Simple process to delete Direct.dexum.org
Direct.dexum.org is added on the Google chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer or Safari browser after hijacking active browsers on your device and disturbs web browsing session by causing intrusive redirect, displaying unwanted ads and pop-ups and downgrading the web browsing speed. However, it is worth to mention that cyber experts categorized it in potentially unwanted program due to its features to intrude by stealth, promote a fake search engine and gather the data related to users browsing activity.
Other PUPs of this type modify the browsers options for this purpose however this is an exception. This PUP detects whenever users enter search queries and redirect users to the said domain which cause further redirect to Bing.com or other legitimate ones. For the information, Bing is a legitimate website and so the redirection of this type is not harmful. But in practical, it has been observed that aside of the fact the web browsing activity get diminished due to the redirection that occurs frequently.
It is also important to mention that PUP and the malicious domain are very likely gather IP addresses, search queries, viewed pages and similar. These collected details usually include various personal details. After that, they might share such details to potent cyber criminals who misuse the data to generate illicit profit for its developers. In conclusion, being a user whose PC is infected with Direct.dexum.org there is a huge risk of other malicious malware infiltration and personal issues and even identity theft due to the infection.
Intrusion tactics of Direct.dexum.org:
Browser hijacker applications are mostly distributed via software bundling (in which stealth installation of third party applications take place with some regular software download). Developers know that users during installation of any programs are in a hurry and skip installation procedures so they take advantage of it. They hide information about such bundled apps behind custom or advanced options of downloading/installation processes. Such apps also infiltrate through intrusive adverts (that is displayed by some adware application) could be in form of ads, coupons, deals, discounts etc which distract user’s attention and insist them to click on them. Upon being clicked, those ads run malicious scripts to cause computer infections.
How to prevent intruding unwanted apps?
Use official websites and direct links for any software download. Avoid third party downloader’s/installers. Pay close attention while downloading/installing any software. Do not skip any steps. Click on the next button only if when you get ensure that this will not cause any infection. Remember, avoid clicking on any ads not originating from the same sites that you visit.
Such adverts are intrusive in nature. This means, this are designed to trick people into visiting some unreliable websites which at end lead into downloading/installation of some PUP or possibly some malicious malware. If you encounter any such sites, check on your browsers for any new malicious extensions or some malicious applications on the PC and must remove it immediately.
Type: Browser hijacker, Redirect, PUA, Search hijacker
Mostly affected browsers: Google chrome, Opera, Internet Explorer, Safari, Mozilla Firefox and many other browsers.
Targeted OS: This hijacker usually targets all versions of Windows based operating system including Windows 10.
Distribution: deceptive pop-up ads, software bundling, peer to peer sharing networks such as torrent clients, eMule and so on, porn or torrent sites and many more.
Symptoms: alter homepage, default search engine and new tab settings, redirect you to dubious websites that contain lots of infections and display lots of intrusive advertisements.
Risks: exposes user to suspicious and potentially dangerous content, collect and track users browsing related information including IP addresses, entered search queries, pages viewed and other similar details.
Elimination: To remove Direct.dexum.org from the computer, users are instructed to use some reliable antivirus removal tool.
Antimalware Details And User Guide
Important Note: This malware asks you to enable the web browser notifications. So, before you go the manual removal process, execute these steps.
Google Chrome (PC)
- Go to right upper corner of the screen and click on three dots to open the Menu button
- Select “Settings”. Scroll the mouse downward to choose “Advanced” option
- Go to “Privacy and Security” section by scrolling downward and then select “Content settings” and then “Notification” option
- Find each suspicious URLs and click on three dots on the right side and choose “Block” or “Remove” option
Google Chrome (Android)
- Go to right upper corner of the screen and click on three dots to open the menu button and then click on “Settings”
- Scroll down further to click on “site settings” and then press on “notifications” option
- In the newly opened window, choose each suspicious URLs one by one
- In the permission section, select “notification” and “Off” the toggle button
- On the right corner of the screen, you will notice three dots which is the “Menu” button
- Select “Options” and choose “Privacy and Security” in the toolbar present in the left side of the screen
- Slowly scroll down and go to “Permission” section then choose “Settings” option next to “Notifications”
- In the newly opened window, select all the suspicious URLs. Click on the drop-down menu and select “Block”
- In the Internet Explorer window, select the Gear button present on the right corner
- Choose “Internet Options”
- Select “Privacy” tab and then “Settings” under the “Pop-up Blocker” section
- Select all the suspicious URLs one by one and click on the “Remove” option
- Open the Microsoft Edge and click on the three dots on the right corner of the screen to open the menu
- Scroll down and select “Settings”
- Scroll down further to choose “view advanced settings”
- In the “Website Permission” option, click on “Manage” option
- Click on switch under every suspicious URL
- On the upper right side corner, click on “Safari” and then select “Preferences”
- Go to “website” tab and then choose “Notification” section on the left pane
- Search for the suspicious URLs and choose “Deny” option for each one of them
Manual Steps to Remove Direct.dexum.org:
Remove the related items of Direct.dexum.org using Control-Panel
Windows 7 Users
Click “Start” (the windows logo at the bottom left corner of the desktop screen), select “Control Panel”. Locate the “Programs” and then followed by clicking on “Uninstall Program”
Windows XP Users
Click “Start” and then choose “Settings” and then click “Control Panel”. Search and click on “Add or Remove Program’ option
Windows 10 and 8 Users:
Go to the lower left corner of the screen and right-click. In the “Quick Access” menu, choose “Control Panel”. In the newly opened window, choose “Program and Features”
Mac OSX Users
Click on “Finder” option. Choose “Application” in the newly opened screen. In the “Application” folder, drag the app to “Trash”. Right click on the Trash icon and then click on “Empty Trash”.
