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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, News.com, 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.

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

Questions about DesktopNews Ads

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 ReimageIntego 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.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove DesktopNews ads, follow these steps:

Uninstall DesktopNews from Windows systems

To remove DesktopNews Ads from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to DesktopNews Ads (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Eliminate DesktopNews from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove DesktopNews Ads from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for DesktopNews Ads-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove DesktopNews Ads, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to DesktopNews Ads and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the DesktopNews Ads-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Delete DesktopNews from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for DesktopNews Ads and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete DesktopNews Ads removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase DesktopNews ads from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the DesktopNews Ads-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Remove DesktopNews from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to DesktopNews Ads and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case DesktopNews Ads did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete DesktopNews Ads removal.Reset Firefox 2

Get rid of DesktopNews from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to DesktopNews Ads by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the DesktopNews Ads-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete DesktopNews Ads removal.Reset Chrome 2

Uninstall DesktopNews from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to DesktopNews Ads and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address.

If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world.

 

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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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