AVBoost removal instructions
What is AVBoost?
Developed by WeMonetize, AVBoost is a deceptive application that supposedly allows users to modify various computer settings (volume, screen brightness, etc.) On initial inspection, AVBoost may appear legitimate and useful, however, this app usually infiltrates systems without consent. In addition, it causes unwanted redirects, delivers intrusive online advertisements, and continually gathers various user-system information. For these reasons, AVBoost is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware.
AVBoost employs "virtual layer" to generate various advertisements (pop-up, coupons, banners, etc.) and cause redirects. The virtual layer is a tool that enables placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, displayed ads often conceal underlying website content, thereby significantly diminishing the browsing experience. These ads can lead to malicious websites and, therefore, even accidental clicks might result in high-risk adware or malware infections. AVBoost also uses the virtual layer to cause redirects to other websites that might contain malicious content. These redirects can lead to various computer infections. Another downside is information tracking. AVBoost adware continually gathers website URLs visited, search queries, pages viewed, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, and other similar information relating to browsing activity. The collected information might contain personal details that AVBoost developers share with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse private data to generate revenue. Therefore, the presence of an information-tracking app such as AVBoost can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. For these reasons, you should uninstall AVBoost adware immediately.
The Internet is full of adware-type applications that have similar characteristics to AVBoost including Tigers Deal, MediaPlayAir, and WebDiscover - these are just some examples from many. All claim to enhance the browsing experience in some way, however, offers to provide 'useful functionality' are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimacy. Adware-type applications are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Apps such as AVBoost simply cause unwanted redirects, deliver intrusive online advertisements, and record user-system information.
How did AVBoost install on my computer?
AVBoost is distributed using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" and, therefore, AVBoost is often installed inadvertently without consent. Developers know that users often rush the download/installation processes and skip steps. Therefore, they hide bundled apps within the "Custom/Advanced" settings. By skipping this section, users expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
PUPs are distributed using the "bundling" method. Therefore, never rush the download or installation processes. Select the "Custom/Advanced" settings, analyze each step, and decline offers to download/install additional applications.
Screenshot of potentially unwanted program AVBoost:
- What is AVBoost?
- STEP 1. Uninstall AVBoost application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove AVBoost adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove AVBoost ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by AVBoost' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove AVBoost extension from Safari.
AVBoost 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 "AVBoost version 1.0", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes AVBoost ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove AVBoost adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, AVBoost 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 avboost, 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 on "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 avboost, 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 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 avboost 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 the Open Help Menu icon,
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Reset Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset 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.
Most commonly adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate user's Internet browsers through free software downloads. 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. 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 ads by avboost from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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