffic to this particular website, allowing various forms of monetizing this traffic, such as using affiliate marketing advertising or pay-per-click schemes to profit from infected visitors to this website. The V9 Redirect Virus typically enters a computer because of existing vulnerabilities in your applications or operating system. These can be exploited by specifically crafted scripts contained in attack websites. The V9 Redirect Virus can also spread through malicious email attachments or instant messaging spam. Finally, versions of the V9 Redirect Virus are bundled as toolbars that are included in the installation of popular freeware software from a third party.
The Consequence of a V9 Redirect Virus Infection
Once the V9 Redirect Virus infects a computer, the V9 Redirect Virus will change the infected computer's web browser's home page and default search engine to v9.com. The V9 Redirect Virus will also interfere with your online searches by always directing your search results to that website. Security analysts have also linked the V9 Redirect Virus to the appearance of unwanted pop-up advertisements. These can intrude on your work and interfere with normal online activities. V9 Redirect Virus has the capacity to keep track of your online habits and browser history.
While the functionality of hijackers may vary, most do what the name suggests - they mess with the user’s browser. V9, as well as many other hijackers, can infiltrate a user’s system through software bundle installers. Bad actors have refined numerous ways to sneak malware in bundles. Often the user isn’t even prompted whether they want to install everything in the bundle.
Once V9 has been installed it hijacks the victim’s browser homepage and default search engine. V9.com looks like a basic search engine page and currently, if someone tries to use it, it simply forwards the query to google.com and the user gets the same results they would get if they had done the Google search themselves. Previously, however, V9 would display completely different results mostly filled with ads and links to potentially malicious sites.
While the V9 Redirect Virus doesn’t seem to be a huge threat in its current state, users may want to still stay away because the connection the site uses is not secure and any searches may be tracked and data could be collected by bad actors. At best, V9 is completely useless and offers absolutely no added functionality for the user over a simple Google search.
Removing the V9 Redirect Virus is seldom a straightforward process. Even though there may be an uninstaller for this program, your web browser settings probably will need to be changed in order to restore your preferences to their defaults (such as your web browser's homepage and default search engine). Since the V9 Redirect Virus will often infect a computer along with various other forms of malware, the presence of this threat in a computer frequently indicates that other malware is present as well. In the event of a V9 Redirect Virus infection, ESG malware analysts advise PC users to analyze their entire machine with the aid of a fully updated and trustworthy anti-malware solution. To prevent further infections, ESG malware analysts advise using safe browsing practices and never downloading freeware software from sources other than the manufacturer.
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- Use an alternative browser. Malware may disable your browser. If you're using IE, for example, and having problems downloading SpyHunter, you should open Firefox, Chrome or Safari browser instead.
- Use a removable media. Download SpyHunter on another clean computer, burn it to a USB flash drive, DVD/CD, or any preferred removable media, then install it on your infected computer and run SpyHunter's malware scanner.
- Start Windows in Safe Mode. If you can not access your Window's desktop, reboot your computer in "Safe Mode with Networking" and install SpyHunter in Safe Mode.
- IE Users: Disable proxy server for Internet Explorer to browse the web with Internet Explorer or update your anti-spyware program. Malware modifies your Windows settings to use a proxy server to prevent you from browsing the web with IE.
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