What is Crimsolite?
The Crimsolite browser add-on claims to enhance users' Internet browsing experience by enabling coupons, comparison shopping, and adding other useful functionality. Although Crimsolite may seem a legitimate browser extension, users should be aware that it is adware.
The developers of Crimsolite (SuperWeb LLC) optimize the add-on for Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Crimsolite infiltrates computers via a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'.
Following successful infiltration, Crimsolite tracks users' Internet browsing activity by recording various software and hardware information including IP addresses, unique identifier numbers, URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, and other similar information.
Furthermore, the add-on generates intrusive advertisements including interstitial, transitional, banner, full page, search, and text link ads. This behavior may lead to high-risk malware infections or serious privacy issues.
There are over one hundred potentially unwanted browser extensions identical to Crimsolite (including, for example, Fralimbo, NetTock, and ZoneTrek) developed by this company. SuperWeb LLC intentionally releases identical browser add-ons under different names to avoid detection by legitimate anti-spyware and anti-virus programs.
While these browser plugins promise to enhance users' Internet browsing experience, in fact their main purpose is to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online advertisements.
Users often install adware such as Crimsolite inadvertently when downloading software from freeware download websites. Most current freeware download websites employ 'download managers' to monetize their free services. Download managers are small programs offering installation of promoted browser extensions together with the chosen free software.
In most cases, careless download and installation of freeware results in adware infections, thus, users should express caution and inspect each step during the downloading of any free software. Opt-out of installation of advertised browser plugins by clicking the 'decline' button.
If you are installing downloaded software, choose the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and you will be able to decline them.
Users who observe "Ads by Crimsolite", "Crimsolite Deals", and "Powered by Crimsolite" when browsing the Internet should follow this removal guide to eliminate Crimsolite adware from their Internet browser/s.
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- What is Crimsolite?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Crimsolite application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Crimsolite add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Crimsolite plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Crimsolite extension from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Crimsolite extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Crimsolite 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 "Crimsolite", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Crimsolite Ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Crimsolite Virus 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 "Crimsolite", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the crimsolite 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: "Crimsolite", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the crimsolite 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", in the opened window remove "Crimsolite".
Computer users who have problems with crimsolite 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 crimsolite 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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