Recently, I saw a lot of posts like “my internet browser shows me unwanted Sitedirector.symantec.com pop-up ads, is it a computer virus?” or “these Sitedirector.symantec.com pop-up advertisements in my Chrome making me crazy, how to handle them?”. According to the data for last months, computer virus distributors began a wide adware distribution campaign. Let me show you, how you can delete the viruses from your computer, and also forget about the bothersome Sitedirector.symantec.com pop-ups.
Pop-Ups : Discovering The Nature
You can admit that some websites (like a Sitedirector.symantec.com) use you pop-up advertisements. The message can have something like “do you want to have notices about the latest news?” or “allow notifications to be reported regarding new price cuts?”. Normally, such messages are riskless, and may just sidetrack you with its unexpected visual appeal. Also it can be simply disabled, in case notifications from this site are no longer needed.
Pop-up notices are rather an effective advertising and marketing mechanism. If you are interested in items of some kind, you can enable pop-ups from the internet site where you can get this stuff, and also as quickly as these items are in store again, or if you can have a discount – you will get the notification concerning this. The counterparty – online retailers, cars and truck lending companies, etc – will certainly remain in profit, too – customer will surely obtain a tip about the product he/she intended to pay for. And such an advertising and marketing technique is practically cost-free – this aspect is really crucial for companies.
|Infection Type||Adware, Push notifications, Unwanted Ads, Pop-up Ads|
|Symptoms||Annoying pop-up ads in the right corner.|
|Similar behavior||Topnewsfresh.xyz, Makeklick.biz, Cangomedia.biz|
Sitedirector.symantec.com Pop-Ups Are Not So Safe
However in some cases pop-up promotions can come out without your approval, as well as with a text which is completely various from your current cares or search questions. And also, besides unwanted Sitedirector.symantec.com pop-ups from the unknown site, you can simultaneously see a great deal of advertisements, including ones on the pages which primarily have no promotions whatsoever. Such a scenario can be the indicator of adware existence.
Adware is the type of computer virus which infiltrates into your system, then begins displaying you numerous promotions. Their subject usually has no match with your ordinary search questions. Besides banner promotions, your web browser can also show you a huge quantity of different Sitedirector.symantec.com pop-up advertisements, which show up in the bottom right area.
The model of adware usage is really sly. The huge pack of adware is dispersed through trojan viruses, which are infiltrated in your system earlier. Advertisements, which are shown to you by malware, are paid by their creators. In a few weeks, all anti-malware programs began to block these adware, hence, trojan loses in productivity. And to ruin the user’s computer system, virus distributors begin ransomware distribution via these trojans.
Even if there is no active ransomware distribution, your desktop can still be impacted by adware virus. A significant quantity of advertisements along with Sitedirector.symantec.com pop-ups can make your PC as slow as snail, so your normal tasks will be difficult to perform in normal way.
How Can I Deal With Sitedirector.symantec.com Pop-Ups?
Concluding the paragraphs above: your personal computer, and your data, is in a severe danger. To stop this virus, you need to make use of anti-malware software. Microsoft Defender, which is embedded in every Windows 10 distribution, is able to handle Sitedirector.symantec.com pop-ups virus. However, it can not return the web browser alterations which were implemented by malicious program. One more negative aspect of the antivirus by Microsoft is its particular vulnerability: viruses can disable Microsoft Defender with the Group Policies after being infiltrated to your computer system.
To be 100% sure that your personal computer is clean of any malware now, and will be clean in future, I can advice you to use GridinSoft Anti-Malware.
To detect and delete all malicious applications on your desktop, including Sitedirector.symantec.com pop-ups virus, with GridinSoft Anti-Malware, it’s better to utilize Standard or Full scan. Quick Scan is not able to find all the malicious programs, because it checks only the most popular registry entries and directories.
You can spectate the detected viruses sorted by their possible harm till the scan process. But to perform any actions against malicious apps, you need to hold on until the scan is finished, or to stop the scan.
To set the action for every spotted malicious or unwanted program, click the arrow in front of the name of detected malware. By default, all malware will be removed to quarantine.
Reset browser settings to original ones
To reset your browser settings, you need to use the Reset Browser Settings option. This action cannot be counteracted by Sitedirector.symantec.com malware, hence, you will surely see the result. This option can be located in the Tools tab.
After choosing the Reset Browser Settings option, the menu will be shown, where you can specify, which settings will be reverted to original.
Reset browser setiings without making use of third-party applications
Besides using anti-malware tools for browser restoration, you can pick the “Reset browser settings” function, which is usually embedded in all popular web browsers.
Reset Microsoft Edge ⚙ Settings
- Open "Settings and more" tab in upper right corner, then find here "Settings" button. In the appeared menu, choose "Reset settings" option:
- After picking the Reset Settings option, you will see the following menu, stating about the settings which will be reverted to original:
Reset Mozilla Firefox ⚙ Settings
- Open Menu tab (three strips in upper right corner) and click the "Help" button. In the appeared menu choose "troubleshooting information":
- In the next screen, find the "Refresh Firefox" option: After choosing this option, you will see the next message:
- Open Settings menu by pressing the gear icon in the toolbar (left side of the browser window), then click "Advanced" option, and choose "Browser" button in the drop-down list. Scroll down, to the bottom of the settings menu. Find there "Restore settings to their original defaults" option:
- After clicking the "Restore settings..." button, you will see the window, where all settings, which will be reset, are shown:
- Open Settings tab, find the "Advanced" button. In the extended tab choose the "Reset and clean up" button:
- In the appeared list, click on the "Restore settings to their original defaults":
- Finally, you will see the window, where you can see all the settings which will be reset to default:
Reset Opera ⚙ Settings
Reset Google Chrome ⚙ Settings
As an afterword, I want to say that the time plays against you and your PC. The activity of browser hijacker Sitedirector.symantec.com must be stopped as soon as possible, because of possibility of other malware injection. This malware can be downloaded autonomously, or offered for you to download in one of the windows with advertisements, which are shown to you by the hijacker. You need to act as fast as you can.