What kind of application is paint page?
paint page is described as an application allowing users to paint the background and text on websites. After testing the application, we noticed that it shows annoying/intrusive advertisements. In other words, paint page is an advertising-supported application. Our team has discovered paint page on a deceptive website instructing visitors to add this app to a web browser.
paint page in detail
paint page can show ads designed to open various scams, phishing pages, websites offering to download shad applications, etc. Thus, it is highly advisable not to trust ads generated by paint page or other adware. In some cases, clicking those ads caused unwanted downloads or even installations.
We also found that paint page can read and change all your data on all websites. That data may be misused for marketing purposes, sold to third parties, or monetized in other ways. These are the two main reasons why paint page should not be added to a web browser.
|Name||Ads by paint page|
|Detection Names||Avast (), Combo Cleaner (), ESET-NOD32 (), Kaspersky (), Full List (VirusTotal)|
|Symptoms||Your computer becomes slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Unwanted applications in general
Sometimes, adware can hijack a web browser by changing its settings. In such cases, it manipulates settings to promote a fake search engine. It is important to know that fake search engines can show misleading results and show results generated by other questionable search engines.
How did adware install on my computer?
paint page gets added to a web browser after completing the steps provided by a deceptive website claiming that it is required to add this extension to complete some process. Also, adware is distributed via installers for other software, deceptive advertisements, and fake installers.
Advertisements can download or install adware when designed to run certain scripts. Installers used to distribute adware have "Advanced", "Custom", or other settings (or ticked checkboxes). It gets installed after installing software without changing the aforementioned settings (deselecting unwanted apps).
How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?
Download files and apps from legitimate sources such as official pages and platforms. Using P2P networks, third-party downloaders, unofficial websites, etc., can lead to unwanted or even malicious downloads and installations. Also, check downloaders and installers for optional downloads/ installations and deselect the unwanted ones before downloading/installing software.
Do not click on advertisements appearing on dubious pages or agree to receive notifications from such pages. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Screenshots of shady websites promoting paint page adware:
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 paint page?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
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 any unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the unwanted application, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove 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 "paing page" and other suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by paint page, 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 plug-ins 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with ads by paint page 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 paint page, 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?
In most cases, adware diminishes the web browsing experience by showing ads covering the contents of visited pages. Additionally, it can slow down a computer and even invade privacy.
What does adware do?
It displays annoying advertisements. Sometimes, it can also hijack a web browser and collect information.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
Most of them participate in affiliate programs and use their adware to promote various products, services, and (or) web pages.
Will Combo Cleaner remove paint page adware?
Yes, this application will remove adware from the operating system. Using this app for removal will not leave any files or other components belonging to the adware, which often is an issue with removing adware manually.