In this article we are going to try and help you remove main.r.olivia656.com. Our instructions cover all Windows versions as well as most browsers – Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer etc.
Our sincerest condolences, if you are on this page because you’ve been recently infected by main.r.olivia656.com. We know it can be extremely annoying and downright hindering, especially if you spend a large amount of time in front of your computer screen. This article is specifically designed to address the issue of main.r.olivia656.com, explaining in detail what the irritating program is all about, and at the end of this read you will find a guide with very easy-to-follow instructions as to removing it from your PC.
Now, first of all:
What is main.r.olivia656.com “virus”?
Let’s start by stating that although many people refer to it as main.r.olivia656.com “Virus”, this is not actually a virus. It’s a type of browser redirect, which in turn is a piece of programming designed to shower you with inconceivable amounts of pop-ups, banners, box messages, page redirects and other forms of advertising materials. Hence the name of it. Many users tend to confuse browser redirect with malware or viruses, but the difference between them is about as dramatic as a Shakespearean play. In the case of viruses, such as Trojans or ransomware, the goal of the cyber-freaks behind them is to ultimately wreak havoc upon you and your computer. They pose a serious danger to your safety, your files and your machine in general and are by no means to be taken lightly. browser redirect, on the other hand, is a much less harmful type of software, which doesn’t aim to cause any particular damage. However, this doesn’t mean it should be completely disregarded as innocent either. Read on and we’ll list the reasons, why you’d want to remove main.r.olivia656.com as quickly as you can.
The hidden dangers:
- Privacy concern. This is a major issue in today’s world, especially since it’s become public knowledge that pretty much nothing on the internet is safe. We, as users, are very little aware of how much information we leave about ourselves online and here’s something to prove it to you. If you’ve had main.r.olivia656.com on your PC for long enough, you would have by now noticed that a bunch of the ads you see on your screen creepily match the topics you were researching the day or two before. Coincidence? No such thing. Your browsing related information is actually thoroughly gathered and analyzed, in order to produce those ads. Surely, if they answer to your interests, there are more likely to attract your attention and potentially even to the point, where you’d want to investigate further. By clicking on them; which is exactly what the developers are after. And this brings us to the main point, which is that this invaluable information about you, along with possible personal details you could have entered on a given website, could be sold to third parties. What its fate could be from then on is anyone’s guess and should definitely be your concern.
- Security hazard. We distinctly pointed out that browser redirect like main.r.olivia656.com is not a direct threat to your safety, but it could potentially expose you to things you’d best never come in contact with. As mentioned above, the browser redirect developers depend on your clicks to make money, so sometimes, they figure, it wouldn’t hurt to use and innocent trick or two to fool you into clicking on the ads. What we mean by that is that on given occasions you could be shown a great offer on, say, sunglasses, which would of course interest you, because that’s exactly what you’ve been looking to find over the past week. So you click on the ad and end up on a page offering genital enlarging pills. Not really what you wanted, right? But on some rare occasions, you might even be redirected to an illegal webpage or one with dangerous viruses just waiting to infect your computer. For this very reason we strongly advise you against clicking on any of the displayed ads – it’s not a given that you will fall victim to a cyber attack, but it’s still simply a chance you don’t want to take.
A crucial point to avoiding getting infected from now on lies within knowing how browser redirect like main.r.olivia656.com is typically distributed. Once you’re armed with that information, you can easily protect yourself and your PC from any uninvited guests. Aside from suspicious spam emails, especially those with attachments, a very common distribution method is program bundling. If you happen to download some freeware or shareware from one of those open-source download platforms or torrent sites (places that should best be avoided, by the way), it is highly probable that there might be additional software bundled in it. Like browser redirect, for example. The easy way to stop the problem at its root is by opting for the custom/advanced setup option, as opposed to the default/quick one. That way you will be able to see the bundled in programs, if there are any, and you can choose whether or not you will let them pass [insert Gandalf reference here].
main.r.olivia656.com Removal Instructions
Many types of malware will restrict your access to their core files. It is highly recommended that you reboot your PC in safe mode before attempting to use this guide.
- To enable Safe Mode reboot you PC, then hit F8 repeatedly. When the corresponding menu opens please select Safe Mode with Networking.
WARNING! If you are using Windows 8,0 or later and/or your operating system is installed on a fast SSD drive this may fail to work. In this case click here to see how to start your PC in Safe Mode.
#1: Uninstall the malicious program from your control panel
Enter control panel to look for any suspicious programs, which may have installed on your PC. To do that:
- Navigate to your Desktop
- Press simultaneously the Win button together with the R button (Win+R)
- In the Run window that just opened type appwiz.cpl
- Go through the list of programs and find main.r.olivia656.com or anything else that may seem suspicious. Right-click on it and choose the uninstallation option
WARNING! Carefully read any confirmation messages that may be created in the process. Sometimes you may get offers to download more browser redirect applications and this can be linked to either the Yes or the No answer depending on the wording!
Go through the list of programs again and check online for any potentially unwanted programs. We have an article that covers this awesome free software that makes sure that your computer is free from bloatware and programs that you don’t need.
#2: Remove main.r.olivia656.com From Chrome
Now we’ll remove the extensions that the malware has attached to your browser.
- Open your Google Chrome browser.
- Type chrome://extensions/ in the URL address bar and press Enter.
- Click on “Developer Mode” on the top right and look for the extension installed by main.r.olivia656.com and anything that might be related to it. Copy their IDs (the string of letters), then remove them by clicking on the trash bin icon.
- Type Regedit in the Windows Start Menu and press Enter. Go in : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome\Extensions and delete the entries corresponding to the suspicious IDs you recorded.
#3: Remove main.r.olivia656.com From Firefox
- Open Mozilla Firefox browser.
- Type “about:support” in the URL address bar and press Enter.
- Click on the “Refresh Firefox” button on the right and confirm.
#4 Remove main.r.olivia656.com From Internet Explorer
- Open your Internet Explorer internet browser.
- Click on the Gear icon on the up right, then on manage add-ons.
- Go through the list disable any suspicious extensions.
#5 Remove any leftover parasitic processes
From the task manager:
- Use Ctrl + Shift + Esc and open the Task manager, then click on the Processes
- Go through the list of processes and look for unknown or otherwise suspicious entries.
- If you see anything suspicious right click on the process and shoes Open File Location, then terminate the process and delete any files you find in the directory.
WARNING! If the directory you open from this menu has no files inside of it it’s probably because the malware has hidden them. You need to reveal hidden files and folders in order to be able to see them. Click here if you don’t know how to do that.
From the start menu:
- Press simultaneously the Win button together with the R button (Win+R)
- In the Run window that just opened type msconfig
- Click on the Startup tab.
This menu controls which programs are loaded when windows starts after a reboot. Disable anything that seems suspicious. Optionally you can also disable any program that you don’t need and also has a high impact on your startup time.
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