What is OBERONBOOSTER?
The OBERONBOOSTER program is advertised as an operating system optimization tool, however, it is distributed through various download/installation set-ups. Many people unintentionally download and install programs that are included in the set-ups of other programs. Therefore, OBERONBOOSTER is classified as a potentially unwanted application (PUA).
OBERONBOOSTER supposedly optimizes system startup, defragments disks, optimizes various services, cleans hard drives and the registry, and improves computer performance in other ways. It allows users to scan the operating system for unnecessary files, errors and other items that might be slowing down the operating system.
Users can optimize systems with OBERONBOOSTER free of charge for one month, after which they must pay for activation. As mentioned, OBERONBOOSTER is categorized as PUA. Therefore, you are advised against paying for software of this type.
In some cases, PUAs that supposedly optimize systems, fix errors, remove viruses, etc., actually generate fake scan results - they do not fix any problems and are designed only to trick users into paying for the rogue software. It is unknown whether OBERONBOOSTER provides fake scan results, however, this is a strong possibility.
Note that developers often use download/installation set-ups to distribute multiple PUAs at once. Therefore, users who have OBERONBOOSTER installed on their computers might also have installed other PUAs such as browser hijackers and adware.
Browser hijacking apps promote fake search engines by changing certain browser settings and collecting browsing-related data. In some cases, these apps record personal, sensitive information as well. The developers generate revenue by selling the information to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it in other ways.
Adware-type applications can also track information. They also feed users with intrusive advertisements that open dubious web pages or download/install unwanted apps.
These PUAs can cause a number of problems. For example, users might become victims of identity theft, experience problems relating to browsing safety, privacy, and other issues. Therefore, never trust OBERONBOOSTER or other PUAs and do not download or install them.
|Name||oberonappss potentially unwanted application|
|Threat Type||PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application).|
|Supposed Functionality||OBERONBOOSTER supposedly optimizes operating systems.|
|Detection Names||DrWeb (Trojan.PWS.Stealer.28121), Webroot (W32.Adware.Installcore), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Symptoms||A program that you do not recall installing suddenly appeared on your computer. A new application is performing computer scans and displays warning messages about 'found issues'. Asks for payment 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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
More examples of PUAs that share similarities with OBERONBOOSTER include Max Utilities, Max Uninstaller and DiskFixer. Most are distributed through the download or installation set-ups of other software, and supposedly provide various features. In fact, they are useless and designed only to extort money from unsuspecting users.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
OBERONBOOSTER if often included in the setup of an unofficial Microsoft Office activation ('cracking') tool, which supposedly bypasses activation free of charge. Note that it is illegal to use such tools. PUAs are commonly included into the download or installation set-ups.
This distribution method is called "bundling" - developers use it to trick people into downloading and installing PAUs together with other software that people wish to acquire intentionally. In most cases, offers to download/install additionally-included programs can be found in settings such as "Advanced", "Custom", and other similar parts.
Many people fail to check or change these settings, thereby inadvertently agreeing with offers to download or install rogue software.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
It is not safe to download or install software/files via dubious websites, using third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (i.e., torrent clients, eMule), or other channels/tools of this kind. We advise you to download all software from official websites and using direct download links.
Additionally, check "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual" and other similar options of the software set-ups, especially it the software is free. Dismiss any offers to download or install unwanted apps. Avoid clicking intrusive advertisements, especially those displayed on dubious web pages, since they can cause redirects to untrusted, potentially malicious websites.
In some cases, they cause unwanted downloads and installations. If unwanted redirects happen or intrusive ads appear regularly, check your browser for unwanted extensions, add-ons and plug-ins, and uninstall them. Also remove programs of this type that are installed on the operating system.
If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Website promoting OBERONBOOSTER:
Installation setup of the OBERONBOOSTER application:
Screenshot of an unofficial Microsoft Office activation tool setup, which includes OBERONBOOSTER:
Appearance of OBERONBOOSTER (GIF):
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is OBERONBOOSTER?
- STEP 1. Uninstall deceptive applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove malicious plug-ins from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue extensions from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove potentially unwanted plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Removal of potentially unwanted applications:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 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.
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.
macOS (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 "OBERONBOOSTER" (or "oberonappss")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 time of research, OBERONBOOSTER did not install any unwanted browser extensions, however, some unwanted applications can be installed together with adware and browser hijackers. If you experience unwanted ads or redirects when browsing the internet, continue with the removal guide below.
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 oberonappss 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.
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 oberonappss potentially unwanted application, 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 oberonappss 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, 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 oberonappss potentially unwanted application, 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.
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