URL:Phishing is a detection name that you can spectate while browsing the network. That name is used by Avast, Avira, and AVG antiviruses to describe the possibly dangerous sites. You have nothing to worry about in some cases, but sometimes that means that your PC is infected with different malware. In this post, you will read about the reasons for URL:Phishing appearance and the ways of malware removal.
What is URL:Phishing detection?
Phishing is a type of social engineering attack in which cybercriminals trick victims into handing over sensitive information or installing malware. As I have mentioned, this detection name means that your antivirus blocked the connection to a malicious website. In some cases, especially with free variants of Avast or AVG antiviruses, URL:Phishing may be just a false detection. Free anti-malware programs usually do not have an automatic database update function, so the databases of this security tool remain the same since the installation. Because of some mistakes of the heuristic engine, your security tool may block a legit site that contains no malicious links or elements.
The problem is that sometimes you may see that notification without opening any pages. That usually means that your computer is infected with malware, which forces your browser to open the page. And since this website was malicious, your security tool blocked it. There is nothing to worry about – antivirus software stopped the hazard at the moment. But it would be best if you kept vigilance because one time, a virus may open the page that will not be blocked by a security tool.
How dangerous is the URL:Phishing?
Anti-malware tools never block the page if it does not contain any forbidden materials. If you see the URL:Phishing detection and that it is opened by a virus, your PC may be in danger. The initial damage to your computer may be dealt with by malware at the moment of injection. If it is a browser hijacker, or adware, the configurations of your web browser are changed. The virus took control of your browser, so it can easily collect the data about your activities in addition to the ads showing. If you know the price of your privacy, scan your computer with anti-malware software.
But the problems are not over on the damage from the exact malware. Those viruses can show you the advertisements, which contain a malicious link or an offer to get some malware. Malicious ads, also called “malvertising”, are a prevalent way of malware distribution. You need to be very attentive if you see strange ads on the websites, especially if you were not opening ones. Malware distributors use this method to spread the coin miners and scareware. Both of these virus types can make your PC usage experience as bad as you can even imagine.
How did I get the virus?
Adware and browser hijackers are usually distributed through old and uncomplicated methods. Usually, those viruses are spread through software bundling and malvertising. The exact form of those viruses may differ. You can get it as a browser plugin, simple application, or even a “toolkit for a web browser”.
Software bundling is a widespread practice among the virus developers. Users who hack the programs to make them usable without purchasing a license approve any offer to include another program in the pack because they are gaining money in such a way. Check precisely the installation window for signs like “Advanced installation settings” or so. The ability to switch off the malware installation often hides under such items.
Malicious advertisements on the web, however, is an old-timer of malware distribution. And the advice to stop clicking the blinking advertisements on untrustworthy websites exists as long as the ads are on the Internet. You can also install ad-blocking plugins for your web browser – they will deal with any ads. However, ad blockers will be useless if they are generated by adware that is already present on your PC.
How can I remove the URL:Phishing detection?
As I said earlier, old versions of free antiviruses cannot say correctly if this detects a real problem or just a false detection. To be sure about the nature of that detection, you need to scan your device with a virus. This action may be performed even with the Avast/Avira security tools, which show you the URL:Phishing notification. But free variants of these antiviruses are not able to remove the viruses. So I can offer you to use GridinSoft Anti-Malware. This program can remove the viruses and also receives database updates every day.
Remove the viruses with GridinSoft Anti-Malware
- Download GridinSoft Anti-Malware by pressing the button above. Install it to proceed the malware removal. Right after the installation program will offer you to start the Standard scan.
- Standard scan takes 3-6 minutes. It checks the disk where the system keeps its files. The majority of viruses place their files on that disk.
- After the scan is over, you can choose the action for each detected malicious item. For adware and browser hijackers, the default action is “Delete”. Press “Apply” to remove the viruses from your computer.
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