How to remove Software-dl.xyz Pop-up Ads & Redirects
What is Software-dl.xyz:
Threat Classification: Adware/PUP
We’ve noticed, that lately many users started complaining, that the Software-dl.xyz Pop-up Ads & Redirects has started appearing randomly in their browser windows, while the users were browsing the web. Of course, initially there is nothing to worry about – we all make mistakes like clicking on the wrong links or the wrong ad, however, if these random pop ups and redirects start happening more often, you should probably start worrying about the malicious infections on your PC and of course, the safety of your system. In that case, our malware researchers strongly recommend running a full system malware scan, using a professional and reputable anti-malware software, just like the award-winning SpyHunter4. These randomly appearing redirects or pop-ups are often the results of a malware infection, that is active and running on your computer. The goal of these kinds of infections is to generate some revenue by showing lots of sponsored ads and/or links, to various hijacked and/or infected web browsers. If your web browser start acting strange or you are experiencing random Pop-ups, Ads, Audio or Video alerts or redirects, generated by the Software-dl.xyz, you should start considering a way to clean your computer from this malware infection, as this represent a serious threat to your private information. Our malware researchers found out, that these random browser Redirects and/or Pop-ups are generated by a malicious browser extension, which appears being distributed together with other freeware and/or shareware software products compiled in a “software bundle“, which has being distributed via private P2P networks, Internet Warez Downloads, Torrent downloads, free games, porn sites, infected emails or another active infection like Trojans etc. The Software-dl.xyz Redirects are working with all well-known browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome.
Generally, users that have it 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 Software-dl.xyz website displays FAKE POP-UP ALERTS on the victim’s computer. Please note that all these alerts are FAKE! Actually, the main purpose of the Software-dl.xyz is to drive as much traffic as possible to certain domains, which later will be monetized via one of the many online marketing platforms.
Software-dl.xyz is usually bundled together with other freeware or shareware software products and is 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 Software-dl.xyz 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 Software-dl.xyz 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. Software-dl.xyz may use tracking cookies and other relevant techniques to steal your personal data such as account information, usernames & passwords, bank account data etc. This malicious infection should not being left unattended and needs to be terminated immediately or it will present a serious threat to your online identity, privacy, and safety.
!!! 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.
How to remove Software-dl.xyz Pop-up Ads & 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 the SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
2. Manual Removal Method (recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).
Remove Software-dl.xyz Pop-up Ads & Redirects Automatically:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect Software-dl.xyz 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 purchase a subscription.
SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.
Find out more about the the SpyHunter’s (EULA) and read and follow 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 to 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.
Remove Software-dl.xyz Pop-up Ads & Redirects Manually:
!!! Please note: You can remove Software-dl.xyz 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 Software-dl.xyz 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 Software-dl.xyz, ShowBox Ads, Play-bar.net, Optmz.online, Outbrain.com, Cpmofferconvert.com, Searchgoog.ru, SmartInf.ru, GotoSearch.ru, Search Manager, Searchguide.level3.com, KMSPico, Web-start.org, 9o0gle.com, Down.baidu2016.com, Ludashi, Playbar.biz, 1.loadblanks.ru, 2080.hit.buy-targeted-traffic.com, Ads by Advertise, Syndication.exoclick.com, Ads by Mgid, Popads.net or any 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 some, just double-click it and try to remove it. Although, please keep in mind, that this is an active infection and you may 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 Software-dl.xyz 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 close 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 lower-left part of the screen.
2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit Enter.
1. At the top of the Firefox window (upper-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 reopen.
3. Check for arguments added by Software-dl.xyz in any Browser shortcuts or links to web pages:
Software-dl.xyz might also hijack your web browser shortcuts to force-load its home page. This causes the Software-dl.xyz`s web page to open up when you launch a hijacked shortcut.
The argument that Software-dl.xyz 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 Software-dl.xyz by checking the following locations: