CraniumCapacity Ads removal instructions
What is CraniumCapacity Ads?
CraniumCapacity ads (or simply CraniumCapacity) is an adware-type application, which serves people who have it installed on their systems with various advertisements and records their browsing habits. Few people install these apps on their browsers (or computers) intentionally - they are often tricked into downloading and installing them inadvertently.
There are many ads that are displayed by different adware-type apps. For example, coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads, and so on. When displayed, they conceal underlying content of visited websites, and can thus be annoying and affect the browsing experience. Another problem is that users who click them are redirected to dubious (or even malicious) websites, or these ads execute scripts designed to download/install even more potentially unwanted apps (PUAs). These downloaded/installed apps could be malicious. As mentioned, most of these apps gather details relating to users' browsing activities. They collect data such as IP addresses, geolocations, URLs of visited websites, entered search queries and other similar information. Adware developers regularly share the data with third parties who misuse it to generate revenue. It is possible that some of these third parties will include cyber criminals. If CraniumCapacity is installed, remove it immediately.
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Browser Extension(s)||CraniumCapacity ads|
|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.
BWplayer, Fanatical Assistant, and Free - Online Radio are just some examples of other adware-type apps. Most are promoted as tools that supposedly provide users with 'useful features' and other benefits, however, these are simply promotions used to trick people into using/installing adware. Only the developers benefit from these apps.
How did CraniumCapacity Ads install on my computer?
In many cases, software developers successfully trick users into downloading and installing adware or other PUAs using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". They achieve thus by failing to disclose information about the bundling of unwanted apps into software set-ups. They hide the details in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings/options. If users download and install software without checking any these or other available settings, they allow PUAs to be installed as well. In other cases, unwanted downloads and installations occur when clicked intrusive ads run malicious scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Download software from trustworthy and official sources/websites. Do not use third party software downloaders/installers, torrent clients, eMule (or other Peer-to-Peer networks), or other similar channels. Check "Advanced", "Custom" and other settings of download or installation setups. Do not skip steps and dismiss offers to download or install unwanted apps. If you encounter ads that cause redirects to dubious websites (such as gambling, pornography, adult dating etc.), it is possible that there is adware or another PUA installed on the browser. Check for unwanted extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons, and remove all unwanted, unknown or suspicious entries immediately. Furthermore, we recommend that you check the list of programs installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with CraniumCapacity Ads, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Screenshot of CraniumCapacity website asking visitors to show notifications:
IMPORTANT NOTE! This deceptive site asks to enable web browser notifications.
Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:
Google Chrome (PC):
- Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Settings", scroll down to the bottom and click "Advanced"
- Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Content settings" and then "Notifications"
- Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
Google Chrome (Android):
- Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and click "Settings"
- Scroll down, click on "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and click on them one-by-one
- Select "Notifications" in the "Permissions" section and set the toggle button to "OFF"
- Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Options" and click on "Privacy & Security" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen
- Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and click the "Settings" button next to "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs, click the drop-down menu and select "Block"
- Click the Gear button on the right upper corner of the IE window
- Select "Internet options"
- Select the "Privacy" tab and click "Settings" under "Pop-up Blocker" section
- Select suspicious URLs under and remove them one by one by clicking the "Remove" button
- Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window
- Scroll down, find and click "Settings"
- Scroll down again and click "View advanced settings"
- Click "Manage" under "Website permissions"
- Click the switch under each suspicious website
- Click "Safari" button on the left upper corner of the screen and select "Preferences..."
- Select the "Websites" tab and then select "Notifications" section on the left pane
- Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option for each
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- What is CraniumCapacity Ads?
- STEP 1. Uninstall CraniumCapacity Ads application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove CraniumCapacity Ads adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove CraniumCapacity Ads ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by CraniumCapacity Ads' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove CraniumCapacity Ads extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
CraniumCapacity Ads 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 "CraniumCapacity Ads", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes CraniumCapacity Ads ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove CraniumCapacity Ads 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 "CraniumCapacity Ads", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the craniumcapacity ads, 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 "CraniumCapacity Ads", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the craniumcapacity ads, 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 "CraniumCapacity Ads".
Computer users who have problems with craniumcapacity ads 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 craniumcapacity ads, 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 craniumcapacity ads from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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