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How to remove Bloom adware and the advertisements it displays

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

What is Bloom adware?

Bloom is a piece of advertising-supported software (adware), which our research team discovered while inspecting shady download pages. We have also noted that this application is practically identical to Tone adware.

Bloom adware installation setup

Bloom adware overview

Once installed onto our test machine, Bloom began displaying advertisements; however, it might not run intrusive ad campaigns on other systems. Whether adware operates in the intended manner may depend on various factors, e.g., compatible browser/system specs or user geolocation, visits to particular websites, and so on. Advertising-supported software endangers device/user safety regardless of whether it delivers ads or not.

Adware-displayed advertisements promote a wide variety of untrustworthy/harmful sites and software, online scams (fake virus warnings, outdated program alerts, lotteries, giveaways, etc.), and in some cases - even malware. Furthermore, some intrusive adverts can infiltrate software into systems upon being clicked.

It is noteworthy that any legitimate products encountered through these ads are unlikely to be promoted by their actual developers. This marketing method is commonly used by scammers who abuse affiliate programs to acquire illegitimate commissions.

Adware usually has data tracking abilities, and this may apply to Bloom. Information of interest can include - URLs visited, webpages viewed, search queries typed, personally identifiable details, account log-in credentials, credit card numbers, etc. The developers of this software monetize the gathered data through sale to third-parties.

To summarize, the presence of advertising-supported software like Bloom on devices can lead to system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by Bloom
Threat Type Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus
Detection Names (rogue installer) Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Script.AdSearch.ge), Lionic (Adware.Script.AdSearch.2!c), Zillya (Adware.AdSearch.Script.1), ZoneAlarm by Check Point (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Script.AdSearch.gen), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Detection Names (app) Avast (Win64:Adware-gen [Adw]), Jiangmin (AdWare.Script.gh), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Script.AdSearch.gen), Lionic ( Adware.Script.AdSearch.2!c), Microsoft (), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Rogue Process Name Bloom ltd Copyright © All rights reserved (process name may vary)
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

We have analyzed countless adware samples; Ask AliMeme Finder, and Best Converter Online are just a few examples. This software typically appears legitimate and harmless. It also offers "useful" and "advantageous" functionalities that are rarely operational.

How did Bloom install on my computer?

We downloaded Bloom from a dubious webpage promoting it. Sites that push advertising-supported software and other untrustworthy products are usually entered through mistyped URLs or redirects caused by websites using rogue advertising networks, spam browser notifications, intrusive adverts, or installed adware (with browser force-opening capabilities).

This software can also be bundled (packed together) with regular programs. Download from questionable sources (e.g., unofficial and freeware websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc.) and rushed installations - increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the device.

Intrusive advertisements proliferate adware as well. Some of these ads can execute scripts to make stealthy downloads/installations when clicked.

How to avoid installation of adware?

We highly recommend researching software and downloading it from official/verified channels. Installation processes must be approached with care, which includes - reading terms, studying possible options, using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings, and opting-out of all supplements.

We also advise being vigilant when browsing since illegitimate and malicious content - typically appears innocuous. For example, intrusive advertisements look ordinary yet redirect to unreliable/dubious sites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.).

If you experience such adverts and/or redirects, check the system and immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Bloom, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.

Screenshot of Bloom adware's installer contents:

Bloom adware installer content

Screenshot of Bloom adware's process on Windows Task Manager ("Bloom ltd Copyright © All rights reserved" process name):

Bloom adware process on Task Manager (Bloom ltd Copyright © All rights reserved - process name)

Screenshot of the website used to promote Bloom adware:

Website promoting Bloom adware

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Quick menu:

Bloom 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.

Bloom adware uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

Remove Bloom adware from Internet browsers:

At time of research, Bloom did not install its browser plug-ins on Microsoft Edge, 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 Bloom  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 Bloom ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by bloom, 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 Bloom 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 Bloom ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by bloom 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 bloom, 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 endangers device integrity and user safety. It can decrease browsing experience and system performance. This software typically has data tracking functionalities, which make it a privacy threat. Furthermore, adware-displayed ads can be deceptive/malicious and cause various issues (e.g., system infections, financial losses, etc.).

What does adware do?

Advertising-supported software (adware) is designed to run intrusive advert campaigns. In other words, it can display advertisements on visited websites and/or different interfaces. Some types can also force-open webpages and collect private data.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Adware developers generate revenue primarily through affiliate programs by promoting various websites, apps, products, services, and so on.

Will Combo Cleaner remove Bloom adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner can scan devices and eliminate installed adware-type apps. It is noteworthy that manual removal (unaided by security programs) might not be ideal. In some cases, even after the software itself is removed - file leftovers remain in the system. What is more, the remnants can continue running and causing issues. Hence, it is crucial to remove adware thoroughly.

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