Screenshot Tool and Editor redirect removal instructions
What is Screenshot Tool and Editor?
Screenshot Tool and Editor is advertised as a tool for taking screenshots of entire websites, capturing page elements, and editing those screenshots (e.g., adding text to them). What is not advertised is the fact that Screenshot Tool and Editor functions as adware: it generates advertisements. Adware-type apps are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), it is because most users download and install them unknowingly.
Adware is a type of software that generates revenue for its developer by displaying various advertisements, for example, banners, coupons, surveys, pop-up ads. It is common that ads displayed by adware are designed to promote questionable pages. Sometimes they are used to distribute potentially unwanted apps. Therefore, it is strongly advisable not to click such ads.
Another reason not to have any adware installed on the operating system (or a browser) is that it could be designed to gather browsing data (e.g., IP addresses, entered search queries, geolocations, URLs of visited pages). Also, it could be designed to gather sensitive information. The problem with it is that collected data could be sold to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) or misused for other malicious purposes.
|Name||Ads by Screenshot Tool and Editor|
|Symptoms||Your computer becomes slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
More adware examples are Best File Converter, CheckEmailsQuicker, and PBlocker+. Quite often, apps of this type are advertised as useful, legitimate. However, most of them are useless and can cause various issues (e.g., online privacy, browsing safety issues). Either way, apps like Screenshot Tool and Editor cannot be trusted and should not be installed.
How did adware install on my computer?
Quite often, potentially unwanted applications are distributed by bundling them together with other programs. Users download or install PUAs when they finish downloads, installations without declining unwanted offers. As a rule, it can be done using available checkboxes (by unticking them), or "Advanced", "Custom" (or other) settings. In some cases, PUAs are distributed using deceptive ads (by designing those ads to run certain scripts). Users unwillingly cause unwanted downloads, installations by clicking those ads.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Downloads, installations should be finished when "Custom", "Advanced" or other settings are checked, and unwanted offers declined. Programs, files should be downloaded from official sites and via direct links. Unofficial websites, third party downloaders (or installers), Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule), etc., are not reliable sources, tools for downloading (or installing) software. Advertisements on shady websites should not be clicked as well. Those ads could open untrustworthy websites or cause downloads, installations of unwanted applications. Suspicious, unwanted extensions, add-ons, or plug-ins that are already installed on a browser should be removed. The same should be done with 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.
Notification saying that Screenshot Tool and Editor can access, read and change certain data:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Screenshot Tool and Editor?
- 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 Screenshot Tool and Editor 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 "Screenshot Tool and Editor" and remove it.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by screenshot tool and editor, 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 screenshot tool and editor 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 screenshot tool and editor, 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 screenshot tool and editor, 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 screenshot tool and editor from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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