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Remove Content Explorer (Virus Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

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Content Explorer is adware which may be annoying due to constant ads and sponsored links

Content Explorer
Content Explorer - is an adware that will give you lots of ads with great deals and offers. It is advised to remove it as quickly as possible and get rid of all unnecessary content.

Content Explorer is a program, which was labeled as an adware and a potentially unwanted program. These conclusions have been made after noticing what activities this dubious extension may initiate on the user's computer. In most cases, it causes irritating and uncontrollable ads that are filled with sponsored links. These advertisements are initiated in order to drive traffic to sponsored websites and helping them to increase their page rank or sales.

There is also another reason why this ad-supported plug-in is categorized as a potentially unwanted program. That reason is related to the distribution method of Content Explorer. Beware that in most of the cases this program enters its target PC systems without an appropriate permission asked. This infiltration method relies on freeware and shareware that can easily be filled with various optional components in exchange for money. If you want to avoid that, you need to follow the special tips that are given in the next paragraph.

Furthermore, if Content Explorer hijacks the system, it may intentionally track your browsing habits. It may collect information, which is related to your most visited websites, data that you leave on each of these sites, search terms, email addresses, PC's location, etc. That is dangerous because such activity may cause the loss of your non-private information. No matter that it's just 'non-private' data, you can never know what it can be used for.

If the bad scenario has already happened and the Content Explorer virus has already shown up on your computer and you know that you have nothing to do with its appearance, you should download an anti-malware tool and run a full system scan with it. You should also take care of the affected files and functions with PC repair tools like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. It will help you to fix all the damage this Content Explorer virus has already made.

Additional tools sneak in without your consent during installations

Hundreds of people have installed useless programs consciously because PUPs are actively promoted as tools that can improve people's browsing experience. Developers offer information about the latest coupons, discounts and price comparisons, and similar deals.

However, you should never trust the program completely because you may be very disappointed after taking its ads for granted. By the way, sometimes useless programs and adware or hijackers may enter your computer without your knowledge.

This distribution method is very popular because it's related to free programs, games, and applications that are actively used by PC users. To avoid unwanted infiltration, you should be extra careful when downloading and installing various free programs.

Firstly, try reading terms of agreement policy section before any questionable installation. Secondly, if you decided to install this program, select the advanced or custom installation method. Thirdly, follow the entire process and unmark any additional attachments.

Remove Content Explorer virus from your computer manually or using antimalware tools

This program is relatively useless because it has no other purpose apart from advertising. Most of those adds will offer you great deals, but they will not be worth your time or money. The purpose of adds is always to trick you and never to help. That's why you should remove Content Explorer virus as soon as you have noticed it.

We have prepared easy instructions for Content Explorer removal, please follow the removal guidelines below. You can also find in-depth steps for browser resetting there. This may be useful when intruder changes your Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Internet Explorer preferences. 

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To remove Content Explorer, follow these steps:

Delete Content Explorer 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 Content Explorer and related programs
    Here, look for Content Explorer 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'

Uninstall Content Explorer 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 Content Explorer 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 Content Explorer 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 Content Explorer 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 Content Explorer removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Eliminate Content Explorer 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, Content Explorer should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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

Get rid of Content Explorer 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 Content Explorer 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 Content Explorer removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Delete Content Explorer 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 Content Explorer 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 Content Explorer removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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