How to remove Backoff Ads
What is Backoff:
Threat Classification: PUP/adware
If you’ve installed lately a free and popular program, using a suspicious software bundle, it is very likely that the software bundle has brought to your system an adware infection, capable of showing many unwanted, but very irritating Ads by Backoff, If you see these Ads by Backoff on your machine, our security specialists strongly advise you to perform a malware scan, using an up-to-date, reputable & reliable anti-malware software, just like the award-winning SpyHunter 4. Our security experts also found out that the Backoff Ads are caused by a malicious browser extension called Backoff, that is capable of infiltrating various computer systems without asking for user’s permission or their consent. After running some more tests, our security analysts concluded that this malware infection has been designed and developed only to earn some revenue for its developers by showing their sponsor ads/links on almost every web page, requested by the user. After some further tests, our security researchers discovered that once the adware gets active, it starts collecting various private information from the victim’s computer including Web Searches, Browsing History & Information, Usernames & Passwords, E-mail addresses, Cookies, Location History, Names, SSN, Credit Card information and/or other private financial information and even online banking accounts information, which later will be either sold or shared with some 3rd party company, that will use your private data for their own marketing purposes. Our security experts warned us, that although Backoff pretends to provide many useful & handy features, it was classified as a dangerous adware and/or a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) by the majority of the reputable malware researchers around the world. The adware contains a malicious browser extension, distributed via questionable or even suspicious software bundles, configured to install the Backoff by default using silent or stealth mode, hiding it from the potential victims, among with some other malware infections! If your display starts getting overflown by these annoying ads “by Backoff” , “Ads by Backoff”, “Backoff Ads”, “Ad by Backoff”, “Powered by Backoff”, “Brought by Backoff”, “Optimized by Backoff” or “Brought to you by Backoff” – you should consider your computer infected by the Backoff adware. Please note, that all of these ads, shown by the Backoff extension should NOT BE considered SAFE and we strongly advise you to avoid interacting and/or clicking on them! After performing multiple tests and experiments, our malware researchers came to the conclusion that Backoff works fine with all the well-known web browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.
Generally, users that have it installed on their computers might experience various pop-up or pop-under ads, coupon boxes, banners, search suggestion windows, sponsored link advertisements or other commercials, displayed on almost all requested web pages. Please note, that the search results should be considered compromised as well, usually filled with 3rd party advertising and SPAM.
Backoff is usually bundled with some other free ad-supported software products and is being installed by default while performing an express/default installation, right after the user accepts the EULA. That’s why we strongly advise you to always opt-out and use custom installation if possible and if it’s available, you should always deselect/exclude all of the unwanted software programs from the bundle installation process. You should leave selected (included) for installation only the initially requested software. The possible distribution of Backoff varies but is not limited to – installing 3rd party toolbars, free software products, video editing software, various multimedia codecs, downloading e-mail attachments, clicking suspicious ads or banners etc.
The main goal of Backoff is to generate as much web traffic as possible, that could easily be monetized via one of the many online marketing platforms. Please note, that the creators of that or similar adware will collect private information from your computer, that might be used to track your browsing habits, IP addresses, Bookmarks, Usernames, Passwords and even financial information, however often they collect much more than just that. That’s why this infection should not be left unattended, and needs to be terminated immediately, as it presents a serious threat to your online, personal and financial safety.
!!! Please note, that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause data loss. 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:
1. Automatic Removal Method (recommended for ALL users) using the SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
2. Manual Removal Method (recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).
Automatic Backoff Removal:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter in order to detect Backoff and remove it, by clicking the download button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically initiate a malware scan, that will detect all present threats on your system, but to unlock the full potential of the SpyHunter Anti-Malware Security Suite and use it as a removal tool, you need to have an active subscription.
SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all the present threats on your computer.
Learn more about SpyHunter (EULA). You can find more about the SpyHunter Installation Process. SpyHunter`s free diagnosis offers unlimited free scans and detections. You can remove the detected files and registry entries manually, by yourself, however we strongly advise you to purchase a subscription that will allow you to use the automatic removal feature and to get unlimited one-on-one professional phone or remote support for any malware related issues by an expert technician.
Manual Backoff Removal:
!!! Please note: You can remove Backoff Adware manually, although you should proceed at your own risk. Any of the below-mentioned interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore the Manual Removal Method is recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For all the other users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.
1. Remove Backoff 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 all entries related to Backoff, Hohosearch.com, Searchguide.level3.com, Flirchi.com, Yeabests.cc, N121adserv.com, Ads by Albireo, Ads by Advertise, LiveAdExchanger.com, StartNewTab.com, NewPopTab.com, Outbrain.com, Shopperz, MPC Cleaner, Sonic Train, BrowseAir, Bestadblocker, CheDotGame.com, Magical Find, Space Sound Pro, DNS Unlocker, High Stair, Coupon Time, CutThePrice, FunDay24.ru, Smartsputnik.ru, iReview, Obrona Blockads, GamesFlight, Facts Right, YoutubeAdBlocker, 1ClickDownload, Yontoo, Space Sound Pro, Video Converter Toolbar, SafeSurfs.com, SafeSaver, BetterSurf, PassShow, Feven Pro, Couponpeak or any third-party add-on, extension and toolbar. We strongly advise you to look for any suspicious programs, installed on the same date as the infection, because most likely they came together via some software bundle. If you find something – right-click on it and try to uninstall it. Although, please mind that these are actual infections and you might not be able to remove them 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 Backoff 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 Internet Explorer completes the operation, click the close button and then restart browser it for the new changes to take effect.
Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and delete the entire “Chrome” folder with all its content – including all the files and all the subfolders.
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 Main window (top-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 files or folders related to Backoff by checking the following locations: