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IRobinHood ads. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Lucia Danes - -   Also known as iRobinHood virus, ads by iRobinHood | Type: Adware

iRobinHood – an adware application which claims to be raising funds for charity

iRobinHood ads
iRobinHood adware - a PUP which produces numerous intrusive adverts that overload browsers.

iRobinHood is a potentially unwanted program that typically enters users' machines via software bundling. Once the dubious app is installed, it starts overloading infected browsers with numerous adverts. Browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Safari, might get affected. Program authors try to convince users that the commercial activity is done for a good cause – charity. Sadly, there is no proof that the money earned actually reaches the alleged destination, and users might install it because they want to donate. Security experts advise refraining from using adware[1] for whatever cause it is, as it can lead to some virtual security and computer safety issues.

Name iRobinHood
Type Adware
Danger level Low. Does not affect computer systems or corrupt files
Browsers affected Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, Edge, Safari, etc.
Purpose Use the pay-per-click technique to gain income
Distribution By other programs, dubious pages or links
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This sneaky iRobinHood virus has an ability to collect browsing activity-related details such as:

  • Pages viewed;
  • Bookmarks;
  • IP address;
  • Sites visited;
  • etc.

Such information[2] is gathered and used to produce “useful” ads that are related to collected data. Developers of the program gain income from a method that is called pay-per-click and widely used. Even though its a widely used practice, we do have suspicions that most (or even all) the profit is taken by app developers.

Developers claim that with every purchase or websites visited, a certain amount of money is donated to charity and “it has never been easier to donate.” As we already mentioned, this practice seems dubious, and we suggest you do not participate in it. Adware can result in money loss, or increase the risk of computer infections. Therefore, rather remove iRobinHood adware and donate to a reputable charity organization instead. 

To remain safe from information gathering you need to get rid of the iRobinHood virus from your computer system and clean your browsers as soon as you see such annoying advertisements overfilling your computer screen. For such purpose, you can try downloading and installing anti-malware. We recommend using Reimage or any other similar tool.

iRobinHood adware provides ads which do not bring real value to users. They are only profitable for the developers/owners of the program. There is no reason for keeping such potentially unwanted application installed on your computer as it can bring only adverse consequences to your PC and browsers.

To avoid various browser modifications, crash downs, and annoying adverts, you should perform the iRobinHood removal as soon as possible. If you choose to work on it automatically – the total process will take no longer than a few minutes.

Adware comes with other regular software

According to SenzaVirus.it[3], “bundling” is the most common adware distribution method. These kinds of PUPs secretly install together with original programs. To avoid such stealth installation, go to the Custom or Advanced settings section. Check all incoming programs and opt-out of all additional components that are suggested.

Furthermore, adware might spread through questionable websites which contain harmful components or redirect you to unwanted pages. If you ever encounter a suspicious site – leave it immediately and do not click on anything.

Another piece of advice will be to install an antivirus if you do not already have one. Make sure it is always kept up-to-date and functions appropriately. Such a program will increase your computer security level and protect you from various threats that might occur while browsing the Web.

Delete iRobinHood ads

To remove iRobinHood virus from your computer, you will need to eliminate all components that were added by the ad-supported program. Get rid of all questionable browser extensions, applications, and plug-ins. This method will help you clean browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, or Safari. Instructions for this manual elimination process are shown below the article.

If you want to proceed with the iRobinHood removal in a faster way, you need to download a reliable anti-malware tool. Such programs will provide quick instructions and guide you through the process. After you perform the deletion, make sure to refresh your browsers that were affected by the adware to check if all PUP-added components were successfully removed.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove iRobinHood ads, follow these steps:

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Delete iRobinHood from Windows systems

To eliminate adware from Windows, follow these steps:

  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 iRobinHood and related programs
    Here, look for iRobinHood 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'
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Remove iRobinHood 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 iRobinHood 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'
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Erase iRobinHood from Internet Explorer (IE)

Delete all dubious components from Explorer:

  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 iRobinHood 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 iRobinHood removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Eliminate iRobinHood 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, iRobinHood should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Get rid of iRobinHood from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Refresh Mozilla Firefox:

  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 iRobinHood 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 iRobinHood removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Uninstall iRobinHood 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 iRobinHood 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 iRobinHood removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Delete iRobinHood 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 iRobinHood 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 iRobinHood removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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