What is Application Nation?
Some users may find Application Nation add-on legitimate and useful due to the various features offered - coupons, comparison shopping, etc.
Despite this, Application Nation is considered to be adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP) since the developers of this app (SuperWeb LLC) employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' to stealthily install Application Nation together with the chosen software.
Following successful infiltration on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, this application generates many intrusive online advertisements that could be harmful to your system.
Clicking banners, pop-ups, coupons, search, full-page, interstitial, transitional, or other ads generated by this browser extension, may lead to dubious websites, thereby causing high-risk adware or malware infections.
In addition, Application Nation tracks users' Internet browsing activity and records various information such as IP addresses, unique identifier numbers, search queries entered into search engines, URLs visited, pages viewed, etc.
Some of this information may contain personally identifiable details, and since this is later shared with third parties, the presence of this bogus application on your system may result in serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Be aware that Application Nation is not the only browser plug-in developed by SuperWeb LLC.
This company releases hundreds of identical PUPs under different names including Square Corner, Razor Web, and Cooking up Coupons. Extensions developed by SuperWeb LLC claim to enhance the Internet browsing experience, however, none provide any real value to the user.
As with other adware, Application Nation is developed to generate revenue by displaying intrusive ads and sharing collected information with third parties. You are strongly advised to uninstall this browser plug-in from your system immediately.
Most popular freeware download websites (such as downloads.com, soft32.com, softonic.com, etc.) monetize their traffic and free services via small download programs.
When users download free software, they are encouraged to use 'download clients' (also called 'installers', 'download managers', 'download tools', etc.) - these supposedly ease the download process, however, their real purpose is to offer installation of additional applications together with the chosen software.
In some cases, installation is simply hidden under the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options. The developers guarantee that their promoted applications are 'genuine and virus-free', however, reckless freeware download and installation risks computer infection. For these reasons, you should decline offers to install third party applications.
If you have installed Application Nation, read the removal guide provided and eliminate this threat from your system.
How did Application Nation install on my computer?
InstallCore, Fried Cookie Ltd, Moca Network, InstallBrain, iBario Ltd and other free software download clients are known to bundle potentially unwanted applications (including those developed by SuperWeb LLC) with legitimate free software.
This adware is often bundled with various free software downloads and is the most likely reason for Application Nation to be installed on your computer.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
When downloading free programs from software download websites, inspect each step and opt-out of installation of any promoted applications. Some download clients and installers can be deceptive and hide the 'decline installation' button, and therefore, double check all information before agreeing to proceed with installation of your chosen freeware.
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- What is Application Nation?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Application Nation application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Application Nation adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Application Nation ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Application Nation' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Application Nation extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Application Nation 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 "Application Nation", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Application Nation ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove application nation 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 "Application Nation", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the application nation 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 "Application Nation", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the application nation 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 "Application Nation".
Computer users who have problems with application nation 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 application nation 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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