InfoAtoms Adware

Also Known As: InfoAtoms Virus
Type: Browser Hijacker
Damage level: Medium
Distribution: High
Damage Level

InfoAtoms - how to remove?

What is InfoAtoms?

InfoAtoms is a free browser add-on developed by InfoAtoms Inc. This browser extension promises to enhance users' Internet browsing experience by displaying instant search results, translations, synonyms, etc. when the user highlights text within any website. This added functionality speeds up the process of searching for specific information and Internet users are able to find what they are looking for without opening additional browser tabs. Whilst such functionality may seem useful, there is a downside to using this browser plug-in: it is promoted using deceptive methods and many computer users report that they have installed it on their Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla FireFox) unwillingly.

Unwilling installations such as these are often caused by freeware and download clients - InfoAtoms self-installs along with this type of software. Furthermore, this browser add-on may be bundled with other adware such as Claro Search toolbar (resulting in redirects to and Superfish (displaying unwanted coupon ads). InfoAtoms is not a computer virus or related to malware infections, however, it is a potentially unwanted program, which may lead to various computer security issues. Its functionality is similar to that of Buzzdock.


To prevent unwilling installation of adware such as InfoAtoms, download free software only from legitimate sources, and moreover, always pay close attention to the installation steps of downloaded freeware. Disallow any suggested changes to Internet browser settings and opt-out of any additional software, browser extension, or toolbar installation. If you believe that InfoAtoms was installed on your computer without your consent, use the removal guide provided to eliminate this adware from your Internet browsers.

Quick menu:

InfoAtoms removal:

Note that in some cases, InfoAtoms is installed together with the Claro Search toolbar and SuperFish.

Windows 7 users:


Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate and click "Programs and Features".

Windows XP users:


Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". 

WIndows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".

InfoAtoms uninstall

In the uninstall programs window, look for "BrowserProtect, Claro Chrome Toolbar, Claro Toolbar, InfoAtoms, WindowsShopper", select this entry and click " Uninstall" or "Remove"

After uninstalling InfoAtoms and any additional adware entries, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software. Remove all entries that this program detects to ensure your PC is clean from any possible spyware and malware infections.

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InfoAtoms removal from browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove InfoAtoms from Internet Explorer:

InfoAtoms removal from Internet Explorer

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for InfoAtoms Inc. related entries ("InfoAtoms") and disable them.

If you encounter Internet Explorer redirects to, remove claro search toolbar.
If you see unwanted WindowsShopper ads in Internet Explorer, remove SuperFish adware.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of InfoAtoms, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl". In the opened window click on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click on the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options". In the opened windows select "Advanced" tab and click on the "Reset" button.

Google Chrome logoRemove InfoAtoms from Google Chrome:

InfoAtoms removal from Google Chrome

Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions".  Locate "InfoAtoms", select this entry and click on the trash can icon.

If you encounter Google Chrome redirects to, remove claro search toolbar.
If you see unwanted WindowsShopper ads in Google Chrome, remove SuperFish adware.

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove InfoAtoms from FireFox:

InfoAtoms removal from Mozilla FireFox

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon(at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "InfoAtoms".

If you encounter Mozilla FireFox redirects to, remove claro search toolbar.
If you see unwanted WindowsShopper ads in Mozilla FireFox, remove SuperFish

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of InfoAtoms, reset your Mozilla FireFox settings to default.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click on the Firefox menufirefox menu iconin the opened menu click on the "Open Help Menu" iconfirefox help menu then select "Troubleshooting Information", in the opened window click on "Reset Firefox" button.



A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.

A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. Here are some examples of free software download clients that are used in InfoAtoms Adware distribution:

Free software download managers distributing browser hijackers

To avoid installation of InfoAtoms Adware be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine:

Declining installation of browser hijackers

Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.

Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker:

  • Your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed.
  • Appearance of new toolbars.
  • Slow performance of Internet browsers.
  • New Bookmarks or Favorites added.
  • You can't change your homepage or default search engine.
  • You see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website.
  • You get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.

If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove InfoAtoms Adware from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.

If you have additional information on InfoAtoms Adware or it's removal please share your knowledge in the comments section below.


#3 Phillip 2013-04-01 16:47
this is spamware and trash.
#2 Matt 2013-03-08 11:26
What I did was after following the instructions here for infoatoms removal, I went into windows explorer and searched for infoatoms, and highlighted all entries and deleted them. After that I could not find the entry in Firefox extensions and uninstall said the program was not there anymore but would not allow me to remove reference to it.
#1 Matt 2013-03-08 10:57
Removing infoatoms this way does not seem to work. Windows defender has told me 3 times in the last 2 days about potential malware and each time it is infoatoms.
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