Digitalsmirror.com redirect removal instructions
What is digitalsmirror.com?
digitalsmirror.com is one of many rogue websites that should be avoided. It is very similar to pushzonex.com, browsers.top and pushtouchme.info. Its main purpose is to redirect visitors to dubious websites or display deceptive, malicious content. Most visitors do not open this website intentionally - they are redirected it by potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) installed on their systems. PUAs cause unwanted redirects, open dubious websites, serve users with advertisements, and collect various user-system information relating to browsing habits.
Potentially unwanted apps open digitalsmirror.com in new browser window or tab. This site then displays dubious content or opens other (about two or three) dubious websites. These actions depend on the visitor's geo-location. It is possible that the opened websites might contain malicious content, and thus redirects to them might cause computer infections. PUAs also cause intrusive advertisements. They often feed users with coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, and so on. These ads are annoying, since they conceal underlying content of visited websites. Users who click them are often redirected to untrustworthy, potentially malicious websites and allows them to run scripts designed to download and install other unwanted applications or even malware. Furthermore, many PUAs operate as information tracking tools - they continually collect user-system information such as geo-locations, entered search queries, URLs of visited websites, IP addresses, and other data relating to browsing activity. Developers share recorded information with third parties (often cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Therefore, people with these apps installed on their systems are at risk of problems relating to privacy, browsing safety, or even identity theft. We recommend that you uninstall all unwanted, suspicious apps immediately.
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Detection Names||Forcepoint ThreatSeeker (Suspicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address||22.214.171.124|
|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, potentially unwanted applications (adware)|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
The internet is full of rogue PUAs, most of which are virtually identical. Developers promote them by offering various "useful" tools, features, etc., however, PUAs are designed only to generate revenue for the developers and deliver no real value for regular users. On the contrary, they often cause browsing safety and other issues.
How did adware install on my computer?
Some of these apps can be downloaded from various websites, however, most people download and install them unintentionally through intrusive advertisements or with other software. Many developers use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" to trick people into downloading and installing unwanted apps by hiding them in other software download/installation settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", and so on. Furthermore, many users perform downloads and installations without checking options/settings, or they click various advertisements. This behaviour leads to unintentional installations in most cases.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
All software should be downloaded from official websites and using direct links. Any other sources such as unofficial pages, Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule), third party downloaders, and other similar channels often are monetized by promoting unwanted apps, and they might be used to distribute computer infections. Do not use them. Furthermore, all software download and installation processes should be managed properly. Check setup settings/options and deselect offers to download or install potentially unwanted applications. Many ads cannot be trusted and should not be clicked, especially intrusive ads displayed on untrustworthy, unofficial websites. They often cause redirects to dubious websites such as adult dating, gambling, pornography, and so on. Unwanted redirects and intrusive ads usually are the main symptoms of having PUAs installed on your browser or computer. If you experience this problem, check the list of installed browser apps (extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins) and programs installed on the computer and remove/uninstall all unwanted, suspicious entries immediately. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
IMPORTANT NOTE! This deceptive site asks to enable web browser notifications.
Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:
Google Chrome (PC):
- Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Settings", scroll down to the bottom and click "Advanced"
- Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Content settings" and then "Notifications"
- Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
Google Chrome (Android):
- Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and click "Settings"
- Scroll down, click on "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and click on them one-by-one
- Select "Notifications" in the "Permissions" section and set the toggle button to "OFF"
- Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Options" and click on "Privacy & Security" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen
- Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and click the "Settings" button next to "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs, click the drop-down menu and select "Block"
- Click the Gear button on the right upper corner of the IE window
- Select "Internet options"
- Select the "Privacy" tab and click "Settings" under "Pop-up Blocker" section
- Select suspicious URLs under and remove them one by one by clicking the "Remove" button
- Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window
- Scroll down, find and click "Settings"
- Scroll down again and click "View advanced settings"
- Click "Manage" under "Website permissions"
- Click the switch under each suspicious website
- Click "Safari" button on the left upper corner of the screen and select "Preferences..."
- Select the "Websites" tab and then select "Notifications" section on the left pane
- Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option for each
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- What is digitalsmirror.com?
- 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 digitalsmirror.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:
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 digitalsmirror.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.
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 digitalsmirror.com 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 digitalsmirror.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, 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 extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the digitalsmirror.com pop-up, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the 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 digitalsmirror.com pop-up from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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