History Removal Tool adware removal instructions
What is History Removal Tool?
History Removal Tool is a piece of rogue software, supposedly capable of automatically deleting users' browsing history. However, following successful installation, History Removal Tool runs intrusive advertisement campaigns. In other words, it delivers various unreliable, questionable and possibly harmful ads. Additionally, most adware-types spy on users' browsing activity and History Removal Tool is not an exception to this. Since users typically download/install adwares inadvertently, they are also classified as PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications). At the time of research, History Removal Tool has been observed being promoted through deceptive sites wherein download buttons redirect to the Chrome Web Store.
Adware delivers various banners, pop-ups, banners, coupons surveys, full-page and other intrusive adverts. They seriously diminish the browsing quality, since they limit the browsing speed and overlay webpage content. Aside from being a nuisance, these advertisements are considered to be dangerous. Once clicked on, intrusive ads redirect to untrustworthy/malicious websites and some can even stealthily download/install software. PUAs are a prime example of content infiltrated into systems in this manner. They can have a variety of heinous functionalities and these functions can be in different combinations. Some PUAs can force-open deceptive and malicious sites. Browser hijackers are another type of unwanted applications, they modify browser settings and restrict/deny access to them - in order to promote fake search engines. The promoted web searchers are seldom able to provide search results, so they redirect to Google, Bing, Yahoo and other genuine search engines. As mentioned in the introduction, History Removal Tool has data tracking abilities and this is common for most PUAs (adware included). They monitor browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and gather personal information extracted from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). PUA developers monetize the collected data by sharing it with and/or selling it to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). In summary, presence of unwanted software on devices can lead to system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses and even identity theft. To ensure device integrity and user safety, all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be eliminated immediately upon detection.
|Name||Ads by History Removal Tool|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Browser Extension(s)||History Removal Tool|
|Supposed Functionality||Automatic browsing history removal|
|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)||
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Movie Finder, Giphy Search, AdBlock Stream, Damn Good Recipe Promos and Access+ are some examples of other software within the adware classification. It appears ordinary and harmless. Users are lured into download/installation with offers of various "useful" and "advantageous" features. However, despite how good the promised functionaries may sound - they rarely work. In fact, this is true of nearly all PUAs. Functionality, user convenience and safety are irrelevant - since the only goal of unwanted apps is to generate revenue for the developers. Therefore, instead of delivering on any promises, PUAs can run intrusive advert campaigns, cause redirects, hijack browsers, gather vulnerable and personally identifiable information.
How did History Removal Tool install on my computer?
PUAs can have "official" download webpages, yet they can also be hosted on genuine online stores (e.g. Chrome Web Store). These applications are also be distributed via download/installation setups of other programs. "Bundling" is the term used to define this false marketing technique of packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions. Rushed download/installation processes (e.g. ignored terms, used "Easy/Express" settings, etc.) increase the risk of inadvertently allowing bundled content into the system. Upon being clicked, the ads can execute scripts to download/install PUAs without user permission.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is important 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 harmful and/or bundled content. When downloading/installing, it is recommended to read terms, study all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from supplementary apps, tools, features and other additions. Intrusive advertisements appear legitimate, however they redirect to highly questionable sites (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.). In case of encounters with such adverts and/or redirects, the system must be inspected and all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - removed immediately from it. If your computer is already infected with History Removal Tool, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
History Removal Tool adware asking for various permissions:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is History Removal Tool?
- STEP 1. Uninstall History Removal Tool application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove History Removal Tool ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove 'Ads by History Removal Tool' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove History Removal Tool extension from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
- STEP 6. Remove History Removal Tool adware from Internet Explorer.
History Removal Tool 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 "History Removal Tool", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes History Removal Tool ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove History Removal Tool 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 "History Removal Tool", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by history removal tool, 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 "History Removal Tool".
Computer users who have problems with ads by history removal tool 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 history removal tool, 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 "History Removal Tool", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by history removal tool, 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 history removal tool from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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