ProfileBlurrer removal instructions
What is ProfileBlurrer?
ProfileBlurrer is a deceptive application that supposedly helps users to hide traces of their behavior on various social networks and Google. Initially, this functionality may seem legitimate and useful, however, ProfileBlurrer often infiltrates systems without permission. Furthermore, it delivers intrusive advertisements and gathers various information. For these reasons, ProfileBlurrer is categorized as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP).
Immediately after infiltration, ProfileBlurrer delivers coupon, banner, pop-up, and other similar ads. To achieve this, developers employ tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, ads often conceal underlying website content, thereby diminishing the browsing experience. In addition, they might redirect to malicious sites and execute scripts that download and install malware. Therefore, even a single accidental click can result in high-risk computer infections. As with most adware, ProfileBlurrer is also designed to record information relating to web browsing activity. Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, and other collected data usually includes personal information. Furthermore, the details are shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who generate revenue by misusing private information. Therefore, having ProfileBlurrer installed on your computer can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. You are strongly advised to eliminate ProfileBlurrer adware immediately.
|Name||Ads by ProfileBlurrer|
|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)|
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
ProfileBlurrer shares many similarities with Smart Application Controller, FastDataX, Advanced Top, and dozens of other adware-type apps. All offer 'useful functionality', but their only purpose is to generate revenue for the developers. Therefore, adware gives no real value for regular users - the false promises are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimacy. Rather than enabling features promised, PUPs deliver ads and record data, thereby posing a direct threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety.
How did ProfileBlurrer install on my computer?
As mentioned, ProfileBlurrer usually infiltrates systems without users’ permission, since developers promote this PUP via "bundling" and intrusive advertising methods. "Bundling" is essentially stealth installation of PUPs together with regular software. Developers do not disclose PUP installations properly. Therefore, all "bundled" PUPs are hidden within "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of the download/installation processes. Furthermore, by clicking on various advertisements and skipping download/installation steps, many users expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy. The main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and careless behavior.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
The key to computer safety is caution. Therefore, pay close attention when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. Remember that intrusive advertisements typically seem legitimate, but these ads typically lead to gambling, adult dating, pornography, and other dubious websites. If you encounter these redirects, immediately eliminate all dubious applications and browser plug-ins. Furthermore, carefully analyze each window of the download/installation dialogs and opt-out of all additionally-included programs. You are advised to download your programs from official sources only, using direct download links. Developers monetize third party downloaders/installers using the "bundling" method. Therefore, these tools should not be used. If your computer is already infected with ProfileBlurrer, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
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- What is ProfileBlurrer?
- STEP 1. Uninstall ProfileBlurrer application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove ProfileBlurrer adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove ProfileBlurrer ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by ProfileBlurrer' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove ProfileBlurrer extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
ProfileBlurrer adware removal:
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 "ProfileBlurrer", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes ProfileBlurrer ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove ProfileBlurrer 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 "ProfileBlurrer", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by profileblurrer, 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 "Profile Blurring AE", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by profileblurrer, 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 "ProfileBlurrer".
Computer users who have problems with ads by profileblurrer 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 profileblurrer, 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 profileblurrer from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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