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Cobalten.com. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Adware

Cobalten.com is a legitimate advertising service that is being used by adware authors to inject ads into machines

Cobalten.com adware
Cobalten.com is an adware-type program which infiltrates the system thru freeware or shareware.

Cobalten.com is a legitimate website which offers website publishers to generate revenue through generated ads. Unfortunately, these ads can be induced by adware – potentially unwanted programs that are typically injected into machines with the help of software bundling – an effective but deceptive marketing campaign used by shareware developers and PUP authors. Ad-supported programs, including Cobalten.com, often cause redirects to promoted or other dubious websites. Furthermore, the frequent appearance of ads might hinder the proper operation of the browser or even the computer itself. Such activity might cause regular freezes or even crash downs while trying to surf the Internet. 

Name Cobalten.com
Type Adware
Danger level Low. Produces numerous ads, causes various redirects but does not harm the computer system by itself
Collected data Pages visited, photos viewed, various bookmarks, IP addresses
Browsers affected Chrome, Firefox, Edge, IE, Safari, etc.
Spreads with the help of Software bundling, suspicious websites, P2P networks
Elimination and system fix Use manual removal instructions below and then scan your PC using Reimage

Cobalten.com adware, just like many other similar potentially unwanted programs, collects the valuable information about users. While data is personally non-identifiable, users might not even know that adware is present on the machine, hence, not understand that this information is being collected. Cobalten.com might collect the following details:

  • Bookmarks;
  • IP addresses;
  • Sites and pages visited;
  • Videos and pictures viewed;
  • Various search queries;
  • etc.

Developers of Cobalten.com pop up gather such information to be able to generate ads that relate to users' browsing habits. This way, adware authors can display advertisements that are relative to users, making them more likely to buy products or services at affiliates rather than legitimate retailers. Those who get seduced by “amazing” deals and offers, might end up scammed, while adware developers monetize on such activity.

Additionally, Cobalten.com ads might bring users to malware-ridden, phishing, or inappropriate domains. Most users should be unharmed if they immediately leave the questionable content and close down Google Chrome, or another browser. Thus, do not click on the promoted content, as you may be tricked to install malware. [1]Additionally, in case you do not update installed programs on time, drive-by downloads can abuse vulnerabilities[2] and result in automatic virus infiltration.

You need to remove Cobalten.com redirect virus from your computer system and browsers before it leads you to harmful content. For such purpose, you can use our detailed removal guide below the article. Alternatively, you can employ security software to eliminate the PUP. After that, we recommend scanning your machine using PC repair software like Reimage.

Note that performing the Cobalten.com removal is the best option as it does not bring any real value for users. It only overloads their PC screens with intrusive ads which might slow down the computer work. 

Potentially unwanted program spread with the help of software bundling

According to IT experts from DieViren.de[3], PUPs such as adware-type programs are often bundled with freeware[4] or shareware. Such dubious applications come together with the regular program and manage to enter the system unnoticed. If you want to avoid such activity, you need to visit the Custom or Advanced settings section. When there, deselect all the tick marks next to add-ons, browser extensions, toolbars, media players, system optimizers, and similar.

Moreover, adware spreads through third-party promoted websites such as P2P networks. Sites such as Torrents or eMule come from secondary sources and might be improperly secured and might result in a computer infection. Security experts advise users to stay away from sites that do not fit the security requirements. Thus, hackers can inject malicious code into such sites. Furthermore, bundled software is more likely to be encountered on file-sharing sites.

Cobalten.com virus
Cobalten.com adware can affect any installed browser: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, etc.

Get rid of Cobalten.com pop-up redirect virus

If you noticed adware infection symptoms on your computer, you need to remove Cobalten.com virus and all PUP-related components from affected browsers. You can perform such action using manual instructions below. Eliminate all questionable content which includes dubious browser extensions, apps, and browser plug-ins. As soon as uninstallation is complete, you will have to reset your Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Safari or another browser.

You can perform the Cobalten.com removal faster by using security software. These programs will help you deal with the threat in a couple of minutes and perform elimination automatically – all you have to do is click on a few buttons. Additionally, many security programs are equipped with real-time protection feature that would prevent most of the PUPs entering your machine in the future.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Cobalten.com, follow these steps:

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Uninstall Cobalten.com from Windows systems

Get rid of the adware infection from your Windows operating system by following 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 Cobalten.com and related programs
    Here, look for Cobalten.com 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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Remove Cobalten.com from Mac OS X system

Eliminate the PUP from Mac OS X by looking thru these steps:

  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 Cobalten.com 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'
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Get rid of Cobalten.com 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 Cobalten.com 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 Cobalten.com 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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Delete Cobalten.com from Microsoft Edge

Get rid of all adware-related components from Microsoft Edge by following these instructions:

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, Cobalten.com should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Eliminate Cobalten.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Delete all unwanted components from Firefox by reading these guiding steps:

  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 Cobalten.com 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 Cobalten.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Erase Cobalten.com from 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 Cobalten.com 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 Cobalten.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Uninstall Cobalten.com 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 Cobalten.com 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 Cobalten.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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