ContentPush Adware

Also Known As: Ads by ContentPush
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: <strong>Medium</strong>

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ContentPush removal instructions

What is ContentPush?

ContentPush is a rogue application that infiltrates systems during installation of other software (bundling method). Following successful infiltration, ContentPush delivers various intrusive online advertisements and continually gathers information relating to web browsing activity. For these reasons, this app is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware.

ContentPush adware

Following infiltration, ContentPush employs a 'virtual layer' to generate pop-up, coupon, banner, and other similar advertisements. The virtual layer enables placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, displayed ads often conceal underlying content of visited websites. Furthermore, some lead to malicious websites containing infectious content. Therefore, even accidental clicks can result in high-risk adware or malware infections. Furthermore, ContentPush continually records information relating to users' Internet browsing activity including Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, websites visited, pages viewed, and search queries - these are just some examples from a long list of gathered data types. Be aware that this collected information might be personally identifiable. ContentPush's developers share this information with third parties who misuse private data to generate revenue. Thus, the presence of an information-tracking application on your system might result in serious privacy issues or even identity theft. You are strongly advised to remove ContentPush adware immediately.

ContentPush shares many similarities with hundreds of other adware-type applications such as DownloaderPro, UnitConverter, EZSearch, and SavingsCool. Note that adware offers different features, despite having mostly identical behavior. The only purpose of adware is to generate revenue for the developers. Thus, claims to enable 'useful functionality' are merely attempts to trick users to install. Potentially unwanted programs such as ContentPush provide no significant value for regular users. These apps deliver intrusive online ads (via the "Pay Per Click" advertising model) and collect private information (which is later shared with third parties to generate revenue).

How did ContentPush install on my computer?

ContentPush is distributed using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" - stealth installation of third party applications with regular software/apps. Developers hide bundled programs within the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings of download/installation processes. Skipping this section might lead to inadvertent installation of rogue applications such as ContentPush.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Potentially unwanted programs are distributed using the bundling method. Therefore, never rush the download or installation processes. Closely analyze each step using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. In addition, cancel all additionally-included apps and decline offers to download or install them. The key to computer safety is caution.

Deceptive free software installer distributing ContentPush adware:

ContentPush adware distributing installer

Quick menu: Quick solution to remove ContentPush

ContentPush adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

ContentPush adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "ContentPush", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes ContentPush ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.


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Remove ContentPush adware from Internet browsers:

At time of research, ContentPush 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:

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing ContentPush ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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".

Removing ContentPush ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the contentpush , 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing ContentPush  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options 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.

Removing ContentPush ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the contentpush , reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options 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.

Resetting Google Chrome setting to default - accessing settings

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset browser settings button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - advanced settings

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - confirm that you want to reset Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing ContentPush ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (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.

Removing ContentPush ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with contentpush removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click the Open Help Menu icon, firefox help menu

Resettings Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing settings window

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

In the opened window, click the Reset Firefox button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - clicking the

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Summary:
declining installation of adware while downloading free software sample 1 ContentPush 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.

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sample 2

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. To avoid installation of adware 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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