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Also Known As: Larparus adware
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

Larparus removal instructions

What is Larparus?

Developed by SuperWeb LLC, the Larparus extension claims to significantly improve the Internet browsing experience by enabling various useful features. Although this kind of functionality may seem legitimate and useful, these features are offered to trick users into installation of this adware. Larparus is distributed using the 'bundling' method and it is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP). Bundling is popular with developers of rogue apps, since it enables them to stealthily install their products together with regular software. Larparus infiltrates popular Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) and then displays intrusive online ads. This adware employs a virtual layer, which allows placement of various graphic content on any website visited. The types of ads displayed include banners, pop-ups, coupons, comparison shopping, interstitial, transitional, and search. Some advertisements are opened in new browser tabs or windows. In this case, users risk accidentally clicking ads that redirect to online stores or certain service websites. There is also a possibility that redirections will lead to bogus websites containing infectious content. This behavior may cause high-risk computer infections.

Larparus adware

Furthermore, Larparus collects various Internet browsing-related information. The Privacy Policies of adware-type apps such Larparus state that the collected information is not personally identifiable. Clearly, these statements are false, since the collected information types including Internet Protocol (IP) addresses (to determine geolocations), websites visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc. contain personally identifiable details (for example, banking account details). This information is later shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), thus leading to the possibility of serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Larparus is a bogus app and a threat both to your computer and personal identity. You are strongly advised to uninstall this adware from your system immediately.

Larparus belongs to a family of adware-type apps developed by SuperWeb LLC. This company has released several hundred identical PUPs such as Deals Avenue, Filter Results, Common Dots, and Jungle Net. These apps claim to enable features to improve the Internet browsing experience in various ways, however, this is simply to encourage users to install their products. In fact, these promoted applications provide no real value to the user - their purpose is to display ads (through the pay-per-click advertising model) and share collected information with third parties, thereby generating revenue for the developers. Commonly, these apps are distributed using small 'download apps' on freeware download websites such as softonic.com, soft32.com, downloads.com, and many others. These sites aim to monetize their traffic and free services by promoting installation of third party software (mostly rogue) that is presented as 'legitimate and virus free'. Thus, reckless download and installation of free software exposes the system to risk of infection by adware such as Larparus. Never accept offers to install unrecognised third party software. If you have installed Larparus, the following instructions will help you to remove this adware from your system.

How did Larparus install on my computer?

SuperWeb LLC distributes this app by employing a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' - stealth installation of third party applications with regular software. Many users rush the installation process and skip most of the installation steps, and therefore, this method is very effective. Download managers and installer set-ups often hide installation of apps such as Larparus within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options, which are often skipped by users. Developers neglect to properly disclose installation of bogus apps, since they aim to install as many rogue applications as possible.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Caution is the key to safety. Your chosen software should be downloaded from official websites only. If you are forced to download from a freeware download website, select the direct download link rather than via a download manager. Not all sites provide this option. Users are often forced to use download programs to download the chosen software. For this reason, be attentive and closely analyse each step of the free software download procedure to ensure that no third party software is included with the download app. Furthermore, after downloading software, select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal any third party programs listed for installation and allow you to decline them.

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Quick menu:

Larparus adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

Larparus adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Larparus", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Larparus ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove larparus adware from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Larparus ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Larparus", select this entry and click "Remove".

Removing Larparus ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the larparus 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Larparus  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Larparus", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Removing Larparus ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the larparus adware, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Larparus ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "Larparus".

Removing Larparus ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with larparus adware removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the larparus adware, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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.

Removal assistance:
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