How to remove ShieldDefense.net Redirects
What is ShieldDefense.net:
Threat Classification: Browser Hijacker
The ShieldDefense.net website is currently been promoted by the Shield Defense browser extension, which even though, claims to protect against malware infections and to block website tracking requests, looks very suspicious as it lands on users’ computer without any consent! Furthermore, the ShieldDefense.net is very similar to the MyStartShield.com, SearchPrivately.co and SearchSecretly.net – all of which are marked as browser hijackers. After taking a closer look at the ShieldDefense.net search redirect issue, our malware researchers concluded, that even though ShieldDefense.net website may try to appear legit by claiming to provide search results from Yahoo, these are actually not the organic search results, but are some heavily modified custom search results, full of 3rd party web ads and suspicious software applications. According to our malware researchers, the Shield Defense extension is been distributed mainly as a drive-by installation by some highly questionable and/or suspicious software bundles, which often claim to provide various popular and free software products. Our security experts have taken a closer look at the ShieldDefense.net redirect issue and came to the conclusion, that the ShieldDefense.net Redirects represent a serious threat to users’ online identity and their computer safety and that all affected users should perform a full system malware scan, using some up-to-date and reliable anti-malware software tool, like the award-winning SpyHunter.
Usually, the Shield Defense hijacker comes packed with some popular “Ad-supported” freeware applications and is set to install by default, after the user agrees to the EULA and he/she didn’t opted-out the express/default/recommended installation. The possible distribution of the Shield Defense hijacker varies and is not limited to 3rd party toolbars, torrent downloads, peer2peer downloads, SPAM, PDF converters, Video products, Music products, infected e-mail attachments, clicks on malicious ads and/or banners etc.
ShieldDefense.net might fill up the entire desktop screen with highly annoying and/or irritating pop-up windows, web ads, banners, Iframes or other similar web commercial containers, some of which could be capable of bring up even more terrifying and aggressive malware infections – like ransomware, cryptoviruses, fake anti-malware programs or computer lock infections. You should also know and be aware, that the ShieldDefense.net hijacker could be used to monitor your web traffic and it could also be used to collect all kinds of private browser data, including origin IP address, search terms, results, browsing history, session ids, cookies, account credentials, financial information like credit card number and even local usernames and/or passwords entries, etc. The collected data will later be either sold or shared with 3rd party companies, that will use it for their own marketing purposes. You shouldn’t leave such kind of malware infections unattended and stop and remove them asap, as they clearly represent a serious threat to your system’s security and your online identity.
Upon a closer inspection, you will notice, that the ShieldDefense.net hijacker, is almost identical with the SafeForSearch.net, SearchPrivacy.co, Find.mystart.space, PrivacyAssistant.net, SearchProtector.net, MyStartShield.com, SearchPrivately.co, SearchSecretly.net and many others of these so-called “genuine” and “hi-quality” Internet search engines, that should supposedly “enhance” or “improve” user’s web browsing experience by providing some “unique” functionality or content.
!!! Please note that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause a loss of important data. Please, do not underestimate such threats.
How to remove ShieldDefense.net Redirects
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 a SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
2. Manual Removal Method (recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).
Remove ShieldDefense.net Redirects Automatically
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect ShieldDefense.net and all its entries and remove it, by using the information, which we’ve obtained, just by clicking the download button below. When installed, SpyHunter will automatically initiate a full system scan and will detect and show all threats present on the system. Next, it is up to you to decide which method you will use to remove these threads. You can use either the automatic removal method or the manual removal method.
SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.
Learn more about the SpyHunter (EULA). We recommend you to read and follow the SpyHunter Installation Instructions. SpyHunter‘s free diagnosis offers unlimited free scans and detections, which you can use for the manual removal. You can go ahead and continue to remove the detected files, processes and registry entries manually, by yourself or purchase a subscription, which will allow you to use all the programs features, including the automatic thread removal feature, multiple systems install and you will receive unlimited one-on-one professional support sessions, for any malware related issue by a highly trained and experienced support technician.
Remove ShieldDefense.net Redirects Manually
!!! Please note: You can remove ShieldDefense.net hijacker manually, however, you should proceed at your own risk, as any of these interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore the manual removal method is highly recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, MalwareKillerS.com recommends using SpyHunter.
1. Remove ShieldDefense.net related entries from the Installed Programs List
- Open the Run dialog window by using the keyboard shortcut Win+R.
- In the newly opened Run window type appwiz.cpl and press Enter – you should see the list of programs installed on your PC.
- Select ALL entries related to ShieldDefense.net, next go ahead and sort installed programs’ list by date and select All suspicious entries near infection date and uninstall them.
* Keep in mind, that these are active infections and you might not be able to complete the process
2. Remove ShieldDefense.net redirects by resetting web browser settings to default
We’ve made a lot of tests and experiments and concluded, that the best way to get rid of browser extensions, toolbars, new tabs, and settings is to reset the web browser’s settings back to default. If you follow the instructions below, you will end up with a brand new browser.
Reset Internet Explorer settings to default
The guide works on all Windows versions and will reset settings for Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge back to default.
- Open the Run dialog by using Windows Key + R shortcut.
- In the Run window, type in inetcpl.cpl and hit enter.
- Internet Properties window will appear – click the Advanced tab.
- Click on the Reset… button, which is near the bottom.
- Reset Internet Explorer Settings window will appear – make sure to select Delete personal settings check box.
- After select Delete personal settings, click the Reset button.
- In Reset Internet Explorer settings window, click the Close button and restart the web browser, to get the new settings.
* 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.
** Make sure to select Delete personal settings check box, because this option defines the removal of all customized browser settings.
*** At the end, restart Internet Explorer in order to activate the New Settings.
Reset Google Chrome settings to default
If you want to reset Google Chrome settings to default, we strongly advise you to use the Google Chrome Cleanup tool, however, the tool requires Windows 7 and above, for earlier Windows versions, proceed with manual reset – use the instructions below.
- Open the Google Chrome Menu, by clicking on the ⋮ icon, which is located on the top right side of the main Chrome window.
- When you are in the Google Chrome Menu, click on the Settings.
- A new Settings tab will open – scroll down to the bottom and click on Show advanced settings … link.
- In the newly reopened Settings tab, scroll down to the bottom and click on the Reset Settings button.
- A Reset settings confirmation window will request a confirmation – go ahead and click the Reset button.
* In order to activate the new settings – restart the Google Chrome.
Reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default
- Open Mozilla Firefox Menu, which is located on the top right side of the main window
- When the menu opens, at the bottom search and click on the Help icon –
- In the Help sub-menu click Reset with Add-ons Disabled …
- A Restart with Add-ons Disabled window will appear – go ahead and confirm by clicking the Restart button.
- Firefox SafeMode window will appear – just continue by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
- Finally, Refresh Firefox window will request you to confirm, that you want to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default – go ahead and click Refresh Firefox button.
3. Remove ShieldDefense.net Redirects from all web browser shortcuts
Some applications are modifying web browser shortcuts, making the web browser load a particular web page on every start. We recommend checking your browser shortcuts by hand or just using the following application to check them for you – browser shortcuts repair tool.
If you want to manually repair these shortcuts – right-click on the shortcut using your mouse and select properties – make sure that the shortcut’s Target Line doesn’t have any arguments, except the actual browser location. The easiest way to solve this issue is just to remove your old shortcuts and re-create them.
4. Remove Shield Defense Hijacker leftovers by deleting the related files or folders in the following locations