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Removal instructions for Bio Diversity adware and the ads it displays

Also Known As: Ads by Bio Diversity
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

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 asking for data-related permissions

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.

Threat Summary:
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)

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Adware examples

LinkGraph AnalysisAdskip PROBackLinks 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:

Bio Diversity adware promoting site

Screenshot of the deceptive website that pushes Bio Diversity adware's promotional page:

Bio Diversity adware promoting deceptive webpage

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Quick menu:

Bio Diversity adware removal:

Windows 11 users:

Accessing Apps and Features in Windows 11

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:

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.

Bio Diversity adware uninstall via Control Panel

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:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Bio Diversity  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 "Bio Diversity", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Removing Bio Diversity ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

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 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 Bio Diversity 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 "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "Bio Diversity".

Removing Bio Diversity ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

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, 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 bio diversity, 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.

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.

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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.

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About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of over 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an author and editor for pcrisk.com since 2010. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest online security threats. Contact Tomas Meskauskas.

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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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