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Remove Consumer Input (updated Sep 2016) - Updated Guide

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Adware

Can you trust Consumer Input app?

The way Consumer Input (Consumer Input Panel) virus works may cause quite a vexation for users who decide to vivify their shopping experiences. Specifically, it functions as is an online survey application that may violate your privacy and track your online activities. This is because the application works as adware. It means that it will stuff your screen with various ads, banners, coupons and other sorts of commercial offers. Additionally, the adware has a tendency to secretly install its partner products on the device. Additionally, rummaging applications occupy free space on your hard disk. Due to them, you might get enraged by poorly performing PC. Thus, remove Consumer Input right away. The adware tends to collect information about your online activities. Few users ignore the fact that they are constantly under surveillance. Consumer Input removal options might be found below.

Questions about Consumer Input

This controversial program promises to give you gift cards and various discount codes for completed surveys. take a look at the advertising text of this PUP: 

Consumer Input is a panel made up of people like you who want to express their opinions about the products and services that matter most to them. By participating in online research, our members have an opportunity to influence leading companies while earning cash rewards, gift cards, or entries into valuable sweepstakes.

Unfortunately, this program may not give anything useful to you. If you read its privacy policy, notice that this program is capable of collecting valuable information about your visited websites, your search results, what videos you view, what products you buy online, what programs you download, what advertisements you see, even your personal, financial and health information. What is more, if you install this program, you may start seeing Consumer Input ads on every website you visit. We suggest you to secure your computer from such unreliable software like this PUP by installing Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego – it is an anti-malware application that is able to detect and eliminate computer programs that may increase your computer’s vulnerability level.

Additionally, Consumer Input redirect forces you to visit other websites before reaching your desired web page. If you let the PUP install its browser extensions, you might speed up the redirect tendency. Likewise, instead of your preferred domain, you might find yourself in a suspicious web page with a pornographic or gossip-like articles. bear in mind that similar websites can harbor viruses. Thus, try to exit the redirect websites as soon as possible. While the adware resides on the computer, we suggest observing what tasks the adware is running in your Task Manager.

Consumer Input adware official website

The distribution of the adware 

You might have enabled Consumer Input hijack when installing free applications. Due to the lack of attention, few users spot pre-marked add-ons. Likewise, within minutes, the PUP successfully settles on the PC. That is why you need to follow the entire installation process. In order to prevent the infiltration of unwanted programs,  select “Advanced” or “Custom” installation options while installing any program. Moreover, you should always keep your firewall active in order to block such dubious programs. Cautiousness is the first step towards the more secure operating system.

Remove the PUP quickly and effectively

After researching information about this program, we have noticed that it is not hard to remove Consumer Input  virus. You can either choose manual or automatic elimination or combine them both. If you opt for the former method, keep in mind that you will need to eliminate additionally installed applications as well. The guide necessary to complete Consumer Input removal is found below. If the latter method seems inconvenient to you, install an anti-spyware application. It will run a system scan and exterminate the PUP and all its elements completely. Next time you are about to install a new application, take a glimpse at its privacy policy nad check users’ reviews online. They reveal crucial information about the legitimacy and reliability of a program. 


Question: I have installed Consumer Input, which promised to provide me with great shopping deals online in exchange for a few completed surveys. I thought that it was a great deal until I understood that this application is NOT safe!!! I have noticed that these ads constantly redirect me to websites that are not associated with the ad content. What is wrong with these ads?

Answer: You have installed Consumer Input virus, which is a potentially unwanted program. It is an untrustworthy application that only seeks to boost web traffic to its sponsors’ websites. It delivers attractive-looking ads to seduce you to click on them, but it does not promote any real or useful deals. We can guarantee that this program is not going to help you to save money or time while shopping online. It can only cause suspicious redirects and redirect you to suspicious websites; therefore, we suggest removing it ASAP.

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To remove Consumer Input, follow these steps:

Delete Consumer Input 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 Consumer Input and related programs
    Here, look for Consumer Input 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'

Remove Consumer Input 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 Consumer Input 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'

Get rid of Consumer Input 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 Consumer Input 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 Consumer Input removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Erase Consumer Input 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, Consumer Input should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Eliminate Consumer Input 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 Consumer Input 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 Consumer Input removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall Consumer Input 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 Consumer Input 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 Consumer Input removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Delete Consumer Input 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 Consumer Input 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 Consumer Input removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. debora says:
    November 18th, 2015 at 8:20 am

    No funciona es un Scam! :(((

  2. Brenda28 says:
    November 18th, 2015 at 8:23 am

    I love shopping and I love discounts, but this application did not pay off.. it does not provide any real deals! I believe it was a virus… I have installed SpyHunter to terminate it. anyone can tell me how to detect Consumer Input and delete it with SpyHunter?

  3. To brenda says:
    November 18th, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Just run a system scan… it will test your system and look for potentially unwanted apps, then you can click to delete them. thats it! I have this anti-spyware and I think it works great

  4. odell says:
    November 18th, 2015 at 8:27 am

    This app is easy to remove… but it is a spyware! Lucky me, it did not cause any harmful effects on my system.

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