Thursday, May 22, 2014

Reduxmedia (Ad.reduxmedia.com) Popups and Anti-virus Programs Will Not Help

This article by VilmaTech Onlione Support
aims at sharing the information
in the event that it would help others
avoid wasting time in troubleshooting

ad.reduxmedia.com popup issue with no avail.
The provision of information
and solution is the one and only intent.






OUTLINE
  • What is ad.reduxmedia.com?
  • Will ad.reduxmedia.com threatens computer security?
  • I have no suspicious program and where does reduxmedia ads come from?
  • What am I supposed to do to remove ad.reduxmedia.com?
  • Matters need attentions


What Is Ad.reduxmedia.com?


Many online information tell people that reduxmedia is virus simply due to the unpleasant scenes the adware causes:

1)    Ad.reduxmedia.com cannot be removed by installed anti-virus program and will not disappear after resetting browser settings – any application/program that sticks to a machine should arouse great attention as some system configuration must have been modified randomly to lead to persistent settlement; random modification by non-security program could lead to vulnerability/loophole in a system and a susceptible machine to infections.


2)    Ad.reduxmedia.com start gets crazy and would simply occupy most of the web pages – this would result in highly consumed CPU, browser crash and sluggish machine.


3)    In some cases, reduxmedia popup would avoid the removal via Control Panel and showing its extensions in browser settings – as a matter of fact, the related extensions are named after something else to avoid direct detection and as what has been said, some modifications have been made in the system configuration, the adware manages to hide from Control Panel.



Is Ad.reduxmedia.com Dangerous?


In effect, ad.reduxmedia.com is no more than an adware/advertising platform, this is why it is not taken down by all security utilities that catch and kill virus based on vicious attribute code. But Global PC Support Center would say that reduxmedia pop up is potentially dangerous.

Ad.reduxmedia.com steals information: Survey has found that reduxmedia owns a prolonged history of hosting malicious software and other PC threats and has been blacklisted by various organizations. To affect computers through non-virus items has become recently and widely adopted by cyber criminals who yearn for confidential information, especially bank account and log-in credentials. In such case, they would able to get large amount of money directly and resell the valuable online-game outfit/ commercial secret.

How ad.reduxmedia.com steals information: Without vicious attribute and typical virus features, how ad.reduxmedia.com will be able to help record those information? If one keeps updating virus knowledge one would be clear that JS technique is always involved when building any web pages. The technique is the very one that help you remember your account and password automatically and access account easily. With slight modification, JS technique can be utilized to record any in-put information.

Loose structure: Do not forget that ad.reduxmedia.com is an advertising platform. There are thousands of hundreds of this type alive on the Internet; thus it doesn’t deserve fine work and bug will be unveiled to infections embedded on the Internet. Once ad.reduxmedia.com is captured by infections, it will be capitalized to release luring/counterfeit content ("You need to update Windows NT, my browser, flash or another type of software") and trap for click which would download vicious code directly.


Below is the manual way to help remove ad.reduxmedia.com pop-up ads. One should be well equipped with computer skills and knowledge to dig out the related items. Be noted that the below is the removal thread. It is impossible to offer one universal solution to all the victims owning different OS and to list out the exact files dropped by ad.reduxmedia.com on different computers as the names can vary. If you want expert help, just start a live chat window here.
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Follow Manual Removal Guide to Remove Ad.reduxmedia.com Step by Step


1. Reset browser settings.

IE
Tools menu > Internet Options > Advanced tab > Restore Defaults button > OK.

Firefox
Firefox button > Help > Troubleshooting information > ‘Reset Firefox’ button.

Chrome
‘Customize and Control Google Chrome’ menu > ‘Options’ > ‘Under the Hood’ > ‘Reset to Defaults’ button.

Opera
Show hidden files and folders (explicit instruction shown in Step5) > navigate to "C:\Users\user_name\AppData\Roaming\Opera\Opera\" > remove Operapref.ini.

Safari
Safari menu > ‘Reset Safari’ > tick all given options > ‘Reset’ button.



2. Enable pop-up blocker to stop ad.reduxmedia.com from popping up.

IE
Tools > Options > Privacy tab > “Block pop-ups” > stop ad.reduxmedia.com from popping up.

Firefox
Tools > Options > Web features button > block ad.reduxmedia.com from popping up.

Chrome
Tool menu > Options > “Under the Hood” tab > “Content Settings” > “Pop-ups” > “Exceptions” > rule out ad.reduxmedia.com popup.

Opera
Opera’s menu > “settings” > “Preference” > General tab > “Pop-up” > “Block Unwanted Pop-ups” > OK button.

Safari
“Safari” > “Preference”>“Security” tab > check “Block pop-up windows".



3. End ad.reduxmedia.com's running process.

For Windows users
Access Task Manager > View > select columns > tick "PID" and "Path name" > go to open up System Information > end the process with path name directing to ad.reduxmedia.com's path.
select columns to help end the processes related to ad.reduxmedia.com correctly

For Mac OS X users
Applications > Utilities > Activity Monitor > click open the suspected processes > "Open ports and files" > end the process with path name directing to ad.reduxmedia.com's path.
access Activity Monitor to end ad.reduxmedia.com's processes



4. Modify Hosts file to block ad.reduxmedia.com's appearance.

Windows
Win+R key combination > type CMD > hit Enter key > type "ping ad.reduxmedia.com" > Enter key > note down the IP address > navigate to C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc > click open Hosts file > paste the IP address to the last line > save file.
ping ad.reduxmedia.com to modify Hosts file

Mac OS X
Finder launchpad icon > Utilities > Terminal > type "ping ad.reduxmedia.com"  > Enter/Return key > note down the IP address > shift+command+g key combination > type “etc” (/private/etc/hosts) > Enter/Return key > click open Hosts file > paste the IP address to the last line > save it to modify host file.



5. Remove all the Temp files under the following directories.

Windows 7/XP/Vista
Click open ‘Control Panel’ > search for ‘Folder Options’ > tap View tab > tick ‘Show hidden files and folders' and non-tick 'Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)’.

Windows 8
Start screen > open any folder > open Windows Explorer > select View tab > Tick ‘File name extensions’ and ‘Hidden items’ options.
navigate to the following directories and remove all the files and folders:
C:\WINDOWS\Temp
C:\Documents and Settings\[user name]\Local Settings\Temp
C:\Documents and Settings\[user name]\Local Settings\Temporary Internet File

Mac OS X
Finder > Utilities folder > terminal:
access Mac's Terminal to remove the temp files generated by ad.reduxmedia.com

  1. type
    cd ~/Library/Logs
    sudo rm -rf ~/Library/Logs/*
    and press Return button.

  2. type
    rm -rf ~/Library/Safari/Downloads.plist
    cd ~/Library/Caches
    sudo rm -rf ~/Library/Caches/*
    and press Return button.


After one removes ad.reduxmedia.com popup with the above offered manual steps, one might still see Ad.reduxmedia.com in browsing history. It should be informed that the instance in browsing history (it show you where you have been online) do not imply that the adware is still alive in the machine. Simply clearing up browsing history will be fine. If one unfortunately gets additional infections because of the ad.reduxmedia.com adware, one can either seek corresponding solution in virus reservoir or simply get exclusive help according to your concrete situation from VilmaTech Online Support.

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