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Remove Ads by Cat Dog (Tutorial)

removal by Olivia Morelli - - | Type: Adware

“Ads by Cat Dog” are getting more and more intrusive? Then why do you endure their presence at all? We guess that you think that those ads are generated by the pages that you are viewing. In fact, that’s not true. You can stop seeing those ads quite easily. Each of them is generated by adware, namely Cat Dog, which most probably has slithered onto your computer along with another freeware. In this short article, we will provide you with the basic facts about this application, its distribution methods, and the removal methods that can be applied.

How developers represent Cat Dog?

According to the developers (SuperWeb LLC) is a free browser extension that supports the main web browser types, including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. It is supposed to enhance web browsing experience. How? It should improve web browser’s performance and inform users about the latest deals, discounts, coupons, and similar shopping-related offers. However, we highly recommend people to read the information provided by the EULA and Privacy Policy of this app. Our research team has found significant clues related to third-party sponsorship and cookies there, what indicates the fact that Cat Dog is adware (ad-supported). On top of that, it’s not recommended to trust apps developed by SuperWeb LLC as this company is already infamous for the development of potentially dangerous applications.

Featuring Cad Dog pop-up ads appearing on random websites

What is the real purpose of this tool?

Close analysis of Cat Dog add-on has shown that it’s nothing else but just another adware. In other words, it collaborates with various third parties who pay SuperWeb LLC a certain amount of money for displaying targeted advertisements. Thus, the sole purpose of Cat Dog adware is to make people click on sponsored ads to generate pay-per-click revenue.

Questions about Ads by Cat Dog

The first symptom that reveals the presence of Cat Dog virus is an excessive amount of advertisements with the labels, such as “Ads by Cat Dog,” “Cat Dog Ads,” “Brought by Cat Dog” and so on. Some of them may be tag-less as well. Besides, your web browser may run slower than it used to before. That’s because adware type programs are taking up the CPU memory, what leads to major browser’s and overall system’s slowdowns.

What issues can Cat Dog hijack cause?

There are several issues that Cat Dog malware can cause. In the worst case scenario, the presence of this tool can lead to critical security errors due to virus infection. We will name all the inconveniences and risks step-by-step:

  1. Cat Dog ads may disrupt web browsing activities, therefore, making searches for information difficult;
  2. Clicking on the advertisements usually causes redirects to the sites that you may not be willing to visit (dubious online shops, various surveys, prize giveaways, suspicious official sites, etc.). While NOT clicking on the Cat Dog pop-ups accidentally may be difficult, redirects may become a daily browsing ‘companion;’
  3. Cat Dog redirects can trick you into installing other suspicious or even malicious programs.
  4. This adware uses cookies. Consequently, as long as you keep it installed, you will not be able to stop leakage of non-personally identifiable information (search queries, pages viewed, IP address, email address, download/upload details, etc.).

All in all, you are strongly advised to remove Cat Dog virus until it causes any damage to your PC and the security of your privacy. If you seek to find out how to avoid adware infections and how to get rid of it (preferably using Reimage), go to the next page.

How does this adware travel and how to get rid of it?

Cat Dog is usually installed accidentally. That’s because it is spread using ‘bundling’ distribution method, which allows distribution of this tool along with legitimate free software. Consequently, people who usually select quick/express installation setup and do not pay attention to details inadvertently allow installation of Cat Dog virus and similar apps.

To prevent this from happening, it’s a must to opt for Advanced or Custom installation and analyze each check box. This way the chances to spot additional components and remove them are huge. In case you have already installed this adware, you can choose to remove it either manually or automatically. Cat Dog removal guide is provided down below.

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To remove Cat Dog ads, follow these steps:

Remove Cat Dog from Windows systems

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Cat Dog and related programs
    Here, look for Cat Dog or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Uninstall Cat Dog from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Cat Dog or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Get rid of Cat Dog from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Cat Dog and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Cat Dog removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Eliminate Cat Dog ads from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Cat Dog should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Delete Cat Dog from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Cat Dog and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Cat Dog removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase Cat Dog from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Cat Dog and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Cat Dog removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove Cat Dog from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Cat Dog or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Cat Dog removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Olivia Morelli
Olivia Morelli - Ransomware analyst

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  1. HRenr says:
    November 26th, 2015 at 9:54 am

    OH MY GOD this program has given me a HEADACHE! I hope SpyHunter works on this Cat Dog malware

  2. Ferdod123 says:
    November 26th, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Please help me remove it from my computer, the instructions seem not to work?!?

  3. Treddy says:
    November 26th, 2015 at 9:56 am

    I have downloaded SpyHunter and it removed Cat Dog adware in a moment. I suggest everyone just skip the instructions and download removal tool, its much easier this way.

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