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Remove Ads by OkayFreedom

removal by Lucia Danes - -   Also known as OkayFreedom ads, OkayFreedom virus, OkayFreedom adware | Type: Adware

What is OkayFreedom?

OkayFreedom by Staganos Software GmbH is a legitimate application which looks really useful and trustworthy. It’s developers claim that after installing this app on your computer, you will be provided with such benefits:

  • Access websites blocked in your country;
  • Use all of your favorite websites when abroad;
  • Access the web securely – even in public hotspots;
  • Surf the Net anonymously;
  • Protect your privacy on the internet;

However, we doubt that this app is trustful and effective. Many Internet users have already reported that it does not work as promised; whereas the majority of reputable security vendors agree that it should be categorized as ‘adware’ and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). It means that it has been developed for marketing purposes and that it’s mainly used for generating income for its developers by driving visitor’s traffic to affiliate websites, collecting clicks and so on. For that, it may deliver deceptive third-party ads to you, which may inform about various deals, discounts, promo codes and similar things. Unfortunately, after clicking on OkayFreedom ads you may be redirects to suspicious websites, which may promote suspicious content and may even lead to virus or malware infiltration.

However, this adware is known not only for delivering deceptive ‘Ads by OkayFreedom’. It is also known for installing tracking software on users’ web browsers and spying on them. Fortunately, it can access personally non-identifiable information only (search terms, most frequently visited websites, data entered in them, clicks, IP address, email address, PC’s location, etc.). However, most of the Internet users do not feel very pleased after finding out that third parties are monitoring their online activities, especially when a direct permission for that is not asked.

In addition to that, OkayFreedom virus may also initiate some technical issues. It may negatively affect your PC’s performance, increase security vulnerabilities, sometimes even free your web browser. Therefore, in order to keep browsing efficiently and prevent receiving risk-posing OkayFreedom ads, we highly recommend you to remove this adware from your computer right now. For that, our security experts recommend using Reimage (Windows OS) or Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus (Windows OS and Mac OS X).

How can OkayFreedom hijack my computer?

OkayFreedom is promoted via its official website where you can download its free version or pay $29.95 for a premium version. However, it may show up on your computer without downloading it there. It may be attached to other freewares and spread in software packages. If you do not want to get tricked into installing it, you should decompose software bundled. You can easily do that by checking every freeware that you are going to install. Always opt for Advanced or Custom installation option, carefully monitor freeware’s installation process and unmark ticks claiming that you agree to install ‘recommended tools’, such as add-ons, plug-ins, toolbars or extensions.

How to remove OkayFreedom virus?

As you probably already know, software bundled usually consist of a free program and several third-party apps. Therefore, if you have detected OkayFreedom virus installed on your machine, other PUPs may also hide in it. For fixing your machine completely, we recommend using an automatic removal tool. If you prefer manual removal, the follow these steps:

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove OkayFreedom ads, follow these steps:

Remove OkayFreedom 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 OkayFreedom and related programs
    Here, look for OkayFreedom 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'

Delete OkayFreedom 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 OkayFreedom 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 OkayFreedom 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 OkayFreedom 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 OkayFreedom removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Eliminate OkayFreedom 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, OkayFreedom should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall OkayFreedom 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 OkayFreedom 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 OkayFreedom removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase OkayFreedom 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 OkayFreedom 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 OkayFreedom removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove OkayFreedom 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 OkayFreedom 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 OkayFreedom removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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