What is Ebon Browser?
Ebon Browser is a legitimate web browser based on Firefox (an open-source browser). On initial inspection, this application may seem legitimate and useful, however, it is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP), since it can install on operating systems without users' consent.
The developers of this web browser (Ebonmedia Corp.) employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional programs together with the chosen software) to install Ebon browser on computer systems.
Users can opt-out of installation of this application by unchecking various boxes, however, this step is often missed and Ebon is then installed inadvertently. If these options remain unchecked when installing free software (using Propeller System, Vetaform Developments s.l. and other download managers), Ebon configures itself as the default Internet browser.
While Ebon is a legitimate Firefox-based browser, be aware that it tracks information regarding websites visited, search queries, and contents of web pages viewed. This information tracking can result in serious privacy issues or identity theft.
Research shows that most 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.
This potentially unwanted application is known to redirect Internet users to search.sidecubes.com and yelltimes.com websites. If you have unwillingly installed Ebon, use this removal guide to uninstall it.
Free software installers used in Ebon browser distribution:
Default search engine used by the Ebon Internet browser ('media.ebonbrowser.com'):
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- What is Ebon Browser?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Ebon and Ebon Maintenance Service applications 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 adware from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Ebon 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 "Ebon" and "Ebon Maintenance Service", select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted programs, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Ebon related adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, Ebon browser 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 media.ebonbrowser.com redirect, 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, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the media.ebonbrowser.com redirect, 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 all recently-installed browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with media.ebonbrowser.com redirect 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 media.ebonbrowser.com redirect, 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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