Incognito Private Shield Unwanted Application

Also Known As: Incognito Private Shield potentially unwanted application
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Incognito Private Shield removal instructions

What is Incognito Private Shield?

Developers promote Incognito Private Shield as a program that provides online protection. It allows to browse the web anonymously without leaving any tracks: to remove all browsing history, chat conversations, downloaded files and so on. However, its developers distribute it by bundling it into setups of other software. It increases the possibility that people who have it installed, did it unintentionally. For this reason this program is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA).

Incognito Private Shield unwanted application

Incognito Private Shield allows to scan the system for usernames, passwords, profiles, cookies and other entries, personal information that is stored on a computer. However, to clean those entries users must to register the program. In other words, to purchase it. It might be a legitimate program, however, we do not recommend to trust developers who promote their apps by using deceptive methods. There are many PUAs that do not deliver any real value, sometimes they detect issues that do not exist. In other words, they provide users with fake results. The main purpose of it is to trick people into believing that the program is really useful and that it is worth registering (purchasing). As we mentioned above, it is possible that Incognito Private Shield is one of these programs too. Besides, developers usually bundle more than one PUA into other software's setups, quite often they bundle several apps at one. For example, they might also include/bundle some browser hijackers or adware. Apps of this type gather details such as user's IP addresses, geolocations, URLs of visited websites, entered search queries and so on. Their developers share it with other people/parties who misuse it to generate revenue. Note, those parties might include some cyber criminals too. Adware-type apps feed people with unwanted, intrusive ads like coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups and so on. If clicked, these ads usually open potentially malicious, untrustworthy websites, or run scripts designed to download/install other unwanted applications. We advise to remove these apps as soon as possible, besides and we do not recommend to trust apps that are promoted by including them into setups of other software.

Threat Summary:
Name Incognito Private Shield potentially unwanted application
Threat Type PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application)
Supposed Functionality Privacy protection, safer web browsing.
Detection Names Avast (Win32:Malware-gen), BitDefender (Trojan.GenericKD.40528248), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of MSIL/UwS.PrivacyMaster.B), Kaspersky (Hoax.Win32.DeceptPCClean.kw), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Symptoms A program that you don't recall installing suddenly appeared on your computer. New application is performing computer scans and displays warning messages about found issues. Asks for payment in order to eliminate the supposedly found errors.
Distribution Methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.
Damage Monetary loss (unnecessary purchase of fake software), unwanted warning pop-ups, slow computer performance.
Removal

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Dr. Wolf Internet Security, DriverAgent and Qbit PC Speedup are just a couple of other examples of apps that are promoted using the same method. As we mentioned above, these apps should not be trusted. It is very likely that if used, they will not deliver any real value (fix various issues). Besides, they often get installed together with other unwanted apps.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

There is a screenshot below of a website that Incognito Private Shield's developers use to promote this programs. Nevertheless, this and other PUAs are distributed using the earlier mentioned "bundling" method. It is a deceptive marketing method used to trick people into downloading/installing PUAs together with other, usually free software. Developers hide information about apps being bundled into setups in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar setting. However, in such cases unwanted downloads and installations happen only when people leave all the download/installation setup's settings unchanged. Additionally, PUAs can be proliferated through intrusive ads. There are ads that, once clicked, execute scripts designed to download and install them.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

We advise to use only official and trustworthy websites (or other sources), and direct links to download any software. Avoid using third party downloaders (or installers), various Peer-to-Peer networks like torrent clients, eMule and other similar tools. Install software with care, do not skip download/installation setup's steps without checking what are the "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar sections. Dismiss suggestions to download or install unwanted software and only then complete the installation (or download) procedure. Avoid clicking intrusive ads, them often redirect users to various untrustworthy and potentially malicious websites (such as gambling, adult dating, pornography etc.), or cause unwanted downloads/installations. Users who encounter unwanted redirects or ads should check their browsers for any unwanted/dubious extensions, plug-ins or add-ons and to remove them as soon as possible. Additionally, all unwanted programs installed on the operating system should be removed too. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Screenshot of a website that promotes Incognito Private Shield application:

incognito private shield promoter

Incognito Private Shield installation setup:

Incognito Private Shield installation setup

Incognito Private Shield on the list of installed programs:

Incognito Private Shield on programs and features list

Appearance of Incognito Private Shield (GIF):

Incognito Private Shield appearance

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Quick menu:

Removal of potentially unwanted applications:

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.

Incognito Private Shield adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Incognito Private Shield" and other suspicious/recently-installed applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove rogue extensions from Internet browsers:

At the time of research Incognito Private Shield did not install any unwanted browser extensions. However note that some unwanted applications can be installed together with adware and browser hijackers. If you see unwanted ads or get unwanted redirects when browsing the Internet continue with the removal guide below.

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing rogue extensions 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 rogue extensions from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the incognito private shield potentially unwanted application, 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 rogue extensions 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 rogue extensions from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the incognito private shield potentially unwanted application, 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 rogue extensions 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 rogue extensions from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with incognito private shield potentially unwanted application 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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Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
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