Ads by Catered to You

Also Known As: Catered to You adware
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Catered to You removal instructions

What is Catered to You?

Developed by SuperWeb LLC, Catered to You is a deceptive application claiming to enhance the Internet browsing experience by enabling a variety of useful features - "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 Catered to You product suite, a FREE set of tools that work to make your browsing experience... better!" At first glance, this functionality may appear legitimate and useful, however, Catered to You is considered to be an adware-type potentially unwanted program (PUP). The main reason for these negative associations is stealth installation - Catered to You infiltrates systems without users' permission. Furthermore, it generates intrusive third party advertisements and collects information regarding users' Internet browsing habits.

Catered to You adware

This app generates pop-up, coupon, banner, search, interstitial, transitional, full-page, and other similar advertisements using a virtual layer, which enables placement of any graphical content on visited websites. The displayed advertisements do not originate from the visited websites and conceal underlying content, thereby significantly diminishing the Internet browsing experience. Furthermore, some redirect to rogue sites containing infectious content. Thus, accidental clicks on these advertisements may result in high-risk adware or malware infections. Catered to You also collects unique identifier numbers, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses (to determine geographic locations), website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, and other similar information. This information may  seem insignificant, however, it might contain personally identifiable details. SuperWeb LLC later shares this collected data with third parties, and therefore, having Catered to You installed on your system could lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you uninstall this adware immediately.

Catered to You Privacy Policy statement regarding data collection:

We only share or sell your non-public personal information with non-affiliated third parties when we believe doing so is permitted by you or authorized by this Privacy Policy. In addition, the Company may share your personal information with our parent, subsidiary or affiliate companies without restriction.

Catered to You is not the only software developed by this company. SuperWeb LLC has released several hundred identical PUPs including Treasure Track, Results Hub, Maximum Maker, and High Stairs. Although these apps claim to enhance the Internet browsing experience, none provide users with any real value. SuperWeb LLC releases identical applications under different names simply to prevent detection by legitimate anti- spyware and anti-virus suites - their purpose of these apps is to generate as much revenue as possible by displaying advertisements and collecting personal data.

How did Catered to You install on my computer?

All applications developed by this company are distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' - stealth installation of third party applications with the regular software/apps. Many users do not pay enough attention when downloading and installing software. They rush these processes and skip most of the steps. As a result, users often inadvertently install PUPs and expose their systems to risk of other adware or malware infections.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent installation of adware-type apps, be attentive when downloading and installing software. Perform these processes using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Regular' - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for download/installation and allow you to opt-out. The key to computer safety is caution - never rush when downloading and installing programs.

Deceptive free software installers used in Catered to You adware distribution:

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Intrusive online advertisements generated by Catered to You adware (marked as 'Ads by Catered to You'):

Pop-up advertisements generated by Catered to You adware Catered to You displaying price comparison advertisements Catered to You generating obtrusive online ads Catered to You generating deceptive coupon ads Catered to You delivering intrusive search ads

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Quick menu:

Catered to You 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.

Catered to You adware uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

Remove Catered to You ads from Internet browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Catered to You 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 "Catered to You", select this entry and click "Remove".

Removing Catered to You ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

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

Removing Catered to You ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the catered to you 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 Catered to You 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 "Catered to You".

Removing Catered to You ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with catered to you 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 catered to you 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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About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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