What is thirteen degrees?
Thirteen degrees claims to boost the Internet browsing experience, however, this is merely an attempt to trick users into believing that this software is legitimate and useful. Many users do not realize that this browser add-on is adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP).
The company responsible for the development of thirteen degrees adware (SuperWeb LLC) employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' to distribute this add-on, and therefore, users often install thirteen degrees inadvertently without their consent.
This application hijacks popular Internet browsers including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Following infiltration, thirteen degrees displays various intrusive online adverts such as banners, pop-ups, interstitial, transitional, coupon, search, full-page, etc.
Although these ads may seem harmless, they diminish browser performance and Internet speed, and may redirect to dubious websites containing infectious content - thereby exposing your computer to risk of infection.
Furthermore, thirteen degrees collects various Internet browsing-related information including unique identifier numbers, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses (to determine users' geographic locations), search queries entered into search engines, websites visited, pages viewed, entered logins and passwords on certain websites, etc.
This recorded information is likely to be personally identifiable and later shared with third parties. Therefore, this kind of behavior can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Thirteen degrees belongs to a 'family' of rogue browser plug-ins developed by SuperWeb LLC.
These applications are in fact identical and none provide any real value to the user. The purpose of the thirteen degrees app is to generate revenue by delivering intrusive ads (pay-per-click) and sharing collected details with third parties. You are strongly advised to remove adware-type applications such as thirteen degrees from your system immediately.
Typical freeware download websites such as downloads.com and soft32.com monetize their traffic via small 'download programs' (also called 'download managers', 'download tools', 'installers', 'download clients', etc.) These programs supposedly ease the download process, however, their purpose is to offer installation of additional applications with the chosen software.
Typically, these promoted apps are presented as 'genuine and virus-free', and yet, most are categorized as adware or malware. Thus download programs promote installation of rogue apps such as thirteen degrees. Any offers to install additional applications should be declined.
If you have installed thirteen degrees, the following removal instructions will help you to eliminate this threat from your system.
How did thirteen degrees install on my computer?
As thirteen degrees is often attached to regular (mostly free) software, most users inadvertently install this application.
The problem is that download manager and installer set-ups either hide (within the 'Custom or 'Advanced' options) - or do not properly disclose - installation of third party applications. By skipping installation steps, users expose their computers to risk of infection.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
This type of computer infection can be avoided by closely analysing the freeware download process. When downloading/installing freeware, uncheck any unrecognized or suspicious third party applications. Furthermore, free software downloaded from the Internet should be installed using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options - this will reveal any PUPs listed for installation and allow you to decline them.
Deceptive free software installer used in thirteen degrees adware distribution:
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- What is thirteen degrees?
- STEP 1. Uninstall thirteen degrees application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove thirteen degrees adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove thirteen degrees ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by thirteen degrees' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove thirteen degrees ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Thirteen degrees 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 "thirteen degrees", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes thirteen degrees ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove thirteen degrees 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 "thirteen degrees", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the thirteen degrees 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 "thirteen degrees", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the thirteen degrees 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 "thirteen degrees".
Computer users who have problems with thirteen degrees 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 thirteen degrees 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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