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Remove Related Program ads (Easy Removal Guide)

removal by Olivia Morelli - - | Type: Adware

Why should you not trust Related Program?

Related Program is not a trustworthy application, no matter that it describes itself as a tool that can broaden your shopping options. There is a reason why some computer users call this program a Related Program virus. Although technically it does not behave like a malicious program, some of its features meet characteristics of a potentially unwanted program (PUP). First of all, Related Program PUP spreads via bundling, and that means users can install it accidentally. Second, it displays many web ads, which are unlikely trustworthy. Third, its activity slows down computer’s performance and annoys the user. Due to all these reasons, computer security experts have decided to refer to it as Related Program adware.

At first, ads by Related Program might seem to be really entertaining and useful. In fact, you users do not even think about any hazards when they see these pop-ups and banners for the first time. However, you should stay away from any content that has “powered by Related Program,” “Related Program ads” or “brought to you by Related Program” line on it, because it is likely to be supplemented with misleading links, which can trigger redirects to third-party websites. This ad-supported program was not designed to gather best deals and serve them to the computer user; this program is built in a slightly different way. Once installed, it inserts tracking cookies and collects particular data about the user. It cannot collect personal information without informing you since it is illegal; however, it might gather some information if you provide it willingly (just to inform you – that is legal). Related Program adware

Questions about Related Program ads

What is more, this application collects personally non-identifiable information, including your search terms, browsing history, clicks, IP address, geolocation of the computer, and similar data. This information allows the program to understand user’s interests and deliver more “relevant advertising,” according to its Privacy Policy. However, you can never know which third-party products and links are safe and which ones are not, therefore, you might find yourself visiting a questionable website after clicking on one of these ads. We strongly advise you to stay away from websites that this program promotes, as some of them may be not worth your trust. What is more, these ads are definitely very annoying, and it goes without saying that after some time you will want to take actions to get rid of them. The best way to remove Related Program is to use an automatic spyware removal utility such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner , but you can do it manually as well.

How did it get inside your computer?

Potentially unwanted programs spread via shady file sharing networks alongside free third-party applications. Our advice is to carefully inspect the reliability of the download source before you download any type of content from it, and if you download something, check if it includes any additional components. For instance, when you download a free app and run its installer, read all information that it provides. Adjust the installation settings by switching the installation mode from Standard/Default to Custom/Advanced one, and then look for any suggestions to install optional freeware. If you see some additional components, deselect them.

Related Program removal instructions

You should not hesitate and uninstall Related Program virus right away if you do not like the activity of it. We are afraid that this program can significantly worsen the performance of your computer and diminish your browsing experience. Luckily, it is easy to remove it – you can use one of our recommended programs to delete it automatically, or just follow these easy steps and delete Related Program adware manually:

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To remove Related Program ads, follow these steps:

Get rid of Related Program from Windows systems

  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 Related Program and related programs
    Here, look for Related Program 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'

Eliminate Related Program 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 Related Program 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'

Uninstall Related Program 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 Related Program 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 Related Program removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete Related Program 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, Related Program should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase Related Program from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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

Remove Related Program 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 Related Program 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 Related Program removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

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

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Olivia Morelli
Olivia Morelli - Ransomware analyst

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  1. Gierre says:
    June 30th, 2016 at 4:32 am

    Thanks for instructions, already wiped these ads off my screen 😛

  2. hrrussh says:
    June 30th, 2016 at 7:12 am

    very bad app! related program is not good at all!

  3. Lui says:
    June 30th, 2016 at 7:13 am

    My brother installed this for me thinking that it would be a fun thing to do. Well, not at all…

  4. bmxfan says:
    June 30th, 2016 at 7:14 am

    Such a relief to browse WITHOUT receiving these ads every few minutes…

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