What is Chump?
Chump is a rogue browser extension endorsed as a tool to customize keyboard shortcuts for easy access to favorite websites. It is classified as adware due to running intrusive advertisement campaigns. Furthermore, Chump spies on users' browsing activity.
Due to the questionable methods used to distribute adware-type products, they are also categorized as PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).
Chump adware in detail
Adware enables the placement of third-party graphical content on any visited website and/or different interfaces. The displayed ads can be surveys, pop-ups, coupons, banners, and so on.
These advertisements promote various sale-based, untrustworthy, deceptive/scam, compromised, and even malicious websites. Furthermore, some intrusive ads can infiltrate software (e.g., PUAs) into systems stealthily - when they are clicked on.
Most adwares have data tracking abilities, and Chump is not an exception to this. Information of interest includes: URLs visited, webpages viewed, search queries typed, IP addresses/ geolocations, personally identifiable details, and so forth.
Adware developers monetize the collected data by sharing it with and/or selling it to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals). In summary, the presence of unwanted software on devices can lead to system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.
To ensure device integrity and user privacy, all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be eliminated without delay
|Name||Ads by Chump|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Supposed Functionality||Customization of keyboard shortcuts for easy access to websites|
|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.
Adware in general
Adware also typically offers a broad range of features. However, the functions rarely work as promised, and in most cases - they do not work at all.
In fact, the only purpose of unwanted apps is to generate revenue for the developers; they have no real value to users. PUAs are designed to run intrusive advert campaigns, cause redirects, hijack browsers, and gather private information.
How did Chump install on my computer?
Some PUAs (e.g., Chump) have "official" promotional/download sites. Intrusive advertisements are also used to spread these applications. Once clicked on, the ads can execute scripts to make downloads/installations without user permission.
PUAs are proliferated via downloaders/installers of other programs as well. This deceptive marketing technique of packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions is termed "bundling".
Rushed download/installation processes (e.g., ignored terms, used "Easy/Express" settings, etc.) increase the risk of inadvertently allowing bundled content into the device.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is important to research software products 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 - often offer bundled and/or harmful content.
When downloading/installing, it is recommended to read terms, study possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opt-out from supplementary apps, tools, functions, and other additions.
Intrusive adverts appear legitimate and innocuous; however, they redirect to highly questionable sites (e.g., adult-dating, pornography, gambling, etc.).
In case of encounters with ads and/or redirects of this type, the device must be checked and all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - immediately removed from it. If your computer is already infected with Chump, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Screenshot of Chump browser extension's appearance:
Screenshot of the website used to promote Chump adware:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Chump?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Chump application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Chump ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove 'Ads by Chump' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove Chump extension from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
- STEP 6. Remove Chump adware from Internet Explorer.
Chump adware removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 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.
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.
macOS (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 "Chump", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes Chump ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Chump 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 "Chump", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by chump, 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 "Chump".
Computer users who have problems with ads by chump 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 chump, 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 "Chump", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by chump, 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.
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