Also Known As: Storimbo Virus, Type: Adware, Distribution: High
Damage level: Medium
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on
Storimbo ads and deals removal instructions
What is Storimbo?
Storimbo is a browser plugin developed by SuperWeb LLC. This add-on promises to enhance users' Internet browsing experience by displaying related search results, website ratings, and enabling multiple site search capabilities. Whilst this added functionality is valid, Internet users should be aware that the Storimbo browser extension causes unwanted ads including search, banner, text link, transitional, interstitial, and full page advertisements. Furthermore, this potentially unwanted application 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 information.
Having this adware installed on your Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) can cause malware infections and may lead to identity thefts. The company responsible for creating Storimbo, distributes this adware using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling', and thus, Internet users often install this add-on without their consent. Further research shows that this company creates identical browser extensions under different names in order to avoid detection by legitimate antivirus and anti-spyware programs. Previous variants were named SurfEnhance, WonderBrowse, amongst many others.
Commonly, Internet users install Storimbo having been tricked by deceptive free software 'download clients' or through fake browser updates. To avoid installation of such adware, users should download Internet browser updates directly from the developers' websites and express caution when downloading free software. Today, most freeware download websites use download clients to monetize their free services, and thus, reckless free software downloading can result in installation of various potentially unwanted applications, which subsequently cause unwanted ads or browser redirects. When downloading free software, look for offers to install additional browser plugins and decline them. A clear indication that your Internet browsers are infiltrated with this adware are "Storimbo Ads", "Powered by Storimbo", and "Storimbo Deals" advertisements visible whilst browsing the Internet. To eliminate these unwanted ads, use the removal instructions provided. The screenshot below shows how this plugin is distributed - initially, Internet users are provided with a fake browser update pop-up, which then leads to a deceptive download client.
Screenshot of deceptive free software downloaded promoting the Storimbo add-on:
- What is Storimbo?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Storimbo application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Storimbo add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Storimbo plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Storimbo extension from Mozilla Firefox.
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".
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 remaining 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 on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Storimbo" and disable it.
If you continue to have problems with removal of Storimbo, 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 Storimbo from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Storimbo", select it and click the trash can icon.
If you continue having problems with the removal of Storimbo 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen click the "Reset browser settings" button.
In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove Storimbo from Mozilla Firefox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Storimbo".
If you have problems with removal of Storimbo, 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.
Storimbo Ads 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 Storimbo Ads distribution:
To avoid installation of Storimbo Ads 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 Storimbo Ads from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.
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