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BeiTaAd plug-in simple removal steps

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BeiTaAd – an advertising plug-in that has been injected into 238 Google Play Store apps

BeiTaAd plug-in
BeiTaAd is a plug-in that produces advertising content on users' mobile phones

BeiTaAd is an adware plug-in that technology experts found inserted in 238 Google Play applications. Lookout researchers have recently released a report of this suspicious adware component that has been downloaded even for 440 million times before it got removed from the Play store.[1] BeiTaAd plugin infiltrates the device through bundles with applications that belong to Cootek. This organization is mostly known for releasing TouchPal[2] that also included the com.cootek.beita.plugin. Users who have been downloading various fitness and healthcare apps from this company are concerned about the intrusive display of advertisements that have shown up on their mobile phones after the installation of particular Play store applications.

BeiTaAd virus is most likely to show up not exactly after the installation of apps but after a 24 hour period only. Nevertheless, some users started experiencing intrusive pop-up ads only two weeks after the download. However, some good news is that the adware-based plug-in has already been removed from the Google Play Store.

Name BeiTaAd
Type Adware-based plug-in
Also known as com.cootek.beita.plugin
Located in Google Play
Main bundle Comes together with TouchPal mostly
First seen In 2018
Detection Reimage Reimage Cleaner can help you to find adware content in your device/machine

Even though Cootek-developed applications are now safe to download, if you have installed them during the infectious period, BeiTaAd adware might still be lurking somewhere on your mobile phone or computer system. If the adware remains on your machine/device, its pop-up ads might bring you lots of unwanted consequences and activities.

BeiTaAd ads might start causing regular freezes or crashes on your device and its programs due to the huge number of advertisements that are being displayed on the screen. Furthermore, these pop-ups and pop-unders might start redirecting you to affiliate websites some of which might appear to be infected with malicious programs.

Our suggestion would be to remove BeiTaAd from your machine or device. If you are not sure if this adware has been bothering you lately, you can scan the entire computer system with Reimage Reimage Cleaner and find out the truth. This software will perform a full system scan and inform you if something potentially unwanted is lurking on your machine.

BeiTaAd adware

If the program finds this adware, you should proceed with the BeiTaAd removal. You can do it with antimalware also or you can check the step-by-step guidelines that are provided at the end of this article. Furthermore, these instructions will help you clean web browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, Edge, or Safari from suspicious content and changes.

For further information, BeiTaAd plug-in has been first released in 2018 and modified a few times since then. The past version of the app was renamed to icon-icomoon-gemini.renc and encrypted by using the AES cipher.[3] This type of technique has been used by bad actors for renaming executables to other types of files and distributing malware through them.[4]

BeiTaAd adware content
BeiTaAd is adware content that has been usually bundled with TouchPal

Adware-based content distribution techniques on machines and devices

According to LesVirus.fr experts,[5] adware-related content can be injected in different types of sources which are commonly visited by a big number of users. For example, adware-based plug-ins can come injected into applications that are placed on official Internet stores or be bundled with other types of freeware/shareware.

The best way to protect yourself from secret adware installation is to opt for the right configuration mode. If you choose Quick or Recommended ones, you might experience unnoticed PUP infiltration. However, if you opt for Advanced or Custom configuration, you will have the opportunity of tracking all incoming objects by yourself.

Furthermore, you should take other precautionary measures also. In order to avoid ad-supported application and potentially unwanted content, you should:

  • Keep a distance from unknown third-party protection. These websites lack protection and might include infectious hyperlinks of ads.
  • Update programs regularly. If you keep outdated software on your machine or device, various hackers might decide to misuse such vulnerability.
  • Install reliable antivirus protection. When you are choosing a reputable antimalware program for automatical computer protection, you need to make sure that it includes a big variety of protective features.

Terminate BeiTaAd plug-in from the system permanently

If you are likely to proceed with the BeiTaAd removal by yourself, you can check the below-displayed instructing steps that are provided for both Windows and Mac operating systems. Also, here you will find instructions for browser cleaning. This helps to refresh browser apps such as Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, Edge, and Safari.

However, if you do not want to waste your time and like effortless processes, we recommend choosing a reputable tool for adware detection. Also, by using antimalware you increase the chances of permanently removing the cyber threat from all infected locations. Note that you need to remove BeiTaAd virus from each directory that contains adware-based content, otherwise, the program might reboot itself soon.

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To remove BeiTaAd, follow these steps:

Uninstall BeiTaAd from Windows systems

Erase all adware traces from your Windows operating system with the help of these instructing steps:

  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 BeiTaAd and related programs
    Here, look for BeiTaAd 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'

Get rid of BeiTaAd 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 BeiTaAd 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'

Erase BeiTaAd from Internet Explorer (IE)

Clean Explorer from suspicious add-ons, plug-ins, and extensions by following this guide:

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

Remove BeiTaAd 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, BeiTaAd should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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

Delete BeiTaAd from Google Chrome

If some adware-based content has shown up on your Google Chrome web browser, you can get rid of it with the help of these guidelines:

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

Uninstall BeiTaAd 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 BeiTaAd 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 BeiTaAd removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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