Current Me removal instructions
What is Current Me?
According to the developers, the Current Me application provides users with "beautiful" backgrounds and additional information (such as date, time, weather forecasts, etc.) relating to the current location. Judging on appearance alone, this application may seem legitimate and useful, however, it is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that infiltrates systems without users' consent and continually gathers information relating to web browsing activity. Furthermore, Current Me is categorized as adware - a form of rogue software that feeds users with intrusive advertisements.
Following infiltration, Current Me delivers coupon, banner, pop-up, and other similar ads. To achieve this, developers employ various tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, delivered ads often conceal underlying website content, thereby diminishing the web browsing experience. In addition, delivered ads redirect to malicious websites and execute scripts that download and install malware/PUPs. Therefore, even a single click can result in high-risk computer infections. Furthermore, Current Me records information such as IP addresses, websites visited, pages viewed, and so on. Be aware that collected data might contain personal details that Current Me's developers share with third parties to generate revenue. These people (potentially, cyber criminals) misuse private information to generate revenue. Therefore, the presence of an information-tracking app can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. You are strongly advised to uninstall Current Me adware and scan the system with a legitimate anti-virus/anti-spyware suite to remove all remnants.
|Name||Ads by Current Me|
|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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Current Me is regular adware and, thus, shares many similarities with dozens of other applications such as BestDeal, RumbeRoam, and SearchMyFile. Note that these applications offer different functionality, however, all have identical behavior. PUPs such as Current Me are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Claims to enable 'useful features' are merely attempts to trick unsuspecting users to install. Rather than giving any real value for regular users, adware-type programs pose a direct threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety.
How did Current Me install on my computer?
Current Me has an official download website, however, due to the lack of knowledge and careless behavior of many users, it often infiltrates systems without permission. Research shows that Current Me is proliferated using intrusive advertisements and the "bundling" method (stealth installation of PUPs with regular software). Developers know that users often rush download/installation processes. Therefore, "bundled" apps are hidden within various sections (usually "Advanced" or "Custom" settings) of these procedures. Clicking advertisements and skipping download/installation steps thus leads to inadvertent installation of PUPs such as Current Me. In this way, users expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
The key to computer safety is caution. Therefore, pay close attention when browsing the Internet and, especially when downloading/installing software. Cyber criminals invest time and resources into intrusive ad design and, therefore, most look legitimate. Once clicked, however, they redirect to gambling, adult dating, pornography, and other similar untrustworthy sites. If you continually encounter these ads, immediately remove all suspicious/unrecognizable applications and browser plug-ins. Remember also to carefully analyze each step of the download/installation processes and opt-out of all additionally-included programs. Your applications should be downloaded from official sources only using direct download links. Criminals monetize third party downloaders/installers by promoting rogue software (the "bundling" method). Therefore, these tools should never be used.
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- What is Current Me?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Current Me application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Current Me adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Current Me ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Current Me' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Current Me extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Current Me 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 "Current Me", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Current Me ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Current Me adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, Current Me did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your 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 ads by current me, 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 ads by current me, 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 ads by current me 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 current me, 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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