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How to uninstall Lavender adware from your operating system?

Also Known As: Ads by Lavender
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

What is Lavender adware?

Lavender is the name of an adware-type application. Following successful infiltration, it runs intrusive advertisement campaigns. In other words, this app delivers various misleading and even dangerous ads.

Furthermore, adware typically has data tracking abilities, which are used to collect browsing-related and sensitive information. Hence, Lavender likely has such functionalities as well. Since most users download/install adware products inadvertently, they are also classified as PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).

Lavender adware

Lavender adware in detail

Adware enables the placement of third-party graphical content on any visited website and/or different interfaces. This software delivers pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys, and other intrusive advertisements.

These adverts endorse various sale-based pages (of both legitimate and fraudulent products), untrustworthy, rogue, deceptive/scam, compromised, and malicious sites. Some intrusive ads proliferate software (e.g., PUAs). To elaborate, once clicked on, the adverts can execute scripts designed to make stealthy downloads/installations.

As mentioned in the introduction, adware can track data. Information of interest includes: visited URLs, viewed webpages, searched queries, IP addresses/ geolocations, personally identifiable details, and so forth. The gathered data is then shared with and/or sold to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals).

To summarize, the presence of unwanted apps can result in system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft. Therefore, it is strongly advised to remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins without delay.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by Lavender
Threat Type Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus
Detection Names (installer) AegisLab (Adware.Win32.AdSearch.2!c), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/Agent.AR Potentially Unwa), Fortinet (Adware/AdSearch), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Win32.AdSearch.gen), Malwarebytes (Adware.Agent), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Detection Names (application) Gridinsoft (Adware.Win64.Agent.dd!s1), Jiangmin (AdWare.Script.gh), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Script.AdSearch.), Zillya (Adware.AdSearch.Script.1), 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, 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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Adware in general

Smart Blocker, Pokemon Go Spoofer GPS iOS Android 2021, Shopping LoversBrowser Inverter Utility - are some examples of adware. It usually appears legitimate and harmless. Users are enticed into download/installation and/or purchase with offers of various "handy" functionalities. However, these features seldom work as promised, and in most cases - they do not work at all.

Nonoperational functions are typical of all PUA types. The sole purpose of unwanted applications is to generate profit for the developers; hence, functionality and user safety are irrelevant. PUAs operate by delivering intrusive advertisement campaigns, causing redirects, hijacking browsers, and collecting private information.

How did Lavender install on my computer?

PUAs are distributed via download/installation setups of other software. This deceptive marketing method of packing regular programs with unwanted or malicious additions - is termed "bundling". Rushed download/installation processes (e.g., ignored terms, used pre-set options, etc.) increase the risk of inadvertently allowing bundled content into the device, thereby endangering the system with potential infections.

Intrusive adverts are used to proliferate PUAs as well. Upon being clicked, the advertisements can execute scripts to download/install these applications without user permission. Some PUAs also have "official" promotional/download webpages.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is highly recommended to research software before download/installation and/or purchase. Additionally, all downloads must be performed from official and verified sources. Untrustworthy download channels, e.g., unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, and other third-party downloaders - commonly offer harmful and/or bundled content. When downloading/installing, it is advised to read terms, study all possible options, use the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings, and opt-out from supplementary apps, tools, functions, and other additions.

Intrusive adverts appear ordinary and innocuous; however, they redirect to various unreliable and questionable sites (e.g., gambling, adult-dating, pornography, etc.). In case of encounters with ads and/or redirects of this kind, the system must be inspected and all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - immediately removed from it. If your computer is already infected with Lavender, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.

Lavender adware installation setup:

Lavender adware installer

Appearance of Lavender adware (GIF):

Lavender adware appearance (GIF)

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Quick menu:

Lavender adware removal:

Windows 10 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.

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.

macOS (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.

Lavender adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Lavender", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes Lavender ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove Lavender adware from Internet browsers:

At time of research, Lavender did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Lavender  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 all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.

Removing Lavender ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by lavender, 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Lavender 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 on "Extensions", in the opened window remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing Lavender ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by lavender 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 ads by lavender, 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 Lavender 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 Lavender ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by lavender, 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.

Removal assistance:
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