Plugins Button Adware
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is Plugins Button?
Plugins Button is a deceptive application that supposedly provides quick access to browser plug-ins. Initially, Plugins Button may appear legitimate and useful, however, this app is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware.
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' Internet browsing activity.
Following infiltration, Plugins Button generates pop-up, banner, coupon, 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 web content, thereby significantly diminishing the Internet browsing experience.
In addition, some lead to malicious websites - clicking them is risky and can result in further adware or malware infections. Furthermore, Internet browsing activity is continually monitored, since Plugins Button continually gathers IP addresses, URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, and other similar information that might contain personal details.
This information is shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse personal details to generate revenue. Therefore, the presence of a data-tracking app such as Plugins Button might lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. You are strongly advised to uninstall this app immediately.
Plugins Button shares many similarities with Cookies Control, Cookies On-Off, EZupdater, Tigers Deal, and hundreds of other adware-type applications.
Note that all of these apps offer different functionality, but have identical behavior. Adware-type applications are designed only to generate revenue for the developers and give no significant value for regular users. These apps merely deliver intrusive online advertisements and continually gather various user-system information.
Note - if this adware was installed as "Installed by Enterprise Policy" on your Chrome browser, follow this guide.
How did Plugins Button install on my computer?
Plugins Button has an official download website, however, it is also distributed using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" - stealth installation of third party applications with regular (usually free) software. Users often rush the download/installation processes and skip steps.
Aware of this, developers hide bundled programs within the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. Skipping this section often leads to inadvertent installation of rogue applications.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
To prevent system infiltration by PUPs, be very cautious when downloading and installing software. Closely analyze each step using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings, decline offers to download/install additional applications and opt-out of those already included.
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- What is Plugins Button?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Plugins Button application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Plugins Button adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Plugins Button ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Plugins Button' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Plugins Button extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Plugins Button adware removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 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.
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.
macOS (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 "Plugins Button", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Plugins Button ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Plugins Button adware from 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 "Plugins Button", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by plugins button, 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 "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Plugins Button", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by plugins button, 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 "Plugins Button".
Computer users who have problems with ads by plugins button 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 plugins button, 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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