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Remove Iconomize (Removal Guide) - updated Feb 2020

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Adware

Iconomize is an adware app that usually gets installed along other programs downloaded from third-party sites

Iconomize
Iconomize is a potentially unwanted application that displays intrusive ads

Iconomize is a potentially unwanted program[1] that users typically download from the internet unintentionally, mainly because it is spread via a deceptive marketing tactic known as software bundling. Usually, multiple applications are compiled into a single installation wizard, and optional components are hidden from users' sight deliberately, making users miss the point of entry. However, soon after the infiltration, they might notice that Iconomize redirects to suspicious domains, and ads start appearing seemingly out of nowhere.

Soon after the installation, Iconomize appends an extension to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge, pr Safari, and modifies the browsers' settings. This allows the potentially unwanted program to display sponsored links, pop-ups, in-text links, deals, offers, banners, and other intrusive and low-quality commercial content to users. Besides, the application is also known for its information tracking activities, putting users' privacy at risk. If you found the app installed on your system unexpectedly, you should remove Iconomize by following our instructions below.

Name Iconomize
Type Adware, potentially unwanted program
Infiltration Most PUPs are delivered with the help of freeware bundle installers downloaded from third-party sites, although users may install them after seeing an attractive ad online
Advertised functionality  App developers claim that it is an “icon installer” that allows creating shortcuts to favorite sites directly on the desktop
Symptoms
  • A new extension added to all web browsers
  • Redirects lead to unknown sites
  • Every visited domain is filled with advertisements
  • New tab functionality, homepage and the search engine altered
  • Promotional links appear at the top of search results
Risks Installation of other potentially unwanted programs, malware infections [rare], money loss due to encountered scams, etc. 
Termination  You can get rid of the unwanted application by following our manual removal guide below or scan the machine with reputable anti-malware software 
Recovery & optimization To restore your computer to pre-infection stage and ensure its optimization, we recommend using Reimage Reimage Cleaner  

On the official Iconomize.com domain, the developers of  that the application claim is designed to create shortcuts (directly on your desktop) which, once clicked, lead you to predetermined websites, such as eBay or Amazon, and call it a “Desktop Shortcut Icon Installer.” Allegedly, this functionality is useful because it prevents users from visiting fake sites that try to steal users' credentials or steal banking information:

The eBay Icon Installer was developed in retaliation to the growing number of fraudulent websites disguised as our favorite websites so that you willfully type in your username and password and unknowingly hand it to them on a silver platter. Within seconds of accidentally falling for this scam, your account can be compromised and inflicted with an unpredictable amount of damages.

While it is true that fake websites exist, they are not that common as presented by this developer – you will not find a fake link at the top of your Google search results. In other words, to access a bogus site, you must receive a phishing email, visit a shady website, or be redirected by aggressive adware.

The usefulness of Iconomize functionality is highly debatable, although some might find the feature somewhat useful (note that desktop shortcuts can be created manually[2] via the web browser or placed on the favorite bar of the browser). In other words, Iconomize is there to deliver your ads, and that is the main goal of it.

Once you install Iconomize, you might see all or some of the following symptoms:

  • Advertisement banners appear on all visited domains
  • Redirects lead to suspicious websites filled with ads
  • Homepage, new tab address and the search engine altered to something else
  • Random text is turned into hyperlinks that lead to affiliated sites
  • Browser response time takes longer
  • Search results are filled with sponsored ad material
  • Websites claiming virus infections or showing fake Flash update prompts appear regularly, etc.

Iconomize ads
Iconomize is an adware application that is distributed via software bundle packages

Ads by Iconomize might diminish the web browsing experience greatly, as they may even cover the underlying content of a visited site. Besides, by modifying search results and showing sponsored links at the time, the PUP essentially changes the way users browse and even what they buy. In some cases, the app was even called “Iconomize virus,” as redirects appear as follows:

ww1.Iconomize.com/redirect/ [name of landing page].

While the name does not match Iconomize technically (it does not infect application or system files, but rather places its files on the system), its web aggressive advertising practices, deceptive distribution methods, and spying on users' web browsing activities might just be enough to justify it.

We recommend performing Iconomize removal by following our step-by-step guide below or employing anti-malware software that can recognize potentially unwanted applications. Additionally, using Reimage Reimage Cleaner repair tool and resetting all the installed browsers might be useful after the app's termination.

Watch out for optional components when installing software

As mentioned above, potentially unwanted programs typically spread with the help of software bundling – this technique allows third-party sites to monetize on each install made by users (pay-per-install[3] scheme) and freeware developers to popularize the software that displays the ads. Unfortunately, users are the ones left with a borderline malicious application that may compromise online safety, as well as computer security. Luckily, most of the PUPs are relatively harmless which it comes to a malware installation, although most do practice information tracking. 

Therefore, if you want to prevent the installation of potentially unwanted applications, you should start checking your downloads more carefully. It's not adequate to click the Next button all the time to complete the installation. In order to prevent the infiltration of optional programs within software packages, you should opt for Advanced/Custom installation all the time and go through the entire process step by step to detect and deselect additional components. Additionally, it is always advised to download software from official sources like Microsoft Store, Amazon, App Store, Google Play, etc., as these sources do not bundle apps, and you can be sure that you are getting only what you opted in for.

Iconomize detection
Iconomize icon installers are detected by some security vendors on Virus Total

Iconomize removal guide

There are two ways you can remove Iconomize from your computer – manual and automatic. Both of these can be successful, but it also depends on your system configuration, already installed programs, and many other factors. Nevertheless, you can get rid of the so-called Iconomize virus by checking the installed application list via the Control Panel (Windows) or Applications folder (macOS) and get rid of everything suspicious.

After Iconomize removal, we highly recommend resetting all the installed browsers, as the PUP adds a browser extension. Nevertheless, you might be able to terminate it manually by right-clicking on the extension and selecting Remove. You will find the guide on how to reset browsers below.

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To remove Iconomize, follow these steps:

Get rid of Iconomize from Windows systems

To remove Iconomize from Windows computers, access Control panel as follows:

  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 Iconomize and related programs
    Here, look for Iconomize 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 Iconomize from Mac OS X system

You need to reach Applications section on macOS to terminate PUPs:

  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 Iconomize 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'

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

Remove Iconomize 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, Iconomize should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase Iconomize from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Adware apps often change the settings of the web browser – alter the homepage, insert cookies, etc. To stop the underlying activity of Iconomize hijack, we suggest you reset Mozilla Firefox as explained below:

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

Delete Iconomize 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 Iconomize 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 Iconomize removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of Iconomize 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 Iconomize 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 Iconomize removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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