What is Metal Maker?
Metal Maker is a browser add-on claiming to enhance the Internet browsing experience by providing various features such as comparison shopping and coupons. Although this functionality may seem legitimate and useful, Metal Maker is classed as an adware-type plug-in.
This association is made due to a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' employed by the developers to distribute Metal Maker. Bundling allows stealth installation of additional software together with other programs, and therefore, users often install this adware inadvertently together with free software downloaded from freeware download websites.
After infiltration on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, Metal Maker generates intrusive advertisements such as banners, pop-ups, coupons, search, transitional, full-page, and interstitial ads. These often lead to bogus websites and may cause high-risk adware or malware.
Furthermore, Metal Maker collects various user-information including IP addresses, unique identifier numbers, URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries entered into search engines, etc. This recorded data may include personally identifiable details, and thus lead to serious privacy issues.
The developers of Metal Maker (SuperWeb LLC) have released several hundred potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) identical to Metal Maker, none of which provide any value to the user - they are developed simply to generate revenue by the display of advertisements and sharing collected information with third parties. For these reasons, you are advised to uninstall Metal Maker from your system.
Metal Maker, and other similar adware developed by SuperWeb LLC, is mostly distributed via small programs called 'download clients' on freeware download websites such as download.com, softonic.com, soft32.com, etc.
Although download clients should facilitate the download process, they are in fact developed to monetize these websites' free services and traffic by offering installation of additional software. Although these additional applications are described as '100% legitimate and virus-free', they are categorized as adware or malware.
To avoid these installations, be attentive when downloading free software and opt-out of all additionally-included applications. Furthermore, installation of downloaded software should be performed using the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options - this will reveal any hidden applications listed for installation and allow you to decline them.
If you observe 'Ads by Metal Maker', 'Metal Maker Deals', and 'Powered by Metal Maker' advertisements when surfing the Internet, follow the instructions provided below to eliminate Metal Maker adware from your system.
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- What is Metal Maker?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Metal Maker application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Metal Maker adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Metal Maker ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Metal Maker' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Metal Maker adware from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Metal Maker 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 "Metal Maker", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Metal Maker ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Metal Maker 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 "Metal Maker", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the metal maker adware, 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 "Metal Maker", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the metal maker adware, 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 "Metal Maker".
Computer users who have problems with metal maker adware 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 metal maker adware, 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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