Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is NinjaLoader?
NinjaLoader is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) claiming to allow users to search for and download online videos and MP3 files. On initial inspection, this functionality may seem legitimate and useful, however, be aware that NinjaLoader is categorized as potentially unwanted application.
The developers of this program employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional software together with the chosen program) to install NinjaLoader on user's computers without their consent. Following successful installation, NinjaLoader might deliver intrusive online ads and tracks users' Internet browsing activity.
There is a high probability that clicking on advertisements generated by potentially unwanted programs will lead to high-risk adware or malware infections.
Additionally, users' Internet browsing could be continually tracked, since this potentially unwanted programs records various software and hardware information including IP addresses (to determine geographic locations), website URLs visited, search queries entered into search engines (Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.), unique identifier numbers, and other similar data that is likely to be personally identifiable.
This behavior could lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft, and therefore, you are strongly advised to uninstall any potentially unwanted applications from your computer.
Close examination of NinjaLoader reveals that it is mostly distributed via small download programs (called 'installers', 'download managers', and 'download clients') used by freeware download websites such as download.com, soft32.com, and softonic.com.
Download programs are used to monetize these websites' free services and traffic by offering installation of promoted (according to the developers, '100% legitimate') browser extensions together with the chosen software. Thus, reckless download and installation of adware often results in adware or malware infections.
This situation can be prevented by closely observing each step of the free software download procedure and never accepting installation of any additional programs offered.
Furthermore, all software downloaded from the Internet should be installed using the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to opt-out. If you have installed NinjaLoader, without your consent, follow the removal instructions below to uninstall this potentially unwanted program from your operating system.
Free software installers used in NinjaLoader PUP distribution:
NinjaLoader ("NinjaSurf") potentially unwanted program installer set-up:
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- What is NinjaLoader?
- STEP 1. Uninstall NinjaLoader application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove potentially unwanted plugins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove unwanted add-ons from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove adware from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
NinjaLoader PUP 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 "Ninja Loader", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove potentially unwanted applications from Internet browsers:
At time of research, Ninja Loader did not install it's browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Safari, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your 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 any recently installed suspicious plugins, select such entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ninjasurf potentially unwated program, 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 "Extensions". Locate any recently installed suspicious add-ons, select such entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ninjasurf potentially unwated program, 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 any recently installed suspicious plugins.
Computer users who have problems with ninjasurf potentially unwated program 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 ninjasurf potentially unwated program, 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.
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