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Remove VisualDiscovery ads

removal by Jake Doevan - -   Also known as VisualDiscovery virus, Ads by VisualDiscovery, VisualDiscovery adware | Type: Adware

What is VisualDiscovery?

VisualDiscovery is yet another questionable app designed by Superfish Inc. Many people have already installed it believing that it will allow them to search the web by entering visual content. Unfortunately, we have received lots of reports claiming that this app tends to show up on people's computers out of nowhere and initiate tons of commercial advertisements. Security experts have labeled it as an adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP) after they discovered that this program is mainly distributed bundled with various freewares and sharewares. Even though it offers to try an interesting service, beware that it's just a clone for such programs as Boby Lyrics, Hit-Buzz, Amazon Deal Finder, SmileFiles and many others. If you suspect that this program has already infiltrated your PC, you should run a full system scan with Reimage or another reputable anti-spyware. Otherwise, you may continuously experience redirects to unknown or even unsafe websites. That's because VisualDiscovery virus seems to be sponsored by third parties and used for promoting predetermined websites. Unfortunately, no one guarantees that those websites are safe and reliable to visit. Avoid clicking 'Ads by VisualDiscovery' DO NOT ignore the fact that this app travels along with cookies. It means that it is set to track users and collect personally non-identifiable information, such as IP address, PC's location, search terms, websites visited, email address and so on. Finally, such and similar adwares are unpopular for decreasing computer's performance, increasing security vulnerabilities, connecting to the internet suspiciously and so on. Therefore, if you want to prevent such issues, you have to get rid of VisualDiscovery adware and prevent infiltration of similar programs in advance.

How can VisualDiscovery hijack my computer?

In order to avoid installing VisualDiscovery virus and similar adware-type programs, first of all you have to know how such and similar programs are distributed. Have you ever heard about 'bundling' distribution method? It's a deceptive marketing technique that is commonly employed for spreading potentially unwanted programs in one pack with various freewares and sharewares, such as download managers, PDF creators, media players and so on. This distribution method is widely used due to the fact that third parties this way are capable of spreading unpopular apps widely, whereas freeware developers this way earn the money. Research has shown that bundled installers are most commonly promoted via download clients on such download websites as,, and many others. Besides, you should be careful with InstallRex and CNET installers and other third-party installers. Fortunately, you can opt out of 'additional components' that are traveling along side freewares that you are about to install. For that, it's very important to select a proper installation method, which is Advanced or Custom installation. It allows monitoring the entire installation process by disclosing all available check boxes, including the ones that promote suspicious add-ons, plug-ins, toolbars, and extensions. In order to avoid VisualDiscovery redirects and similar issues, you have to unckeck ticks that notify your agreement to install 'additional components'.

How to remove VisualDiscovery virus?

For VisualDiscovery removal, you can use the guide that is given below:

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To remove VisualDiscovery ads, follow these steps:

Get rid of VisualDiscovery 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 VisualDiscovery and related programs
    Here, look for VisualDiscovery 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'

Remove VisualDiscovery 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 VisualDiscovery 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'

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

Uninstall VisualDiscovery 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, VisualDiscovery should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase VisualDiscovery 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 VisualDiscovery 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 VisualDiscovery removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate VisualDiscovery 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 VisualDiscovery 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 VisualDiscovery removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

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

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