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How to remove the Cloudfront virus – Cloudfront.net malware removal instructions (Uninstall guide)

What is the Cloudfront virus (pop-up/redirect)?

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The Cloudfront virus also referred to as the Cloud Front redirect or Cloudfront pop-up, is malware categorized as adware and browser hijacker that has been causing issues for many internet users for several years. The Cloudfront virus has been reported to infect a computer system without consent or knowledge and alter internet browser settings including start pages (home page) and default search engines, causing internet browsers to redirect to cloudfront.net and other websites. Other symptoms of Cloudfront malware include unwanted Cloudfront pop-up advertisements (javascript) and in-text advertisements. It has also been reported that Cloudfront advertisements may contain malicious links to phishing websites such as Update91.com, Treyeats.com and promote unethical scareware (rogue software), spyware, and other third-party malware such as Flash Player Pro.

Most victims of the Cloudfront virus claim that their internet browser redirects to cloudfront.net and other websites such as Delta Search without consent when attempting to search the internet using the address bar. Cloudfront.net and associated third-party malware may also block or restrict access to legitimate websites. In some scenarios, in order to stop unwanted cloudfront.net pop-ups and redirections it may be necessary to remove unwanted browser attachments and uninstall software that may have installed without consent. This may also include freeware, shareware, and codecs. In other scenarios it may be necessary to include the cloudfront.net domain to your Windows host file in order to block the unwanted advertisements, or use legitimate software and extensions that block or restrict adware and custom websites by URL.

Cloudfront malware is also very invasive and has been reported to collect sensitive information. This particular infection and relating malware is linked to cyber crime involving credit theft, extortion, and identity theft. On a lesser-scale, victims have reported a large amount of email spam relating to recent browsing habits, junk mail, and telephone calls from telemarketers. If you recently searched the internet for a cell phone, you may receive numerous spam email containing suspicious deals for cell phones and cell phone carriers. This also relates to advertisements Cloudfront and third-parties may generate.

Is Cloudfront.net safe?

According to Google Safe Browsing for the Cloudfront domain, Cloudfront.net is not safe. Cloudfront.net was listed for sucpicious activity 820 times over a 90 period starting in 2012.

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What happened when Google visited this site?

  • Of the 28554 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 1 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2013-06-29, and the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 2013-06-29.
  • Malicious software includes 17 trojan(s), 9 virus, 5 scripting exploit(s).
  • Malicious software is hosted on 2 domain(s), including cornhole.com/onestepbuildingsystem.com/.
  • 1 domain(s) appear to be functioning as intermediaries for distributing malware to visitors of this site, includincornhole.com/.

Has Cloudfront.net hosted malware?

  • Yes, this site has hosted malicious software over the past 90 days. It infected 5 domain(s), including pmserramenti.it/bit.ly/ow.ly/.

   Green Arrow Bullet   How to remove Cloudfront malware

  1. Automatically remove Cloudfront malware – Scan for and automatically remove Cloudfront and third-party malware
  2. Manually remove Cloudfront – Remove/Uninstall Cloudfront software and third-party malware, or view other solutions

1. Automatic Cloudfront removal

Use the instructions below to automatically remove Cloudfront and third-party malware,  as well as automatically remove unwanted search engines from your home page, default search engine, browser shortcuts, and other hijacked settings.

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

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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, make sure to do so.

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

Malwarebytes Perform Full Scan

4. Once the malware scan is complete, Malwarebytes may prompt a notice 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) or click the Delete button to remove quarantined files.

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CCleaner can be used to automatically repair internet browser settings startup up settings, and uninstall Cloudfront and related software.

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

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2. Once installed, open 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.

4. To automatically uninstall Cloudfront, related software, and unwanted programs, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for Cloudfront, etc. in the list of installed programs. Uninstall Cloudfront.net software as selected.

2. Manual Cloudfront removal

Use the instructions below to manually uninstall Cloudfront and third-party software using generic Microsoft Windows removal procedures and secondary solutions. 

How to uninstall Cloudfront malware

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

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2. Click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program.

3. In the list of installed programs, search for Cloudfront and other potentially unwanted software. Once located, double click the unwanted programs or highlight them in the list and click the Uninstall button.

How to remove Cloudfront add-ons and extensions

Use the instructions to remove Cloudfront add-ons, extensions, plugins, and toolbars. Please note, it may be necessary to remove multiple third-party browser attachments.

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 Cloudfront extension 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 Cloudfront add-on and remove it.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.

2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for the Cloudfront add-on and remove it if located.

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