Alldownloads.hapc.gdn redirect removal instructions
What is alldownloads.hapc.gdn?
alldownloads.hapc.gdn is a rogue deceptive site designed to redirect users to various other rogue websites. Users often visit alldownloads.hapc.gdn inadvertently - they are redirected by potentially unwanted adware-type programs (PUPs) that infiltrate systems without permission (the "bundling" method). As well as causing redirects, PUPs deliver intrusive advertisements and continually gather various user-system information.
To display intrusive advertisements, PUPs use a "virtual layer". This tool enables placement of third party graphical layer on any site. Therefore, banners, coupons, pop-ups, and other displayed ads often conceal underlying web content, significantly diminishing the browsing experience. In addition, some lead to malicious websites - clicking them can result in further computer infections. PUPs also employ an identical method to cause redirects to alldownloads.hapc.gdn: these rogue apps open a new browser window and cause a redirect to alldownloads.hapc.gdn, which, in turn, redirects users to a random website containing malicious content. These redirects can lead to high-risk computer infections. Another downside is information tracking. PUPs continually gather Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, and other information relating to browsing activity. The collected data might be personally identifiable and shared by PUP developers with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse private details to generate revenue. Therefore, the presence of information-tracking apps can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Uninstall these programs immediately.
There are hundreds of adware-type applications, all of which are very similar. By offering various 'useful functionality', apps such as Prime Updater, MediaPlayAir, unTabs, and many others, attempt to give the impression of legitimacy. In fact, they are useless for regular users. Adware-type applications are designed only to generate revenue for the developers, whilst regular users receive no value. PUPs cause unwanted redirects, deliver intrusive advertisements, and gather various user-system information.
How did adware install on my computer?
As mentioned above, developers proliferate PUPs by employing a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" - stealth installation of third party applications with regular software/apps. They hide bundled apps within the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings of the download/installation processes. Rushing these procedures and skipping steps exposes systems to risk of various infections and compromises users' privacy.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
There are two simple steps you should take to prevent this situation. Firstly, never rush when downloading and installing software. Select the "Custom/Advanced" settings and carefully analyze each step. Secondly, decline offers to download/install additional apps and cancel those already included. The key to computer safety is caution.
- What is alldownloads.hapc.gdn?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Mac OSX users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for any potentially unwanted programs, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes alldownloads.hapc.gdn redirects, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the alldownloads.hapc.gdn pop-up, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the alldownloads.hapc.gdn pop-up, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Tools. From the opened menu, select Extensions. In the opened window, select Settings (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Show advanced settings… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset browser settings button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with alldownloads.hapc.gdn pop-up removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click the Open Help Menu icon,
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Reset Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Most commonly adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate user's Internet browsers through free software downloads. Notice that the safest source for downloading free software is it's developers website. To avoid installation of adware be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing the already downloaded free program choose custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal all of the potentially unwanted applications that are being installed together with your chosen free program.
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