How to remove Redirect.xmlheads.com Pop-up Ads & Redirects
What is Redirect.xmlheads.com:
Threat Classification: Adware
Redirect.xmlheads.com is a very nasty browser hijacker / search redirect virus, capable of overriding your browser settings and injecting malicious code in almost every web page you visit. The rogue & dangerous code will allow the Redirect.xmlheads.com virus to stay on top of your browser settings changes & to generate revenue by showing lots and lots of unwanted web ads. If you have already experienced this bizar behavior of the Redirect.xmlheads.com virus, you should consider your PC compromised & infected by the Redirect.xmlheads.com virus. Our malware researchers strongly recommend you to clean your PC asap, before further damage can occur or even data is loss. After many tests & experiments, our malware researchers concluded that the best way to clean your computer is by executing a full system scan using our latest award winning anti-malware product called SpyHunter 4. The annoying Redirects & Fake Pop-ups by Redirect.xmlheads.com are caused by a malicious browser extension, recently installed on your system either by some suspicious software bundle or by another malware infection. Our security experts came to the conclusion, that the rogue browser extension is capable of infiltrating computer systems even without users’ permission or other consent, because it is usually hidden into the Custom a.k.a. Advanced part of the bundle’s installer. Once activated, the Redirect.xmlheads.com virus starts collecting various private browsing data including usernames, email addresses, SSNs, Real Names, Postal Addresses, Birthdays, passwords, Credit Card Information and/or other financial data or online bank account information, which later will be sold to some 3rd party company and they will use it for their own marketing purposes. Our malware researchers warned us that the Redirect.xmlheads.com is a dangerous & malicious website, used by cyber criminals from all over the world, just to redirect traffic to their sponsor links and/or web ads, where they earn revenue or to spread other infections. Our security experts found out that once activated, the malware will modify browsers’ settings and/or windows registry database, which will make the recovery much harder! The Redirect.xmlheads.com virus appears to be compatible with all the well-known web browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Edge and Google Chrome.
Generally, users that have this particular adware and/or PUP installed on their systems might see various pop-up & pop-under browser windows, informing the victim that a Video Player is Ready for Download, Install Media Downloader, Infection was Detected, Please Install The New Java Update or Important Software Update, New Driver Updates are Released etc.. The Redirect.xmlheads.com is set to display FAKE POP-UP ALERTS on the victim’s computer. Please note, that all these web alerts are FAKE! Actually, the main purpose of the Redirect.xmlheads.com is to drive as much traffic as possible to certain domains, which then is converted to cash via one of the many online marketing platforms.
Redirect.xmlheads.com is usually bundled with other free software products and is being installed by default when the user accepts the EULA while performing an express/recommended installation. That’s why, you should be very careful what you agree to install and always opt-out for a custom installation and skip or deselect the software you don’t want to install or you are not familiar with. The possible distribution of Redirect.xmlheads.com bundle varies but is not limited to – installing third-party toolbars, free PDF software, free Video editors or other free software products or downloading e-mail attachments etc..
The purpose of Redirect.xmlheads.com is to attract more users to certain domains, so that the creators of such or similar adware could generate income from the online traffic, using one of the many online marketing platforms. Redirect.xmlheads.com may use tracking cookies and other relevant techniques to steal your personal data such as account information, usernames & passwords, bank account data etc. That’s why this malware infection should not be left unattended and needs to be terminated immediately, as it seems to be a serious threat to your online security.
!!! Please note that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause a loss of data. Please do not underestimate such threats.
There are two ways to remove this infection. It is totally up to you to decide which way you want to go:
1. Automatic Removal Method (recommended for all users) using the SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
2. Manual Removal Method (recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).
Automatic Redirect.xmlheads.com Removal:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect Redirect.xmlheads.com and remove it, by clicking the button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system, but to use it as a removal tool, you need to buy a subscription.
SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.
Learn more about SpyHunter and please, review the End User License Agreement – EULA. Furthermore, we strongly encourage you to read the SpyHunter Installation Instructions. SpyHunter’s free diagnosis offers unlimited free scans and detection. You can remove the detected files, processes and registry entries manually, by yourself, or purchase a subscription, which will allow you to use the automatic removal feature and to receive unlimited one-on-one professional help for any malware related issue by an expert technician.
Manual Redirect.xmlheads.com Removal:
!!! Please note: You can remove Redirect.xmlheads.com manually, however, you should proceed at your own risk, as any of the interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore this Manual removal method is highly recommended for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.
1. Remove Redirect.xmlheads.com Uninstall Entry:
First, you can try to go to Control panel and click on Programs and Features (Windows Vista/7/8/10) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) and check the Uninstall Programs` List for any entry related to Redirect.xmlheads.com, 2345.com, 2080.hit.buy-targeted-traffic.com, Ads by Provider, Ads by RevContent, Ads by Advertise, Ads by Albireo, BazzSearch.com, BuyNSave, Chum Search, Diet Runner, FixIt, Freemake Video Converter, Feed.BazzSearch.com, Flirchi.com, FunDay24.ru, Ghostify, Gamesflight, Gangnamgame.net, Hohosearch.com, Jyhjyy.top, Liveadexchanger.com, MySites123.com, MPC Cleaner, N121adserv.com, Ps4ux.com, PC Backup 360, Quick Swipe, SafeSurfs.com, SafeBrowsing.biz, Searchguide.level3.com, Smartsputnik.ru, S.admathhd.com, Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net, TTwifi, Vofiles.com, Vertech Ads, YeaBests.cc, WinFlix 10, Woruanjian.com, YoutubeAdBlocker or any other third-party add-ons, extensions and toolbars. You should also look for all kinds of suspicious programs, installed on the same date as the infection. If you find such, double-click on it and try to remove it. Although, please mind, that this is an actual infection and you might not be able to remove it directly from the list.
*(Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs) or “Win + R” keys to open “Run” and type in “control”, then hit Enter.
2. Remove Redirect.xmlheads.com from your browser:
Go to Tools -> Internet options -> Advanced Tab and click the Reset button (make sure to select the Delete Personal Settings checkbox).
*please note that in order to save your favorites, you need to export them before resetting the browser as you will lose all personal settings.
After IE completes the operation, click the close button and then start again the IE in order for the changes to take effect.
Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and delete the entire folder “Chrome” with all the folders and files that are in it.
For Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\
For Windows Vista/7/8/10: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\
Alternatively, you can navigate to these folders by following these steps:
For Windows XP:
1. Click on “Start” in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Choose “Run“.
3. Type %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\ and hit Enter.
For Windows Vista/7/8/10:
1. Click on the Windows logo in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit Enter.
1. At the top of the Firefox window (top-right corner), click the Firefox Menu button (3 horizontal lines), go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.
2. Click the Reset / Refresh Firefox button in the top-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
3. To continue, click Reset / Refresh Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish and Firefox will soon reopen.
3. Check for arguments added by Redirect.xmlheads.com in any Browser shortcuts or links to web pages:
Redirect.xmlheads.com might also hijack your web browser shortcuts to force-load its home page. This causes the Redirect.xmlheads.com`s web page to open up when you launch a hijacked shortcut.
The argument that Redirect.xmlheads.com uses to hijack shortcuts should look like (or is similar) to the one below:
You can remove it manually by editing the shortcut’s target line.
4. Delete any folders or files related to Redirect.xmlheads.com by checking the following locations: