How to remove Outbrain.com Popup Ads & Redirects

How to remove Outbrain.com Popup Ads & Redirects

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How to remove Outbrain.com Pop-up Ads & Redirects

How to remove Outbrain.com Pop-up Ads & Redirects

 

What is Outbrain.com:

Threat Classification: Adware

Outbrain.com is an online marketing platform, that allows website owners and application developers to monetize their traffic by selling it to some interested advertisers. Recently, our malware researchers have warned us, that some adware developers are trying to exploit the traffic trading system and are designing and building adware applications, that are set to generate excessive amounts of Outbrain.com Pop-up Ads & Redirects, which basically makes the web browsing almost impossible. Furthermore, we’ve noticed that the most reliable malware researchers on the net have come to the conclusion, that the Outbrain.com Popup Ads & Redirects are caused by a rogue browser extension/add-on, that is distributed using various downloaders/software bundles, that are set by default to modify system and/or browser settings, without users’ consent. After careful consideration of the available data, our security experts have recommended all affected users, which experienced lots of these annoying Outbrain.com Popup Ads & Redirects to run a full system malware scan, using some up-to-date and reliable anti-malware software, just like the award-winning SpyHunter.

Outbrain.com comes packed with some other popular “ad-supported” freeware together in these software bundles. These software bundles are often only applications, which downloads software from the Internet and are set by default to perform silent or stealth installs, if the user accepts the bundle’s EULA and didn’t opted-out the express/recommended install, the computer system will be often overtaken from the suspicious applications packed into the software bundle installer. The possible distribution of the Outbrain.com varies but is not limited to – suspicious download sites3rd party toolbars, free PDF editors, free Video editors, free converters, free Video downloads, infected e-mail attachments, suspicious torrents etc.

Outbrain.com might also be used to keep track of your browsing activity and could be easily set to monitor and collect all kind of valuable browser information, including private data like search terms, search result URL, browser history, email addresses, account credentials including username & password, cookies, financial information like bank accounts, credit card numbers etc. Later, the collected data will be either sold or shared with some other 3rd party companies, that will use it for their own marketing purposes. In general, our security experts strongly recommend all users to avoid leaving active or installed such applications and recommend to terminate and/or remove them immediately, as for them this represents a serious threat to the online identity and computer safety and security.

If you take a closer look at the Outbrain.com Popup Ads & Redirects situation, you will find it almost identical with the Traffic-media.co, Traffic Junky, TrafficFactory.biz as well as many other traffic bidding systems, that have been exploited by some adware infections.

!!! Please note that these kinds of infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause loss of data. We strongly recommend you to not underestimate such threats.

How to remove Outbrain.com Popup 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 a SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.

2. Manual Removal Method (recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).

Remove Outbrain.com Popup Ads & Redirects Automatically

We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.

You can download and install SpyHunter to detect Outbrain.com and all its entries and remove it, by using the information, which we’ve obtained, just by clicking the download button below. When installed, SpyHunter will automatically initiate a full system scan and will detect and show all threats present on the system. Next, it is up to you to decide which method you will use to remove these threads. You can use either the automatic removal method or the manual removal method.

SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.

Learn more about the SpyHunter (EULA). We recommend you to read and follow the SpyHunter Installation InstructionsSpyHunter‘s free diagnosis offers unlimited free scans and detections, which you can use for the manual removal. You can go ahead and continue to remove the detected files, processes and registry entries manually, by yourself or purchase a subscription, which will allow you to use all the programs features, including the automatic thread removal feature, multiple systems install and you will receive unlimited one-on-one professional support sessions, for any malware related issue by a highly trained and experienced support technician.

Remove Outbrain.com Popup Ads & Redirects Manually

!!! Please note: You can remove Outbrain.com Ads manually, however, you should proceed at your own risk, as any of these interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore the manual removal method is highly recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, MalwareKillerS.com recommends using SpyHunter.

