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Remove Vonteera adware

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

Vonteera is a potentially unwanted program (PUP). Security experts are still debating and cannot decide whether it should be classified as ‘adware’ or ‘browser hijacker.’ It belongs to PUP category because it travels in one pack with freewares/sharewares. Also, it has been caught displaying sponsored advertisements, as well as modifying DNS settings on all web browsers without asking for user’s permission. In a nutshell, the installation of Vonteera virus may cause some annoying system changes that can later cause some serious computer-related issues.

What classification of Vonteera PUP would be correct?

Vonteera is a free browser add-on developed by Volaro Technologies. It is a cross-browser platform, what means that it can land on each web browser, including Chrome, Safari, IE, and Mozilla Firefox. Once installed, it starts providing people with the information as the best deals, discounts, coupons, promo codes, and so on. Vonteera can be shown on random pages that you usually visit. The forms those ads appear may vary from pop-ups to full-page ads. If you are seeing such advertisements right now, avoid contact with them because they may be linked to questionable or even infected web pages. Thus, due to such unfair marketing techniques, this add-on is more likely to be adware.

Vonteera adware replaces a default homepage and displays tons of ads

According to the malware specialists, Vonteera adware is targeting at Arab countries. Such conclusion has been come up when the relationship of this adware and search engine has been noticed. In fact, as soon as Vonteera redirect virus settles down on a target computer, a default start page and search provider each web browser will be replaced by virus without asking for the permission directly. This search engine is NOT reliable because it may exhibit altered search results that lead to the pages of affiliates. The problem here is the same – clicking on the links pose a risk of Vonteera redirects. Thus, it may also be classified as a browser hijacker.

Questions about Vonteera adware

Another downside that this adware (partially hijacker) feature is the unauthorized usage of tracking cookies. One installed, Vonteera virus activates tracking cookies and starts spying on its users. Thus, keeping it may end up with the leakage of personally and non-personally identifiable information about you. We believe that these facts are more than enough to convince you to remove Vonteera malware right away using Reimage or an alternative anti-malware.

How can I get infected with Vonteera adware?

Vonteera can be promoted using several techniques:

  • It may be bundled with third-party software (free). Therefore, when you decide to install any freeware, regardless of how reliable it seems, bypass Quick or Express installation. Instead of it, select Advanced or Custom installation option and carefully check if it has additional components or not. If you find a sentence on a check box claiming that you don’t mind installing Vonteera plug-in or another unfamiliar add-on, toolbar, extension, etc., make sure that you opt out of it without any consideration.
  • It may be disguised under legitimate software updates prompts, such as Java, Flash Player, Media Player, web browse, etc. Such popular software is commonly misused by cyber frauds and exploited for the distribution of potentially unwanted programs.
  • Lastly, you may install Vonteera PUP from the misleading official page. It seems that at the moment of writing this app does not have the official page, but it can be released at any time.

If you have already been infected, delete Vonteera right away. The guide that explains how to do that is given in the page2.

How can I perform the removal of this tool?

To make it easier for you to perform Vonteera removal, our security experts have submitted a step-by-step removal guide. It is given at the end of the post. However, our recommendation would be to perform a full system check with anti-malware to remove all unwanted programs.

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 Vonteera adware, follow these steps:

Uninstall Vonteera 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 Vonteera and related programs
    Here, look for Vonteera 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 Vonteera 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 Vonteera 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'

Get rid of Vonteera 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 Vonteera 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 Vonteera removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Erase Vonteera adware 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, Vonteera should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Delete Vonteera 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 Vonteera 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 Vonteera removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove Vonteera 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 Vonteera 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 Vonteera removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall Vonteera 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 Vonteera 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 Vonteera removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. Sohana says:
    December 11th, 2015 at 5:45 am

    Not only displays ads but changed my homepage to I cant fix them by myself

  2. Hadi H says:
    December 11th, 2015 at 5:47 am

    First of all I found as my default start page out of nowhere. Then my eye was caught by suspicious looking ads by Vonteera. Yeap, I was right. These two pests are not reliable, so removed them asap

  3. judas88 says:
    December 11th, 2015 at 5:49 am

    I hate such experience.. web browser corrupted, ads injected, whats next? Virus on the system? I believe you all removed Vonteera adware and its homepage with anti-malware, didnt you?

  4. Adrian Hoban says:
    December 11th, 2015 at 5:50 am

    I did a scan to remove Vonteera because I wanted to be sure that all malicious files are removed. Helped 🙂

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