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Chameleon Explorer Pro. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Adware

Chameleon Explorer Pro – an adware program that displays intrusive ads on every installed browser

Chameleon Explorer Pro virus
Chameleon Explorer Pro is a potentially unwanted program that can be downloaded from the official website. Nevertheless, users typically inject the app while installing freeware and shareware

Chameleon Explorer Pro is, according to its developers NeoSoft Tools, a handy file management tool. However, users complained that it usually appears out of nowhere on their machines. Soon after, significant changes are observed: advertisement banners, pop-ups, in-text links, auto-play video and audio ads show up at any time when the computer is in operation. Additionally, users reported that they encountered multiple error messages within File Explorer, which prevented them from accessing some folders. Furthermore, Chameleon Explorer Pro application was associated with such threats as Safe Finder or All-Radio 4.27 Portable,[1] which on itself downloads and installs rootkits, cryptominers, and data stealing trojans.For all these reasons, it is categorized as a potentially unwanted program.[2]

SUMMARY
Name Chameleon Explorer Pro
Type Adware/PUP
Developer NeoSoft Tools
Main dangers Multiple malware infections, data loss
Distribution Software bundling, suspicious websites, official website
Symptoms Error messages within File Explorer, intrusive ads and redirects, etc.
Elimination Manually eliminate the PUP using our guide below or use anti-malware software
Optimization After Chameleon Explorer Pro removal, use Reimage to fix the damage done by the PUP

Chameleon Explorer Pro offers an official website, where all the functionality of the program is presented in detail, and users can download the app willingly. However, in most cases, this is not how the PUP infiltrates computers. The most prominent adware distribution technique is software bundling. This deceptive technique assures several hundred, if not thousand, installations, as third-party installers often fail to disclose the full list of optional components adequately.

In case your computer is already infected with adware, we recommend to perform appropriate actions to remove Chameleon Explorer Pro. You can do that by using security software or by checking our manual removal guide below this article.

Soon after Chameleon Explorer Pro hijack, users can experience the following symptoms:

  • Excessive ads hinder the content of legitimate web pages;
  • Redirects bring users to suspicious websites;
  • File Explorer displaying various error messages when trying to access sub-folders;
  • Questionable new applications installed without users' permission, etc.

All these changes can be potentially dangerous. As we already mentioned, users said that, among Chameleon Explorer Pro virus, they also found malicious applications installed on their devices. It is not surprising, as rogue apps often perform actions which allow deceptive installation of other unwanted programs. Malware, such as crypto miner, can affect the CPU performance and increase electricity bill,[3] while such threats like ransomware can lock up personal files and hold them hostage until a ransom is paid.

Thus, experts[4] recommend performing Chameleon Explorer Pro removal as soon as possible. It is not a safe app, and the promised benefits quickly fade in comparison to what users have to deal with. After all malicious applications are eliminated, make sure you scan your PC using repair software like Reimage. It will fix the damage done by Chameleon Explorer Pro malware and make your computer work flawlessly again.

Chameleon Explorer Pro adware
Chameleon Explorer Pro is an adware in disguise. Soon after infiltration it will disrupt users' web browsing activities with redirects, pop-ups, etc.

Ways to avoid bundled software

We are all guilty of skipping steps during software installation, as we all want to be over and done with the tedious procedure. Unfortunately, this approach can profoundly affect our computer security and virtual safety. Potentially unwanted programs are often offered as optional installs by third-party authors. Because users rush the installation, they do not pay attention to pre-ticked markers and merely press Next several times until they are done.

No matter how convenient Recommended or Quick installation option is, never pick it. If you go for it, you will unknowingly install PUPs on your computer. Therefore, always opt for Advanced or Custom settings and watch out for pre-ticked markers during the installation. 

Security experts also advise users to run anti-malware software with real-time protection feature enabled. While it might not prevent the installation of all PUPs (after all, software bundling is a legitimate tactic, and it comes down to users to opt out of any additional installs), it will stop more severe malware like trojans, crypto-miners, worms, and similar threats.

Get rid of Chameleon Explorer Pro using security software or manual removal instructions

Unlike many other potentially unwanted programs, which are mainly harmless (but annoying) Chameleon Explorer Pro virus can be associated with dangerous malware. If you value your privacy and computer safety, make sure you remove Chameleon Explorer Pro as soon as you notice it on your device.

The safest Chameleon Explorer Pro removal method is using reputable security software, as it can detect all other unwanted apps that might have been installed without your permission. Also, the automatic scan is fast and easy – you won't have to waste your time wondering if you got rid of all the components.

Nevertheless, those who are tech-savvy can employ their computer knowledge and delete Chameleon Explorer Pro manually. We provided detailed instructions on how to eliminate the threat and then reset each of the affected browsers.

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To remove Chameleon Explorer Pro, follow these steps:

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Erase Chameleon Explorer Pro from Windows systems

To remove Chameleon Explorer Pro adware from Windows, check out this guide:

  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 Chameleon Explorer Pro and related programs
    Here, look for Chameleon Explorer Pro 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'
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Delete Chameleon Explorer Pro 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 Chameleon Explorer Pro 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 Chameleon Explorer Pro removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Uninstall Chameleon Explorer Pro 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, Chameleon Explorer Pro should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Get rid of Chameleon Explorer Pro 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 Chameleon Explorer Pro 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 Chameleon Explorer Pro removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Eliminate Chameleon Explorer Pro from Google Chrome

Adware often leaves its traces within the browser. Make sure you reset 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 Chameleon Explorer Pro 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 Chameleon Explorer Pro removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Erase Chameleon Explorer Pro 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 Chameleon Explorer Pro 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 Chameleon Explorer Pro removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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