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Remove Neatdude.cool browser redirect

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Adware

Neatdude.cool is the adware that displays a deceptive message to trick people into subscribing to push notifications and additional content

Neatdude.cool browser redirect
Neatdude.cool is a threat that belongs to the adware-type intruder category. This makes it intrusive and annoying since the main purpose of such a PUP is to redirect online traffic.
 

Neatdude.cool is the potentially unwanted program that makes the performance of the infected machine significantly diminished with all the intrusive material and constant redirects to shady sites. People complain about such adware-type intruders that all the advertisements coming to the screen keeps them from accessing wanted pages and gives them a difficult time while trying to get rid of the unwanted program.[1] This behavior on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and any other browsers is the result of potentially unwanted program infection.

The main cyber threat gets on the system without users permission or any knowledge, and those redirects, pop-ups and other intrusive material that Neatdude.cool ads deliver are results of the cyber infection which is running on your PC already. Occasional redirects to questionable sites are caused by the ad-supported programs that run on various pages. However, if you get redirected to this or any similar website continuously, you can be sure that this is an indication of a PUP. 

Name Neatdude.cool
Type Adware/ push notifications virus
Symptoms Causes redirects to questionable pages, commercial content delivery in various forms like banners, pop-ups, pop-unders
Distribution Insecure freeware installations, deceptive pop-ups, websites
Tactics To trick people into visiting commercial sites, clicking on banners, pop-ups, and redirects and allowing additional push notifications
Danger Tracks and collects information about the user from each click on the page or pop-up
Elimination Remove Neatdude.cool with professional anti-malware program. Clean the machine occasionally with Reimage to avoid such infiltrations

Neatdude.cool is the program that can reinstall itself and annoy people even more with tons on pop-up ads. To fully get rid of the intruder, you need a full system scan using anti-malware tools. Since this is a potentially unwanted program, it comes via deceptive techniques like software bundles or promotional ads.[2]

You can encounter redirects to other identical sites due to the relation with the same developer. Cobalten.com is one of the pages that immediately appears on the screen when trying to exit the Neatdude.cool page or clicking on the browser when the website is opened. Additionally, this PUP can redirect you to:

Neatdude.cool main focuses on tricking people into subscribing to additional notifications and other shady content from the site or related pages. This is why the main website shows a pop-up message with a suggestion to allow push notifications without delivering any other material.

The pop-up on the browser that Neatdude.cool shows, once clicked on causes automatic agreement to get push notifications and ofter content on the desktop directly, reads the following:

Will you allow Neatdude.cool to send notifications?

 Allow Notifications | Not Now

Although there is a button Not now or Block on the screen, any interaction with the page and the Neatdude.cool pop-up counts as the needed agreement and your machine start running slow because of the intrusive activity caused by this adware. Once the subscription is added you browser gets tons of pop-up and push notification even start coming to the desktop directly when all the browser are shut down.

As frustrating and annoying the adware is, Neatdude.cool removal should be performed as soon as possible because of the data tracking feature that potentially unwanted programs have. This is a huge issue because various data can be tracked, recorded, and even shared with third-party advertisers.

Neatdude.cool adware accesses information about users browsing habits and online preferences like:

  • IP address,
  • location,
  • search queries,
  • browsing history,
  • most viewed sites,
  • commonly searched items.

Once you notice any activity regarding Neatdude.cool ads or any other potentially unwanted program, you should also note that other content on your browser may get added without requiring for permission. Also, this is a push notifications virus, so experts[3] recommend changing your browser setting and checking the notification preferences to block suspicious sites from there.

Remove Neatdude.cool from the system using a professional anti-malware tool and scan the PC additionally with Reimage to ensure that the computer is virus-free. Then, clean the browser manually and ensure that no add-ons or extensions affect the speed and performance.

  • You should go to your web browser and locate the menu.
  • Then find Settings and scroll down to get to Advanced options.
  • You should locate the Privacy & Security section where Site settings should be found.
  • Under the Notifications, find Neatdude.cool or any suspicious page and Block or even Remove from the list entirely.

Neatdude.cool adware
When you allow Neatdude.cool to send notifications it fills up the screen with unwanted material.

Potentially unwanted programs come via bundled software and deceptive promotional ads

The potentially unwanted program that comes from the internet cannot be trusted. Various adware-type programs or browser hijackers, fake tools, and browser content infiltrate the system without users permission or knowledge, so all the symptoms appear out of nowhere.

You should be aware that these intruders come via freeware installations when you pay not enough attention to the initial process. Getting applications from the internet can be safe if you choose reliable sources and opt for Advanced or Custom installations.

If not, Quick or Recommended options allow all the packed programs to get installed on the PC. When you rely on p2p services and questionable providers, you risk getting PUPs or even more severe malware programs. Keep anti-malware program, so PUP-filled sites get blocked before visiting them.

You need to get a professional anti-malware tool to run a system scan and terminate Neatdude.cool virus

To end all the behavior related to commercial content delivery and redirects, you need to entirely remove Neatdude.cool and all associated files like browser extensions, add-ons or even rogue tools that you got tricked into installing from a promotional page or pop-up.

The automatic Neatdude.cool removal process with anti-malware programs is the best way to achieve this goal of PUP elimination. During the check on the system, AV tools can indicate all cyber threats and even improve the performance by fixing the possible virus damage.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunterCombo Cleaner, Malwarebytes 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 Neatdude.cool, follow these steps:

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Delete Neatdude.cool from Windows systems

Get rid of Neatdude.cool from the machine, so unwanted behavior ends once and for all

  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 Neatdude.cool and related programs
    Here, look for Neatdude.cool 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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Uninstall Neatdude.cool 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 Neatdude.cool 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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Get rid of Neatdude.cool 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 Neatdude.cool 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 Neatdude.cool 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 Neatdude.cool 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, Neatdude.cool should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Remove Neatdude.cool from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Clean your Firefox and check for suspicious extensions or add-ons that may be added by Neatdude.cool behind your back

  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 Neatdude.cool 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 Neatdude.cool removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Erase Neatdude.cool from Google Chrome

You may find additional content added on the browser by the PUP itself. These applications can affect the performance further

  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 Neatdude.cool 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 Neatdude.cool removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Delete Neatdude.cool 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 Neatdude.cool 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 Neatdude.cool removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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