Do you always search information online from different add-ons on your browsers? Did you give permission to all of these toolbars to be installed? While toolbars can provide convenience for online searching, they can also be related to redirect issues. If your browser happens to have a FileBulldog toolbar, be careful. It’s not a very friendly application which you’d better get rid of right away.

What is a FileBulldog Redirect?

FileBulldog , also known as search.filebulldog.com, is defined as a browser redirect problem which one should watch out especially when surfing online. This kind of virus usually starts its infection with the first target – browsers. FileBulldog redirect seems to be another toolbar that’s been added on your browser and provides you convenience and shortcuts to many web sites online, but it’s added without your approval and can lead you to fishy web sites where malware can be installed themselves in your computer automatically. FileBulldog is more like an adware or a potentially unwanted application. Considering the consequences that it might bring to you, it’s better to get rid of it instead of keeping it on your browsers.

A screen-shot of search.filebulldog.com web site:
filebulldog

Usually, this kind of unwanted toolbar is installed when one’s downloading free unknown software from sites. FileBulldog redirect comes bundled with the programs you download and installs itself without your consent. We usually are familiar with add-ons like Google and Yahoo which help enhance browsing experience by giving you entrances to many web sites online. FileBulldog does the same. It also promises to keep computer safe by installing updates time from time automatically. But this kind of action has its disadvantages at the same time. The updates won’t be needed approvals from you anymore, which means PC hackers can take advantage of this toolbar and install malware in the computer. You may also find your browsing unstable sometimes when you are using this FileBulldog. To be more specific, you will be redirected to other unwanted web sites and programs online constantly. There will be constant pop ups to annoy your online researches. And your home page domain may also be changed automatically to search.filebulldog.com which relates to this FileBulldog.

These unwanted add-ons often come together with the free software you download from different sites online. FileBulldog redirect slips in and puts itself on browsers trying to give you more convenient browsing experience. But with all the disadvantages, it should be gone. Contact YooSecurity Online PC Expert if you don’t know how to uninstall an unwanted application like FileBulldog.

Step-by-step Manual Removal Guide

Step 1. Open Windows Task Manager to end processes related to FileBulldog redirect. To do that, press Ctrl+Alt+Del keys at the same time to pull up Window Task Manager.
Windows Task Manager

Step 2. Open Control Panel from Start menu and go to Uninstall session. Uninstall FileBulldog from the list.
uninstall-programs

Step 3.Press Windows+R keys to pull up Run box and type in regedit to open Registry Editor. Delete all these associating files and registry entries in Registry Editor as below:

%AppData%\Protector\””[rnd]
%AllUsersProfile%\Programs\{random}\
HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System “DisableRegedit” = “”
HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Settings\{.exe}

Step 4. Check and remove unfamiliar extensions/ add-ons and change home page back.
Mozilla Firefox
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homepage-setting-firefox

Internet Explorer
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Conclusion

A browser redirect virus usually starts with the browsing applications including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox and then extends the damage to other parts in the infected system. This kind of problem is not a common issue anymore. While Internet has provided us fun and convenience, it also has its disadvantages. FileBulldog redirect is one of these disadvantages. In most circumstances, browser viruses show up as regular sites which are not real. But they can also pretend to be legitimate add-on toolbars. By redirecting you online to fishy sites and malicious programs, they usually help hackers benefit from the collections of valuable information of the victims. So be careful when surfing online with unfamiliar toolbars. Another way to reduce your chances to come across this FileBulldog is to always stick to safe toolbars and remove unfamiliar ones every once in a while. Although add-on toolbars help you experience more fun and convenience online, they can be adware sometimes. If you are experiencing online redirect at the moment, please try to get rid of this FileBulldog redirect ASAP.

Notice: FileBulldog redirect can come back right away if you haven’t been able to remove it completely. Don’t want to experience surfing troubles? Contact YooSecurity Online Expert for further assistance if you are not able to remove it successfully.

Published by Karen Lawrence & last updated on March 12, 2013 11:48 am

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