How to remove fake Google Docs extension?

Also Known As: Unofficial Google Docs extension
Type: Adware
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

Fake Google Docs Extension redirect removal instructions

What is Fake Google Docs Extension?

This application has nothing to do with the official, legitimate Google Docs extension. It is classified as adware and designed to promote various shady websites. The initial redirects caused by this adware typically start with "blob:https://p6vh.com" website which, in turn, redirects elsewhere. List of websites that this rogue extension redirects to also includes check.qualitychecker.net and ppae8oe4eku9.com. Additionally, after installation this app adds the "Managed by your organization" feature to Chrome browsers. Research shows that this adware-type app is distributed using a 'cracking' tool which supposed to illegally activate some licensed software.

fake google docs extension adware promotes shady page

The main purpose of this fake Google Docs extension is to place invisible layers on visited websites. When unsuspecting users click anywhere on the website that has such layer placed on it, they get redirected to questionable, potentially malicious websites. For example, to pages that are designed to promote potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) like browser hijackers, other adware-type apps, or to rogue pages (similar to ahacdn[.]me, newscatch24[.]com, etc.) that promote some other sites of this kind, contain shady content, etc. Also, it is possible that this fake Google Docs app may be placing layers designed to promote pages that are used to trick users into installing some malware (e.g., ransomware, Trojans), various scam pages, phishing sites, etc. In one way or another, websites that get opened by a browser that has this untrustworthy app installed on it cannot be trusted. If this app is installed on a browser, then it should be removed immediately. It is worthwhile to mention that it could be designed to collect various data as well. For instance, IP addresses, addresses of visited websites, entered search queries, geolocations and other browsing data, and/or even sensitive details (e.g., passwords, credit card details).

Threat Summary:
Name Unofficial Google Docs extension
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Detection Names (of the fake 'cracking' tool) Avast (Win32:Trojan-gen), BitDefender (Trojan.GenericKD.34805478), ESET-NOD32 (Multiple Detections), Kaspersky (HEUR:Trojan-PSW.Win32.Fareit.gen), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
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, potentially unwanted applications (adware)
Damage Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.
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Some more examples of adware-type apps are Chromium Shield, Shop Together, Product Connecter. Typically, they are designed to serve ads (e.g., coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads). However, it appears that there are adware-type apps like this fake Google Docs extension that are designed to promote shady pages via invisible layers that they place on opened pages. In one way or another, apps of this type are designed only to generate revenue for their developers and can cause users various problems.

How did adware install on my computer?

As mentioned in the introduction, this fake Google Docs extension is distributed via executable file which supposed to install/launch some 'cracking' tool. Another popular way to distribute potentially unwanted apps is to include them in download and/or installation setups of other programs. Typically, offers to download and/or install included apps can be found in "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual" or other settings of setups. When users download and/or install programs with PUAs integrated in their setups without changing the aforementioned settings (or unticking certain checkboxes) they download and/or install PUAs too. In other cases users unknowingly download and/or install PUAs when they click deceptive ads that are designed to execute certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended to download applications (and files) from official websites (and via direct download links). Various third party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), unofficial pages, etc., and third party installers should not be used. Download and/or installation setups with some settings ("Custom", "Advanced", etc.) or checkboxes should be analyzed - it is common that they are used to distribute potentially unwanted apps. Advertisements that appear on questionable websites should can be designed to promote other pages of this kind, or even cause a download (and/or installation) of some unwanted software. It is advised not to click such ads. Unwanted, suspicious or unknown extensions, add-ons or plug-ins that already are installed on a browser should be removed from it. Software of this kind that is installed on the operating system should be removed as well. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

To determine if the installed Google Docs extension is fake please check its details. The genuine extension is always available at the Chrome Web Store, while the fake/malicious extensions often aren't.

Fake Google Docs Extension details

Invisible layer displayed by Fake Google Docs extension opens untrustworthy page (GIF):

fake google docs extension adware promotes rogue page

Invisible layer displayed by Fake Google Docs extension opens another untrustworthy page (GIF):

fake google docs extension adware promotes untrustworthy page

Screenshot of the "Managed by your organization" feature added to Chrome:

fake google docs extension adds managed by your organization feature

Download website for a fake 'cracking' tool used to distribute unofficial Google Docs adware-type extension:

fake google docs extension adware download website for a fake cracking tool

Another rogue Chrome extension ("d8yl+Hf7rX") which behaves identically to fake Google Docs:

d8yl+Hf7rX rogue Chrome extension

Screenshot of an ad delivered by this extension:

Intrusive ad delivered by d8yl+Hf7rX rogue Chrome extension

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Quick menu:

Adware removal:

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.

Fake Google Docs Extension adware uninstall via Control Panel

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 Fake Google Docs Extension 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:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Fake Google Docs Extension  ads 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 the unofficial "Google Docs" extension or other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.

Removing Fake Google Docs Extension ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the unofficial google docs extension, 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 plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Fake Google Docs Extension ads 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 "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing Fake Google Docs Extension ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with unofficial google docs extension 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 (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the unofficial google docs extension, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Fake Google Docs Extension ads 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 Fake Google Docs Extension ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the unofficial google docs extension, 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

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.

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