iLivid Virus Information and Prevention

Screenshot of the iLivid Virus screen

The iLivid Virus hijacks your Internet web browser and redirects your Internet searches to Similar to the Firefox Redirect Virus, the malware alters your Domain Name System (DNS). However, unlike the Firefox Redirect Virus, iLivid will attempt to infect all of the Internet browsers that are installed on your PC.

What Does It Do?

The iLivid Virus adds several components to your Internet browser, such as a search toolbar. These components are added without your knowledge and consent. Other symptoms include slowness with your Internet browser, search engine searches provide unwanted results, and typing a legit URL on your browser will redirect you to a page full of advertisements or to the website.

The creators of the iLivid Virus benefit from your clicks. For example, when you are redirected to website and if you click on the advertisements displayed on the site, the creators will receive advertisement fees from your clicks. However, there’s a greater malicious intent than to gain profits from your clicks. The iLivid Virus is capable of stealing your personal information by recording your keystrokes and capturing your username and passwords to your email, credit cards, and banking information.

Infected by Drive-By Download of iLivid

You may become infected with the iLivid Virus when attempting to download movies, music, or pirated software. The malware presents itself as a legit product called 'iLivid Free Download Manager," which attempts to trick you into believing that the tool is used for assisting with your media downloads.

iLivid Virus can also infect your PC by drive-by downloads. A drive-by download is a malicious program that is installed on your computer while visiting an infected website or viewing an HTML email message. Drive-by download programs are installed without your consent, and you don’t even have to click on a link on the web page or email to get infected. Drive-by downloads are considered to be client-side attacks. Client-side attacks target vulnerabilities that exist in your computer system which interact with a compromised server. Consequently, drive-by downloads can identify and exploit vulnerabilities that may exist in your browser as well as attack your PC due to low-security settings.

How to Prevent It

This threat exposes vulnerabilities within your system (the client). In order to protect your computer form the iLivid Virus and other drive-by download attacks, make sure you have installed the latest version for your Internet browser. Older Internet browsers are likely to have security holes that may be exploited by the iLivid Virus. If you’re running Windows on your PC and use Internet Explorer, updates for your browser are included when you install Windows Updates. To improve security for Internet Explorer, make sure you install all available updates for your browser by accessing Windows Update on your PC.

If you’re a Firefox user, you should check your browser for patches that can contain security fixes. By default, your Firefox browser is configured to automatically check for updates. When an update is available, your Firefox browser will notify you with an alarm prompt. All you have to do is click "OK" on from the prompt and the new version will be downloaded and installed on your computer. Once you restart Firefox, your browser will have the latest patches/version applied.

Just like Internet Explorer and Firefox, Google Chrome automatically updates whenever it detects a new version is available. When updates are available, your Google Chrome browser’s menu located on the toolbar will display a green arrow.

In addition to downloading and installing the latest version for your Internet browser, you should also make your browser secure by applying changes to your browser settings. By ensuring you are using the highest security browser settings and add-ons, you can keep from becoming infected with the iLivid Virus.