What is Bio Diversity?
Bio Diversity is a browser extension promoted as a tool for easy access to the largest biodiversity-centered library/archive. Instead, after testing it, we learned that Bio Diversity operates as advertising-supported software (adware).
Bio Diversity adware overview
On our test system, Bio Diversity displayed various adverts. It is worth noting that certain factors can influence whether adware delivers intrusive advertising campaigns or not.
For example, should the browser or its version be incompatible, the geolocation not match the specifications, or if certain websites are not visited - software of this type may not display advertisements. Regardless, the presence of adware on a system endangers its integrity and user privacy.
Adware-delivered ads endorse online scams, untrustworthy/harmful websites and software, and even malware. What is more, some intrusive adverts are capable of infiltrating software into systems - once clicked.
Encounters with genuine products through such advertisements are possible. However, legitimate developers rarely advertise their creations in this manner; instead, it is almost always the work of scammers using affiliate programs to acquire illegitimate commissions.
Bio Diversity also requests users to allow it to monitor their browsing activity. From our extensive research into adware, we can conclude that data tracking abilities are typical for this kind of software. It mostly targets browsing activity, personally identifiable details, usernames/passwords, and finance-related data. Adware developers monetize the collected information by selling it to third-parties.
To summarize, software like Bio Diversity can lead to system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.
|Name||Ads by Bio Diversity|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Browser Extension(s)||Bio Diversity|
|Supposed Functionality||Easy access to biodiversity-centered online library/archive|
|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.
LinkGraph Analysis, Adskip PRO, BackLinks Monitor, and Security Suite are a few examples of the adware we have analyzed. We have noted this software usually looking legitimate and offering "handy" functionalities. However, the functions seldom work as promised, and in most cases - they do not work at all. Instead, adware can run intrusive ad campaigns, force-open dubious/malicious sites, and gather private information.
How did Bio Diversity install on my computer?
We downloaded Bio Diversity from its "official" webpage. Our researchers accessed the page through a deceptive site urging visitors to update their outdated Chrome browser extensions. This website, in turn, was detected when researching shady pages and the redirects they cause.
Adware developers use various questionable methods to proliferate their products; hence, they are multiple ways this software can infiltrate systems. Download webpages can be promoted through sites using rogue advertising networks, spam browser notifications, intrusive ads, or they can be force-opened by installed undesirable software.
"Bundling" is a marketing tactic of packing regular programs with unwanted/malicious additions, and it is also used by adware designers. Download from untrustworthy sources and rushed installations increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the system.
Additionally, once clicked on, intrusive adverts can execute scripts to make stealthy downloads/installations (including adware).
How to avoid installation of adware?
We highly recommend researching software and downloading only from official/verified channels. When downloading/installing, it is important to read terms, study available options, use the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings, and opt-out of all additions. We also advise exercising caution when browsing.
Intrusive advertisements appear innocuous; however, they redirect to unreliable/dubious websites (e.g., pornography, gambling, adult-dating, etc.).
In case of encounters with such ads/redirects, it is crucial to check the system and immediately remove all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Bio Diversity, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Screenshot of Bio Diversity adware's promotional website:
Screenshot of the deceptive website that pushes Bio Diversity adware's promotional page:
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Bio Diversity?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Bio Diversity application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Bio Diversity ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove 'Ads by Bio Diversity' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove Bio Diversity extension from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Bio Diversity 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 "Bio Diversity", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes Bio Diversity ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Bio Diversity 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 "Bio Diversity", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by bio diversity, 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 "Bio Diversity".
Computer users who have problems with ads by bio diversity 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 bio diversity, 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 can diminish browsing quality and system performance. It also threatens user privacy if the piece of software has data tracking abilities, like those possessed by Bio Diversity. Adware-displayed advertisements are often deceptive and malicious; hence, they can cause a host of serious problems.
What does adware do?
Advertising-supported software stands for adware. It is designed to deliver ads on visited websites and/or other interfaces.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
Most of the profit is made via affiliate programs by promoting content. Adware developers can get commission from ad clicks, website visits, file downloads, product purchases, service subscriptions, or similar.
Will Combo Cleaner remove Bio Diversity adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your device and eliminate all adware-type apps installed. However, it is noteworthy that manual removal (deletion not aided by security software) might not be the perfect solution. In some cases, even after the adware itself is (manually) eliminated - file leftovers remain hidden in the system. Such components can continue running and causing issues. Therefore, it is strongly advised to remove adware immediately and thoroughly.