History Button Adware
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is History Button?
History Button is a rogue browser plug-in that supposedly provides quick access to the web browsing history. Judging on appearance alone, History Button may seem legitimate and useful, however, this plug-in 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 advertisements, and; 3) tracking of users' Internet browsing activity.
Following infiltration, History Button delivers pop-up, coupon, banner, and other similar ads. To achieve this, developers employ a "virtual layer" - a tool that enables placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, the ads often conceal underlying content, thereby significantly diminishing the browsing experience.
Furthermore, some redirect to malicious websites - even accidental clicks can result in high-risk adware or malware infections. Another downside is information tracking. History Button continually monitors browsing activity by gathering IP addresses, URLs visited, search queries, IP addresses, and other similar information that might be personally identifiable.
History Button's developers share this information with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse personal data to generate revenue. The presence of an information-tracking app such as History Button can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. For these reasons, you are strongly advised to uninstall History Button adware immediately.
History Button is virtually identical to Plugins Button, Open Plugins, Cookies On-Off, and dozens of other adware-type applications. As with History Button, these PUPs also offer various 'useful features', however, these claims are merely attempts to trick users into believing that the software is legitimate and useful.
In fact adware-type applications give no significant value for regular users. They are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. They deliver intrusive advertisements and continually record user-system information.
Note - if this adware was installed as "Installed by Enterprise Policy" on your Chrome browser, follow this guide.
How did History Button install on my computer?
History Button is free for anyone to download on its official website, however, developers also proliferate this PUP via a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Therefore, users often install History Button inadvertently, without their consent. Bundling is stealth installation of third party software with regular apps.
Developers hide bundled programs within the "Custom/Advanced" settings of the download or installation processes. Rushing these procedures and skipping steps exposes systems to risk of various infections and compromises users' privacy.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
There are two simple steps you should take to prevent system infiltration by PUPs. Firstly, analyze each download/installation step using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. Secondly, decline offers to download/install third party apps and cancel those already included. The key to computer safety is caution.
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- What is History Button?
- STEP 1. Uninstall History Button application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove History Button adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove History Button ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by History Button' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove History Button extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
History 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 "History Button", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes History Button ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove History 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 "History Button", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by history 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 "History Button", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by history 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 "History Button".
Computer users who have problems with ads by history 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 history 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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