What is Halt-It?
The Halt-It browser extension claims to provide safer Internet browsing by preventing users from encountering websites containing adult, and other similar, content. Users may find this functionality legitimate and useful, however, Halt-It is categorized as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP).
These negative associations are made due to a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of third party applications together with the chosen software) used to install Halt-It on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without users' permission.
Following installation, Halt-It generates intrusive advertisements that usually redirect to bogus websites. Note that clicking banners, coupons, in-text, pop-up, and other advertisements displayed by this adware, exposes your computer to risk of infection.
As with regular adware type add-ons, Halt-It gathers numerous Internet browsing-related information including IP addresses, websites visited, pages viewed, and search queries. There is a high probability that some of this collected data will be personally identifiable, and therefore, having Halt-It adware installed on your system might cause serious privacy issues or identity theft.
This bogus app is similar to other adware such as Desktop Recipe, Sweet Surprise Slots, and TheBlocker. These applications offer various useful features to trick users into installation of Halt-It. The promoted features claim to save time and money while shopping online or to provide safer web browsing.
Despite these claims, adware-type apps provide no real value to user - their purpose is to generate revenue by displaying ads and sharing collected data with third parties. You are strongly advised to uninstall this rogue browser extension from your system immediately.
Dubious applications such as Halt-It are often distributed via small 'download programs' (also called 'installers', 'download managers', 'download clients', 'download tools', etc.) on freeware download websites including soft32.com, softonic.com, downloads.com, and many others.
Although download programs claim to ease the download process, they are employed to monetize freeware download websites' traffic and free services by offering installation of additional programs when users download free software.
Promoted apps are often described as 'genuine and virus-free', however, careless download and installation risks system infection with adware or malware. To avoid this situation, closely inspect each step of the free software download procedure and opt-out of any third party applications included.
Furthermore, downloaded software should be installed using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options - this will reveal any hidden applications listed for installation and allow you to opt-out. You are strongly advised to uninstall Halt-It from your system immediately.
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- What is Halt-It?
- STEP 1. Uninstall halt-It application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove halt-It adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove halt-It ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by halt-It' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove halt-It extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Halt-It 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 "Halt-It", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Halt-It ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove halt-It 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 "Halt-It", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the halt-it 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 "Halt-It", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the halt-it 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 plug-ins 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 "Halt-It".
Computer users who have problems with halt-it 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 halt-it 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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