Alt.Center Adware

Also Known As: Ads by Alt.Center
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Alt.Center removal instructions

What is Alt.Center?

Alt.Center is a rogue application, and adware-type one, that offers users to use some useful features (like most apps of this kind do). Despite the supposedly useful features, it is still categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA). Usually users install adware-type PUAs unwillingly, once installed, they begin to deliver intrusive ads and collect data.

Alt.Center adware

As mentioned in the introduction, Alt.Center application is designed to collect various data that usually consists of IP addresses, keystrokes, search queries, geo-locations, URLs of visited, pages viewed and so on. There is no guarantee that it will not collect any personal or sensitive data too. When collected, the data is shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. It is not only that such actions might cause users various problems related to browsing safety or privacy, but it could also result in identity theft. Another downside of apps like Alt.Center is that most of them provide users with intrusive advertisements, such as coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups and so on. It is not recommended to click any of these ads, they often lead to various untrustworthy/malicious websites or run scripts that are designed to download other PUAs. Additionally, very often these ads are annoying because usually they are displayed using tools that enable placement of third party graphical content and conceal the underlying content of any visited website. Having adware installed might lead to various problems, we strongly recommend to uninstall such apps as soon as possible.

There are hundreds of adware-type applications and most of them are not that different, most of them are very similar actually. Such apps usually are being promoted as useful, handy, full of features and so on. However, very often these are only attempts to trick users into installing them. As a rule, these apps are designed only to generate revenue, only a small fraction actually provide users with the promised functionalities. Here are some examples of other adware-type apps that are basically the same: Somefungames, GamesOnlineNetwork and GameFunNetwork.

How did Alt.Center install on my computer?

Despite the fact that Alt.Center is available on its official website, most users install it when software developers use a deceptive marketing method called bundling or through clicked intrusive ads. Bundling is essentially stealth installation of third party apps (PUAs) with regular software. It is very common for free or ad-supportive software to be bundled into regular software. Software developers hide such PUAs in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar options/settings of installation processes so that it would be more difficult to notice them. Usually they do not explain what is the purpose of these particular apps, how to uninstall them and do not disclose information about their presence in general. The most common reason behind such installation is skipped installation steps/the mentioned settings left unchecked.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Do not download software using torrents or third party software downloaders/installers, or unofficial and untrustworthy websites. Download software only from official websites and use direct links. Moreover, never skip the installation steps (like most users do) and check all the available options, such as "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings/options of this type. Look for checkboxes, especially for those that are ticked by default, and untick them if they are implicate that you agree to download/install some additional software. If you encounter advertisements that lead you to websites like gambling, pornography, adult dating or other untrustworthy websites, then check what are the installed extensions, add-ons, plug-ins and remove all the unwanted/unknown entries as soon as possible. To the same with the installed programs on your computer as well. If your computer is already infected with Alt.Center, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.

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Quick menu:

Alt.Center 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.

Alt.Center adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Alt.Center", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes Alt.Center ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove Alt.Center adware from Internet browsers:

At time of research, Alt.Center 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:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Alt.Center 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 Alt.Center ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by alt.center, 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 Alt.Center  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 and remove them.

Removing Alt.Center ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by alt.center, 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Alt.Center 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 on "Extensions", in the opened window remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing Alt.Center ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by alt.center 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.

Removal assistance:
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