Adblocking Addon removal instructions
What is Adblocking Addon?
Adblocking Addon (also known as ublock Ads Plus) is an adware-type application that, according to its developers, blocks display of unwanted advertisements. Adblocking Addon is categorized as potentially unwanted application (PUA) that most users install unintentionally. It also collects browsing-related (and other) data. Note that a legitimate ad-blocking extension called uBlock Plus Adblocker has nothing to do with this adware. Adblocking Addon's developers use a similar name and icon in an attempt to give the impression of legitimacy.
Potentially unwanted apps such as Adblocking Addon record IP addresses, keystrokes, search queries, URLs of visited websites, etc. They also record personal details. Developers generate revenue by sharing collected data with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. These data-tracking apps often cause problems relating to privacy, browsing safety, and so on. Having them installed can also lead to identity theft. Information-tracking apps display intrusive ads (coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, etc.) using tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site and conceal underlying content. Furthermore, if clicked, they often redirect users to untrustworthy websites or run scripts that download/install unwanted applications or potentially malicious programs. Do not use any PUAs, including Adblocking Addon, or have them installed.
|Name||ublock Ads Plus adware|
|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.
There are many apps very similar to Adblocking Addon, including EasyDirections, RinoReader, and Yayzap. Developers promote them by offering various 'useful features'. In this way, they trick users into downloading and installing PUAs by presenting them as legitimate and useful apps, however, they deliver none of the functionality promised. On the contrary, developers use them only to generate revenue.
How did Adblocking Addon install on my computer?
Adblocking Addon is promoted using an official website from which it can be downloaded, however, user mostly install these apps inadvertently through intrusive ads or when software developers use "bundling", a deceptive marketing method used to trick users into installing unwanted apps together with regular (usually free) software. Generally, information regarding the presence of potentially unwanted apps in download/installation set-ups is not properly disclosed. Developers hide these apps in "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar parts of the download or installation processes. Nevertheless, these installations usually occur only if users skip installation/download steps without checking available settings or options.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Avoid using third party software downloaders, installers, peer-to-peer (P2P) networks and other similar sources to download software. Use official, trustworthy websites, and direct links only. Check "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings/options of the download/installation processes. Deselect offers to install additional (unwanted) apps, and only then finish the installation or download. Be careful when browsing the web and when clicking ads - clicking untrustworthy ads can lead to dubious (potentially malicious) websites such as pornography, adult dating, gambling, etc. If you encounter ads that redirect you to dubious websites, check installed programs on your computer and extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins installed on your browser. Uninstall/remove all unwanted/unknown entries immediately. If your computer is already infected with Adblocking Addon, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
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- What is Adblocking Addon?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Adblocking Addon application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Adblocking Addon adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Adblocking Addon ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Adblocking Addon' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Adblocking Addon extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Adblocking Addon 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 "Adblocking Addon", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes Adblocking Addon ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Adblocking Addon 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 "Adblocking Addon" or "ublock Ads Plus", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ublock ads plus adware, 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 "Adblocking Addon" or "ublock Ads Plus", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ublock ads plus adware, 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 "Adblocking Addon" or "ublock Ads Plus".
Computer users who have problems with ublock ads plus adware 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 ublock ads plus adware, 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 ublock ads plus adware from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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