Disturbicons virus removal instructions
What is Disturbicons?
Created by a company called Big Water Applications LLC, Disturbicons is a rogue browser add-on claiming to enhance users' Internet browsing experience by enabling exclusive emoticons. This may seem legitimate functionality, however, be aware that Disturbicons is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application. The developers of this company employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional applications together with the chosen software) to install Disturbicons on Internet browsers without users' consent. Following successful infiltration on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, Disturbicons generates intrusive online advertisements and tracks users' Internet browsing activity.
These intrusive advertisements includes banner, pop-up, text-link, interstitial, and in-text ads and are likely to cause high-risk adware or malware infections. In addition, users' Internet browsing is continually monitored, since this rogue browser add-on collects various information, which may be personally identifiable. For example: operating systems, browser types, cookies, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, unique identifier numbers, URLs visited, pages viewed, geographic locations, and other similar details. This behavior may result in serious privacy issues or even identity theft, and therefore, you are strongly advised to eliminate Disturbicons from your Internet browsers.
Disturbicons is similar to other rogue browser add-ons (such as Zombie Alert, Mood Tube, and Radsteroids), which claim to improve the quality of users' Internet browsing experience by enabling useful functionality, however, rather than delivering any benefits, these plug-ins present users with intrusive ads. Most adware is distributed via free software 'download managers' used by freeware download websites such as soft32.com, softonic.com, download.com, amongst many others. Download managers are used to monetize these websites' free services by offering installation of promoted 'virus-free' browser extensions together with the chosen free software. Thus, reckless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware infections. To prevent installation of Disturbicons, or other similar adware, be attentive and click 'Decline' when installation of any additional programs is offered. If you are installing downloaded software, select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal any hidden applications and allow you to remove them from the installation list. Internet users who have already installed Disturbicons should follow this removal guide and eliminate it from their Internet browsers.
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- What is Disturbicons?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Disturbicons application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Disturbicons add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Disturbicons plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Disturbicons extension from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Disturbicons extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Disturbicons adware removal:
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.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 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.
Mac 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 "Disturbicons", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling Disturbicons, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Remove Disturbicons ads from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Disturbicons" and disable it.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the disturbicons 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: "Disturbicons", select it and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the disturbicons 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 the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Disturbicons".
Computer users who have problems with disturbicons 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 disturbicons 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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