Blindbat Ads removal instructions
What is Blindbat?
Blindbat is a potentially unwanted browser extension, which claims to enhance the quality of user's Internet browsing experience by displaying website trust ratings, enabling coupons, comparison shopping, and other functions. The developers of Blindbat (SuperWeb LLC) optimize this browser extension for Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. On initial inspection, this browser plug-in may seem legitimate, however, be aware that it is categorized as adware since it infiltrates browsers using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional applications along with the chosen software). After a successful installation, Blindbat generates various intrusive advertisements, including text link, banner, search, interstitial, transitional, and full page ads.
In addition, this potentially unwanted browser application tracks users' Internet browsing activity by recording hardware and software information such as unique identifier numbers, IP addresses, browser information, URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, and other information. SuperWeb LLC has released over one hundred rogue browser plug-ins identical to Blindbat, including Alleybrowse, ZoneTrek, AdvanceMark, and Spadecast. These plug-ins have no legitimate use. In fact, the presence of Blindbat or any other similar adware on your system may lead to serious privacy issues, identity theft, or malware infections. This company intentionally releases identical browser extensions under different names to avoid detection by legitimate anti-virus and anti-spyware software. The main purpose of these add-ons is to generate income by displaying intrusive online advertisements.
Users should be aware that most current freeware download websites (such as download.com, soft32.com, softonic.com, and many others) use 'download managers' to monetize their free services. Download managers are small programs offering installation of advertised browser plug-ins along with the chosen software. Therefore, users should express caution and inspect each step when downloading freeware. Be sure to decline installation of any promoted browser extensions. When installing downloaded software, choose the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation, and you will be able to decline them. Reckless downloading and installation of freeware may result in adware or malware infections. Users who observe "Ads by Blindbat", "Powered by Blindbat", and "Blindbat Deals", should follow this removal guide to eliminate this adware from their Internet browser/s.
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- What is Blindbat?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Blindbat application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Blindbat add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Blindbat plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Blindbat extension from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Blindbat extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Blindbat ads 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 "Blindbat", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Blindbat ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Blindbat ads 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 "Blindbat", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the blindbat virus, 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: "Blindbat", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the blindbat virus, 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", in the opened window remove "Blindbat".
Computer users who have problems with blindbat virus 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 blindbat virus, 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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