Higher Aurum Virus
Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
Higher Aurum removal instructions
Higher Aurum is a potentially unwanted application, which generates various unwanted ads and tracks users' Internet browsing habits. While many Internet users refer to this browser add-on as a virus, it is actually adware distributed via free software downloads. Users often realise that their Internet browsers are infiltrated with this unwanted browser plugin having noticed "Higher Aurum Ads", "Higher Aurum Deals", and "Powered by Higher Aurum" advertisements appearing whilst surfing the Internet. The source of these ads is adware, which installs on users' Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without their consent. Today, the majority of free software download websites use 'download clients' in order to promote various free browser plugins and monetize their free services.
Download clients commonly cause inadvertent, unwanted installations of adware. To avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications, Internet users should be express caution when downloading freeware, and if your download is managed by a download client, decline any offer of additional browser extension installation. Note that some download clients are deceptive and hide the 'decline' button, which is used to opt-out of installation of promoted browser plugins.
Higher Aurum adds no value to Internet browsing and causes various unwanted ads including search, banner, text link, transitional, interstitial, and full page ads. Moreover, it tracks users' Internet browsing habits by recording IP addresses, unique identifier numbers, operating systems, browser information, URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries entered, and other software and hardware information. Having this browser extension installed on your browser can cause malware infections and privacy issues. Developers of this plugin (Super Web LLC) release identical browser extensions under different names in order to avoid detection by antivirus and anti-spyware programs. Previous variants of this adware include BatBrowse and Browse Beyond amongst many others. If you have accidentally installed this browser add-on, use the removal instructions provided to eliminate it from your system.
Higher Aurum removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features".
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Locate "Programs and Features".
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 "Higher Aurum", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling Higher Aurum, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Remove Higher Aurum from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Higher Aurum from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Higher Aurum" and disable it.
If you continue to have problems with removal of Higher Aurum, 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.
Remove Higher Aurum from Google Chrome:
Click the wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Higher Aurum", select it and click the trash can icon.
If the Higher Aurum extension is greyed-out and you cannot remove it ("This extension is managed and cannot be removed or disabled"), follow this removal guide - how to remove a managed Google Chrome extension?
Remove Higher Aurum from Mozilla Firefox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable this add-on: "Higher Aurum".
If you have problems with the removal of Higher Aurum, reset your Mozilla Firefox settings to default.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top left corner of the main window click "Firefox", in the opened drop down menu choose Help and then click on Troubleshooting Information, in the opened window click the "Reset Firefox" button.
Higher Aurum Virus is an adware program that tracks user's Internet browsing and generates intrusive online advertisements. Most commonly adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate user's Internet browsers through free software downloads. Internet users should know that nowadays most of free software download websites are using download clients to manage their freeware download process, unfortunately some of the mentioned download clients don't properly disclose the fact that advertised browser plugins or toolbars will be installed together with the free program that users have decided to download.
Download clients and installers that are used to distribute adware commonly hide the “decline” button that can be used to opt-out of installing the advertised potentially unwanted applications. Some of the malicious free software download websites doesn't allow to download the chosen freeware if users decide to decline the installation of promoted software. Notice that the safest source for downloading free software is it's developers website. Screenshot of the free software download clients that are used in Higher Aurum Virus distribution:
To avoid installation of Higher Aurum Virus be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to decline installation of promoted browser plug-ins and toolbars:
When installing the already downloaded free program choose “custom” or “advanced” installation options – this step will reveal all of the potentially unwanted applications that are being installed together with your chosen free program:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove Higher Aurum Virus from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.