What is Multi AdBlock?
Multi AdBlock is a browser extension endorsed as a tool capable of removing online advertisements. Instead of eliminating ads, this fake adblocker delivers them. Due to this, it is categorized as adware. Additionally, Multi AdBlock has data tracking abilities that are used to collect browsing-related information.
Since most users download/install adware-types unintentionally, they are also deemed to be PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).
Adware enables the placement of pop-ups, banners, surveys, coupons, and other intrusive advertisements - on any visited website (or different interfaces). The delivered adverts seriously diminish the browsing experience by overlaying page content and slowing down the browsing speed.
Furthermore, once clicked on, intrusive ads redirect to various misleading, deceptive/scam, and malicious websites. Some of these advertisements can even be triggered (by being clicked on) to execute scripts designed to download/install software (e.g., PUAs) without user permission.
PUAs can have varied heinous functionalities, and these functions can be in different combinations. For example, these apps can run intrusive advertisement campaigns and/or force-open dangerous websites. Most PUAs (regardless of other abilities) can track data, and this applies to Multi AdBlock.
Information of interest includes: browsing and search engine histories, IP addresses, geolocations, and even personally identifiable details. PUA developers monetize the gathered data by sharing it with and/or selling it to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals).
In summary, presence of unwanted software on devices can result in system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and identity theft. To protect device and user safety, all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed immediately upon detection.
|Name||Ads by Multi AdBlock|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Browser Extension(s)||Multi AdBlock|
|Supposed Functionality||Advertisement removal (adblocker)|
|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)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
SketchBall, Clear History, Chrome Tools, and Go Easy Directions Promos are some examples of software within the adware classification. It usually appears legitimate and offers a wide variety of "useful" functionalities. However, the promised functions are seldom operational. In fact, this is true of nearly all PUAs.
The sole purpose of unwanted apps is to generate revenue for the developers. Therefore, instead of delivering on any promises, PUAs can run intrusive advertisement campaigns, cause redirects, modify browsers (browser hijackers), and collect private data.
How did Multi AdBlock install on my computer?
Select PUAs (e.g., Multi AdBlock) have "official" promotional/download webpages. These applications can also be downloaded/installed together with other programs. This false marketing tactic of packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions - is called "bundling".
Rushed download/installation processes (e.g., ignored terms, skipped steps and sections, etc.) increase the risk of inadvertently allowing bundled content into the system. When clicked on, intrusive ads can execute scripts to stealthily download/install PUAs.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended to research software before download/installation and/or purchase. Only official and verified download channels should be used.
Untrustworthy sources, e.g., unofficial and free file-hosting sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (Torrent clients, eMule, Gnutella, etc.), and other third-party downloaders - commonly offer harmful and/or bundled content. Download and installation processes must be treated with care.
Therefore, it is important to read terms, explore all possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from supplementary apps, tools, functions, and other additions.
Intrusive advertisements appear ordinary and innocuous; however, they redirect to various questionable and unreliable websites (e.g., adult-dating, pornography, gambling, and so on).
In case of encounters with such adverts and/or redirects, the system must be checked and all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - immediately removed from it.
If your computer is already infected with Multi AdBlock, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Screenshots of the website used to promote Multi AdBlock adware:
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- What is Multi AdBlock?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Multi AdBlock application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Multi AdBlock ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove 'Ads by Multi AdBlock' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove Multi AdBlock extension from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
- STEP 6. Remove Multi AdBlock adware from Internet Explorer.
Multi AdBlock 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 "Multi AdBlock", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes Multi AdBlock ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Multi AdBlock 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 "Multi AdBlock", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by multi adblock, 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 "Multi AdBlock".
Computer users who have problems with ads by multi adblock 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 multi adblock, 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 "Multi AdBlock", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by multi adblock, 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 multi adblock from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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