What is OverLook?
Due to various features offered (such as building analytic reports in SEO, SEM, and SMM cases, which are useful for Internet Marketing professionals), OverLook may seem legitimate and useful software.
This application, however, is distributed using the 'bundling' method and is classed as a potentially unwanted program (PUP). It is often bundled with free software downloadable on freeware download websites, and for this reason, users often install this application inadvertently without their consent.
This software can monitor and record certain Internet browsing-related information including browser type, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, and device type. Many PUPs such as this are also categorized as adware or malware, and track various user-information.
Some of the data collected by these rogue applications may be personally identifiable and shared with third parties - this behavior can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Furthermore, potentially unwanted applications can display intrusive ads that redirect to bogus websites, thereby infecting the computer system.
Although OverLook is not a virus or malware (it does not display unwanted ads or cause browser redirects), it has no user interface and is useless for users who have unwillingly installed it. Therefore, you are advised to uninstall this software immediately. The purpose of the OverLook application is to share collected anonymous information with third parties.
Many Internet users download software from various freeware download websites such as downloads.com, soft32.com, softonic.com, etc. The problem is that these sites monetize their traffic and free services via small programs called 'download clients', which supposedly ease the download process.
These programs are developed simply to display offers of third party software installation, which lead to infiltration by PUPs. These promoted applications are described as 'harmless and legitimate', however, they are generally untrusted and may cause various problems. Therefore, download and installation of third party apps should never be accepted.
How did OverLook install on my computer?
OverLook can be downloaded on the official website, however, it mostly installs together with free software.
Third party applications are bundled with free software to monetize freeware download websites' services and free software. Download managers and installer set-ups neglect to properly disclose installation of additional applications, thus, users often inadvertently install these applications.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Closely analyse the download process of free software and opt out of any additional programs. Furthermore, follow each step when installing software - third party applications are often hidden within the 'Custom' or either 'Advanced' installation options, and therefore, you should never skip any installation steps.
Deceptive free software installers used in the distribution of OverLook potentially unwanted program:
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- What is OverLook?
- STEP 1. Uninstall OverLook application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove potentially unwanted add-ons from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove unwanted plug-in from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove adware from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
OverLook PUP 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 "OverLook", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove potentially unwanted plug-ins from Internet browsers:
At time of research, OverLook did not install it's browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. 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 suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the overlook pup, 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 suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the overlook pup, 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with overlook pup 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 overlook pup, 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.