RelevantKnowledge redirect removal instructions
What is RelevantKnowledge?
RelevantKnowledge is advertised as a tool that users can use to express their opinions about various products, services by participating in an online research. However, RelevantKnowledge app is classified as adware - it serves advertisements. It is common that users download and install adware unknowingly, therefore, apps of this type are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
Usually programs like RelevantKnowledge serve surveys, banners, pop-ups, coupons and/or other types of advertisements. It is known that this particular app displays surveys on various shopping websites, although, it could serve other ads well. It is worthwhile to mention that ads that are served by adware, if clicked, may open various unreliable pages, or even download and/or install some unwanted software by executing certain scripts. Additionally, adware is a type of software that can be designed to collect various data related to user's browsing habits. For instance, IP addresses, addresses of visited websites, geolocations, entered search queries and other details of this kind. It is likely that RelevantKnowledge collects data like products purchased from online shops as ell. Moreover, adware can be designed to gather personal, sensitive information. What is worse, that data may be misused to generate revenue by selling it to third parties (potentially cyber criminals), or in other ways. Either way, it is advised not to have programs like RelevantKnowledge installed neither on a computer or a browser.
|Name||Ads by RelevantKnowledge|
|Detection Names (PCMate Free Privacy Cleaner installer)
||Avast (Win32:PUP-gen [PUP]), BitDefender (Application.RelevantKnowledge.CN), ESET-NOD32 (Win32/FusionCore.AX Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Relevant.cmb), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Detection Names (RelevantKnowledge)
||Avast (Win32:AdwareSig [Adw]), BitDefender (Gen:Variant.Johnnie.234945), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/Adware.RK.AE), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Relevant.r), 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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
RelevantKnowledge is related to another program called PremierOpinion. Examples of other software that is classified as adware are WikiNow, DreamTrip and Shop Together. As a rule, programs of this type are designed only to generate revenue for their developers by serving ads and/or collecting certain data. In other words, they are useless to their users, and may even cause them various issues.
How did adware install on my computer?
It is known that RelevantKnowledge is promoted in the installer for PCMate Free Privacy Cleaner. This distribution method for PUAs like RelevantKnowledge is called "bundling". In such cases developers include potentially unwanted apps in download and/or installation setups as additional offers. Typically, such offers can be declined (via "Custom", "Advanced" settings or by unticking certain checkboxes that are available in setups). However, not all users check if there are any offers included in download and/or installation setups and leave all available settings unchanged. In such cases they download and/or install PUAs alongside with desired programs. In some cases users download and/or install PUAs through deceptive advertisements that are designed to execute certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Software should be downloaded from official, trustworthy websites (and via direct links). It is not recommended to download or install it via various third party downloaders, installers, Peer to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule), questionable websites, etc. Download and installation setups that contain various settings (like "Advanced", "Custom") should be checked offers to download and/or install unwanted, additionally included applications before completing downloads and/or installations. Advertisements on untrustworthy websites should not be clicked- they tend to be designed to promote other pages of this kind, or even download, install unwanted software. If there are some unwanted, suspicious extensions, plug-ins or add-ons installed on a browser, then they should be removed. The same applies to programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Screenshot of the installer for PCMate Free Privacy Cleaner that is used to promote RelevantKnowledge adware:
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Malwarebytes is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is RelevantKnowledge?
- 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 RelevantKnowledge 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 and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by relevantknowledge, 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 relevantknowledge 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 relevantknowledge, 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 relevantknowledge, 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 relevantknowledge from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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