Installing extensions in the browser is interesting, but you have to be very careful when selecting what you want to use. Many plugins are, in fact, adwares disguised as add-ons that are not very useful and fill your browser with unnecessary advertisements.
Often, these adwares are activated the moment you are installing a program, if you do not pay attention. This must have already happened: you open the installer of free software and in the process, it asks you to authorize the use of a plugin, search bar or other type of add-on.
How do I know if my browser is infested with this?
First, you can rest easy: in most cases, this kind of complement, even if annoying, does not cause more damage to your computer, like a virus. Even so, it is not at all interesting to keep this kind of plugin in your browser.
Banners located in unusual locations are a sign of malicious extensions installed. (Image source: Reproduction / Tecmundo )
To find out if you have such add-ons in your browser, you should notice that you are receiving advertisements on sites that do not have such an element. A simple test is to access Facebook’s own home; if there is advertising on areas of this page that are not usually there, this means that you have adware installed without knowing it.
Another type of adware is one that creates links in words in the middle of the text, randomly. When you hover your mouse over the excerpt, it shows an advertisement box that relates to what is written. Some sites have this annoying type of advertising natively, but if you start seeing it everywhere, be wary – the problem may be your browser.
And now what do I do?
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No panic, the solution to this is very simple! If add-ons are what make your browser go crazy like that, just disable them and everything returns to normal, right? Exactly. Once you remove the unwanted extensions from the browser, it returns to show the sites correctly, without further advertisements.
To do this, find the plugins window of your browser. In Firefox , you need to click the “Firefox” menu (that orange button) and choose the “Add-ons” option. In Google Chrome , click the tool icon and go to Tools> Extensions .
In Internet Explorer , click the gear button and choose the “Manage Add-ons” option. In Opera , click the “Opera” menu (in the upper left corner) and follow the Extensions> Manage Extensions path . Finally, in Safari , you should click on the gear icon and go to Preferences> Extensions .
Okay, you’re in your browser’s Add-ons window, now it’s time to uninstall all the junk. See everything you are not sure what it is, extensions that promise to indicate promotions, dubious elements and everything you do not remember having chosen to install, and disable them. In doubt whether a plugin is harmful or not, it’s best to take it off as well.
In Google Chrome, just uncheck problematic extensions. (Image source: Reproduction / Tecmundo )
Ready! Some browsers, such as Firefox, ask you to restart your browser for the changes to take effect; others like Chrome do not need this kind of action, just reload the open pages and see the unwanted ads disappear. It is also recommended to clear the cache and delete the cookies, only by warranty.
Was not that the problem?
If you use Firefox and still continue with a missing search bar or even add-ons that change your browser’s search service, you may need to do a heavier cleanup. Visit this tutorial and see how to remove unwanted content from that browser.