UC Browser removal instructions
What is UC Browser?
UC Browser is a web browser that, according to its developers, is a lightweight web browser which basically offers users a faster browsing experience. UC Browser is developed using a Chromium project which itself is a legitimate open-source project. However, other people can develop their own modified versions and change its code, like UC Browser developers did. Some examples of similar adware browsers are WebDiscover, Ad Expert Browser, Dash Browser and many others.
Quite often users install UC Browser unintentionally, it usually gets installed without a direct users permission and that is why it is categorized as potentially unwanted application (PUA). Once installed, it starts do deliver various intrusive advertisements (such as coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups and so on) that usually are displayed using tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any visited website. Such appearing ads can be very annoying, and, if clicked, they might redirect users to various untrustworthy websites that could be malicious. Some of these ads might even run scripts that are designed to download and install other PUAs. UC Browser application itself also causes redirects to uc123.com, without asking any permission for that. Moreover, apps like UC Browser often are designed to collect various data (IP addresses, search queries, keystrokes, URLs of visited websites, geo-locations etc.) that might consist of some sensitive or personal information as well. It is very likely that collected data will be shared with third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Actions like data tracking might cause users not only problems related to privacy or browsing safety, but some users might end up having their identities stolen as well. These are the main reasons why it is strongly recommended to uninstall such applications immediately.
There are many adware-type applications out there and most of them share the same similarities: these apps offer users some useful features (like enhanced browsing experience, faster and more accurate results and so on), however, most of the times these are only attempts to trick users into downloading and installing them. Most of such potentially unwanted applications do not deliver the promised features and are designed only to generate revenue for their developers and/or third parties.
How did UC Browser install on my computer?
UC Browser can be downloaded from its official website, however, it is more likely that it got installed in a stealthy way/without your knowledge. Very often software developers use a "bundling" method, a deceptive marketing method that is used to trick users into installing various potentially unwanted applications within some regular software by hiding them in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar options or settings of the installation processes. As a rule, information about the included/bundled PUAs is not disclosed properly and that is why it is harder to notice them during the installation processes. Most often apps like UC Browser get installed when users skip the installation steps without checking the mentioned settings and deselecting unwanted applications.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Always download software (especially if it is free) from official and trustworthy/reliable sources. Avoid using third party software downloaders or installers and torrents. Always check what are the "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings and deselect offers to install some unknown/unwanted software. Once you are done with it, you can finish the installation process. Be careful when browsing the Internet, especially when it comes to clicking intrusive ads. There are many intrusive ads that look legitimate (their developers, potentially, cyber criminals invest money in their design). However, once clicked, they redirect users to various untrustworthy websites, such as gambling, adult dating, pornography and so on. If you encounter such ads and redirects, check what are the installed extensions, add-ons or plug-ins on your web browser and programs on your computer, and uninstall all unknown/unwanted applications or programs as soon as possible. If your computer is already infected with UC Browser, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Screenshot of a redirect to uc123.com caused by the UC Browser:
Screenshot of the official UC Browser installer:
Instant automatic removal of Ads by UC Browser:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of Ads by UC Browser. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is UC Browser?
- STEP 1. Uninstall UC Browser application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove UC Browser adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove UC Browser ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by UC Browser' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove UC Browser extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
UC Browser 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 "UC Browser", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes UC Browser ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove UC Browser adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, UC Browser 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 uc browser, 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 and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by uc browser, 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with ads by uc browser 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 add-ons from Microsoft Edge:
Click the three horizontal dots 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".
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.
In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.
Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.
- If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset 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 uc browser from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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