In the uninstall programs window, search for the PUAs. Choose all the unwanted and suspicious entries and click on “Uninstall” or “Remove”.
After you uninstall all the potentially unwanted program causing Direct.dexum.org issues, scan your computer with an anti-malware tool for any remaining PUPs and PUAs or possible malware infection. To scan the PC, use the recommended the anti-malware tool.
How to Remove Adware (Direct.dexum.org) from Internet Browsers
Delete malicious add-ons and extensions from IE
Click on the gear icon at the top right corner of Internet Explorer. Select “Manage Add-ons”. Search for any recently installed plug-ins or add-ons and click on “Remove”.
If you still face issues related to Direct.dexum.org removal, you can reset the Internet Explorer to its default setting.
Windows XP users: Press on “Start” and click “Run”. In the newly opened window, type “inetcpl.cpl” and click on the “Advanced” tab and then press on “Reset”.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 Users: Press the Windows logo, type inetcpl.cpl in the start search box and press enter. In the newly opened window, click on the “Advanced Tab” followed by “Reset” button.
For Windows 8 Users: Open IE and click on the “gear” icon. Choose “Internet Options”
Select the “Advanced” tab in the newly opened window
Press on “Reset” option
You have to press on the “Reset” button again to confirm that you really want to reset the IE
Remove Doubtful and Harmful Extension from Google Chrome
Go to menu of Google Chrome by pressing on three vertical dots and select on “More tools” and then “Extensions”. You can search for all the recently installed add-ons and remove all of them.
If the problems related to Direct.dexum.org still persists or you face any issue in removing, then it is advised that your reset the Google Chrome browse settings. Go to three dotted points at the top right corner and choose “Settings”. Scroll down bottom and click on “Advanced”.
At the bottom, notice the “Reset” option and click on it.
In the next opened window, confirm that you want to reset the Google Chrome settings by click on the “Reset” button.
Remove Direct.dexum.org plugins (including all other doubtful plug-ins) from Firefox Mozilla
Open the Firefox menu and select “Add-ons”. Click “Extensions”. Select all the recently installed browser plug-ins.
If you face problems in Direct.dexum.org removal then you have the option to rese the settings of Mozilla Firefox.
Open the browser (Mozilla Firefox) and click on the “menu” and then click on “Help”.
Choose “Troubleshooting Information”
In the newly opened pop-up window, click “Refresh Firefox” button
The next step is to confirm that really want to reset the Mozilla Firefox settings to its default by clicking on “Refresh Firefox” button.
Remove Malicious Extension from Safari
Open the Safari and go to its “Menu” and select “Preferences”.
Click on the “Extension” and select all the recently installed “Extensions” and then click on “Uninstall”.
Open the “Safari” and go menu. In the drop-down menu, choose “Clear History and Website Data”.
In the newly opened window, select “All History” and then press on “Clear History” option.
Delete Direct.dexum.org (malicious add-ons) from Microsoft Edge
Open Microsoft Edge and go to three horizontal dot icons at the top right corner of the browser. Select all the recently installed extensions and right click on the mouse to “uninstall”
Open the browser (Microsoft Edge) and select “Settings”
Next steps is to click on “Choose what to clear” button
Click on “show more” and then select everything and then press on “Clear” button.
In most cases, the PUPs and adware gets inside the marked PC through unsafe freeware downloads. It is advised that you should only choose developers website only while downloading any kind of free applications. Choose custom or advanced installation process so that you can trace the additional PUPs listed for installation along with the main program.