Product Connecter redirect removal instructions
What is Product Connecter?
Product Connecter is advertised as an easy easy-to-use web search tool with targeted results. However, this software is classified as adware - it generates revenue for its developers by serving advertisements. It is common that users download and install advertising-supported applications unknowingly, therefore, Product Connecter and other apps of this type are called potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
Usually adware serves banners, coupons, pop-up ads, surveys and/or other types of advertisements. It is common that ads serves by adware are intrusive - they conceal contents of visited websites. Moreover, quite often those ads are designed to promote questionable websites. In some cases they are designed to cause download and/or installation of some unwanted software by executing certain scripts. It is worthwhile to mention that adware can be (and often is) designed not only to serve ads but also to collect various data. It is common that it targets browsing data like addresses of visited pages, entered search queries, geolocations, IP addresses, etc. However, there are adware-type apps that target sensitive details. The biggest problem with it is that collected information may be misused to generate revenue, for example, it may be sold to third parties (potentially cyber criminals). It means that adware users may have problems related to online privacy, browsing safety, or even become victims of identity theft.
|Name||Ads by Product Connecter|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up 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, bundling|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections, concealed website content|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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More examples of PUAs that are designed to function like Product Connecter are VirtualCharacterSearch, MessengerNow and Giphy Search. What most programs of this type have in common is that they serve advertisements and often are completely useless to their users. Even if they are advertised as legitimate, useful programs.
How did adware install on my computer?
One of the most common ways to distribute PUAs (including adware) is to integrate it in download and/or installation setups of other programs as additional offers. Usually those offers can be found in "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual" or other settings of setups and can be declined there. However, not all users check (and change) the aforementioned settings. It means that they agree with offers to download and/or install included apps as well. This distribution method of PUAs is known as "bundling". In some cases users download and/or install PUAs by clicking advertisements that are capable of running certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Download and installation setups that have settings like "Advanced", "Custom" should be always checked for offers to download and/or install unwanted apps. Files and programs should be downloaded only from official sites (and via direct links). Other sources, tools like Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), unofficial pages, third party downloaders, etc., should not be used for that. Third party installers should not be used as well. Advertisements that appear on questionable websites can be designed to promote other sites of this kind or cause unwanted downloads and/or installations. Therefore, such ads should not be clicked as well. If there are any suspicious, unwanted extensions, plug-ins and/or add-ons installed on a web browser or programs of this kind installed on the operating system, then they should be removed/uninstalled. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Another download website for Product Connecter:
Notification saying that Product Connecter can read and change certain data:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Product Connecter?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
- STEP 6. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
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 any potentially unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes Product Connecter redirects, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
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 (e.g., "Product Connecter") and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by product connecter, 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with ads by product connecter 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 product connecter, 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.
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 ads by product connecter, 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.
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 product connecter from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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