1. Remove Outbrain.com Ads from the Installed Programs List

  1. Open the Run dialog window by using the keyboard shortcut Win+R.
  2. In the newly opened Run window type appwiz.cpl and press Enter – you should see the list of programs installed on your PC.
  3. Sort installed programs’ list by date and look for suspicious entries, installed near the date of your infection (usually at the end) and try to uninstall them.
Uninstall Outbrain.com Popup Ads & Redirects from Windows XP

Uninstall Outbrain.com Popup Ads & Redirects from Windows XP

Uninstall Outbrain.com Popup Ads & Redirects from Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10

Uninstall Outbrain.com Popup Ads & Redirects from Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10

* Keep in mind, that these are active infections and you might not be able to complete the process

2. Get rid of the Outbrain.com Popup Ads & Redirects by resetting the c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts file.

  • Open the Run dialog by using Windows Key + R shortcut.
  • In the Run window, type in %systemroot%\system32\drivers\etc and hit enter.
  • In the new Windows Explorer, make a copy of the hosts file – name it hosts.old or Copy of hosts
  • Next, open the original hosts file using notepad and remove all its content, then save it

3. Remove Outbrain.com Popup Ads & Redirects by resetting web browser settings to default

We’ve made a lot of tests and experiments and concluded, that the best way to get rid of browser extensions, toolbars, new tabs, and settings is to reset the web browser’s settings back to default. If you follow the instructions below, you will end up with a brand new web browser.

Reset Internet Explorer settings to default

The guide works on all Windows versions and will reset settings for Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge back to default.

  1. Open the Run dialog by using Windows Key + R shortcut.
  2. In the Run window, type in inetcpl.cpl and hit enter.
  3. Internet Properties window will appear – click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click on the Reset… button, which is near the bottom.
  5. Reset Internet Explorer Settings window will appear – make sure to select Delete personal settings checkbox.
  6. After select Delete personal settings, click the Reset button.
  7. In Reset Internet Explorer settings window, click the Close button and restart your browser for the new settings to take effect.
How to reset Internet Explorer Settings to default

How to reset Internet Explorer Settings to default

* 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.

** Make sure to select Delete personal settings checkbox, because this option defines the removal of all customized browser settings.

*** At the end, restart Internet Explorer in order to activate the New Settings.

Reset Google Chrome settings to default

If you want to reset Google Chrome settings to default, we strongly advise you to use the Google Chrome Cleanup tool, however, the tool requires Windows 7 and above, for earlier Windows versions, proceed with manual reset – use the instructions below.

  1. Open the Google Chrome Menu, by clicking on the  icon, which is located on the top right side of the main Chrome window.
  2. When you are in the Google Chrome Menu, click on the Settings.
  3. A new Settings tab will open – scroll down to the bottom and click on Show advanced settings … link.
  4. In the newly reopened Settings tab, scroll down to the bottom and click on the Reset Settings button.
  5. A Reset settings confirmation window will request a confirmation – go ahead and click the Reset button.
How to reset Google Chrome settings to default

How to reset Google Chrome settings to default

* In order to activate the new settings – restart the Google Chrome.

Reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox Menu, which is located on the top right side of the main window Firefox Menu button
  2. When the menu opens, at the bottom search and click on the Help iconFirefox Help
  3. In the Help sub-menu click Reset with Add-ons Disabled …
  4. A Restart with Add-ons Disabled window will appear – go ahead and confirm by clicking the Restart button.
  5. Firefox SafeMode window will appear – just continue by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
  6. Finally,  Refresh Firefox window will request you to confirm – go ahead and click Refresh Firefox button.
How to reset Mozilla Firefox Settings to default

How to reset Mozilla Firefox Settings to default

 

4. Remove Outbrain.com Popup Ads & Redirects from all web browser shortcuts

Some applications are modifying web browser shortcuts, making the web browser load a particular web page on every start. We recommend checking your browser shortcuts by hand or just using the following application to check them for you – browser shortcuts repair tool.

If you want to manually repair these shortcuts – right-click on the shortcut using your mouse and select properties – make sure that the shortcut’s Target Line doesn’t have any additional arguments, except the actual browser location. The easiest way to solve this issue is just to remove your old shortcuts and re-create them.

5. Remove Outbrain.com leftovers by deleting the related files or folders in the following locations

%ProgramFiles%

%AppData%

%ProgramData%

%LocalAppData%

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