How to remove Twinkle Star Adware
What is Twinkle Star:
Threat Classification: PUP/adware
Twinkle Star or Ads by Twinkle Star or Twinkle Star Ads is an adware, developed by SuperWeb LLC. and it appears to be a malicious browser extension, which performs some questionable operations on your computer, compromising your online security! We strongly advise you to think twice, before installing it on your computer – It is classified as a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) and adware, which displays various advertisements presented as pop-up boxes with coupons, underlined keywords, advertisement banners and sponsored links. Twinkle Star is considered a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) and an adware, that displays various ad formats just like pop-up windows, coupons boxes, underlined keywords, advertisement banners, sponsored links etc. If you notice that your computer starts to behave odd, experience performance issues, starts often popping up “Ads by Twinkle Star”, “Twinkle Star Ads”, “By Twinkle Star”, “Powered by Twinkle Star” or “Brought to you by Twinkle Star”, you should consider that, it might have been infected by the Twinkle Star adware. The PUP shows ads in all the well-known browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.
Generally, users that have it installed on their systems might see different pop-ups, banners, search suggestions, sponsored link advertisements displayed on popular pages. The search results could also being altered, displaying information loaded with spam and third-party advertising.
Twinkle Star is usually bundled with other free software products and is being installed by default, when the user accepts the EULA, while performing an express/recommended installation of that software. The possible distribution of Twinkle Star varies but is not limited to – installing third-party toolbars, free software products, downloading e-mail attachments, clicking on ads or banners etc..
!!! Please note that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause a loss of data. Please do not underestimate such threats.
There are two ways to remove this infection. It is totally up to you to decide which way you want to go:
2. Manual Removal (recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).
Automatic Twinkle Star Removal:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect Twinkle Star and remove it, by clicking the button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system, but in order to use it as a removal tool, you need to purchase a subscription.
SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.
Learn more about SpyHunter (End User License Agreement). You can find SpyHunter’s Installation Instructions (Including Video Instructions). SpyHunter free diagnosis offers unlimited free scans and detections. You can then manually remove detections (files, processes and/or registry entries), however we recommend the usage of the SpyHunter‘s automatic fix threat feature, but in order to use it, you’ll have to purchase a subscription, but when you purchase a subscription, you’ll receive free professional help for any malware related issues by an expert technician.
Manual Twinkle Star Removal:
!!! Please note: You can remove Twinkle Star Adware/PUP manually. However, you should proceed at your own risk. Any of these interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore this manual removal method is highly recommended for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.
1. Remove Twinkle Star Uninstall Entry:
First, you can try to go to Control panel and click on Programs and Features (Windows Vista/7/8/10) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) and check the Uninstall Programs` List for any entry related to Twinkle Star, Twinkle Star, iReview, Obrona Blockads, Media Player 1.1, Video Player, YoutubeAdBlocker, Enterprise Policy, 1ClickDownload, Yontoo, FBPhotoZoom, Mac Free Converter, DP1815, Youtube Downloader HD, DVDX Player 3.2, Fast Free Converter, SafeSaver, Convert Files for Free, Plus-HD 1.3, BetterSurf, Trusted Web, PassShow, Savings Bull, Feven Pro 1.1, Couponpueke, Savings Bull, HD-Plus 3.5, LyricsBuddy-1 or any third-party add-ons, extensions and toolbars. If you find such, double-click on it and try to remove it. Although, please mind that this is an actual infection and you might not be able to remove it directly from the list.
*(Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs) or “Win + R” keys to open “Run” and type in “control”, then hit enter.
2. Remove Twinkle Star from your browser:
Go to Tools -> Internet options -> Advanced Tab and click the Reset button (make sure to select the Delete Personal Settings checkbox).
*please note that in order to save your favorites, you need to export them before resetting the browser as you will lose all personal settings.
After IE completes the operation, click the close button and then close IE in order for the changes to take effect.
Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and delete the entire folder “Chrome” with all the folders and files that are in it.
For Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\
For Windows Vista/7/8/10: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\
Alternatively, you can navigate to these folders by following these steps:
For Windows XP:
1. Click on “Start” in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Choose “Run“.
3. Type %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\ and hit Enter.
For Windows Vista/7/8/10:
1. Click on the Windows logo in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit Enter
1. At the top of the Firefox window (upper-right corner), click the Firefox Menu button, go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.
2. Click the Refresh / Reset Firefox button in the top-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
3. To continue, click Refresh / Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish and Firefox will reopen.
3. Delete any folders or files related to Twinkle Star by checking the following locations: