Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is Albrechto?
The Albrechto virus is a rogue browser plugin developed by Super Web LLC. This add-on is promoted using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' and installs on users' Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without their consent.
Commonly, Internet users install this add-on inadvertently when downloading free software. Today, most freeware download websites use 'download clients' - small programs used to monetize free software downloads by offering installation of advertised browser extensions.
Internet users who do not pay close enough attention to the download steps can inadvertently install various potentially unwanted applications, which subsequently cause browser redirects and generate unwanted ads.
A clear indication that your Internet browsers are infected with this adware are "Ads by Albrechto", "Albrechto Deals", and "Powered by Albrechto" advertisements visible whilst browsing the Internet.
While this plugin promises to enhance users' Internet browsing experience by displaying website trust ratings and enabling multiple site searches, in fact, this extension should not be trusted.
Super Web LLC releases identical browser plugins under different names in order to avoid detection by legitimate antivirus and anti-spyware programs. For these reasons, you are advised to remove the Albrechto plugin from your Internet browser/s.
Albrechto is identical to other browser add-ons created by Super Web LLC including, for example, fassurun, Storimbo, and WonderBrowse. After successful infiltration, this rogue add-on tracks users' Internet browsing activity and generates intrusive ads.
Albrechto records users' IP addresses, unique identifier numbers, operating systems, browser information, URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries entered, and other information. Moreover, this plugin generates various types of advertising including search, banner, text link, transitional, interstitial, and full page ads.
To avoid installation of this adware, Internet users should be attentive when downloading free software - if your download is managed by a download client, opt-out of installation of advertised browser extensions by clicking the 'decline' button.
If you observe ads generated by Albrechto on your system, use the removal guide provided to eliminate this potentially unwanted application from your computer.
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- What is Albrechto ?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Albrechto application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Albrechto add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Albrechto plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Albrechto extension from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Albrechto extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Albrechto virus removal:
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 "Albrechto", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling Albrechto, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Remove Albrechto from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "albrechto" and disable it.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the albrechto ads, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "albrechto", select it and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the albrechto ads, 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "albrechto".
Computer users who have problems with albrechto ads 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 albrechto ads, 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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