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Bloom adware Removal Guide

What is Bloom adware?

Bloom adware can make your browsing experience unpleasant by generating advertisements

BloomBloom can cause erratic behavior in your browsers and PC

Bloom adware is a PUP (potentially unwanted program)[1] that can hide in the background of the machine and perform unwanted tasks. People infected by adware can experience an increased amount of commercial content, like pop-ups, banners, surveys, and redirects to suspicious pages.

NAME Bloom
TYPE Adware
SYMPTOMS Annoying pop-up ads appear on the screen, unknown browser extensions are added; redirects to suspicious pages
DISTRIBUTION Software bundling, malicious ads, redirects from other websites
DANGERS Redirects to dangerous websites can result in intrusive push notifications, personal information leaks, monetary losses, installations of other potentially unwanted programs, and malware
ELIMINATION Follow our removal guide for detailed instructions. Performing a system scan with anti-malware tools is recommended
FURTHER STEPS Protect your privacy and fix any remaining damage with a maintenance tool ReimageIntego

Bloom adware in detail

When Bloom adware gets installed, it can start generating commercial content. Because the creators of such applications do not really care about user privacy or security, they may use rogue advertising networks that place ads leading to dangerous websites.

People may be redirected to scam pages and receive pop-up ads promoting fake antivirus software, security alerts, giveaways, etc. The severity of advertisements depends on the users' geolocation,[2] browsing activities, and so on. While adware is not considered malware, the infection can lead to serious problems.

People may end up on pages that use social engineering methods to trick them into providing personal information, downloading other PUPs, and even malware. Besides, some adware can show pop-ups promoting adult content, and gambling pages so users should take care of the threat immediately, especially if there are other people using the affected machine.

How did Bloom infect my PC?

The PUP was discovered through shady download pages. These “Downloader” sites are spread through the Internet, usually on other sites that engage in illegal activities. Such websites are full of deceptive ads and sneaky redirects. Even though Google said it would get rid of fake “Download” and “Play” buttons,[3] they still exist.

Adware can also infect people who use freeware[4] distribution platforms. They often include bundled software in the installers without disclosing it clearly. Most people skip through the installation process so they do not notice the additional files.

Bloom adwareBloom can infect users who browse through suspicious pages

How to avoid adware installations?

You should stop clicking on random links and buttons. Do not click the “Download” button unless you are completely sure that the website is safe. Do not install programs from freeware distribution sites, peer-to-peer file-sharing platforms, and torrent websites.

It is best to use official web stores, developer sites and always do your research. Read the reviews, look at the ratings, and the number of users an application has. Choose those that have plenty of positive feedback and thousands of users. Crooks also often make spelling and grammar mistakes so always read the product descriptions fully.

To avoid adware sneaking in during the installation, always choose the “Custom” or “Advanced” installation methods, read the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use to find out what the program will be capable of. The most important part is to check the file list and untick the boxes next to any unrelated apps.

Remove Bloom from the browsers

Bloom adware may have added an extension to your browser that messes up the settings, causes push notifications, and so on. You should go to your browser settings and look at the extension list. We recommend removing plugins one by one to see if you notice any changes.

Google Chrome

  • Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  • In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to the unwanted program by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

MS Edge (Chromium)

  • Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  • Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Mozilla Firefox

  • Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  • Select Add-ons.
  • In here, select unwanted plugin and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Safari

  • Click Safari > Preferences…
  • In the new window, pick Extensions.
  • Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

How to keep my browsing history private?

Websites, web-based applications, and programs can use cookies to track your activity. These small data files can store information like your IP address, geolocation, websites you visit, links you click on, and things you purchase online. This data can be sold to advertising networks or other third parties.

We recommend having a maintenance tool like ReimageIntego that can clear your browsers automatically. It can eliminate cookies and cache, stop the tracking. This powerful software can also fix various system errors, corrupted files, and registry issues which is especially helpful after a virus infection.

Remove adware from the system

PUAs are often disguised as “handy” tools to make it more difficult for average users to identify them. The program that is causing the erratic behavior could have any name or icon. It could look like a system optimizer, antivirus software, image editing program, etc.

If you are not sure what to do and you do not want to risk deleting the wrong files, we suggest using SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes anti-malware tools that will scan your machine, eliminate it, and prevent such infections in the future by giving you a warning before a PUP can make any changes. If manual removal is what you still prefer, we have instructions for Windows and Mac machines:

Windows 10/8:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

Windows 7/XP:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Mac:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for all related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove an unwanted app, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files.Uninstall from Mac 2
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How to prevent from getting adware

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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