How to remove the iVIDI virus – search.ividi.org redirect removal instructions

iVIDI virus (search.ividi.org)

The ividi virus (also found as iVIDI Video Plugin) is dangerous malware categorized as a browser hijacker and spyware that causes many problems for computer users relating to the invasion of privacy and computer, unethical marketing practices, and internet browser functionality. Ividi malware changes existing internet browser settings of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer including the homepage and default, managed, and provided search engines; causing popular internet browsers to start up on search.ividi.org when opening new browser windows and tabs as well as redirect to search.ividi.org when users attempt to search the web using the browser address bar.

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The ividi virus (though not technically a computer virus) has been reported to invade the privacy of it’s users. Ividi and related parties may collect, store, and distribute sensitive user information including your name, home address, email address, internet browsing activity, and more. Ividi.org may also use unethical techniques to collect your age, gender, household income, and occupation. The information collected is often used to submit users to mailing and marketing lists without direct consent or knowledge.

Victims of the search.ividi.org redirect virus have reported unwanted email spam, junk mail, and even telephone calls from telemarketers concerning their recent internet browser activity.

Search results displayed by the ividi.org search engine are often irrelevant, sponsored, and/or contain links to suspicious and malicious websites.

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Ividi is promoted as a high definition video player and can be manually and voluntarily installed from ividi.org; however most Antivirus suites will block the malware from infecting the computer system.

How does the ividi virus get onto a computer?

Ividi malware often bundles with third-party downloadable content including freeware or shareware. If you recently installed questionable software or software from questionable sources, chances are you picked up software that may cause your internet browser to redirect to search.ividi.org and other websites including search.conduit.com.

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Unethical websites like download.com often bundle malware with their downloads in order to monetize free products and services.

Ividi malware may also be contracted by clicking suspicious advertisements, social media content, torrent downloads, and more. In most cases the advertisements may claim to contain a codec or plugin to play a video.

  Green Arrow Bullet   How to remove the ividi virus

  1. Uninstall ividi – Use the correct procedures to uninstall software promoting the www.search.ividi.org redirect (from 2 options)
  2. Remove ividi browser attachments – Remove ividi browser add-ons and extensions
  3. Automatically remove ividi malware – Scan for and remove malware infecting your computer system
  4. Manually remove search.ividi.org homepage
  5. Manually remove search.ividi.org Search Engine

 

1. Uninstall ividi (2 options)

Option 1: Windows Uninstall (Manual Uninstall)

1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel.

Uninstall a program

2. Click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program (depending on your version of Windows).

3. In the list of installed programs search for ividi, ividi Toolbar, and unwanted third party software (including programs you recently installed). Uninstall ividi and any unwanted software by double clicking the program’s icon, or highlight the program in the list and click the Uninstall button/tab.

Option 2: CCleaner by Piriform (Automated Uninstall)

CCleaner by Piriform

CCleaner can be used to uninstall stubborn software and software used to promote the ividi browser hijacker.

1. Install the free or paid version of CCleaner by Piriform and run the program.

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2. Once installed, navigate to ToolsUninstall tab and locate unwanted software in the list. To automatically uninstall the found software click Run Uninstaller.

2. Remove ividi browser attachments

If necessary after uninstalling ividi software, you may need to remove a browser add-on or extension. Please note, it may be necessary to remove multiple third-party titles.

Google Chrome

1. Click on the Customize icon (wrench or 3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to Tools > Extensions.

2. Search for the ividi extension (iVIDI Toolbar, etc.) and remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to them.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.

2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the ividi add-on (iVIDI Toolbar, etc.) and remove it.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.

2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for the ividi add-on (iVIDI Toolbar, etc.) and remove it if located.

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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware can be used to detect and remove Do Searches and/or third-party malware from your computer system.

1. Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.

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2. Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the program. If you are using the free version of Malwarebytes you will be prompted to update the database, please do so.

3. Open the first tab labeled “Scanner” and select the Perform full scan option. Click the Scan button to perform a full system scan. Malwarebytes will automatically detect malware infecting your computer system.

Malwarebytes Perform Full Scan

4. Once the full system scan is complete, Malwarebytes may prompt a message stating malicious objects were detected. Select the malicious objects and click the Remove Selected button to completely remove the malicious files from your computer (the image below shows a file that is NOT selected).

Malwarebytes Gadgetbox

4. Automatically repair browser settings (Automated repair)

CCleaner by Piriform

CCleaner can also be used to repair internet browser settings and stop your browser from redirecting to ividi.org and other unwanted search engines.

1. Install the free or paid version of CCleaner by Piriform and run the program.

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CCleaner Analyze Cleaner

2. Once installed, run the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

CCleaner Startup

3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found. Look for anything that may be suspicious or contain “do or search” in the title or filename.

5. Manually remove search.ividi.org homepage

  • In Mozilla Firefox navigate to Tools > Options or click Firefox in the top left corner and click Options > Options. Under the General tab remove search.ividi.org from the “Home Page:” field and replace it with your preferred home page URL.
  • In Microsoft Internet Explorer navigate to Tools >Internet Options. Remove search.ividi.org from the Home Page field and replace it with your preferred URL.
  • In Google Chrome click the customize icon (wrench or 3 bars) and navigate to Settings.Click “Set pages” under the On startup option. Remove search.ividi.org and replace it with your preferred URL.

6. Manually remove search.ividi.org Search Engine

  • In Mozilla Firefox, click the small search magnify glass near the search box (not url/search field) and click “Manage Search Engines…”. Remove the search.ividi.org search engine from the list of search providers by highlighting the selections and clicking remove.
  • In Microsoft Internet Explorer navigate to Tools > Manage Add Ons > Search Providers and remove the search.ividi.org search engine from the list.
  • In Google Chrome, click the customize icon (wrench or 3 bars) and navigate to Settings > Manage search engines… click the X next to the search.ividi.org search engine to remove it.

Please note, If http://www.search.ividi.org/ is set as Google Chrome’s default search engine, add (or select) a new search engine (such as Google.com) and select the new search engine as the default search engine, then remove unwanted search engine by clicking the X next to it.

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Sean Doyle

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Sean Doyle is an engineer from Los Angeles, California. Sean's primary focuses include Internet Security, Web Spam, and Online Marketing.