Ads by Freeven
Also Known As: Freeven virus, Type: Adware, Distribution: High
Damage level: Moderate
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on
Ads by Freeven removal instructions
What is Freeven?
The Freeven browser add-on claims to save time and money when shopping online. While such functionality may seem legitimate, in fact, this browser extension is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application. This plugin adds no real value and generates intrusive third party ads ('Ads by Freeven'), including, for example, sponsored links, coupons, deals, shopping comparison, content suggestions, banners, pop-up and pop-under advertisements. Clicking ads shown by Freeven can result in high-risk malware infections.
As well as generating deceptive ads, this bogus browser plugin tracks users' Internet browsing activity by recording pages visited, movement from page-to-page, users' web requests, Internet Protocol addresses, browser information and application numbers, referring page, cookies, geographical location, date/time, and other information. This unwanted tracking can lead to serious privacy issues or identity theft. At time of research, this adware was distributed using deceptive free software 'download clients' to trick users into installing Freeven without their consent. To avoid further damage, which can be caused by this poorly-programmed adware, eliminate this potentially unwanted application from your Internet browser/s.
Freeven is similar to other adware, which infiltrates browsers through freeware downloads. Examples include Media View, CostMin, or Savings Bull. These browser extensions promise to enhance Internet browsing, however, they only diminish browser performance and cause intrusive ads. To avoid installation of such potentially unwanted applications, express caution when downloading and installing free software. Today, most freeware download websites use deceptive 'download clients' to monetize their free services. Download clients are small programs, which manage the download process of the chosen free software and offer download of advertised browser plug-ins with the chosen freeware. To avoid adware infections, computer users should decline installation of promoted browser extensions. Moreover, when installing downloaded free programs, choose the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options - this will reveal installation of any bundled adware. Internet users who observe 'Ads by freeven' should use this removal guide to eliminate this potentially unwanted program from their Internet browser/s.
- What is freeven?
- STEP 1. Uninstall freeven application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove freeven add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove freeven plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove freeven extension from Mozilla Firefox.
Ads by freeven 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 "Freeven", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
At time of testing, the Freeven add-on installed together with MyPCBackup, NewPlayer, and Optimizer Elite Max. These programs are considered as potentially unwanted, and therefore, you can safely uninstall them.
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes ads by freeven), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove ads by freeven from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove ads by freeven from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons", Look for "freeven", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the Freeven add-on, 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 ads by freeven from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "freeven", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the Freeven add-on, 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 ads by freeven 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 "freeven".
Computer users who have problems with the removal of the Freeven add-on, 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.
Ads by Freeven 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 Ads by Freeven distribution:
To avoid installation of Ads by Freeven 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:
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