Health Adviser browser extension Removal Guide
What is Health Adviser browser extension?
Health Adviser is a potentially unwanted browser extension that displays ads when you browse
Health Adviser is a potentially unwanted browser extension that may show excessive ads when browsing the web
Browser hijackers are a type of potentially unwanted software that, and Health Adviser is one of the examples that manifests as a browser extension. The app is presented as a tool that can help users “cook like Master Chef” by providing a special toolbar that can be used to find recipes online. However, this functionality is rather misleading, as it does not differ much from the search function that your preferred browser settings provide when using a search feature.
While some people might install the hijacker intentionally when trying to put its advertised features to use, many are misled into installing Health Adviser after being shown a fake advertisement online or when downloading a freeware bundle from third-party websites. Thus, many people believe that these apps have shown up on their browsers seemingly out of nowhere, which is not true.
The main purpose of the hijacker is to display rather intrusive ads when users browse the web – banners, offers, deals, auto-play videos, pop-ups, and other types of advertisements are more likely to be encountered when infected. Likewise, browser hijackers are known for promoting other PUPs and even be the reason why users see fake updates and similar misleading prompts while browsing the web.
|Type||Browser hijacker, potentially unwanted application|
|Distribution||Software bundles, third-party websites, deceptive ads|
|Symptoms||A new extension titled Health Adviser is installed on the browser; an alternative search box applied; advertisements shown on various websites|
|Risks||Ads might include links to potentially dangerous or even malicious websites, resulting in malware infection, personal information disclosure, or financial losses|
|Removal||Uninstall the unwanted extension via browser settings and then check your system for other infections with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner security software|
|other tips||After you eliminate the hijacker, you should also clean your web browsers to avoid tracking and other issues. You can use FortectIntego as a quick solution|
More about the hijacker
Health Adviser's developers claim that its main function is to provide healthy recipes for users to enjoy and cook from. However, once installed on the device, the app would seem to provide little to no real benefits for users – this is one of the most common traits of browser hijackers. They are often advertised as seemingly useful tools that can “enhance” or “speed up” search functions but all they do in reality is insert ads into users' searches and other web pages.
Health Adviser is not a virus, although it is considered a minor browser infection
Health Adviser is no different – its main purpose is to make users view various ads in order to increase profits from a pay-per-click monetization scheme. Such applications are also known for their data-gathering capabilities, so privacy might also be at risk. Therefore, you should be wary about browser hijackers, especially those that you did not install purposely.
1. Remove the extension
As evident, the Health Adviser browser hijacker is installed as an extension on the system. In order to get rid of it, you can click the “Extensions” button next to the URL bar of your browser. If that possibility for some reason is not reachable, you can do this via the settings section instead.
- Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
- In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to the unwanted program by clicking Remove.
- Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
- Select Add-ons.
- In here, select unwanted plugin and click Remove.
- Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
- Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.
MS Edge (legacy)
- Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
- From the list, pick the extension and click on the Gear icon.
- Click on Uninstall at the bottom.
- Click Safari > Preferences…
- In the new window, pick Extensions.
- Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall.
2. Perform other checks and clean your web browser
After you get rid of the Health Adviser browser hijacker, there are additional steps to perform. As we already mentioned, hijackers and other potentially unwanted programs track user data, which allows them to deploy targeted ads. Technical device/browser details, IP addresses, websites visited, search queries, links clicked, and other information are just a few examples of data automatically collected while the hijacker is installed.
In order to stop the information tracking, you need to eradicate cookies and other files that are stored locally. You can either do that quickly and efficiently with FortectIntego repair and maintenance utility or manually, as explained below:
- Click on Menu and pick Settings.
- Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
- Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
- Click Clear data.
- Click Menu and pick Options.
- Go to Privacy & Security section.
- Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
- Click on Clear Data…
- Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.
- Click on Menu and go to Settings.
- Select Privacy and services.
- Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
- Under Time range, pick All time.
- Select Clear now.
MS Edge (legacy)
- Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
- Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
- Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.
- Click Safari > Clear History…
- From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
- Confirm with Clear History.
While the removal process of the browser hijacker has finished, it is important to note that there could be additional potentially unwanted applications or even malware installed on your system. This scenario is more likely if you frequent pirated software websites or/and don't have a reputable anti-malware installed.
Therefore, we encourage you to install SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes, or another powerful security software and then perform a full system scan. This will eradicate the possibility of the most dangerous malware running in the background and performing malicious tasks such as keylogging or file encryption.
How to prevent from getting browser hijacker
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