Internet provides a good platform for netizens. It also gives them a chance to get some redirect pages such as this one: ad.xtendmedia.com. This is a page designed to change users web browsers’ setting so that they can’t use their browsers as usual any more. Here, good instructions have been listed to teach you how to get rid of this redirector.

To comprehensively know about ad.xtendmedia.com

ad.xtendmedia.com, its name will give you first impression that it’s a webpage or a URL. Correct! It’s indeed a webpage, but with many viruses includes Trojan horses, malware or cankered links which have been added by computer hackers. This fake domain has nothing different from those famous search sites with a virtuous interface. When you get infected by this virus, it may not bring you to the forefront because you may think that it just changed your homepages and even you will regard it as one assistant for you to do shopping more easily. If you really think so, you are all wet. The offensive ad.xtendmedia.com hijacker will drag you into the abyss of pain.

When you visit some informal websites, you may be attacked by such browser hijacker stealthily. ad.xtendmedia.com takes the same way as many Trojans do to invade your PC. Changing StartUp, re-configurating Browser Options and attacking system or antivirus vulnerabilities to escape from them removing it are all the basic approaches it adopts. You may never be aware of it if you don’t open your internet browser again. Once you open it after the virus accessed your PC, you can find that your homepage has been set to some other sites. It looks like a very professional shopping sites search engine. Indeed, it provides much information about all kinds of shopping sites for your consideration; however, all the search result is well-designed. It always displays the malicious pages and links to you. The real good normal sites it never list for your choice.

Of course, the browser hijacker mainly promotes ad.xtendmedia.com to you. This virus is designed as a search engine site to tempt you do payment, but you can never get the things you buy. As a function of Trojans and root-kits, browser hijacks can take several forms and be accompanied by theft of personal information, reduction of your computer’s security or installation of extra types of PC threats such as key-loggers or scam-ware. Be conscious of this flaring stuff. The longer time it stays in your computer, the more danger it will pour to you.

To have a better and safe solution, you can contact YooCare/YooSecurity for help here:

How to Identify Hacked ad.xtendmedia.com Infection Is in Your Computer?

    • Your browser settings and browser home page will be changed by ad.xtendmedia.com redirect.
    • It may show numerous undesirable and annoying pop-ups.
    • This virus will connect to the internet without your permission.
    • The virus keeps track of your internet browsing data and sends your browsing history data to remote location servers, owned by hackers that use this information to advertise their products via numerous pop-ups and hijacked browser homepages, new icons.
    • It can install unwanted programs to a victim’s computer without user’s knowledge and consent. This can make your computer slower in performance and stability.
    • The Trojan may produce many fake alert warnings, stating that your PC is infected with Trojans or other malware that do not actually exist.

How to safely remove ad.xtendmedia.com redirect?

Step 1: Press CTRL+ALT+DEL or CTRL+SHIFT+ESC. Open the Windows Task Manager.
If that didn’t work, try another way. Press the Start button and click on the Run option. This will start the Run tool. Type in taskmgr and press OK. This should start the Windows Task Manager

Step 2: In the Windows Task Manager click on the Processes tab. Find the process by name. random.exe. Then scroll the list to find required process. Select it with your mouse or keyboard and click on the End Process button. This will kill the process.

Step 3: Delete malicious registry entries related to ad.xtendmedia.com redirect.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\random
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\run\random
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Installer\Products\SOAU8277512 “(Default)”=”1?
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\“UninstallString” = “‘%AppData%\[RANDOM]\[RANDOM].exe” -u
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\“ShortcutPath” = “‘C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\SOAU8277 512.exe” -u’”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce “SOAU8277 512” = “‘C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\random.exe’

Step 4: Remove malicious files of ad.xtendmedia.com redirect

C:\WINDOWS\assembly\GAC_64\Desktop.ini
C:\Windows\assembly\GAC_32\Desktop.ini
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ping.exe

Video of Key Steps on How to Modify or Change Windows Registry:

At last but not least, this virus should be removed as soon as possible. If you leave it alone, it will not only stay in your computer, but also can put your IP in very dangerous condition. However, if you can remove it in time, it can’t do any harm to your computer and won’t ask for money any more. Also please don’t pay money to this scam, even if you pay to the hackers, they won’t unlock your computer. Never believe those so called free software! Don’t download to install those stuffs in your computer. They can not only remove the ad.xtendmedia.com redirect for you, but also bring you much more other virus such as ransomware, scam virus even fake things. You may not be aware that those so called free software can be another cheater, which will make you gain just more loss. Please don’t take a chance to have a try. It’s nonsense. There is no free lunch! If you really can’t remove ad.xtendmedia.com redirect yourself, please find an expert for assistance. This is the best choice.

Note: there may be some differences according to different computers. If you really don’t know what to do, YooCare/Yoosecurity is your best choice.

Published by Leo R. Oscar & last updated on May 28, 2013 5:00 am

2 Responses to “Browser Hijacked by ad.xtendmedia.com? Remove ad.xtendmedia Redirect”

  1. ricky says:

    Hi. Im currently being attacked by this xtendmeida-adyieldmanager spyware.

    While i followed the guide i couldnt fix the problem because as of January 2013, the registry names and file names of this virus apparently changed from the time this article was written, i cannot seem to find the files or registry items you pin-point

    Anyway, thanks

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