What is Duba.com?
Duba.com is a browser hijacker that must have entered your system when you downloaded something from a third-party file sharing website. You clearly were not aware of the fact that you are installing a browser hijacker on your computer; otherwise you obviously would not have installed this program on your PC. It is important that you remove Duba.com as soon as possible because browser hijackers can be used for malware distribution by malevolent third parties. While you are it, you should also scan your computer for other potential threats that might have entered your PC along with this browser hijacker. Please do not forget that computer security threats seldom travel individually.
Where does Duba.com come from?
Although Duba.com clearly stands for a domain name, it is not like you can download the hijacker at that website. On the contrary, the program is distributed via third-party websites that do not seem to have anything to do with browser hijackers in the first place. Our research shows that users often download Duba.com when they roam file-sharing sites and torrent pages.
Please have in mind that downloading programs from unsolicited sources always puts your computer at risk. When you install some third-party application, read all the installation steps carefully as the installer might offer to install some additional programs you neither need nor want. Some of those programs might as well be Duba.com, so if you breeze through the installation wizard without any second thought, sooner your system would be swarmed with potential threats.
What does Duba.com do?
Since Duba.com is a browser hijacker, it does things any other browser hijacker would do. For starters, it hijacks your startup page, changing your default homepage. Even if you were to change your homepage back to what it used to be, Duba.com would override the modification because the hijacker affects your browser’s shortcut settings. We will show you how to change that when we get down to the hijacker’s removal.
As far as the origins of this hijacker are concerned, our security experts suggest that Duba.com most probably belong to a Russian hijacker family, so it is very likely that it affects users in the Russian-speaking countries the most. What’s more, Duba.com cannot even provide you with a genuine search service, and it outsources the sogou.com search engine, which is a popular search engine in China.
However, we cannot guarantee that Sogou.com will provide you with relevant and reliable search results because there is a good chance that Duba.com will rig them. It is very likely that some of the search results will be modified according to your likes and preferences. This just proves that Duba.com is an intrusive program that should not be tolerated any longer.
How do I remove Duba.com?
You will need to restore your browser’s shortcut to get rid of Duba.com for good. After that, you will also have to scan your PC with a computer security tool of your choice. If you fail to invest in a licensed antispyware application, you will soon face even more serious computer infections. The point is that you have to do everything in your power to protect your system from harm.
Manual Duba.com Removal
Restore Your Shortcut Settings
- Right-click your browser’s shortcut.
- Select Properties on the drop-down menu.
- Open the Shortcut tab.
- Locate the Target line.
- Delete everything that is OUTSIDE of the quotation marks.
- Click OK.
Restore Internet Explorer
- Press Alt+T and click Internet options.
- Open the Advanced tab and click Reset.
- Select Delete personal settings and click Reset.
- Press Close.
Restore Mozilla Firefox
- Press Alt+H and Troubleshooting information.
- Click Refresh Firefox at the top right of the new tab.
- Click Refresh Firefox again and press Finish.
Restore Google Chrome
- Press Alt+F and click Settings.
- Click Show advanced settings at the bottom.
- Scroll down and click Reset settings.
- Press Reset.
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