Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Low
Highlightly virus removal instructions
The Highlightly browser add-on claims to make users' Internet browsing experience more productive by displaying Wikipedia and Bing results relating to any selected text within an in-page window. Whilst such functionality may seem legitimate, this browser extension is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application, since it installs on browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without users' consent. Furthermore, the add-on generates intrusive ads and tracks users' Internet browsing activity. Highlightly is distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling', and thus, computer users often install this plugin inadvertently with free software downloaded from the Internet.
After successful infiltration, this adware generates banner, search, pop-up, pop-under, and interstitial ads, which are inserted or displayed over portions of web pages visited. The plugin also generates in-text ads - converting words on pages viewed into hyperlinks that link to advertisements. Moreover, this potentially unwanted application monitors and records users' Internet browsing activity - recording the domain names of pages viewed and advertisements that appear on these pages, IP addresses, operating system types, search queries, browsing history, physical locations, and other information. The presence of Highlightly can lead to malware and virus infections and this plugin can cause serious privacy issues. For these reasons, it is strongly recommended that you eliminate this adware from your Internet browser/s.
Highlightly is similar to other potentially unwanted applications (which install together with free software), including, for example, SaveSense, Rocket Tab, and Solteratop. The aforementioned browser plug-ins add no significant value and cause intrusive ads. To avoid installation of adware, users should be attentive when downloading free software since, today, most free software download websites use 'download clients' in order to monetize their free services. Download clients are small programs offering installation of advertised browser plug-ins with the chosen freeware. Some download clients are deceptive, and thus, it is important to inspect every download step. If your download is managed by a download client, opt-out of installation of Highlightly, or other adware, by clicking the 'decline' button. If you have already installed this plugin, use the removal guide provided to eliminate this potentially unwanted application from your Internet browser/s.
Highlightly virus 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 "Highlightly", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling Highlightly, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Remove Highlightly from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Highlightly from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Highlightly" and disable it.
If you continue to have problems with the removal of Highlightly, 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 Highlightly from Google Chrome:
Click the wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Highlightly", select it and click the trash can icon.
Remove Highlightly from Mozilla Firefox:
Click "Firefox" (at the top left of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Highlightly".
If you have problems with removal of Highlightly, 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.
Highlightly 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 Highlightly Virus distribution:
To avoid installation of Highlightly 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 Highlightly Virus from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.