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How to eliminate Parental Url Blockers from a browser

Also Known As: Ads by Parental Url Blockers
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

What kind of application is Parental Url Blockers?

While examining the Parental Url Blockers browser extension, we learned that it displays intrusive advertisements. Software designed to show ads is called adware. Typically, it is promoted/distributed using deceptive methods. Our team discovered Parental Url Blockers on a deceptive website requesting to add it to a web browser.

Parental Url Blockers adware

Parental Url Blockers in detail

It is known that Parental Url Blockers randomly opens various websites (in a browser new tab) and causes unwanted redirects. It promotes questionable pages that may be used to extract sensitive information, steal identities, distribute shady software, etc.

Also, Parental Url Blockers can be designed to display advertisements to promote various scams, potentially malicious pages and applications, etc. Moreover, those ads can be designed to run certain scripts to cause unwanted downloads and installations.

Usually, apps like Parental Url Blockers bombard users with coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, and other advertising material.

We also found that Parental Url Blockers can read and change data on all websites and display notifications. It may be used to track users (collect information about them). Its developers may obtain information that could be misused for marketing and other purposes. Notifications shown by this app can open untrustworthy websites.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by Parental Url Blockers
Threat Type Adware
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)

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Unwanted applications in general

In some cases, adware-type apps hijack web browsers by modifying their settings. They make a fake search engine as the default search engine, homepage, and (or) new tab page. Fake search engines cannot be trusted - most can promote shady websites and show results generated by untrustworthy search engines.

More examples of advertising-supported apps are Online Document Converters, Tin Colors, and No-Light.

How did adware install on my computer?

Parental Url Blockers is promoted on a shady website asking visitors to consider adding this app to a web browser before continuing. It instructs visitors to click the "Add to Chrome" button (on Google Chrome browsers). It gets added after clicking the "Continue" button and the one mentioned above.

Also, adware is distributed via shady advertisements, software bundles, fake installers, etc. In all cases, users download and install adware unintentionally. When adware is bundled with other programs, users agree to install it by leaving "Custom", "Advanced", or similar settings available in installers unchanged.

How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?

Do not download apps from questionable or untrustworthy sources, e.g., P2P networks, unofficial pages, third-party downloaders, stores, etc. Download apps only from official pages and stores. Deselect unwanted applications before installing software (change the available settings to deselect optional installations).

Also, do not trust advertisements appearing on shady websites or allow such pages to show notifications. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Deceptive website promoting Parental Url Blockers:

parental url blockers adware promoter

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Quick menu:

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.

Parental Url Blockers adware uninstall via Control Panel

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:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Parental Url Blockers adware 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 "Parental Url Blockers" and other recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing Parental Url Blockers adware from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by parental url blockers, 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 plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Parental Url Blockers adware from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".

Removing Parental Url Blockers adware from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by parental url blockers 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 parental url blockers, 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?

Usually, adware diminishes the Internet browsing experience by covering website content with its ads. Also, it can slow down a computer. It is known that the Parental Url Blockers extension causes unwanted redirects and opens various websites in new tabs.

What does adware do?

As a rule, adware generates annoying advertisements. However, it can also hijack a web browser (change the browser's settings) and collect information.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Most adware developers monetize adware via affiliate programs. They participate in affiliate programs to promote various pages, products, services, etc., via ads displayed (or pages opened) by adware.

Will Combo Cleaner remove Parental Url Blockers?

Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate adware from the operating system. It will remove all data belonging to the adware without leaving anything in the system. It is recommended to remove adware automatically since files belonging to it may remain in the system after manual removal.

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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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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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