What is Cantataweb?
Created by SuperWeb, Cantataweb is a rogue browser add-on compatible with Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome.
It claims to improve the quality of users' Internet browsing experience by enabling coupons, comparison shopping, and other functions, however, the developers of this browser extension employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' to install Cantataweb on browsers without users' consent.
Bundling allows developers to stealthily distribute their applications together with other software, and for this reason, most users inadvertently install Cantataweb together with free software downloaded from freeware download websites.
Although Cantataweb may appear to provide useful functionality, be aware that it is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) or adware. Following successful infiltration, Cantataweb generates intrusive online advertisements and monitors users' Internet browsing activity.
These intrusive online advertisements include banner, text-link, transitional, interstitial, search, and full-page ads. Clicking these advertisements is likely to cause high-risk adware or malware infections. In addition, it continually tracks users' Internet browsing activity by collecting various software and hardware information that may be personally identifiable.
For example: IP addresses, unique identifier numbers, URLs visited, search queries entered, pages viewed, and other similar details. This behavior may lead to serious privacy issues or identity theft, and therefore, you are strongly advised to eliminate Cantataweb from your Internet browsers.
The developers of this PUP have released several hundred rogue browser add-ons identical to Cantataweb (for example DizzyDing, PursuePoint, BrowsePro, and Quantum Look). Neither Cantataweb, nor any other of these other browser plug-ins, provide any real value for the user.
SuperWeb LLC intentionally releases identical browser add-ons under different names to avoid detection by legitimate anti-virus and anti-spyware programs. The purpose of these PUPs is to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online advertisements.
Commonly, users infect their computers with adware during download of free software via small programs called 'download managers' on freeware download websites such as download.com, softonic.com, soft32.com, and many others.
Download managers are used by these websites as free service monetization tools, since they offer installation of promoted '100% virus-free' browser plug-ins together with the chosen free software. Thus, reckless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware infections.
This situation can be prevented by closely observing each step of the free software download process and clicking 'Decline' if installation of any additional programs is offered. In addition, if you are installing downloaded software, select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to decline them.
If your computer is infected with Cantataweb and you observe "Ads by Cantataweb", "Cantataweb Deals", and "Powered by Cantataweb" advertisements, read the following removal guide to eliminate this adware from your Internet browsers.
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- What is Cantataweb?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Cantataweb application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Cantataweb plug-in from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Cantataweb add-on from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Cantataweb extension from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Cantataweb extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Cantataweb adware 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 "Cantataweb", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Cantataweb ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Cantataweb adware 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 "Cantataweb", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by cantataweb, 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: "Cantataweb", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by cantataweb, 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", in the opened window remove "Cantataweb".
Computer users who have problems with ads by cantataweb 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 cantataweb, 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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