Note-up Adware

Also Known As: Ads by Note-up
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Note-up removal instructions

What is Note-up?

According to the developers, Note-up allows users to create various notes - "Note-Up makes it easy to set reminders for upcoming events and tasks in an instant." These features may seem useful, however, be aware that the Note-up application is categorized as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). One of the reasons for these negative associations is stealth installation without users' consent. Furthermore, this application gathers various user/system information and delivers intrusive online ads.

Note-up adware

Advertisements generated by this adware are mostly of a general type: pop-up, banner, etc. These are displayed using a virtual layer that enables placement of third party graphical content on any visited websites. The ads might initially appear harmless, however, some redirect to malicious sites. Thus, clicking them is risky and may cause further computer infections. Furthermore, these ads conceal underlying web content, thereby significantly diminishing the Internet browsing experience. Note-up collects various information relating to users' Internet browsing activity including Internet Protocol (IP) addresses (to determine geographic locations), websites visited pages viewed, search queries entered into search engines, etc. This information might contain personally identifiable details. Developers later share these details with third party companies who can misuse them to generate revenue. For this reason, having Note-up installed on your system can result in serious privacy issues or even identity theft. You should eliminate this adware immediately.

Note-up Privacy Policy regarding information sharing:

We may use and share Your information: (1) to enable third party service providers to assist or facilitate in the provision of the Services to You; (2) to comply with applicable laws and regulations or to respond to a subpoena, search warrant or other lawful request for information received by us; (3) to enforce our terms of use or to protect our rights; (4) to protect the safety of members of the public and other users of our Software and Services; (5) with any of our affiliated companies and third party marketing partners; (6) with third party research companies, vendors, administrative service providers, technology providers, and selected partners for data validation, aggregation, enhancement, verification and suppression purposes, and for research, marketing, advertising, and data aggregation purposes; or (7) for any other purpose for which You provide consent.

Note-up is regular adware and virtually identical to hundreds of other applications including Pick Your Wallpapers, RecommendationBox, and WeatherBug - these are just some examples from a long list. All adware promises to enable useful features simply to trick users to install. Be aware that these applications are designed solely to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than providing useful functionality, they deliver advertisements and collect personally identifiable information.

How did Note-up install on my computer?

Users are able to download Note-up from its official website, however, it is also distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional apps with the chosen software/apps). Thus, Note-up usually infiltrates systems without users' consent, since many users do not pay enough attention when downloading and installing software. Developers intentionally conceal rogue applications within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings, thus by rushing these processes, users inadvertently install rogue applications.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Infiltration of adware-type applications can be prevented by taking two simple steps. Firstly, never rush when downloading and installing software - closely analyze each step and decline all offers to install additional programs. Secondly, use the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal any bundled apps listed for installation and allow you to cancel them.

Deceptive free software installers used in Note-up adware distribution:

note-up adware installer sample 8 note-up adware installer sample 7 note-up adware installer sample 6 note-up adware installer sample 5 note-up adware installer sample 4 note-up adware installer sample 3 note-up adware installer sample 2 Delusive software installer distributing Note-up adware

Note-up adware installer set-up:

Official Note-up adware installation setup

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Quick menu:

Note-up 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.

Note-up adware uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

Remove Note-up adware from Internet browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Note-up 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 "Note-up", select this entry and click "Remove".

Removing Note-up ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by note-up, 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 Note-up  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 "Note-up", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Removing Note-up ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by note-up, 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 Note-up 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 "Note-up".

Removing Note-up ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by note-up 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 ads by note-up, 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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