What kind of application is Storage Controller?
Our team downloaded and tested the Storage Controller browser extension and found that it shows unwanted advertisements. Additionally, it can read and change data on all websites. Since Storage Controller shows ads, we classified it as adware. We discovered this app on a deceptive website.
Storage Controller in detail
Storage Controller is advertised as an app that lets users control the cookies and data on the currently visited website (to wipe the data to avoid data collection). However, it is not mentioned that Storage Controller functions as adware (displays intrusive advertisements).
Advertisements shown by installed adware can lead to phishing pages, technical support scam sites, other shady pages, or even malicious pages. Also, those ads can open pages designed to promote potentially malicious apps and cause unexpected downloads and installations.
In addition to bombarding users with intrusive ads, adware can hijack a web browser. It can change the default search engine, homepage, and new tab page to a fake search engine. Search engines of this type can show misleading results, redirect to shady pages, show ads, etc.
For these reasons, it is recommended not to trust Storage Controller and remove it from browsers that have it added to them.
|Name||Ads by Storage Controller|
|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.
More about adware
Advertising-supported applications can be designed to track users. In such cases, collected data can be sold to third parties, used for marketing purposes, or monetized in other ways. Thus, adware users may encounter issues related to online privacy (and possibly other problems).
How did adware install on my computer?
We discovered Storage Controller on a deceptive website that shows "Your File Is Ready To Download" and "Free Extension Might Be Required" messages. It was added to a web browser after following the steps provided on that shady website. It is worth mentioning that Storage Controller also has its own page.
It is also common for adware to be bundled with other (mostly free) software. It is included in installers as an optional installation. Users agree to install adware alongside the software bundled with it when they leave included checkboxes ticked or settings like "Advanced", "Custom", or "Manual" unchanged.
How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?
Do not trust advertisements on shady websites, agree to receive notifications from questionable websites, or click suspicious links. Also, download applications (and files) from trustworthy (official) web pages and verified stores.
Examine downloaders and installers and deselect unwanted applications before downloading or installing programs. 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 Storage Controller:
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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 Storage Controller?
- 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 "Storage Contoller" and other suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by storage controller, 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 and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Computer users who have problems with ads by storage controller 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 storage controller, 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 cause issues related to online privacy, slow down a computer, diminish web browsing experience, cause unwanted redirects, etc.
What does adware do?
Adware displays intrusive advertisements. Also, it can promote shady search engines (by hijacking web browsers) and collect various data.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
They use adware to promote various pages, products, services, etc. It is very common for adware to be monetized via affiliate programs.
Will Combo Cleaner remove Storage Controller adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will remove adware from the operating system. It will remove this software completely. Manual removal does not always work since files or other data belonging to adware remain in the system even after the removal.