Bookmarks Access removal instructions
What is Bookmarks Access?
Bookmarks Access is a deceptive application that falsely claims to allow easy access and control of browser bookmarks. Judging on appearance alone, Bookmarks Access may seem 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' Internet browsing activity.
Following infiltration, Bookmarks Access delivers 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, significantly diminishing the browsing experience. Furthermore, they often redirect to malicious websites, and even accidental clicks can result in high-risk adware or malware infections. Another downside is information tracking. Bookmarks Access continually monitors browsing activity by recording IP addresses, URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, and other similar data. This information might contain personal details that developers of Bookmarks Access adware share with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who generate revenue by misusing private data. This behavior can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. For these reasons, uninstall Bookmarks Access adware immediately.
|Name||Ads by Bookmarks Access|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)|
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Bookmarks Access is identical to Bookmarks Button, History Open, History Button, and Open Plugins. Although these programs offer different functionality, they have identical behavior. By offering 'useful features', adware-type applications attempt to give the impression of legitimacy, however, their only purpose is to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than providing any value for regular users, adware-type apps deliver intrusive online advertisements (via the "Pay Per Click" advertising model) and continually record various user-system information (which is later sold to third parties).
How did Bookmarks Access install on my computer?
Bookmarks Access is free for anyone to download on its official website, however, developers also distribute it by employing a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". They hide Bookmarks Access within the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings of the download/installation processes. Rushing these processes 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 this situation. Firstly, never rush when downloading and installing software - carefully analyze each step using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. Secondly, decline offers to download/install additional applications and cancel those already included.
IMPORTANT NOTE! Bookmarks Access installs its Google Chrome extension as Administrator (read more here), thereby preventing removal. Therefore, before taking any further removal steps, perform these actions:
1) Open the Command Prompt by clicking the start menu button and typing "command prompt". Right click the "Command Prompt" result and select "Run as Administrator":
2) Execute the following commands:
- rd /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicyUsers"
- rd /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicy"
- gpupdate /force
After performing these actions, you can proceed with further removal steps for this adware.
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- What is Bookmarks Access?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Bookmarks Access application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Bookmarks Access adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Bookmarks Access ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Bookmarks Access' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Bookmarks Access extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Bookmarks Access 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 "Bookmarks Access", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Bookmarks Access ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Bookmarks Access 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 "Bookmarks Access", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by bookmarks access, 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 "Bookmarks Access", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by bookmarks access, 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 "Bookmarks Access".
Computer users who have problems with ads by bookmarks access 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 bookmarks access, 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove ads by bookmarks access from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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