What is Twinkle Star?
Developed by SuperWeb LLC, Twinkle Star is a deceptive application claiming to provide users with coupons, comparison shopping, and other similar functionality - "We're passionate about improving web by providing the best tools to enhance the browsing experience, from searching the web to comparing online deals to find the best prices. We've combined all of our great ideas into the Twinkle Star product suite, a FREE set of tools that work to make your browsing experience... better!"
These claims can trick some users into believing that Twinkle Star is a legitimate and useful browser plug-in - these are, however, false, since this add-on is categorized as a potentially unwanted (PUP) and adware. Following successful infiltration on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, Twinkle displays intrusive online advertisements and collects various system information.
The developers of this application employ a virtual layer to display so-called banner, pop-up, interstitial, transitional, search, and other similar ads. These ads may seem harmless, however, they can redirect to rogue websites - clicking them can lead to high-risk computer infections.
In addition, displayed ads diminish the Internet browsing experience, since most content on visited websites is concealed and users must continually avoid clicking ads.
Twinkle Star also collects various system/user information such as Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, website URLs, pages viewed, search queries entered into search engines (for example, Bing, Google, Yahoo), and other similar details.
Although Twinkle Star claims that the collected data is not personally identifiable, the aforementioned data types can certainly contain private details and these may be shared with third parties and misused to generate revenue.
Therefore, the presence of Twinkle Star adware on your system can lead to serious privacy issues. To eliminate these threats, uninstall Twinkle Star immediately.
SuperWeb LLC has released hundreds of potentially unwanted programs identical to Twinkle Star. For instance, plug-ins such as Blazzer Deals, Happy Cloud, Computer Pal, and BetterBrowse also claim to provide identical features. Neither Twinkle Star, nor any other add-ons developed by this company, deliver the features promised.
Extensions developed by SuperWeb LLC are designed to generate revenue by displaying intrusive online advertisements and collecting personally identifiable information. They provide no real value for the user.
How did Twinkle Star install on my computer?
As with all other app SuperWeb LLC products, Twinkle Star is distributed using the 'bundling' method - stealth installation of additional programs with the chosen software.
Research shows that most users do not pay enough attention when downloading and installing software, and since the developers of bogus apps are aware of this, they intentionally conceal installation of applications such as Twinkle Star within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings.
Unaware that potentially unwanted programs are hidden, users often skip these sections, thereby inadvertently installing bogus applications.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Express caution when downloading and installing software. Each step of the download procedure should be closely analyzed and all third party applications, cancelled. In addition, installation should be performed with the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options - this will reveal any potentially unwanted apps and enable you to opt-out.
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- What is Twinkle Star?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Twinkle Star application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Twinkle Star adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Twinkle Star ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Twinkle Star' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Twinkle Star ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Twinkle Star 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 "Twinkle Star", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Twinkle Star ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove twinkle star 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 "Twinkle Star", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the twinkle star 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 "Twinkle Star", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the twinkle star 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 "Twinkle Star".
Computer users who have problems with twinkle star 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 twinkle star 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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