What is Reputation Lookup?
Reputation Lookup is an adware-type browser extension endorsed as a tool for quickly checking the reputation of online content. Instead, it operates by running intrusive advertisement campaigns and spying on users' browsing activity. Due to the questionable techniques used to distribute adware-type products, they are also classified as PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).
Reputation Lookup adware in detail
Adware delivers various pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys, full-page, and other intrusive ads. They severely diminish the browsing experience and pose a threat to device/user safety. Intrusive advertisements endorse various sale-based, unreliable, deceptive/scam, and even malicious websites. Furthermore, once clicked on, some of these adverts can stealthily download/install software (e.g., PUAs).
Reputation Lookup has data tracking abilities. Information of interest includes: URLs visited, webpages viewed, search queries typed, IP addresses, personally identifiable details, and so on. The data is then shared with and/or sold to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals).
In summary, the presence of unwanted software on devices can lead to system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.
|Name||Ads by Reputation Lookup|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Browser Extension(s)||Reputation Lookup|
|Supposed Functionality||Tool to check the reputation of online content|
|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
Like most PUAs, adware appears legitimate and offers "handy" functions, which are usually nonoperational. What is more, unwanted applications typically have harmful abilities, e.g., running intrusive ad campaigns, causing redirects, hijacking browsers, and collecting vulnerable data.
How did Reputation Lookup install on my computer?
Some PUAs (e.g., Reputation Lookup) have "official" download webpages. Intrusive advertisements are used to spread these applications as well. When clicked on, the adverts can execute scripts to make downloads/installations without user consent.
PUAs are distributed using the "bundling" marketing tactic - packing regular software with unwanted/malicious additions. Rushed downloads/installations increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the device.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is advised to research software and always download from official/verified sources. Untrustworthy download channels, e.g., unofficial and freeware sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc. - often offer bundled and dangerous websites.
When downloading/installing, it is recommended to read terms, study possible options, and use the "Custom/Advanced" settings to op-out from all supplements. Intrusive adverts appear legitimate, yet they redirect to questionable sites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.).
In case of encounters with such ads 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 Reputation Lookup, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Website used to promote the Reputation Lookup adware:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Reputation Lookup?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Reputation Lookup application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Reputation Lookup ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove 'Ads by Reputation Lookup' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove Reputation Lookup extension from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Reputation Lookup 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 "Reputation Lookup", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes Reputation Lookup ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Reputation Lookup 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 "Reputation Lookup", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by reputation lookup, 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 "Reputation Lookup".
Computer users who have problems with ads by reputation lookup 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 reputation lookup, 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.
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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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What harm can adware cause?
Adware infiltrated into a device can diminish the browser experience and system performance. Furthermore, adware-displayed ads often promote various scams and even malicious (malware-proliferating) content.
What does adware do?
Adware stands for advertising-supported software. It is designed to deliver intrusive advertisement campaigns, i.e., display various ads.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
Adware generates profit by promoting content through the adverts it delivers. The developers get commission from clicks on advertisements, website visits, product purchases, or similar.
Will Combo Cleaner remove Reputation Lookup adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your devices and eliminate all adware-type apps present. It is noteworthy that manual removal may not be ideal in some cases, since even after removal - file leftovers may remain within the system. Furthermore, the leftover components might continue running.