Cookies On-Off Adware

Also Known As: Ads by Cookies On-Off
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Cookies On-Off removal instructions

What is Cookies On-Off?

Cookies On-Off is a deceptive application that falsely claims to allow users to turn web browser cookies on and off. Initially, Cookies On-Off may appear legitimate and useful, however, this app is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and a browser hijacker. There are three main reasons for these negative associations: 1) stealth installation without consent; 2) display of intrusive online advertisements, and; 3) tracking of users' browsing activity.

Cookies On-Off adware

Following infiltration, Cookies On-Off generates pop-up, coupon, banner, and other similar advertisements. To achieve this, developers employ a "virtual layer" - a tool that enables placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, displayed ads often conceal underlying content of visited websites, significantly diminishing the browsing experience. In addition, these ads might redirect to malicious websites and even accidental clicks can result in high-risk adware or malware infections. Another downside is information tracking. Cookies On-Off records IP addresses, URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, and other similar information that might contain personal details. This collected data is shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse personal information to generate revenue - behavior that can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Therefore, uninstall Cookies On-Off adware immediately.

Cookies On-Off is virtually identical to hundreds of other adware-type applications such as AVBoost, WebDiscover, unTabs, and BestZiper. Claims to provide 'valuable functionality' are false. The only purpose of all adware is to generate revenue for the developers, whilst regular users receive no significant value. Applications such as Cookies On-Off merely deliver intrusive advertisements (via the "Pay Per Click" advertising model) and continually gather various user-system information (which is later sold to third parties).

Note - if this adware was installed as "Installed by Enterprise Policy" on your Chrome browser, follow this guide.

How did Cookies On-Off install on my computer?

Cookies On-Off is free for anyone to download on its official website, however, developers also distribute it by employing a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Therefore, many users install Cookies On-Off inadvertently, without their consent. "Bundling" is stealth installation of third party applications with regular software/apps. Developers hide bundled apps within the "Custom/Advanced" settings of the download or installation processes. Skipping this section exposes systems to risk of various infections and compromises users' privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent system infiltration by PUPs, be very cautious when downloading and installing software. Select the "Custom/Advanced" settings and closely analyze each step. Furthermore, decline offers to download/install additional apps and cancel those already included. The key to computer safety is caution.

Cookies On-Off requesting permission to add to Google Chrome browser:

Cookies On-Off adware permission

Quick menu:

Cookies On-Off 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.

Cookies On-Off adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for any recently-installed suspicious applications, select such entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Cookies On-Off 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 Cookies On-Off adware from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Cookies On-Off 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 "Cookies On-Off", select this entry and click "Remove".

Removing Cookies On-Off ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by cookies on-off, 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

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Cookies On-Off  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 "Cookies On-Off", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Removing Cookies On-Off ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by cookies on-off, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

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

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Cookies On-Off 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 "Cookies On-Off".

Removing Cookies On-Off ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by cookies on-off 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

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

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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.

Removal assistance:
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