How to remove Online.IO Adware
What is Online.IO:
Threat Classification: PUP/adware
Online.IO (a.k.a. Online.IO Adware, Online.IO Ads or Ads by Online.IO) is a deceptive, bogus and fake web browser application, that claims to improve user’s online browsing experience by providing some useful browsing features and is usually installed via some pay-per-install software bundle, recently installed, because of some other freeware product, but it brings along many questionable & suspicious software products. After performing a closer inspection, our malware researchers have classified Online.IO as a very dangerous Adware and/or a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP), mainly because of the intrusive ads marketing it uses and because of the suspicious activity it is involved, when installed – Online.IO starts collecting various private browsing data. If you have Online.IO installed on your computer, you will definitely notice that once active, it starts showing all kinds of intrusive ads, pop-up windows, and banners, which are making the web browsing near impossible. Our malware researchers came to the conclusion, that Ads by Online.IO are generated by a malicious browser extension, usually installed under stealth or silent mode by some suspicious software bundle, downloaded from some questionable or even dangerous website. The Online.IO is considered a vicious Adware by our research team as well as by the majority of the reputable malware researchers around the world. If you experience some of these nasty Online.IO Ads on your PC, we strongly recommend you to perform a full system scan, using an up-to-date and reliable anti-malware product, just like the award-winning anti-malware product called – SpyHunter 4. After performing a thorough study, our security experts found out that the Online.IO infection was designed in a very clever way – to earn a revenue for its developers by creating virtual layers right above the users’ web browser window, second the adware intercepts the entire web traffic and injecting various sponsor ads and/or links on almost every web page, requested by the user. Further tests have shown that the adware is capable of modifying browser settings and/or system settings, without user’s permission or any other consent. Once active, the Online.IO Adware starts collecting various private browsing data from the victim’s computer, which includes recent Web Searches, Browsing History, Location History, Usernames & Passwords, E-mail addresses, Cookies, Names, SSN, Credit Card information and other private data and even online banking credentials. The collected data will later be either sold or shared with other 3rd party companies, which will use it once again for their own marketing purposes. If your web browser starts showing you various irritating ads by Online.IO, Ads by Online.IO, Online.IO Ads, Ad by Online.IO, Powered by Online.IO, Brought by Online.IO, Optimized by Online.IO or Brought to you by Online.IO – you should consider your PC compromised and infected by the Online.IO adware. We strongly advise you to clean your computer as soon as possible to prevent further damage or even data loss. The Online.IO works with all the well-known web browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome.
Generally, users that have it installed on their systems experience various pop-up ads, coupon boxes, banners, search suggestion windows, sponsored link ads or other types of commercials, which have being displayed on almost every requested web page. We advise you to consider the search results also compromised and/or manipulated – usually, they are full of 3rd party ads and/or other Link SPAM.
Online.IO is usually bundled with some other free ad-supported products and has being installed by default, while the user performs an express/default installation. That is why we strongly recommend you to always opt-out and use custom installation if possible and available. If you deselect all the unwanted (not requested by you) software from the software bundle installer process will save you a lot of time, troubles, and money wasted on the recovery process. You should leave selected (included) for installation only the initially requested software. The possible distribution of Online.IO 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 Online.IO 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 is why these kinds of infections should not being left unattended, and need to be terminated immediately, as they present a serious threat to your online, personal and financial safety and security.
!!! 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!!!
How to remove Online.IO Adware:
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).
Remove Online.IO Adware Automatically:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
In order to detect and remove Online.IO, you should download and install SpyHunter, by clicking the download button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically start a malware scan, which will detect all present threats on your system. 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 initiate a scan and will detect all 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, cookies and/or registry entries manually, by yourself, however, we strongly recommend you to buy a subscription that will allow you to use the automatic removal feature and to get an unlimited one-on-one phone or remote support for any malware related issue by an expert technician.
Remove Online.IO Adware Manually:
!!! Please note: You can remove Online.IO 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 has being recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For all the other users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.
1. Remove Online.IO 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 Online.IO, Lijit.com, P.algovid.com, 2345.com, 2080.hit.buy-targeted-traffic.com, 1ClickDownload, ArcadeLoot, Ads by Albireo, Ads by Advertise, Bestadblocker, BetterSurf, BrowseAir, CheDotGame.com, ChumSearch, Couponpeak, Coupon Time, CutThePrice, Down.Baidu2016.com, DNS Unlocker, FixIt, Feven Pro, Facts Right, Froovr, Flirchi.com, FunDay24.ru, GetFormsOnline Toolbar, Ghostify, Gamesopolis, GamesFlight, High Stair, Hohosearch.com, iReview, Jyhjyy.top, LiveAdExchanger.com, Magical Find, MPC Cleaner, Mass Sea, NewPopTab.com, N121adserv.com, Outbrain.com, Onesearchbox.com, PC Backup 360, PlayLunar, Ps4ux.com, PassShow, Quick Swipe, Related Program, Search.epolife.com, Safebrowsing.biz, Searchguide.level3.com, Search.bestmediatabsearch.com, SafeSurfs.com, SafeSaver, Search.startjoysearch.com, Search.searchlson.com, Search.searchlwr.com, Shopperz, Sonic Train, Space Sound Pro, Smartsputnik.ru, StartNewTab.com, Tabs000.online, TrendingUpNow, Trendio, Trafliesb-ph.ru, Unlimited.co.in, Video Converter Toolbar, Window Frame Ads, Yeabests.cc, YoutubeAdBlocker, Yontoo, or any third-party add-on, extension and toolbar. We strongly recommend 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 real 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 Online.IO 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 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/Windows 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 has being imported. Click Finish and Firefox will reopen.
3. Delete any files or folders related to Online.IO by checking the following locations: