My laptop is hacked by the Pix.impdesk.com redirect virus. It causes redirections on my laptop and I tried to uninstall it but it turns out with no luck at all. I cannot find it from the programs list. I also tried resetting my browsers. The redirect thing is still not fixed and those popping ups are going crazy. How can I do to get it off my laptop completely?
Browser Hijacked by Pix.impdesk.com Redirect Virus – How to Remove?
Pix.impdesk.com redirect virus is a dangerous internet browser hijacker which uses browser helper objects (BHOs) to realize its target to redirect infected computer users who are using the internet to their domain websites. It also configures host settings on affected computers. The default settings of browsers on the target computers will be changed by the redirect virus. You will see your homepage is set to its own one instead of the one you used before. And it gives you endless advertisement pop-ups. Advertisements contained in the search results of this redirect virus may lead you to some phishing websites. Those phishing sites often disguise as legitimate websites that try to fool the victims to enter their personal information, passwords or even credit card information.
After the virus settles on your computer, it begins its plan. The virus can access to your system files as it is installed there. It collects the remembered data on your computer and will analyze them to gain your privacy. For instance, it will take advantages on your cookies. Cookies were originally created and used for legitimate reasons such as storing user preferences which were not considered real computer threats. However, cyber criminals soon discovered that cookies can be utilized to steal the confidential information of computer users. The Pix.impdesk.com redirect virus is one of the viruses that are designed to record users’ internet activities. The longer you stay on those unsafe sites the more your personal information is revealed. It is extremely dangerous to have such a threat on browsers. Don’t hesitate as it is an emergency to get the problem fixed!
Common Symptoms of Redirect Virus Infection :
1. Your homepage, search provider, desktop backgrounds are changed;
2. Constant pop ups and new tabs of ads occur often;
3. It works badly when you try to run some usual software or programs;
4. Unknown websites are listed in the bookmarks without your intention or notice;
5. Folder options, task manager, registry editing tools are disabled.
6. Advertisements from stranger companies start to appear out of nowhere.
7. The browser behaves unusually such as URL/link redirects will occur.
8. Unwanted and unknown Plug-in/extension or add-ons have been attached to the browsers.
9. Useless shortcuts are on desktop or creepy websites are added to favorites/bookmarks without your knowledge.
Note: Manual Removal, though is the most effective way to remove the virus, requires expertise and which is for advanced users, if you don’t have much experience in dealing with redirect virus. Contact YooSecurity Online PC Experts for removal assistance.
Your computer might infect this virus via unsafe freeware, shareware or advertising-supported programs such as various browser add-ons or toolbars. Once it enters in your computer, more and more abnormal phenomena will occur along with the virus.
Manual Removal Step by Step Instructions
Step A: Open Windows Task Manager to end process related to the pix.impdesk.com redirect Virus. To do that, press Ctrl+Alt+Del keys at the same time to pull up Window Task Manager; go to Processes tab on top and scroll down the list to find.
Step B: Open Control Panel from Start menu and search for Folder Options. Go to Folder Options window, under View tab, tick Show hidden files and folders and non-tick Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
Step C: Press Windows+R keys to pull up Run box and type in “regedit” to open Registry Editor.
Step D: Delete all these associated files and registry entries with this browser hijacker in Registry Editor. The registry files are listed randomly. Besides, you need to delete the infection files of the redirect virus from your system files to prevent it from coming back. Those files are named randomly also but may be different on different operating systems.
Step E: Change home page back from this unwanted pix.impdesk.com redirect virus on targeted browsers.
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Pix.impdesk.com redirect is a browser hijacker virus which computer users often get when they open the attachments of some unknown or strange mails. You need to take care when you install or download any soft ware online. Be careful when you are going to click on back links on a page. Some computer users often ignore such infections as it is not that important to have a disturbing factor when we are surfing. But as the old saying goes, it was the last straw that broke the camel’s back. The redirect virus will weaken your system protection and makes other malware, Trojan viruses, or some other threats able to get into your computer. That can be a beginning of a bigger scam. To avoid more and more serious troubles please get rid of the redirect virus as soon as possible.
Published by Tony Shepherd & last updated on October 2, 2013 7:31 am