Mao1.club Redirect

Also Known As: mao1.club browser hijacker
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

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

mao1.club browser hijacker

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.

Threat Summary:
Name mao1.club fake search engine
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Browser Extension(s) ARPL
Supposed Functionality Enhanced Internet search results, improved web browsing experience.
Affected Browser Settings Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine
Serving IP Address 104.24.123.141
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.
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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:

app installed promoting mao1.club

Screenshot of mao1.club fake search engine:

appearance of the mao1.club fake search engine

Appearance of the website promoting this installer:

appearance of pop-up promoting deceptive installer

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Quick menu:

mao1.club redirect 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.

mao1.club browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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):

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing mao1.club related Internet Explorer extensions

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 extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing mao1.club from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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:

Removing mao1.club from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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".

Optional method:

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.

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 mao1.club related Google Chrome extensions

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.

Change your homepage:

Removing mao1.club from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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:

Removing mao1.club from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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".

Optional method:

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 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 mao1.club related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (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:

Removing mao1.club from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (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:

Removing mao1.club from Mozilla Firefox 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.

Optional method:

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, 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 browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

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

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

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.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

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 (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 3

To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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 Microsoft Edge (Chromium) puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".

Optional method:

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 Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA 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.

Removal assistance:
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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