Mao1.club redirect removal instructions
What is mao1.club?
There are many fake search engines on the internet, including mao1.club. They are supposedly legitimate search engines that enhance the browsing experience (deliver fast, accurate results, and so on), however, do not trust mao1.club or other search engines of this type. They are usually promoted using rogue download or installation set-ups that cause modification of browser settings. Furthermore, this particular search engine might be related to another fake search engine called qip.ru
Rogue download/installations set-ups usually target browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer. They are used to promote fake search engines. In this case, mao1.club, which is promoted by assigning it as the default search engine, homepage, and new tab URL. Therefore, this website is opened when the user opens a browser, new tab, or enters a search query into the URL bar. The first page opened is qxsearch.com, which immediately redirects users to mao1.club. Furthermore, none of the changed settings can be reverted - download/installation set-ups install "helper objects" (browser apps such as extensions, add-ons, or plug-ins) such as ARPL that prevent users from changing settings. The only way to avoid having to visit mao1.club is to uninstall the unwanted browser apps. Furthermore, browser hijackers gather various information. After installation, they start to record users' IP addresses, geolocations, URLs of visited websites, entered search queries, and so on. There is a possibility that personal details might also be recorded. People who develop these apps share the data with third parties who misuse it to generate revenue. Some of these third parties might be cyber criminals. To avoid problems relating to browsing safety, privacy, or even identity theft, we recommend that you uninstall all unwanted browser apps and avoid using dubious search engines.
|Name||mao1.club fake search engine|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Supposed Functionality||Enhanced Internet search results, improved web browsing experience.|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|Serving IP Address||126.96.36.199|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser(s) settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Internet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Page-ups.com, internet-start.net and blpsearch.com are just some examples of other fake search engines. Generally, these are redundant, cause various problems, and provide no real value. Only the people who develop these search engines (and other parties) benefit from websites of this kind.
How did mao1.club install on my computer?
Most fake search engines similar to mao1.club are promoted using rogue downloaders/installers that hijack browsers with the help of other browser apps ("helper objects"). Developers promote them using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". They use this to trick people into causing unwanted downloads/installations that affect browsers and their settings. To achieve this, they hide information relating to possible changes to browsers settings in "Advanced", "Custom", and other similar parts of the software download/installation set-ups. Despite this, browsers are hijacked only if people allow it by leaving the mentioned settings unchecked and unchanged.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
To avoid download/installation of unwanted applications and unwanted changes to browser settings, we recommend that you download all software from official, trustworthy websites and use direct download links. Do not use third party software downloaders, various installers, unofficial websites, Peer-to-Peer networks, and other such tools. All downloads and installations should be handled properly. Check "Custom", "Advanced", and other setup settings and deselect offers to download or install unwanted software. Furthermore, various intrusive ads should not be trusted or clicked, especially if they are displayed on dubious websites (i.e. gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on). If clicked, these ads open untrustworthy, potentially malicious websites or cause unwanted downloads and installations. If unwanted redirects or ads occur frequently, check the list of installed browser plug-ins, extensions, and add-ons. Also check the list of installed programs on the operating system. Remove any unwanted, suspicious applications or programs immediately. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate it.
Screenshot of the app that promotes mao1.club through its installer:
Screenshot of mao1.club fake search engine:
Appearance of the website promoting this installer:
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- What is mao1.club?
- STEP 1. Uninstall unwanted applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove mao1.club redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove mao1.club browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove mao1.club homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove mao1.club redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
mao1.club redirect removal:
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 recently installed suspicious applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the mao1.club website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
mao1.club redirect removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects (Windows OS):
Video showing how to remove browser redirects to mao1.club using Combo Cleaner (MacOS):
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 extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://mao1.club and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.
Change your default search engine:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "mao1.club".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the mao1.club browser hijacker, 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.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.mao1.club) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present, click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.
Change your default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list, look for "mao1.club", and when located, click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the mao1.club browser hijacker, 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 on "Extensions" and remove all recently installed browser plug-ins.
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://mao1.club and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "mao1.club"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with mao1.club browser hijacker 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 and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
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 top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the mao1.club browser hijacker, 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.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove mao1.club browser hijacker from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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