Defenderpage.xyz redirection – How to fix your browser?

Written by Valdis Koks

Defenderpage.xyz search hijacker is a type of malware that squeezes into your PC, and after that modifies the browser search engine settings in your web browser to one which it desires. It additionally makes some unpleasant modifications that might lead to private data leaks, as well as to other malware injection. In this post, you will see the guide of Defenderpage.xyz hijacker clearing in a couple of options, and additionally the method of making your web browser just as good as new.

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Defenderpage.xyz info

Name Defenderpage.xyz extension
Type Browser hijacker1
Short Description The unwanted software that amends important browser settings without the user’s permission.
Symptoms The Defenderpage.xyz hijacker replaces the browser parameters set by the users and replaces these settings with its own values.
Distribution Method Bundling with Freeware or Shareware, misleading pop-up ads produced by adware.
Detection Tool Inspect If Your System Has Been Affected by the Defenderpage.xyz hijacker.

The ways of injection of Defenderpage.xyz search hijackers are assorted. Most of them come from the malware dispersing with the malvertising or malicious links of various web sites. Frequently, your computer might be contaminated with this malware via the trojan-downloader, which is used to spread numerous other malware. There is a solitary kind of this unwanted program – browser plugin that might build right into any type of browser which supports the add-on installation2.

You will not likely mount this plugin on your own, since their names are very dubious, and the functionality is very debatable. The “developers” of Defenderpage.xyz hijacker usually mention that it can save the .doc/.docx documents from the sites already to .pdf format, or to download the entire website on your disk. It is really difficult to picture if someone can be needed in such functions in 2022, when the Web access is not time-limited and every computer has the ability to start the needed .docx documents at Google Docs.

However, besides their impracticality, they may simply be found in the Chrome Web Store. Obviously, virus analysts sound the alarm concerning such spam into the official source of web browser extensions, asking for the Google reaction – getting rid of these extensions from their site. However, they are still not hurrying to deal with that protection problem.

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Is the Defenderpage.xyz virus?

At the first sight, you can assume that these redirects are just bothersome, but not risky. Because of this reason a number of users are simply playing for time rather than eliminating this malware, obtaining much more chances of being contaminated with different other infections, which are much more harmful than Defenderpage.xyz is.

Besides the modified browser search engine or search engine result, you can also see different ads even on those internet sites that do not have any kind of promotions on it by default. And you may just misclick while closing the ad, and start the downloading of an unidentified file, which may be a virus, or a potentially unwanted program, or perhaps ransomware – whatever the maintainers of this hijacker want.

If your web browser is damaged as a result of the Azorult trojan task, the system can begin malfunctioning quickly – this symptome is among the most usual in case of trojan penetration.

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How to remove Defenderpage.xyz?

First, let me say several words about prevention the Defenderpage.xyz malware infiltration. It is very easy to speak about the techniques of shielding your personal computer from such annoying things as browser hijackers, however, it is very easy to be caught on this lure perhaps even being a skilled user. As it was discussed above, this unwanted program can hide after the eye-catching (at the first sight) advertisement, or in packs with other adware you can get in dozens of methods. However, regardless of the common difficulty of the penetration techniques, it is extremely easy to stay clear of the Defenderpage.xyz hijacker appearance in your system:

  • Do not follow the dubious links;
  • Restrict the usage of pseudo-free software (one which is offered as free, but has an additional unwanted programs in its pack);
  • Leave the habit of clicking advertisements on the web. If you need to buy something, it is better to google it;
  • Avoid downloading the files from dubious sources, like forums or file sharing websites.
Defenderpage.xyz may remain persistent on your system and may re-infect it. We recommend you to download Trojan Remover and run free scan to get rid of all infected files on your device. This saves you a lot of time and efforts compared to the manual malware removal.

Preparation before removing Defenderpage.xyz.

Before starting the actual uninstall procedure, we recommend that you do the following introductory milestones.

  • See to it you have this manual tutorial always all set to utilize.
  • Do a back-up of every one of your data, consisting of the stored logins, passwords and various other credentials. You should back up your information with a cloud backup service and ensure your documents are secured from any kind of sort of loss, also from the most serious infections.
  • Wait till the durable back-up process mores than.

