Venturead.com redirect removal instructions
What is venturead.com?
Identical to xb9010485.com, adnetworkperformance.com, witchcraftcash.com, and many others, venturead.com is a rogue website that redirects to other suspicious sites. Users are redirected to venturead.com by various potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) that infiltrate systems during installation of regular software (the "bundling" method). As well as causing redirects, PUPs generate intrusive advertisements and continually track users' Internet browsing activity.
PUPs open a new browsing window and redirect to venturead.com. After visiting venturead.com, users are immediately redirected to another website that is potentially malicious. Thus, redirects can lead to high-risk adware or malware infections. To deliver pop-up, banner, coupon, and other similar advertisements, PUPs employ a "virtual layer" - a tool that enables placement of third party graphical content on any site. The displayed ads often conceal underlying website content, significantly diminishing the Internet browsing experience. In addition, they might redirect to other malicious websites - clicking can also result in various computer infections. Another downside is information tracking. PUPs continually record website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, geo-location, mouse/keyboard activity, and other similar information. The collected information often contains personal details that PUP developers share this with third parties - criminals who generate revenue by misusing private data. The presence of data-tracking apps can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft, and so you should uninstall all PUPs immediately.
There are hundreds of PUPs, all of which are virtually identical. By offering various 'useful features', they attempt to give the impression of legitimacy, however, these programs are useless for regular users. Their only purpose is to generate revenue for the developers. PUPs cause unwanted redirects (thereby generating traffic for various websites), deliver intrusive online advertisements (via the "Pay Per Click" advertising model), and continually record user-system information (which is later sold to third parties).
How did adware install on my computer?
To proliferate PUPs, developers employ a deceptive software marketing method called "bundling", since they know that users often skip the download/installation steps. Therefore, bundled programs are hidden within the "Custom/Advanced" options. Skipping this section often leads to inadvertent installation of rogue applications.
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" or "Advanced" settings, closely analyze each step, and decline offers to download/install additional apps.
- What is venturead.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
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 any potentially unwanted programs, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes venturead.com redirects, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove 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 any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the venturead.com pop-up, 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 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 venturead.com pop-up, 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 venturead.com pop-up 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 venturead.com pop-up from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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