How to remove CyberBlock from a web browser
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on
What kind of application is CyberBlock?
While examining CyberBlock browser extension, we found that it displays annoying advertisements. Also, it can read various data. Apps that show advertisements are categorized as adware. Usually, users download and install (or add) advertising-supported apps like CyberBlock inadvertently.
CyberBlock in detail
CyberBlock is promoted as an ultimate ad blocker and the most advanced video ad blocker for YouTube. Even if this app blocks certain ads, it still shows other ads. Since CyberBlock is categorized as adware, advertisements displayed by this app can lead to potentially malicious web pages.
Advertisements shown by CyberBlock may lead to websites used to lure visitors into providing various sensitive information, downloading questionable applications, paying for fake or unnecessary products or services, etc. Also, those ads may be designed to cause unwanted downloads and installations by executing certain scripts.
Moreover, CyberBlock can read and change data on all visited websites. It may be tracking users (collecting browsing-related and other information). Thus, having CyberBlock added to a web browser not only diminishes the web browsing experience but is also a threat to online privacy.
|Name||Ads by CyberBlock|
|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
Apps like CyberBlock can also function as browser hijackers. They can be designed to promote fake or shady search engines. Most browser-hijacking apps change the default search engine, homepage, and (or) new tab page.
Fake search engines show results generated by legitimate or untrustworthy search engines. Other search engines of this kind can generate misleading results and show unwanted advertisements.
Examples of advertising-supported apps are LinkDownloader, Ads Tracker, and Audio Finder.
How did adware install on my computer?
One of the ways users can download and add CyberBlock is through an untrustworthy page promoting a fake "important update for Chrome". It is likely that there is more than one deceptive page used to promote CyberBlock.
Another commonly used method to distribute adware is to bundle it with other software. In such cases, software installers have "Advanced", "Custom", or similar settings or ticked checkboxes. Unwanted installations get installed after completing installations without changing those settings. Sometimes, unexpected downloads and installations are caused by clicking deceptive ads.
How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?
Read reviews before downloading applications. Download apps from official pages and legitimate stores only. Avoid downloads from suspicious pages, third-party downloaders or stores, P2P networks, third-party downloaders, etc. Do not trust advertisements on questionable web pages.
Check downloaders and installers for unwanted apps and deselect them before completing downloads and installations. 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 page promoting CyberBlock:
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- What is CyberBlock?
- 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 "CyberBlock" and other suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by cyberblock, 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 cyberblock 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 cyberblock, 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 users face issues such as diminished web browsing experience and slower computer performance. In some cases, adware can lead to problems related to online privacy.
What does adware do?
Software of this type displays intrusive advertisements. Additionally, it can track users and hijack web browsers.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
They use adware mostly to promote various pages, products, services, etc. One of the most popular ways to monetize adware is to participate in affiliate programs.
Will Combo Cleaner remove CyberBlock adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will remove adware from the operating system. It is recommended to remove adware with specialized software to avoid leaving data belonging to adware in the system.
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