I wrote this article to help you remove Duba.com. This Duba.com removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
The Duba.com website is anything but reliable. Moreover, it indicates that your computer has been infected with a cyber infection. A browser hijacker, to be precise. The Duba.com page is the hijacker`s way of informing you of its presence. It uses it at a front. You, on the other hand, should take it as a warning as that’s what it is. As soon as you notice this domain taking over, accept that your machine is infected and start looking for a way out.
Hijackers are not the type of virus you would want to deal with once they get out of control. And they will, eventually. The more time this pest spends on your machine, the more problems it causes. However, there is a silver lining. The hijacker is not that hard to tackle IF you act fast. On the other hand, however, letting it spend time on your PC is the worst decision you can possibly make. The infection will completely destroy your online browsing and it will expose your privacy to strangers. So, don’t hesitate. The pest has to go. The sooner the better.
You probably know that, as a virus, this hijacker was never meant to be beneficial to you. On the contrary. It was only created to serve hackers` malicious purposes. They use it to generate web traffic to specific pages and gain money via the pay-per-click mechanism. And they use you as well. Their profits come only at your expense. How? As soon as the hijacker enters your PC, it adds a pesky extension to all of your browsers, thus injecting them with ads. You are constantly bombarded with questionable commercials which are popping on your screen, blocking page content. What is more, the hijacker replaces your previous homepage and search engine with its own Duba.com domain. Of course, your permission was not needed. The pest is able to make changes in your browsers` settings as it sees fit.
So, now that you are stuck with this new search engine you face even more issues. The page doesn’t generate safe and accurate search results as it promises. What it provides is a very quick access to malware. You cannot trust the links presented to you. Or the ads. As we said, crooks use them to make money. A single click of yours fills their pockets AND exposes you to malware risk. If you accidentally or on purpose click on the wrong ad/link, you automatically invite more pests on your already infected and underperforming machine. Is that what you want? To compromise your computer even more? We doubt it. You already have an infection to worry about and it is more than enough.
The hijacker ruins your web surfing completely. You cannot find anything you are looking for online. Instead, you are constantly interrupted and redirected to shady pages. But the infection has more in store for you. The above-mention issues even pale in comparison to the security risk you are taking by keeping the hijacker. It spies on your and monitors your every online move. It has access to your private details, hence, so do the crooks who published it. Consider your private life no longer private while you are hosting this hijacker. It keeps on collecting valuable data and sending it to its developers. The only way to stop it is by deleting it for good. And you have to act fast. Use our removal guide below and get rid of this infection while it is not too late.
But how did you get stuck with Duba.com in the first place? We assume it is safe to say that you didn’t download it on purpose and yet, it is still on board. This is because hijackers are secretive and tricky. They dupe you into allowing their entrance by relying on tricks and deceit. For example, spam email messages. If you receive a message from an unknown sender, delete it immediately even if it looks legitimate. The same goes for suspicious messages that you receive online. On Facebook, for instance. Opening them or their attachments could result in an infected computer.
Another technique involves bundles. Be extra careful when installing bundles (or updates). Don’t rush and opt for the Custom settings in the Setup Wizard instead of the Basic ones. They take more time but they also give you complete control over the installation process. Choose safety over speed. Choose caution over carelessness. It is the only way to protect yourself from all the nasty infection that are roaming the web.
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you know how to do this, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Please, follow the steps precisely to remove Duba.com from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.
Remove From Chrome:
Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still can not remove Duba.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.