Thesterminator.com Redirect

Also Known As: thesterminator.com pop-up
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Thesterminator.com redirect removal instructions

What is thesterminator.com?

Identical to bestadbid.com, deloton.com, rosetheet.com, and many others, thesterminator.com is a rogue website designed to redirect to other untrustworthy sites. Research shows, that users often visit thesterminator.com inadvertently - they are redirected by potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). In most cases, these programs infiltrate systems without users’ permission. In addition, PUPs deliver intrusive ads (coupons, banners, and so on), record sensitive information, and in some cases run unnecessary processes without consent.

thesterminator.com adware

Potentially unwanted programs randomly open new browser tabs/windows and redirect to thesterminator.com. Immediately after visiting this site, users encounter several (typically 2 or 3) consecutive redirects to other dubious websites. These sites might contain malicious content and, therefore, redirects to and from thesterminator.com can result in high-risk computer infections. Be aware also that displayed intrusive ads conceal underlying content (thereby diminishing the browsing experience), and might also redirect to malicious websites and even run scripts that download/install malware. Therefore, even a single click can result in high-risk computer infections. Potentially unwanted programs collect Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, Internet service providers, geo-locations, website URLs visited, pages viewed, keystrokes, and other sensitive data. Developers sell the data to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who generate revenue by misusing personal details. Therefore, the presence of data-tracking applications can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Some PUPs are also known to mine cryptocurrencies or run other unnecessary processes in the background. These programs misuse resources without users' consent, thereby significantly decreasing overall system performance. For these reasons, you are advised to eliminate all potentially unwanted programs immediately.

There are hundreds of potentially unwanted programs, all of which are virtually identical. Most offer 'useful features' (e.g., system optimization, download performance increase, anti-virus, etc.), however, these programs are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than delivering any real value for regular users, potentially unwanted programs pose a direct threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety. Claims to provide "useful functionality" are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimacy.

How did adware install on my computer?

Some potentially unwanted programs are free for anyone to download on their official websites. Despite this, in most cases, PUPs infiltrate systems without permission. This is due to the careless behavior and lack of knowledge of many users. Cyber criminals proliferate PUPs by employing the aforementioned intrusive advertisements, together with a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Developers hide "bundled" applications within various sections (most likely "Advanced/Custom" settings) of the download/installation processes. They do not disclose this information properly. Furthermore, many users skip these steps and often click dubious advertisements and links. This behavior can lead to inadvertent installation of potentially unwanted programs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

The key to computer safety is caution. Therefore, pay close attention when downloading/installing software and browsing the Internet. Select "Custom/Advanced" settings, closely analyze each download/installation step, and opt-out of all additionally-included programs. You are advised to avoid using third party downloaders/installers, since criminals monetize these by promoting rogue software (the "bundling" method). Applications should be downloaded from official sources only and, preferably, using a direct download link. Criminals invest many resources into intrusive ad design, and thus most look legitimate. Once clicked, however, they redirect to suspicious sites (e.g., gambling, survey, adult dating, and so on). If you continually experience this type of advertisement, immediately remove all dubious applications and scan your computer with a legitimate anti-virus/anti-spyware suite.

Quick menu:

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.

thesterminator.com adware uninstall via Control Panel

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 thesterminator.com redirects, 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 adware from Internet browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing thesterminator.com 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 any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing thesterminator.com ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the thesterminator.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.

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 thesterminator.com  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Removing thesterminator.com ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the thesterminator.com pop-up, 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 thesterminator.com 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing thesterminator.com ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with thesterminator.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, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

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.

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