Step 1: Uninstall Defenderpage.xyz and related software from Windows

Here is a technique in couple of very easy stages that must be able to uninstall most applications. Either you use Windows 11/10 or 7, these milestones will work well. Moving the app or its folder to the Trash can be a very wrong idea. In case you do that, remnants of the app may remain, and that can cause the unstable performance of your system, malfunctions with the file type associations and other unpleasant behavior. The effective solution to get an app off your device is to remove it manually. To do that:

1. Keep holding the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will soon arrive.

Windows keyboard R

2. In the field that appeared, type in “appwiz.cpl” -1  and choose OK – 2.

Run appwiz.cpl

 

3. This will open a window with all the apps available on the device. Choose the app that you want to get rid of, then choose “Uninstall

Follow the steps above and you will successfully get rid of most unwanted apps.

Step 2: Get rid of Defenderpage.xyz from all your available browsers.

Mozilla FirefoxGoogle ChromeInternet ExplorerMicrosoft Edge

1. Launch Mozilla Firefox. Go to its menu window

2. Choose the “Add-ons” icon in the menu.

3. Find the unwanted extension and select “Remove

Mozilla Firefox Add-ons Remove

4. Upon deleting the extension, reload Mozilla Firefox, closing it with the help of a red “X” button in the upper right corner and start it again.

1. Launch Google Chrome and go to its drop menu

Google Chrome drop menu click

2. Click on “Tools” and then in the extended menu select “Extensions

Google Chrome Tools select Extensions

3. In the “Extensions” menu find the unwanted extension and apply the “Remove” button related to it.

Google Chrome Extensions Remove

4. As soon as the extension is deleted, reload Google Chrome by closing it by means of the red “X” button at the top right corner and launch it again.

1. Launch Internet Explorer

2. Click on the gear icon marked ‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and choose ‘Manage Add-ons’

Manage-add-ons

3. In the “Manage Add-ons” window, locate the extension you want to delete and then click “Remove”. A pop-up window will come up to inform you that you are about to delete the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and choose “Remove”.

Internet Explorer extension removal

4. Once the unwanted extension is deleted, reload Internet Explorer by shutting it down from the red “X” button located at the top right corner and launch it again.

1. Launch Edge

2. Access the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.

3. From the drop menu choose “Extensions”.

Microsoft Edge menu Extensions

4. Locate the suspected dangerous extension you want to delete and then click on the Remove button.

Microsoft Edge Extensions Remove

Step 3: Clean any registries that could be added by Defenderpage.xyz on your device.

The usually attacked registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by going to the Windows registry editor and getting rid of any values added by Defenderpage.xyz. Follow the steps below:

  1. Start the Run Window command once again, type “regedit” and click OK.Window command regedit
  2. As soon as you open it, you can freely go to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are displayed above.Window command Run and RunOnce keys
  3. You can delete the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and deleting it.Window command regedit delete the value virus

Tip: To locate a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and select “Modify” to find which file it is set to run. If this is the malware file location, delete the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting “Step 4”, please boot back into Normal modein case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use Loaris Trojan Remover successfully.

 

Step 4: Scan for Defenderpage.xyz with Loaris Trojan Remover

1. Click on the “Download” button to proceed to Loaris Trojan Remover download.

It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by Trojan Remover. Click on the corresponding links to check License AgreementPrivacy Policy.

2. Click “Install” to start.

Loaris Trojan Remover Install

There were 4 scan types suggested:

  • Standard Scan.
  • Full Scan.
  • Custom Scan.
  • Removable Scan.

 

3. After the installed has finished, click on the ‘Scan’ tab. Click on ‘Full Scan’.

Loaris Trojan Remover Full Scan

4. Once the scanning is started, Loaris will initiate the thorough analysis of your device and may soon identify specific threats currently slowing down the performance of your system. Make sure to wait until the scanning is completed to let the software fully evaluate the safety of your workstation.

Loaris Trojan Remover - scan in process

5. After Loaris Trojan Remover has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the ‘Apply’ button. There were options to move the files to quarantine, ignore or delete them.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

 

  1. About browser hijackers on Wikipedia
  2. Possible danger of free browser extensions

About the author

Valdis Koks

Security engineer, reverse engineering and memory forensics

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