Secure-cloud.pro redirect removal instructions
What is secure-cloud.pro?
Similar to hilons.com, frigod.com, fibeae.com and many others, secure-cloud.pro is a rogue website that redirects visitors to other potentially malicious and untrustworthy websites. Users often visit this website inadvertently - they are redirected to it by potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) that are installed without users' consent. In addition to redirects, PUAs deliver intrusive ads and collect information.
Following installation, PUAs force browsers to open new tabs or windows and redirect users to the secure-cloud.pro rogue website. From here, they are redirected to even more (typically two or three) untrustworthy sites that could infect computers with high-risk infections (since they are likely to contain malicious content). Furthermore, most potentially unwanted applications generate revenue for developers by collecting data (IP addresses, keystrokes, search queries, visited websites, geo-locations etc.). The data might also contain personal details that are shared with third parties (potentially cyber criminals). This can cause privacy issues, browsing safety problems, or even result in identity theft. Another downside of PUAs is that they deliver intrusive ads (coupons, banners surveys, pop-ups, and so on). Ads of this type are displayed via tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site and conceal underlying content. They can be very annoying and diminish the browsing experience. Furthermore, these ads often redirect to untrustworthy websites or even execute scripts designed to download and install potentially unwanted applications. Some installed PUAs might also run background tasks, thereby reducing computer performance. We strongly recommend that you uninstall all PUAs immediately.
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
To eliminate secure-cloud.pro pop-up our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
In summary, most PUAs are very similar and have identical functions: generate revenue by collecting information, deliver intrusive ads, and cause unwanted redirects. Few are legitimate. PUAs developers often offer "useful" features only to trick users into downloading them, however, most of these applications deliver none of the functionality promised and give no real value for regular users.
How did adware install on my computer?
PUAs can be found on their official websites and downloaded from there, however, they are often installed inadvertently through intrusive ads or together with regular software. Software developers commonly use the so-called "bundling" method, a deceptive marketing method used to install potentially unwanted applications with other software. Developers tend to hide PUAs in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of the installation processes, and they often avoid disclosing information about them.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Use official and trustworthy websites or other sources to download software. Do not use third party software downloaders or torrents. You are strongly advised to check all "Advanced", "Custom" and other settings when installing software, especially if it is free. Once all additional applications and other offered features are deselected, it is safe to finish the installation. Bear in mind that many advertisements may seem legitimate, but they can lead to untrustworthy websites (such as gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on). Visiting these websites risks computer infection or having a PUA installed without your permission. If you clicked an ad and were redirected to an untrustworthy website, close it and check installed applications (extensions, add-ons, plug-ins, etc.) on your browser. If you find unknown/suspicious entries, remove them immediately. The same applies to programs installed on your computer. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Instant automatic removal of secure-cloud.pro pop-up:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of secure-cloud.pro pop-up. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is secure-cloud.pro?
- 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.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
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 applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes secure-cloud.pro 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 secure-cloud.pro 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 "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the secure-cloud.pro pop-up, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) 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 secure-cloud.pro 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 Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox 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.
Remove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:
Click the three horizontal dots 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".
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.
In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.
Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.
- If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove secure-cloud.pro pop-up from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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