How to remove Outbrain.com Pop-up Ads & Redirects
What is Outbrain.com:
Threat Classification: Adware
If your browser starts redirecting you to the Outbrain.com, or you receive some suspicious pop-up ads by Outbrain.com, it is very likely that your computer was infected by an adware, that came via some suspicious software bundle, which contained the malware infection. Our security researchers concluded that the Outbrain.com is a dangerous and malicious website, often used by hackers and cyber crooks to redirect traffic to their sponsor ads / links or to spread further adware / spyware infections. Our security team has also issued a warning, that these redirects, pop-ups, and ads are caused by a malicious browser extension (browser add-on), which is a part of an adware. This adware uses a silent or stealth installation method and has been installed via some infected software bundle, P2P network, Torrent download, free games, porn sites or another infection. Let us make one thing clear – if you have already seen Ads or Pop-ups by Outbrain.com, you should consider your computer infected by this dangerous adware! Once activated, this infection will modify your browser settings and windows registry to hijack or redirect your browser traffic and make the recovery even harder. Outbrain.com is a type of malicious website, used only by the cyber criminals and adware creators – to spread further adware or spyware infections and control and redirect the traffic to wherever they earn revenue! The Outbrain.com Ads are caused by an ad-supported extension for Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome. The adware is capable of displaying ads on random web pages, including pop-up windows and is compatible with all well-known browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome.
Generally, users that have it installed on their systems might see various pop-up & pop-under browser windows, informing the victim that a Video Player is ready for download, Install Media Downloader, Infection was Detected, Please Install The New Java Update or Important software update, New driver updates are released etc.. The Outbrain.com is set to display FAKE POP-UP ALERTS on the victim’s computer. Please note that all these alerts are FAKE! Actually, the main purpose of the Outbrain.com is to drive as much traffic as possible to certain domains, which then is converted to cash via one of the many online marketing platforms.
Outbrain.com 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. That’s why you should be very careful what you agree to install and always opt-out for a custom installation and skip or deselect the software you don’t want to install or you are not familiar with. The possible distribution of Outbrain.com bundle varies but is not limited to – installing third-party toolbars, free PDF software, free Video editors or other free software products or downloading e-mail attachments etc..
The purpose of Outbrain.com is to attract more users to certain domains, so that the creators of such or similar adware could generate income from the online traffic, using one of the many online marketing platforms. Outbrain.com may use tracking cookies and other relevant techniques to steal your personal data such as account information, usernames & passwords, bank account data etc. That’s why this malware infection should not be left unattended and needs to be terminated immediately, as it seems to be a serious threat to your online security.
!!! 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.
How to remove Outbrain.com Pop-up Ads & Redirects:
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 Outbrain.com Pop-up Ads & Redirects Automatically:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect Outbrain.com 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 (EULA). We strongly recommend you to read and follow the SpyHunter Installation Instructions. SpyHunter’s free diagnosis offers unlimited free scans and detection. You can remove the detected files, processes and registry entries manually, by yourself, or to purchase a subscription, which will allow you to use the automatic removal feature and to receive unlimited one-on-one professional help for any malware related issue by an expert technician.
Remove Outbrain.com Pop-up Ads & Redirects Manually:
!!! Please note: You can remove Outbrain.com 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 Outbrain.com 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 Outbrain.com, ShowBox Ads, Popads.net, Dingit.tv, Cpmofferconvert.com, Optmz.online, 1.loadblanks.ru, Get Forms Online Toolbar, Playbar.biz, AdsKeeper.co.uk, Syndication.exoclick.com, Search Manager, Arcade Swim, Searchguide.level3.com, n121adserv.com, S.admathhd.com, Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net, YoutubeAdBlocker, Freemake Video Converter, Youtube Downloader HD, DIVX Player 3.2 or any third-party add-ons, extensions and toolbars. You should also look for all kinds of suspicious programs, installed on the same date as the infection. 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 the Enter.
2. Remove Outbrain.com 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 the Enter.
For Windows Vista/7/8/10:
1. Click on the Windows logo in the lower-left part of the screen.
2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit the Enter.
1. At the top of the Firefox window (top-right corner), click the Firefox Menu button (3 horizontal lines), go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.
2. Click the Reset / Refresh Firefox button in the top-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
3. To continue, click Reset / Refresh Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
4. Firefox will close and it will continue with the reset procedure. Once completed, a window will list the imported information. Click Finish and Firefox will restart.
3. Check for arguments added by Outbrain.com in any Browser shortcuts or links to web pages:
Outbrain.com might also hijack your web browser shortcuts to force-load its home page. This causes the Outbrain.com`s web page to open up when you launch a hijacked shortcut.
The argument that Outbrain.com uses to hijack shortcuts should look like (or is similar) to the one below:
You can remove it manually by editing the shortcut`s target line.
4. Delete any folders or files related to Outbrain.com by checking the following locations: