What is Cloudfront? And how does it function?
Cloudfront, also known as “Amazon Cloudfront”, is a legitimate service just like Amazonaws. However, just like Amazonaws, Cloudfront was also found to be exploited by hackers to disseminate their malicious content. In other words, this program is being used by cyber crooks to spread banners, pop-ups, in-text links and commercial offers from its affiliated sites.
Cloudfront has several versions like “D2pezc1a2cl20m.cloudfront.net” and “D2ucfwpxlh3zh3.cloudfront.net”. When either of these versions is installed in your computer, you will be bombarded with tons of ads every time you browse the internet. Some of these ads can get really intrusive and pops up no matter what website you are visiting. Some of them could even redirect you to suspicious and unknown websites that may urge you to install some program or have you answer some survey online that will require you to provide personal data. What’s worse is that you could also get redirected to websites that display tech support scams – alerts that make you think your computer is infected with some malware and will pressure you into calling a fake tech support number.
How does Cloudfront spread online?
Cloudfront spreads the web via software bundles that are offered on free sharing sites. It is added as one of the optional components in a free software package and if you’re not careful, you could end up installing it along with other extra programs in the bundle. To avoid such occurrence, you must use the Advanced or Custom setup when installing such package.
To successfully remove Cloudfront from your computer, make sure to follow the removal guide below.
Step 1: Start by opening the Task Manager by simply pressing the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys.
Step 2: Next, go to Processes and look for the processes named “Amazon Cloudfront” and then right click on each one of them and select End Process or End Task to kill their processes.
Step 3: Then open the Control Panel. To do so, tap the Windows key + R, then type in appwiz.cpl and then click OK or press Enter.
Step 4: Look for Amazon Web Service or Amazon Cloudfront and any suspicious program and then Uninstall them.
Step 5: Close all the browsers affected by Amazon Cloudfront. If you’re having a hard time closing them, you can close them using the Task Manager just tap on Ctrl + Shift + Esc.
Step 6: After you open the Task Manager, go to the Processes tab and look for the infected browser’s process and end it.
Step 7: Edit your Hosts File
- Tap the Win + R keys to open then type in %WinDir% and then click OK.
- Go to System32/drivers/etc.
- Open the host’s file using Notepad.
- Delete all the entries containing Amazon Cloudfront.
- After that, save the changes you’ve made and close the file.
Step 8: Reset all your browsers to default to their default state.
- Launch Google Chrome, press Alt + F, move to More tools, and click Extensions.
- Look for Amazon Cloudfront or any other unwanted add-ons, click the Recycle Bin button, and choose Remove.
- Restart Google Chrome, then tap Alt + F, and select Settings.
- Navigate to the On Startup section at the bottom.
- Select “Open a specific page or set of pages”.
- Click the More actions button next to the hijacker and click Remove.
- Open the browser and tap Ctrl + Shift + A to access the Add-ons Manager.
- In the Extensions menu Remove the unwanted extension.
- Restart the browser and tap keys Alt + T.
- Select Options and then move to the General menu.
- Overwrite the URL in the Home Page section and then restart the browser.
- Launch Internet Explorer.
- Tap Alt + T and select Internet options.
- Click the General tab and then overwrite the URL under the homepage section.
- Click OK to save the changes.
Step 9: Hold down Windows + E keys simultaneously to open File Explorer.
Step 10: Navigate to the following directories and look for suspicious files associated with Amazon Cloudfront and delete it/them.
Step 11: Close the File Explorer.
Step 12: Empty the Recycle Bin.
Follow the advanced instructions below to ensure the removal of Amazon Cloudfront using [product-name] as well as all the file residues it left behind.
Perform a full system scan using [product-code]. To do so, follow these steps:
- Turn on your computer. If it’s already on, you have to reboot
- After that, the BIOS sreen will be displayed, but if Windows pops up instead, reboot your computer and try again. Once you’re on the BIOS screen, repeat pressing F8, by doing so the Advanced Option shows up.
- To navigate the Advanced Option use the arrow keys and select Safe Mode with Networking then hit
- Windows will now load the SafeMode with Networking.
- Press and hold both R key and Windows key.
- If done correctly, the Windows Run Box will show up.
- Type in the URL address, [product-url] in the Run dialog box and then tap Enter or click OK.
- After that, it will download the program. Wait for the download to finish and then open the launcher to install the program.
- Once the installation process is completed, run [product-code] to perform a full system scan.
- After the scan is completed click the “Fix, Clean & Optimize Now”button.