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Ads by SuperAdRemove

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

What is SuperAdRemove?

SuperAdRemove is a bogus application claiming to immediately close advertisements displayed on visited websites - "How long does it take for you to close pop-ups in a particular website before you can freely surf? In some websites, it only takes a few seconds. In some others, it could take a long while. There are even pop-ups that come back every now and then. If you hate this, download SuperAdRemove. After installing the software, none of these ads will even bother you."

These claims are merely attempts to give the impression of a legitimate and useful application. In fact, SuperAdRemove is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware. Firstly, this application often installs on Internet browsers without users' permission.

Secondly, following system infiltration, SuperAdRemove displays intrusive online ads (rather than closing existing ones as promised) and tracks users' Internet browsing activity.

SuperAdRemove adware

As with other adware, SuperAdRemove displays intrusive online advertisements such as banners, pop-ups, interstitial, and other similar ads. This app employs a virtual layer that allows placement of various graphical content on any visited website. The displayed content (ads) does not originate from the visited website.

In addition, some advertisements are occasionally opened in new browser tabs or windows, thereby increasing the chance of accidental user clicks.

Although ads displayed by applications such as SuperAdRemove lead to various commercial sites (for example, online stores) or software websites, there is also a possibility that users will be redirected to rogue sites, thereby resulting in high-risk computer infections.

Research shows that SuperAdRemove also monitors Internet browsing activity and collects various user information. Information collected by adware-type apps often includes personally identifiable details (such as bank or PayPal account details), which is later shared with third parties and can be misused.

This situation might cause serious privacy issues or even identity theft. SuperAdRemove is a potential threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety - it should be uninstalled immediately.

SuperAdRemove Privacy Policy regarding data sharing:

NOTE:-The plugin and other services collect and stores information concerning the web pages you visit and your activity on those pages, such as impressions, clicks and search terms. In some cases, information collected by the plugin and other services may be personally identifiable, and in some cases information (including information from or about pages of social media websites you visit) may be used or shared with third parties for purposes of displaying targeted advertisements promotional and marketing material to you.

SuperAdRemove is typical adware, and thus, similar to many other bogus apps. Adware is designed to offer a variety of features in attempts to trick users to install. And yet, these apps provide no significant value. GetPrivate, PriceChomper, Sponsored Ads, and Sail Deals are just some examples of adware-type apps with similar behvior to SuperAdRemove.

They are developed to display intrusive online advertisements using the 'Pay Per Click' (PPC) advertising model and by collecting personally identifiable information. The purpose of adware is to generate revenue for developers  by monetizing advertisements and selling information to third parties.

How did SuperAdRemove install on my computer?

Although SuperAdRemove has an official website, it is also distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of third party apps together with regular software), and thus, usually installs inadvertently without users' consent.

Bundling is very effective, since many users do not pay enough attention when downloading/installing software - rogue applications are often hidden within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings (often skipped by users), and consequently, adware such as SuperAdRemove is installed without users' knowledge.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Where possible, select the direct download link when downloading from a freeware download website. Pay close attention if using a download client - analyze each step of the download procedure and opt-out any third party software included.

Download your chosen software from the official website only. Installation of downloaded software should be performed using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options - this will reveal any third party software listed for installation and allow you to cancel it.

Intrusive online advertisements in Internet search results displayed by SuperAdRemove adware:

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Website promoting SuperAdRemove adware:

SuperAdRemove website

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Quick menu:

SuperAdRemove adware removal:

Windows 11 users:

Accessing Apps and Features in Windows 11

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:

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.

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.

macOS (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.

SuperAdRemove adware uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

Remove SuperAdRemove adware from Internet browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing SuperAdRemove 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 "SuperAdRemove", select this entry and click "Remove".

Removing SuperAdRemove ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the superadremove 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 SuperAdRemove  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 "SuperAdRemove", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Removing SuperAdRemove ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the superadremove 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 SuperAdRemove 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 "SuperAdRemove".

Removing SuperAdRemove ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with superadremove 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 superadremove 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.

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About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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