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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.
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:
Default search engine used by the Orbitum Internet browser ('search.orbitum.com'):
Quick menu: Quick solution to remove Orbitum PUP
- What is Orbitum?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Orbitum application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove potentially unwanted applications from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove unwanted plugins from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove unwanted extensions from Safari.
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 "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.
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:
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 browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
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.
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 all recently-installed browser add-ons ("Orbitum Speed Dial"), select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the orbitum, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset browser settings 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 all recently-installed browser plug-ins.
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, in the opened menu, click the Open Help Menu icon,
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Reset Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset 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.