NetSecure removal instructions
What is NetSecure?
NetSecure is a deceptive application that infiltrates systems during installation of other potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). Note that deceptive installers provide no information regarding installation of NetSecure. Following infiltration, this app generates intrusive online advertisements and tracks Internet browsing activity. For these reasons, NetSecure is classed as a PUP and adware.
After successful system infiltration, NetSecure modifies proxy settings and displays various intrusive advertisements marked as "Ads by CB Ad Rotator". These do not originate from users' visited websites and conceal underlying content. The ads often redirect to suspicious websites that might contain malicious content - clicking them can result in further computer infections. By delivering intrusive ads, NetSecure diminishes the Internet browsing experience and compromises users' Internet browsing safety. Another downside is data tracking. NetSecure collects various data relating to Internet browsing activity including IP addresses, websites visited and search queries. Initially, these data types may seem insignificant, however, they often contain personal information that developers of NetSecure share with third parties (who are known to misuse private information, thereby causing serious privacy issues). Therefore, you are strongly advised to eliminate NetSecure adware immediately.
NetSecure shares many similarities with dozens of PUPs such as Vertech, LivingPlay, TechAgent, etc. Adware-type applications are designed only to generate revenue for the developers and provide no real value for regular users. Apps such as NetSecure cause unwanted browser redirects, collect personal details, and deliver intrusive advertisements.
How did NetSecure install on my computer?
NetSecure is distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. Note that many bundled PUPs are hidden within the 'Custom/Advanced' settings of the download or installation processes. In these cases, developers provide no details regarding installation - NetSecure infiltrates systems without users’ permission.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
There are two simple steps you should take to prevent this situation. Firstly, never rush when downloading and installing software - select the 'Custom/Advanced' settings and closely analyze each step. Secondly, decline all offers to download/install additional apps and cancel those already included.
Official CB Ad Rotator advertising network website (not related to NetSecure adware):
NetSecure generating intrusive online advertisements marked as "Ads by CB Ad Rotator":
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- What is NetSecure?
- STEP 1. Uninstall NetSecure application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove NetSecure adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove NetSecure ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by NetSecure' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove NetSecure ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
NetSecure adware removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and 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 Programs and Features.
Mac OSX users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for "NetSecure", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes NetSecure ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove NetSecure adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, NetSecure did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by cb ad rotator, 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 wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by cb ad rotator, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with ads by cb ad rotator removal 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 Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by cb ad rotator, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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