InfoAtoms Adware

Also Known As: InfoAtoms Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: <strong>Medium</strong>

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.

InfoAtoms

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:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs" and click "Uninstall a program".

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

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 lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Programs and Features".

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click “Finder”, in the opened screen select “Applications”. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select “Empty Trash”.

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 Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

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 claro-search.com, 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 the infoatoms adware, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options".

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the "Advanced" tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the "Reset" button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Google Chrome logoRemove InfoAtoms from Google Chrome:

InfoAtoms removal from Google Chrome

Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the infoatoms adware, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options 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.

Resetting Google Chrome setting to default - accessing settings

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the "Reset browser settings" button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - advanced settings

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - confirm that you want to reset Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button

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

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

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 claro-search.com, remove claro search toolbar.
If you see unwanted WindowsShopper ads in Mozilla FireFox, remove SuperFish

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with infoatoms adware removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click the "Open Help Menu" icon, firefox help menu

Resettings Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing settings window

Select "Troubleshooting Information".

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

In the opened window, click the "Reset Firefox" button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - clicking the

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

safari browser logoRemove infoatoms adware from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click “Safari” menu, then select “Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the “Extensions” tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

In the preferences window select “General” tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select “Search” tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on “Safari” menu. From the drop down menu select “Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select “all history” and click the “Clear History” button.

resetting safari step 2

Summary:

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 browser hijackers distribution:

Free software download managers distributing browser hijackers

To avoid installation of infoatoms virus 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 virus from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.

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