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Remove Cobunce (Removal Guide)

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

“Hello! I was wondering why I keep seeing tons of ads whenever I open any of my Internet browsers? These ads claim to be brought by Cobunce. I can see them as pop-up windows, also I can see Cobunce banners on every web page that I go to… Should I worry about these ads? Should I think it is not OK to see them everywhere?”

What is known about Cobunce software:

Cobunce is an adware-type application that should not be kept on a computer system. It is classified as a potentially unwanted program (PUP). Adware programs are widely known for their annoying behavior on the infected computer – once such program sneaks inside the PC, it places its files on the disk and installs browser extensions. Unfortunately, such adware programs commonly affect all of Internet browsers, so jumping from one browser to another is not going to help to avoid Cobunce ads. Cobunce is going to display hundreds of ads in a form of banners and pop-up ads. Sometimes you may also see ads by Cobunce injected into a random text on the websites that you visit. Advertisements labeled as “Cobunce ads” and “ads by Cobunce” are misleading because most of them only seek to redirect the user to unreliable third-party websites. Such websites belong to third-party companies that want to advertise their pages and the content placed on them. For example, such websites can provide download links for free programs or various updates. Please take note that any software from third-party websites can be infectious. We are not saying that 100% of the provided downloads are going to be malicious; however, some of them can contain infectious files.

Questions about Cobunce

Besides, Cobunce has another unpleasant feature – it can monitor user’s browsing habits. So it is going to track your browsing history, downloads, bookmarks, keywords that you enter into search fields. Also, Cobunce can detect your IP address and find out your computer location. Plus, you will see how slow your computer is going to work after it gets infected by Cobunce adware. The 2-spyware research team recommends you to install Reimage program – it can find and terminate apps like Cobunce.

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Cobunce hijack – how to avoid it?

Cobunce PUP is a critical application, and it is spread in an indirect way, which is called bundling. It is an unfair distribution method – because in most cases the victim is not going to be notified about Cobunce existence. Cobunce is spread as an attachment – it is being bundled with freeware and shareware. Such program packs are usually named after the appropriate program’s title, so the users do not even suspect that there can be optional applications included. To find out if you have received bonus apps wrapped together with your preferred program, you have to be careful and install new programs wisely. Once you reach the ‘installation settings’ stage, select “advanced” or “custom” installation mode. The setup window should expand you now you should see a list of statements claiming that you agree to install several PUPs – toolbars, plug-ins, add-ons or browser extensions. Remove the tick sign from each of such statements, and finish your installation process.

How can I save my computer from this parasite?

If you do not want to experience suspicious redirects to third-party websites and if you do not desire to see fake ads anymore, we can only suggest removing Cobunce virus. It can be easily done automatically – if you have an anti-spyware program like SpyHunter. However, it is also quite easy to terminate Cobunce ads manually. Our team has prepared comprehensive instructions for you – so follow the steps below this article and do not experience various interferences while browsing online anymore!

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, 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 Cobunce, follow these steps:

Get rid of Cobunce from Windows systems

  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 Cobunce and related programs
    Here, look for Cobunce 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'

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

Uninstall Cobunce 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, Cobunce should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase Cobunce 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 Cobunce 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 Cobunce removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete Cobunce 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 Cobunce 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 Cobunce removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of Cobunce 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 Cobunce 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 Cobunce removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Gabriel E. Hall
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  1. Victoria says:
    November 10th, 2015 at 5:34 am

    Thats the problem which is running on my computer right now. Ill try to remove it using these instructions

  2. FloOnTheGo says:
    November 10th, 2015 at 5:35 am

    Guys, adware is not a virus. Technically it is not as dangerous as virus..

  3. Ben says:
    November 10th, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Excellent, useful post.

  4. myshizzle says:
    November 10th, 2015 at 11:06 am

    I have tried various ad removers but they did not work! ads do not stop popping up no matter what website I go to. But these instructions revealed the fact that removing adware can be easy. I even did it myself.

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