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Remove Pro-news.net (Removal Instructions) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

removal by Olivia Morelli - - | Type: Adware

Pro-news.net is a suspicious website that serves a variety of ads and redirects to potentially dangerous sites

Pro-news.net

Pro-news.net is a push notification virus that also redirects users to questionable websites and displays pop-ups, banners, promotional offers, deals, in-text links, flashing windows and similar commercial content on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Opera or other browsers.

If you noticed that Pro-news.net redirects and pop-ups do not leave your browser, it is highly likely that your device is infected with adware.[1] These potentially unwanted programs typically alter web browser settings to expose users to various ads and track their web browser activities for targeted advertising[2] purposes.

You can remove Pro-news.net pop-ups and redirects by terminating adware that is installed on your system. Additionally, you can also stop notifications by changing settings of your browser or resetting it all together. For more detailed instructions, please check the bottom section of the article.

Name Pro-news.net
Type Adware/Potentially unwanted program
Infiltration Software bundling, third-party sites, ads
Symptoms Redirects to 
Risk factors Malware infections, sensitive data leakage to unknown parties, money loss
Deletion Terminate adware with security software or by using manual guide below
Recovery To restore your system to previous state and improve its operation, scan it with Reimage

Potentially unwanted programs like Pro-news.net usually get installed together with freeware or shareware that you download from the internet (generally from third-party sites). Alternatively, some applications might have an adware component included within its functionality, and you might not even know about it. Thus, it is always worth reading reviews online before installing any type of program you are not familiar with.

While the advertisement is a genuine income option for multiple website and software developers, the matter becomes much more serious when ad-supported apps may compromise its users' safety. Therefore, while considered nowhere near as dangerous as trojan, ransomware or an info-stealer, Pro-news.net and similar adware might lead to the installation of that said malware, especially if not handled carefully.

Pro-news.net might lead users to tech support scam, phishing, or even malware-laden websites. Therefore, it is vital not to click on anything and swiftly close down the browser. Only after Pro-news.net removal, you should resume web browsing activities.

Pro-news.net PUP
Pro-news.net is a potentially unwanted program that initiates pop-up ads and redirects to suspicious websites

In addition to all this, Pro-news.net virus might track the following data:

  • IP address;
  • Search queries;
  • ISP;
  • Sites visited;
  • Links clicked;
  • Cookies;
  • Bookmarks added;
  • Technical details, etc.

Be aware that the IP address is considered personal information, along with search queries that you enter into the search engine. Thus, your private details, such as name, email, address, etc. might get leaked and exposed to unknown parties.

After you eliminate adware, security experts[3] strongly recommend scanning the device with Reimage for a quick recovery.

Bundled software may lead to adware and other PUP infections

If you are wondering how a potentially unwanted program got into your device, and why you have not noticed the point of entry, the answer is simple – it is because you installed an application without paying close attention to its installation instructions. While software bundling technique is far from fair, it is also users' responsibility to make sure not PUPs slip in during the installation.

To avoid future infections, do not rush the installation process and read through the instructions carefully. Be aware that freeware authors often use tricks to hide potentially unwanted programs, such as pre-ticked boxes, misleading or grayed out buttons, carefully hidden offers, etc.

Thus, always pick Advanced/Custom settings and terminate all the optional components from the install list, such as system optimizers, driver updaters, PDF converters, toolbars, etc.

Stop Pro-news.net redirects and popups with the help of these instructions

If you are continually suffering from redirects and ads, you should remove Pro-news.net virus from your computer to stop the invasive activity. You can do that either manually or automatically – both methods work, but the former might be less effective in some cases. If you go with the latter, download a reputable security tool and perform a full system scam.

In case redirects and pop-ups do not cease even after Pro-news.net removal, you need to stop notifications from being shown from unwanted sources. To do that, please follow these instructions:

Google Chrome

  1. Go to Menu and select Settings
  2. Pick Advanced and then go to Privacy and security > Content Settings > Notifications
  3. Now find Pro-news.net (or any other that you do not recognize) entry under Allow
  4. Select More Actions and then click on Block

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Go to Menu and select Options
  2. Pick Privacy & Security > Notifications Pro-news.net notifications
    Stop Pro-news.net notifications on Mozilla Firefox
  3. Select Settings and determine the unwanted entries, including the Pro-news.net one
  4. From the drop down menu, pick Block

Safari:

  1. Click on Safari and then pick Preferences >  Notifications
  2. Select Deny under Pro-news.net

MS Edge:

  1. Select More and pick  Settings
  2. Click on View advanced settings
  3. Find Pro-news.net and then turn off notifications

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, 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 Pro-news.net, follow these steps:

Remove Pro-news.net from Windows systems

To remove Pro-news.net pop-up ads form Windows OS, 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 Pro-news.net and related programs
    Here, look for Pro-news.net 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'

Delete Pro-news.net 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 Pro-news.net 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 Pro-news.net 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 Pro-news.net 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 Pro-news.net removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Get rid of Pro-news.net 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, Pro-news.net should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall Pro-news.net from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Do not forget to refresh Mozilla Firefox  after you terminate the PUP:

  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 Pro-news.net 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 Pro-news.net removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase Pro-news.net 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 Pro-news.net 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 Pro-news.net removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove Pro-news.net 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 Pro-news.net 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 Pro-news.net removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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