Chrome Tools adware removal instructions
What is the Chrome Tools adware?
Chrome Tools is a piece of rogue software, classified as adware. Following successful installation, it operates by running intrusive advertisement campaigns. In other words, Chrome Tools delivers various unreliable and harmful ads. Additionally, this adware has data tracking abilities, which are used to collect information relating to browsing activity. Due to the dubious methods used to proliferate Chrome Tools, it is considered to be a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application) as well.
Adware operates by enabling the placement of pop-ups, banners, surveys, coupons, full-page and other intrusive adverts - typically, on any visited website. Hence, the ads do not originate from the pages themselves - they are delivered by adware. These advertisements seriously diminish the browsing activity, as they overlay webpage content and slow down the browsing speed. Furthermore, upon being clicked they cause redirects and can even stealthily download/install software. To elaborate, intrusive adverts redirect to various sale-based/promotional, rogue, compromised, deceptive/scam and malicious websites. Some of these ads can even be triggered (by being clicked on) to execute scripts, designed to download/install software (e.g. PUAs) without user permission. Unwanted applications can have other/additional abilities, aside from running intrusive ad campaigns. PUAs can also force-open questionable and malicious sites. Browser hijacker type PUAs modify browser settings and restrict/deny access to them - in order to promote fake search engines. The promoted web searchers are usually unable to provide search results, so they redirect to Google, Yahoo, Bing and other legitimate search engines. What is more, Chrome Tools can track data. It can record browsing activity (visited URLs, viewed pages, searched queries, etc.) and collect personal information extracted from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). Adware developers monetize this vulnerable data by sharing it with and/or selling it to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), likewise seeking to misuse the information for profit. In summary, presence of unwanted software on devices can lead to system infections, financial losses, severe privacy issues and even identity theft. To ensure device and user safety, it is strongly advised to remove all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.
|Name||Ads by Chrome Tools|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Browser Extension(s)||Chrome Tools|
|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.
History Wipe Clean, Damn Good Recipe Promos, OneUpdater, LiveStreamNewsToday Promos are some examples of other adware-type apps. They appear legitimate and offer a wide variety of "useful" functionalities. However, the promised features are seldom operational. This applies to practically all PUAs. The sole purpose of unwanted software is to generate revenue for the developers; to users - it has no genuine value and can instead cause serious problems. PUAs are designed to deliver intrusive advert campaigns, cause redirects, hijack browsers and gather private data.
How did Chrome Tools install on my computer?
PUAs are distributed via download/installation setups of other software. This deceptive marketing technique of pre-packing regular products with unwanted or malicious additions - is called "bundling". By rushing through download/installation processes (e.g. by ignoring terms, skipping steps and sections, etc.) - users risk unintentionally allowing bundled content into their devices. Select PUAs (e.g. Chrome Tools) have "official" promotional sites, from which they can be downloaded. Intrusive ads proliferate these applications as well. When clicked on, they can execute scripts to stealthily download/install PUAs.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommend to research software prior to download/installation and/or purchase. Only official and verified download channels must be used. Since untrustworthy sources, e.g. unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and other third party downloaders - often offer deceptive and/or bundled content. Download and installation processes must be approached with care; that includes - reading terms, exploring all available options, using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings and opting-out from additional apps, tools, features, etc. It is just as important to exercise caution when browsing. Intrusive adverts appear legitimate, however they redirect to highly questionable webpages (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, and so on). In case of encounters with advertisements and/or redirects of this kind, users must inspect their devices and immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins from them. If your computer is already infected with Chrome Tools, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Screenshot of Chrome Tools adware asking for data-related permissions:
Screenshots of advertisements delivered by Chrome Tools adware:
Screenshot of the website used to promote Chrome Tools adware:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Chrome Tools?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Chrome Tools application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Chrome Tools adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Chrome Tools ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Chrome Tools' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Chrome Tools extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Chrome Tools 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 "Chrome Tools", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes Chrome Tools ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Chrome Tools 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 "Chrome Tools", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by chrome tools, 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 "Chrome Tools", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by chrome tools, 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 plugins 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 "Chrome Tools".
Computer users who have problems with ads by chrome tools 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 chrome tools, 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 chrome tools from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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