RinoReader removal instructions
What is RinoReader?
According to developers, the RinoReader app is designed to view PDF file formats. This function may seem useful, however, RinoReader is categorized as a potentially unwanted (adware-type) application (PUA). Most PUAs infiltrate systems without direct permission, collect data, and feed users with intrusive advertisements.
Since RinoReader is an adware-type PUA, it is likely to collect data relating to users' browsing activity. This will include IP addresses, keystrokes, search queries, geo-locations, URLs of visited websites, etc. PUAs also gather personal and sensitive data that developers share with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. This situation can lead to various privacy and browsing safety issues. Some users might also experience identity theft. Additionally, adware-type apps often deliver intrusive advertisements (coupons, banners, surveys, and so on) that are displayed via tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. They usually conceal underlying content of visited websites, which can be very annoying. Furthermore, when clicked, some ads of this type redirect users to untrustworthy websites or even execute scripts that download other PUAs. Therefore, we recommend that you uninstall RinoReader immediately.
|Name||Ads by RinoReader|
|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 Malwarebytes.
Many adware-type applications are similar or even identical to RinoReader. The list of examples includes (but is not limited to) Yayzap, SpringFiles, and QuizScope. Most of these apps claim to enable "useful functionality (tools, features, etc.), but they are designed only to generate revenue for their developers. They provide no real value for regular users, deliver intrusive advertisements, and record personal data, thereby diminishing the browsing experience and posing a threat to your privacy and browsing safety.
How did RinoReader install on my computer?
RinoReader has an official download website, however, it usually infiltrates systems without users' direct permission, since developers proliferate it using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" or intrusive advertisements. "Bundling" is stealth installation of third party apps with regular software (usually free). Developers hide "bundled" applications in "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of the download and/or installation processes. Furthermore, many users rush installation procedures, skip steps, or click untrustworthy advertisements - this behaviour leads to inadvertent installation of potentially unwanted apps.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Regular users are often responsible for installation of PUAs such as RinoReader. Therefore, be cautious when browsing the web and downloading/installing software (especially if it is free). Study download/installation processes and check all available "Custom" or "Advanced" (or other similar) settings. Opt-out of third party applications (PUAs) and decline offers to download/install them. Download software from official/trustworthy sources, using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers often include rogue apps and, thus, these tools should never be used. Most intrusive advertisements may seem legitimate, since developers invest many resources into their design. If you encounter redirects to untrustworthy websites (pornography, adult dating, gambling etc.), check installed programs on your computer and applications on your browser. Remove any unwanted/unknown entries immediately. If your computer is already infected with RinoReader, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Deceptive installers promoting RinoReader app:
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- What is RinoReader?
- STEP 1. Uninstall RinoReader application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove RinoReader adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove RinoReader ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by RinoReader' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove RinoReader extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
RinoReader 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 "RinoReader", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes RinoReader ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove RinoReader adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, RinoReader 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 rinoreader, 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 rinoreader, 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 on "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with ads by rinoreader 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 rinoreader, 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 rinoreader from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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