What is Breaking News Alert?
Created by Mathematical Applications, Breaking News Alert is a rogue application claiming to provide the latest world news and events. Although this functionality may seem legitimate and useful, be aware that Breaking News Alert is considered to be adware or a potentially unwanted program (PUP).
Breaking News Alert employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional applications together with the chosen software) to install on Internet browsers without users' permission.
After successful infiltration on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, Breaking News Alert delivers various intrusive online advertisements including in-text, banner, pop-up/under, and interstitial ads. It is highly probable that clicking these advertisements will cause further high-risk adware or malware infections.
In addition, users' Internet browsing activity is continually monitored, since this potentially unwanted program collects various software and hardware information such as IP addresses (to determine geographic locations), operating system and browser types (including data: website URLs visited, pages viewed, and search queries entered into search engines), unique identifier numbers and other details that are likely to be personally identifiable.
This behavior may result in serious privacy issues or identity theft. There are many adware-type applications similar to Breaking News Alert. Mobius Radio, Zombie News, and Insta Share are just some examples among many others.
None of these applications provide any real value for the user - their aim is to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online ads and sharing collected information with third parties. For these reasons, you are strongly advised to eliminate Breaking News Alert adware from your Internet browsers.
Research shows that most adware is distributed via small programs called 'download clients' on freeware download websites such as download.com, softonic.com, and soft32.com.
Download clients are used by these websites as free services and traffic monetization tools, since they offer installation of promoted (according to the developers, '100% legitimate and virus-free') browser extensions together with the chosen software. Thus, reckless download and installation of freeware often leads to high-risk adware or malware infections.
This situation can be prevented by closely inspecting each step of the free software download procedure and clicking 'Decline' if installation of any additional programs is offered.
Furthermore, if you are installing downloaded software, be sure to select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to decline them. If you have installed Breaking News Alert, read the following removal guide and uninstall this adware from your Internet browsers.
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- What is Breaking News Alert?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Breaking News Alert application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Breaking News Alert ads from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Breaking News Alert advertisements from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Ads by Breaking News Alert from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Breaking News ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Breaking News Alert 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 "News Alert", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Breaking News Alert ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Breaking News Alert 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 "Breaking News Alert", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by news alert, 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: "Breaking News Alert", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by news alert, 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 "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "Breaking News Alert".
Computer users who have problems with ads by news alert 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 news alert, 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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