Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
Storimbo ads and deals removal instructions
Storimbo is a browser plugin developed by SuperWeb LLC. This add-on promises to enhance user's Internet browsing experience by showing related search results, website ratings and allowing multiple site search capabilities. While there's nothing wrong with such added functionality Internet users should be aware of the fact that Storimbo browser extension causes unwanted ads - search, banner, text link, transitional, interstitial and full page advertisements, moreover this potentially unwanted application tracks user's Internet browsing by recording IP address, unique identifier number, operating system, browser information, URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries entered, and other information.
Having this adware installed on one's Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox) can cause malware infections and may lead to identity thefts. Company which is responsible for creating Storimbo distributes this adware using a deceptive software marketing method called bundling thus most commonly Internet users installs this add-on without their consent. Further research shows that this company is creating identical browser extensions with different names to avoid detection by legitimate antivirus and anti-spyware programs. Previously released variants were named SurfEnhance, WonderBrowse and many other.
Most commonly Internet users install Storimbo when being tricked by deceptive free software download clients or through fake browser updates. To avoid installation of such adware computer users should download Internet browser updates from it's developers website and be very careful when downloading free software. Nowadays the majority of freeware download websites are using download clients to monetize their free services and thus reckless free software downloading can easily end up in installation of various potentially unwanted applications which then cause unwanted ads or browser redirects. When downloading free software look for offers to install additional browser plugins and decline them. Clear indication that one's Internet browsers are infiltrated with this adware are "Storimbo Ads", "Powered by Storimbo" and "Storimbo Deals" advertisements visible while browsing the Internet. To eliminate such unwanted ads use the provided removal instructions. Screenshot below shows how this plugin is being distributed - first Internet users are provided with a fake browser update pop-up which then leads to a shady download client.
Screenshot of a deceptive free software downloaded promoting Storimbo add-on:
Storimbo ads 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 "Storimbo", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove"
After uninstalling Storimbo scan your computer for any left unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Remove Storimbo ads from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Storimbo from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Storimbo" and disable it.
If you continue having problems with removal of Storimbo you can reset you 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.
Remove Storimbo from Google Chrome:
Click on a wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Storimbo" select it and click on a trash can icon.
Remove Storimbo from Mozilla Firefox:
Click "Firefox" (at the top left of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Storimbo".
If you are having problems with the removal of Storimbo you can reset you 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 on "Reset Firefox" button.