Also Known As: NetTock Virus, Type: Adware, Distribution: High
Damage level: Medium
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on
NetTock Ads removal instructions
What is NetTock?
NetTock is a potentially unwanted application developed by SuperWeb LLC. This browser add-on is compatible with Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome, and promises to enhance the quality of users' Internet browsing experience by enabling coupons, comparison shopping, displaying website trust ratings, etc. Although this added functionality may seem legitimate, users should be aware that NetTock is considered to be adware. The add-on infiltrates browsers using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling', which stealthily installs additional programs together with the chosen free software. After successful installation, NetTock generates various intrusive advertisements, including search, banner, text link, interstitial, transitional, and full page ads.
Furthermore, this potentially unwanted browser extension tracks users' Internet browsing activity by recording information such as URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, browser information, IP addresses, and unique identifier numbers. The presence of NetTock on your system may lead to serious privacy issues, identity theft, or malware infections. SuperWeb LLC (developers of this adware) have released over a hundred identical browser plug-ins including DoughGo, Fralimbo, and CommonShare. This company releases identical browser add-ons under different names to avoid detection by legitimate anti-virus and anti-spyware programs. Note that none of these plug-ins, including NetTock, add any real value for Internet users. The main purpose of these potentially unwanted applications is to generate revenue from the display of intrusive online advertisements.
Internet users should be aware that the majority of current freeware download websites including, for example, download.com, soft32.com, softonic.com, and many others, use 'download managers' to monetize their free services. Download managers are small programs offering installation of potentially unwanted applications along with the chosen freeware. Thoughtless download and installation of free software may result in adware infections. To avoid infiltration of Internet browser extensions such as NetTock, or other similar adware, closely inspect each step of the freeware installation wizard and decline installation of advertised browser add-ons. When installing free software, choose the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation settings, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' to reveal any hidden potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with the chosen freeware. Internet users who observe "Ads by NetTock", "NetTock Deals", or "Powered by NetTock" advertisements should follow this removal guide to eliminate this rogue plug-in from their Internet browser/s.
NetTock adware installer:
- What is NetTock?
- STEP 1. Uninstall NetTock application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove NetTock add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove NetTock plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove NetTock extension from Mozilla Firefox.
NetTock ads removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" at 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 lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".
In the uninstall programs window look for "NetTock", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes NetTock ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove NetTock ads from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove NetTock ads from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "NetTock", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of NetTock, 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 NetTock ads from Google Chrome:
(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "NetTock", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of NetTock, 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 NetTock ads from Mozilla Firefox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove "NetTock".
Computer users who have problems with removal of NetTock can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
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.
NetTock 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 NetTock Ads distribution:
To avoid installation of NetTock 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 NetTock Ads from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.
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