Securecloud-dl.com Redirect

Also Known As: securecloud-dl.com pop-up
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Securecloud-dl.com redirect removal instructions

What is securecloud-dl.com?

securecloud-dl.com is a rogue site identical to linkonclick.com, newsquench.com, bestadbid.com, and many others. It causes redirects to various other suspicious websites. Research shows that many users visit securecloud-dl.com indirectly - they are redirected by potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) or intrusive advertisements displayed by other malicious sites. Potentially unwanted programs typically infiltrate systems without permission. As well as causing redirects, PUPs deliver intrusive advertisements and record various user-system information.

securecloud-dl.com adware

Immediately after infiltration, potentially unwanted programs start opening new browser tabs/windows and redirect to securecloud-dl.com. After visiting this site, users encounter several (usually 2-3) consecutive redirects to other dubious sites. At least one is likely to contain malicious content. Therefore, redirects to/from securecloud-dl.com can result in computer infections. With regard to unwanted redirects, potentially unwanted programs deliver intrusive ads that can also lead to malicious websites. Furthermore, some run scripts that download and install malware/PUPs. Therefore, even a single click can result in high-risk computer infections. Intrusive ads are commonly delivered using tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any website. Therefore, the delivered ads often conceal underlying website content, thereby diminishing the browsing experience. Be aware that PUPs also gather information that typically includes personal details. IP addresses, URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, keystrokes, and other collected data is later shared with third parties. These people generate revenue by misusing private information. Therefore, having information-tracking apps installed on your computer can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. You are strongly advised to uninstall all potentially unwanted programs immediately.

There are hundreds of rogue applications, all of which are virtually identical. By offering "useful features" (e.g., file conversion, system optimization, download performance increase, etc.), potentially unwanted programs attempt to give the impression of legitimacy. Their only purpose is to generate revenue for the developers. They deliver no real value for regular users and pose a direct threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety.

How did adware install on my computer?

As mentioned above, many PUPs infiltrate systems without permission, since developers proliferate them via intrusive advertisements and a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" (stealth installation of third party programs with regular software/apps). Developers hide "bundled" applications within various sections (e.g., "Custom/Advanced" settings) of the download or installation processes. May users rush these procedures and skip steps. Furthermore, they often click advertisements without understanding the possible consequences. In doing so, they expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

The main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and careless behavior. The key to safety is caution. Therefore pay close attention when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. Research shows that many intrusive ads seem legitimate, however, they usually lead to gambling, adult dating, pornography, and other dubious sites. If you continually encounter these advertisements, immediately eliminate all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. Remember also to is carefully analyze each download/installation step using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. Opt-out of all additionally-included programs and decline offers to download/install them. We also advise you to avoid using third party downloaders/installers, since criminals monetize them using the "bundling" method. You applications should be downloaded from official sources only, using direct download links.

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Quick menu:

Adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

securecloud-dl.com adware uninstall via Control Panel

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 securecloud-dl.com 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:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing securecloud-dl.com ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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".

Removing securecloud-dl.com ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the securecloud-dl.com 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing securecloud-dl.com  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.

Removing securecloud-dl.com ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the securecloud-dl.com pop-up, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing securecloud-dl.com ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (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.

Removing securecloud-dl.com ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with securecloud-dl.com 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, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

Removal assistance:
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