Orbitum

Also Known As: Orbitum PUP
Type: Utilities
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: <strong>Low</strong>

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Orbitum removal instructions

What is Orbitum?

Orbitum is a legitimate web browser based on Chromium (open-source browser project). On initial inspection, this application may seem legitimate and useful, however, we chose to categorize it as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) based on the fact that it might install on user's operating system without their consent. The developers of this web browser (Orbitum Software LLC) employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional programs together with the chosen software) to install Orbitum on user's computer. Notice that users can opt-out of installing this application by unchecking several boxes, however commonly users miss this step and install Orbitum without realizing it. If users don't uncheck any boxes when installing MediaGet (free download manager), Orbitum configures itself as the default Internet browser, and executes on every system start-up.

Orbitum adware

While Orbitum is a legitimate Chromium based browser users should be aware that it tracks information about websites visited, search queries and contents of web pages viewed. Be aware that this information tracking can result in serious privacy issues or identity theft. Orbitum is similar to other applications that are also distributed using the bundling method. Examples include taplika, binkiland, vosteran and lasaoren among many others.

Research shows that most of potentially unwanted applications are distributed via small programs called 'download managers' on freeware download websites such as download.com, soft32.com, and softonic.com. Download managers are used by these websites as traffic and free services monetizers, since they offer installation of advertised applications or browser extensions together with the chosen software. Although these promoted applications claim to be '100% legitimate and virus-free', careless download and installation of freeware risks computer infection with adware or malware. This situation can be avoided by closely inspecting each step of the free software download process and clicking 'Decline' if installation of any additional programs is offered. Furthermore, installation of downloaded software should be performed using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to opt-out. If you have unwillingly installed Orbitum, use this removal guide to uninstall it.

Free software installer used in Orbitum distribution:

Orbitum adware installer

Default search engine used by the Orbitum Internet browser ('search.orbitum.com'):

Orbitum search engine

Quick menu: Quick solution to remove Orbitum PUP

Orbitum removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

Orbitum adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Orbitum", 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.


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Remove adware from Internet browsers:

At time of research, Orbitum did not install any browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, installation of free software can cause various adware infections. 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:

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Internet Explorer logo Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Orbitum ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing Orbitum ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the orbitum, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Google Chrome logo Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Orbitum  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed browser add-ons ("Orbitum Speed Dial"), select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Removing orbitum adware from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the orbitum, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Tools. From the opened menu, select Extensions. In the opened window, select Settings (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Show advanced settings… link.

Resetting Google Chrome setting to default - accessing settings

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset browser settings button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - advanced settings

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - confirm that you want to reset Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Mozilla Firefox logo Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Orbitum ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed browser plug-ins.

Removing Orbitum ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with orbitum removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click the Open Help Menu icon, firefox help menu

Resettings Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing settings window

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

In the opened window, click the Reset Firefox button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - clicking the

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

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