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RevContent. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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Revcontent – adware which collects specific browsing data about user's browsing online

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Ads by RevContent can occur on your computer because you have got a PUP infection.

Questions about RevContent

RevContent is a PUP which has initiated lots of discussions across the globe, and, most likely, we could find at least one topic related to these advertisements in every computer-related forum. However, you must know that RevContent is NOT a virus. It is a legitimate content recommendation network[1] which has been collaborating with well-known websites such as Forbes, CBS or NBC News. Nevertheless, there might be cases, when various ads might start popping out frequently and intruding computing activity.

Name RevContent
Type Adware/PUP
Danger level There is barely any danger
Spreads by Bundled software, various websites
Prevent adware Stay away from dubious pages, use original installers
Elimination Install and run Reimage to detect the ad-supported program which is causing annoying adverts

The service is also known as one of the fastest growing advertising networks, so you should never call it a virus. This article is meant to explain how this ad network works and when these advertisements can become a matter of concern. You can easily encounter “Sponsored by RevContent” ads while browsing the world wide web. As we said before, they are placed there by this advertising network[2].

It is a platform thru which, according to its Privacy Policy, “web properties can display certain third party content such as articles, videos, blog posts, and advertisements on their sites.” It is obvious that these RevContent ads can be disturbing because they can be provided by the majority of your favorite websites.

If you are one of the PC users who has already noticed ads fby RevContent, you might start thinking that your computer needs to be scanned because these ads might be caused by an ad-supported program[3]. However, in most cases, these ads originate from websites you visit, so the owner of these sites are the only ones to blame here.

RevContent unwanted app
RevContent - adware which causes annoying pop-ups that manage to overload your desktop.

Usually, RevContent platform doesn't serve such annoying advertisements (sites that choose to publish them might display a “Before you go, check out more” window, but nothing as aggressive as adware programs do). Therefore, if you started encountering them already, you might be dealing with an adware program that seeks to generate pay-per-click revenue.

If you notice that clicking on pop-up or banner ads takes you to strange-looking websites, stop doing so and scan the system with anti-spyware[4] or anti-malware software. You might want to use Reimage software to remove RevContent ads. Another thing that concerns computer users is that ads from the described ad network usually look really attractive and enticing. It happens because the advertising platform tends to use tracking cookies to learn more about computer users.

These tracking cookies[5] observe your activities and collect the required data, such as your IP address, click data, referral data and more. Such information is used to understand your needs; consequently, you might start receiving targeted ads that match your interests. If you want to avoid such activity, perform the RevContent removal with a trustworthy anti-malware tool.

Avoid annoying advertisements

If you want to avoid intrusive ads, you should check your computer and remove each of questionable browser add-ons, extensions, plugins and toolbars. Some part of them may seem new to you. Wonder how did they enter your computer? LesVirus.fr[6] claims that these add-ons were likely installed by you in a bundle with freeware and shareware as optional components.

You have probably downloaded some other free program that included some attachments[7]. To avoid that, you should be attentive when you install free programs onto your system because they may suggest you installing several additional apps in a bundle with them.

Moreover, aim for Advanced or Custom installation settings. These settings allow to review and deny offers to install the 'recommended applications,' while Default and Standard installation settings hide these statements. You just need to find these statements and deselect them – it is as easy as that.

RevContent PUP
RevContent - adware which infiltrates the system thru other applications provided by third-parties.

Frequently asked questions:

Question: I see suspicious ads almost on every website I visit. I wanted to find out how to block RevContent, which seems to be the provider of those ads. I have seen similar lines on ads that were generated by adware I recently removed. 

Answer: Dear visitor, we can assure you that RevContent ads are not generated by adware, although it might seem that they are. These ads can only appear on websites that choose to place them for a revenue-generating purpose. You can even come across these ads when visiting trustworthy and well-known sites such as Forbes. We recommend you to ignore these ads if you do not like seeing them.

Question: I think my computer was infected with RevContent adware. I do not like the ads it injects into websites I visit – is there a way to get rid of them? I'd really like to know how to remove RevContent. Thanks.

Answer: While RevContent ads seem annoying to some, they are legitimate, and they are not generated by adware programs. You can see these ads on websites that choose to be publishers of the ads. Therefore, there is no way to remove them from these websites. 

RevContent adverts

RevContent ads elimination methods

Just like you should never call RevContent virus, you should also know that you cannot perform RevContent removal on your computer. The fact is, the real ads from this ad network are legitimate and there is nothing to worry about. If you are annoyed by them, consider visiting websites that do not choose to promote ads via widgets

However, if you started seeing suspicious web ads over again and again, all that you may need to do is check your computer for adware-type software and remove it. If after doing so ads by this ad network reappear, you should check one more time. Potentially unwanted programs can be very annoying, so the most reliable way to eliminate them is to delete them automatically.

However, some users do not want to use anti-spyware programs – they want to remove RevContent manually. We have provided a list of recommended anti-spyware programs in case you wish to fix your computer automatically. For users who wish to remove PUP manually, we have provided a manual removal guide. It can be found below the article.

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 RevContent, follow these steps:

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Uninstall RevContent from Windows systems

If you notice RevContent ads only when you browse the Internet, ignore them and continue browsing. However, if you notice that this adware keeps launching new browser windows or tabs and asking for your attention, you might need to remove particular adware from the system. Look through the list of installed programs and delete the ones that might be serving these ads to you.

  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 RevContent and related programs
    Here, look for RevContent 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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Eliminate RevContent 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 RevContent 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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Delete RevContent 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 RevContent 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 RevContent 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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Erase RevContent 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, RevContent should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Remove RevContent from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

If you are forced to see a lot of pop-ups while browsing the Internet, you might need to check your PC for spyware.

The adware program is not likely connected to RevContent ads, however, it might be using the ad network to collect user's clicks on the ads. To block annoying ads that show up in Chrome, follow these easy guidelines:

  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 RevContent 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 RevContent removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Get rid of RevContent from Google Chrome

If you notice an increased amount of ads on your computer lately, follow these instructions to remove the adware that sends them to you.

  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 RevContent 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 RevContent removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Uninstall RevContent 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 RevContent 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 RevContent removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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