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Remove CinPlus virus (Removal Instructions) - updated Oct 2019

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

CinPlus – a suspicious adware program that displays countless ads on all sites that you visit


CinPlus (otherwise known as Cinema-Plus) is an application that is compatible with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, and other browsers. In most of the cases, users find this browser extension after they download and install freeware applications from third-party sites, although some parties may get tricked by the promised functionality – the enhanced quality of online videos from YouTube, Vimeo, and similar sites.

However, as soon as CinPlus is installed, users will see increased commercial content on all sites that they visit. Banners, in-text links, pop-ups, auto-play videos, and similar intrusive ads diminish web browsing experience for most, although the worst part is that the sponsored content might sometimes be dangerous. Users may be redirected to spam, tech support scam,[1] survey scam, phishing, or even malicious sites. Due to all these reasons, CinPlus is categorized as a potentially unwanted program and adware.[2]

Name CinPlus
Type Adware
Category Potentially unwanted program (PUP)
Versions CinPlus-2.5cdTube HDV23.10 and CinPlus-1.4aiv27.10
Infiltration Potentially unwanted programs are usually installed via software bundles downloaded from third-party sites, although users might get tricked by an attractive ad or another content on various sites on the internet
Potential risks Although PUPs are not considered a major security risk (they usually do not modify vital operating system files), they might expose users to potentially dangerous sites. Due to that, they may face malware infections, money loss or lose their sensitive data to unknown third-parties
Symptoms Intrusive advertisements presented on all visited sites, sponsored links at the top of search results, occasional redirects leading to ad-filled, phishing and scam sites, changed web browser settings, slow operation of the browser, etc.
Termination You can get rid of all potentially unwanted programs and malware automatically with the help of security tool like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego; alternatively, you can also make an effort to terminate PUPs by following our manual instructions below 

Online advertisement is a multi-million dollar business, and there are thousands of companies that want to get a piece of that juicy ad revenue. While there is nothing wrong with this model of monetizing, some programs that are developed to advertise expose users to potential risks online, and that is not how things should be. Unfortunately, CinPlus is one of those applications.

CinPlus does not perform malicious system changes as malware does. For example, it would not alter vital Windows registry files or shut down important processes. However, the application will engage in other activities – mostly via the browser:

  • Place a virtual layer of ads on websites that typically do not show advertisement content (in some cases, they may be marked as “Ads by CinPlus,” “Powered by CinPlus,” etc.);
  • Alter browser settings, such as new tab functionality or apply changes to the search engine;
  • Displays sponsored links in the search results;
  • Slowdown the operation of the browser when it is in use;
  • Redirect to sites that promote dubious applications;
  • Expose to online material that is inappropriate or offensive, etc.

Without a doubt, this activity can lead users to insecure sites where malware may be downloaded automatically (if users run outdated browsers or other vulnerable software).[3] Therefore, CinPlus virus is a possibility that users should not ignore, especially if they are not careful during their browsing sessions.

CinPlus adware
CinPlus is an adware application that is rarely installed intentionally - users find it attached to their browsers after the installation of freeware

Another reason to remove CinPlus ads and other content are due to its ability to track users. PUPs usually gather browser-related data that is later used for targeted advertising purposes. In some cases, however, the gathered data may include personal details (such as email, name, home address, etc.) that should be kept private in order to avoid their compromise.

For CinPlus removal, you can choose security software like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or another reputable anti-malware. Alternatively, you can also check out our detailed manual guide below.

Avoid adware – it can compromise your computer 

As time goes by, security experts[4] analyze the potentially harmful effects of adware applications more. Most of them are indeed easy to get rid of, but some might engage in behavior that closely resembles malware, and researchers are constantly warning users about that. In fact, even official sources like Google Play are not free of such harmful programs, and industry analysts found malicious applications, but only after hundreds or even thousands of users install them.

Therefore, while the internet became a much safer place than it was 20 years ago due to security implementation by parties like Google, it can still lead to sensitive data compromise, data loss, and other ramifications. For that reason, the infosec community advises users staying away from adware and other potentially unwanted programs in the first place.

When installing freeware applications, make sure you read up online on the app first, as forum and blog posts often serve as good indicators whether the app can be trusted. After launching the installation wizard, you should lever skip steps and always read the instructions carefully: decline all the offers/deals on the way and read all the fine printed text. Most importantly, opt for Advanced/Custom installation mode which would allow you to get rid of optional components in time.

CinPlus redirects
Users who have CinPlus installed might be redirected to tech support scam and fake update sites

Get rid of CinPlus, CinPlus-2.5cdTube HDV23.10 and CinPlus-1.4aiv27.10

As we previously mentioned, CinPlus virus can potentially compromise your web browsing sessions and lead to unsafe websites. If you are looking for a browser plugin that can enhance your video-watching activities, you should find other applications that would not infuse your browsers with never-ending ads and would not track your every step online. There are millions of apps to choose from, and best would be to download them from the official sources, as such programs are regulated much more.

As of CinPlus removal, you can choose one of two methods: manual or automatic. The latter is more convenient, as it would only take you a few minutes to scan your machine for potentially harmful software, and it would be terminated immediately automatically.

If you want to remove CinPlus manually, you should check out the detailed instructions below. After that, you will have to reset Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, or any other installed browser. We provide the information on how to refresh the most commonly-used browsers below, as well.

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To remove CinPlus virus, follow these steps:

Uninstall CinPlus from Windows systems

To get rid of CinPlus from Windows operating systems, perform the following actions:

  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 CinPlus and related programs
    Here, look for CinPlus 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'

Erase CinPlus from Mac OS X system

If you are struggling with adware on your macOS, use the following guide to get rid of it:

  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 CinPlus 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'

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

Eliminate CinPlus virus 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, CinPlus should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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

Get rid of CinPlus from Google Chrome

Reset Google Chrome browser after you uninstall the PUP:

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

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

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

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

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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