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Remove DesktopNews Ads (Removal Instructions)

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - -   Also known as DesktopNews Gadget | Type: Adware

DesktopNews is an app that is supposed to inform people about the latest news. According to its developers, it should browse through the most popular news sites, including CNBC, CNN, BBC World,, and News Uk, and pick out the latest ones. Thus, the installation of DesktopNews Gadget might appear like a great idea. However, before you do that, we would like to name a couple of things that are not disclosed about this app directly.

What facts are unsaid about DesktopNews?

1. DesktopNews is a free browser add-on for Windows operating system. It can be downloaded from the official website and enabled on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari web browsers. Unfortunately, but except for security experts, no one mentions that DesktopNews is an adware that is also promoted via software packages as well. It means that people don’t even have to visit the official website of this program to install it. It can slither onto your computer via another freeware without being noticed, so it’s a must to monitor freeware’s installation carefully.

Questions about DesktopNews Ads

2. This app is ad-supported. Malware analysts warn that this browser add-on is supported by advertising and uses ActionScript3 to show third party ads. Therefore, no matter how, consciously or accidentally, you install it, DesktopNews adware is going to flood you with deals, discounts, coupons, promo codes, other shopping-relayed stuff. Usually, these ads are displayed as pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, in-text links, interstitials and other intrusive forms, so there is not doubt that they will disrupt your browsing activities.

DesktopNews ads showing on the official website of the app

3. Misleading “Ads by DesktopNews.” Although that might not necessarily happen, you may experience DesktopNews redirects to compromised websites. Our malware research team has found out that some of the DesktopNews may be involved into malware/PUP distribution. Misleading ads may inform you about missing software updates, free scanners, system errors, promote remote technical support, and so on. Thus, if an advertisement powered by DesktopNews Gadget virus raises the slightest suspicion for you, don’t click on it. Instead of that, click on the button to launch Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego and run a full system scan with it to remove DesktopNews adware.

4. Unauthorized usage of cookies. DesktopNews is filled with cookies that are installed alongside it all the time. Thus, without even realizing that, you may allow this app to track your search terms, pages viewed, data entered while viewing them, clicks, IP address, PC’s geolocation, email address, and so on. Therefore, if you are not fond of disclosing any information about you, you should remove this adware right away.

How can I avoid DesktopNews hijack?

We have already noted, DesktopNews virus is promoted using ‘bundling.’ Therefore, if you want to protect yourself and ensure your PC’s security, make sure that you check all freewares as carefully as possible. Even if you have downloaded a free program from Cnet, Softonic, Soft32, Download, and so on, choose Advanced/Custom installation mode and carefully check if it is filled with ‘optional download.’ If you find an offer to install DesktopNews Gadget or another unfamiliar add-on, toolbar, plug-in, extension, etc., untick each of them and only then click ‘Finish’ button. This way, you should block the way for Potentially unwanted programs to your PC.

What options do I have to fix my PC?

DesktopNews redirects can be stopped only if you remove this adware from the system. This can be done both manually and automatically. Our malware specialists have submitted step-by-step instructions that explain how to remove DesktopNews from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari. However, we highly recommend people to install a reliable anti-malware and remove such and similar PUPs automatically. This way, all supporting components will be removed, and all other compromised apps will be gone. Thus, be wise and remove DesktopNews virus properly.

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To remove DesktopNews ads, follow these steps:

Uninstall DesktopNews 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 DesktopNews and related programs
    Here, look for DesktopNews 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 DesktopNews 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 DesktopNews 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'

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

Erase DesktopNews ads 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, DesktopNews should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove DesktopNews 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 DesktopNews 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 DesktopNews removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

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

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

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

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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  1. Matt Soto says:
    November 19th, 2015 at 7:11 am

    shows ads, slowdowns pc, redirects browser. Nothing unusual, just another malware. Highly recommend to remove DesktopNews ASAP

  2. Florent Jaby says:
    November 19th, 2015 at 7:12 am

    How to remove DesktopNews widget from the desktop? I removed the app from add/remove programs, but the widget is still there

  3. Tiffany says:
    November 19th, 2015 at 7:13 am

    What widget? no widget was installed in my case… maybe DesktopNews virus is not the only one residing in your PC? In your case I would use SpyHunter or alternative anti-malware and check the system fully.

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