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Remove AVBoost ads (Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge) - Free Instructions

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AVBoost ads might be hiding cyber threats

AVBoost is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that might arrive on the system as an optional component in a software package. This application is promoted as a Settings Manager to control the volume and brightness of the device, turn off wifi, take screen shots and set timer. However, apart from this features it also displays intrusive and aggressive online ads that might show up in the form of pop-up, in-text, banner and any other possible form of the online ads. AVBoost adware seems to be related to Settings Manager by Aztec Media Inc pop-up virus. After the installation, this ad-supported program modifies browser’s settings and might employ “virtual layer” to display ads on each visited website. These ads usually promote high-risk Internet sites (e.g. gaming, adult-themed sites), provide fake software updates (e.g. Adobe Flash) or other questionable products and services. Apart from this annoying activity, adware is also capable of initiating redirects to promotional sites as well. These redirects might appear when users start typing a particular address in the URL bar or out of sudden. Undoubtedly, this activity diminishes browsing experience significantly. But it might also be dangerous. Thus, we recommend scanning the computer with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego and going for automatic AVBoost removal. It’s the only possible way to avoid cyber threats.

The image of AVBoost

AVBoost redirect problems are one of the biggest concerns related to this potentially unwanted application. Adware might display commercial content that redirects users to infected, tech support scam, phishing, and other high-risk sites where cyber criminals are waiting for the next victims. These ads might offer fake software updates, give misleading alerts of detected viruses and suggest to download unknown security or PC optimization tools. Clicking these ads might end up with ransomware, Trojan or other malware[1] attacks. The problem is that it might be hard to avoid commercial content provided by AVBoost. Ads are usually flashy, eye-catchy, aggressive and try to get user’s click no matter what. Sometimes they do not have a close button, or it still redirects to the sponsored website. There’s no doubt that the only safe and effective way to escape this add attack is to remove AVBoost from the computer. For more information, scroll down to the end of the article where you will find illustrated removal guidelines.

The image of AVBoost adsAVBoost ads are usually aggressive and misleading. Thus, clicking on the may lead to the installation of malicious files or programs.

Bundling – the main distribution strategy of the adware

The AVBoost virus cannot infiltrate computers individually. It needs help and assistance from other programs and computer’s owner. Developers of this PUP apply questionable software marketing method known as “bundling.” This technique allows adding the program to software package as an “optional download.” Indeed, users can unpack the software and reject installation of undesired apps. However, people rarely does that. The majority of them rely on Quick/Recommended installation mode that does not openly disclose about third-party software. Thus, AVBoost hijack might be the result of the incorrect installation of the program.[2] Undoubtedly, there’s a way to avoid PUPs. It’s called Advanced/Custom installation wizard. This setup allows seeing the list of additional programs and allows stopping them from entering the system. Users just have to untick pre-selected entries and click “Next” button to complete the installation of a necessary program.

Deletion of the AVBoost

To make these annoying ads to go away from the screen, you have to delete adware program from the computer and its components from web browsers. Our prepared instructions will show you how to remove AVBoost step by step. We want to remind that you have to be careful and attentive. If you leave some of the adware-related entries, you will continue to see suspicious ads. Unfortunately, sometimes might be hard to locate and delete these files manually. However, you can opt for the automatic AVBoost removal option and dedicate this task for a professional anti-malware program. Within several minutes your browsers will be virus-free.

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To remove AVBoost ads, follow these steps:

Delete AVBoost from Windows systems

The adware program might have arrived in the computer during the installation of some free program. Thus, you have to find and uninstall it.

  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 AVBoost and related programs
    Here, look for AVBoost 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 AVBoost 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 AVBoost 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'

Eliminate AVBoost from Internet Explorer (IE)

AVBoost ads might be triggered by a particular browser add-on. Thus, you have to uninstall all suspicious applications from the Internet Explorer.

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

Remove AVBoost ads from Microsoft Edge

Follow the steps below to fix Microsoft Edge after the hijack.

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, AVBoost should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of AVBoost from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

One of the reasons why ads by AVBoost started bothering you is the installation of a suspicious extension. Thus, open the list Firefox's extensions and look up for it!

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

Erase AVBoost from Google Chrome

Go to the list of Chrome extensions. Carefully look through it. Uninstall each of the entry that seems unknown. Once it's done delete all components related to AVBoost by resetting the browser.

  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 AVBoost 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 AVBoost removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Delete AVBoost 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 AVBoost 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 AVBoost removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Choose a proper web browser and improve your safety with a VPN tool

Online spying has got momentum in recent years and people are getting more and more interested in how to protect their privacy online. One of the basic means to add a layer of security – choose the most private and secure web browser. Although web browsers can't grant a full privacy protection and security, some of them are much better at sandboxing, HTTPS upgrading, active content blocking, tracking blocking, phishing protection, and similar privacy-oriented features. 

Nevertheless, there's a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various circumstances, malware is also one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. Potentially unwanted programs may clear files that keep the application from running smoothly.

More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, or images get locked. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them. Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system.

In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 


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Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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