Also Known As: InfoAtoms Virus, Type: Browser Hijacker, Distribution: High
Damage level: Medium
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on
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 claro-search.com) 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.
- What is InfoAtoms?
- STEP 1. Uninstall BrowserProtect, Claro Chrome Toolbar, Claro Toolbar, InfoAtoms, WindowsShopper applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove InfoAtoms add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove InfoAtoms plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove InfoAtoms extension from Mozilla Firefox.
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:
Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".
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.
InfoAtoms removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove InfoAtoms from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" 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 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 the "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 the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options".
In the opened window, select the "Advanced" tab.
Click the "Reset" button.
Confirm that you want to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove InfoAtoms from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu 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 continue having problems with the removal of InfoAtoms add-on, you can reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". From the opened menu, select "Extensions". In the opened window, select "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the "Show advanced settings…" link.
Remove InfoAtoms from FireFox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "InfoAtoms".
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 the Firefox menu,in the opened menu, click the "Open Help Menu" icon,
Select "Troubleshooting Information".
In the opened window click the "Reset Firefox" button.
In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" 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:
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:
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.
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