If you find that your web-browser has become show the unwanted collaborativen.xyz pop-up that offers to install an unknown browser’s extension then it’s a sign that your PC system is infected with malicious software from the adware family. The adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software) is a form of unwanted software that can open lots of advertisements without a user’s permission. Moreover, it can reroute the browser on dangerous and misleading web sites. Also, if you seeing that the Chrome, Firefox, IE and MS Edge tries to load an unknown web page, when you try to open a long-known web-site, then you do not need to wait! Press the stop button in internet browser’s address bar. Complete the few simple steps below and clean your computer from adware as soon as possible. It will assist you to remove the redirect to collaborativen.xyz and any annoying pop-up ads.
The malicious software from the ‘ad-supported’ software family that modifies the settings of internet browsers usually affects only the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge. However, possible situations, when any other browsers will be affected too. The adware may change the Target property of a browser’s shortcut, so every time you launch the browser, instead of your homepage, you will see the unwanted collaborativen.xyz ads.
The ad supported software is the part of the software that is used as an online promotional tool. It is created with the sole purpose to open dozens of pop-up ads, and thus to promote the goods and services in an open browser window. So, the collaborativen.xyz is just one of the many web-sites of the so-called ‘ad-support’ type. It is designed to fill the web-browser’s constant stream of ads, or reroute the browser to not expected and intrusive advertising pages. Moreover, the ‘ad-supported’ software can substitute the legitimate advertising links on misleading or even banners that can offer to visit malicious pages. The reason is simple, many advertisers agree on any ways to attract users to their web-sites, so the creators of adware, often forcing users to click on an advertising link. For each click on a link, the authors of the ad-supported software receive income. It’s the so-called ‘Pay-Per-Click’ method.
Instructions, which is shown below, will allow you to clean your system from the ad supported software as well as remove collaborativen.xyz annoying pop-up ads from the Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge and other internet browsers.
How does collaborativen.xyz advertisements get installed onto system
Probably, the adware get installed onto your PC when you have installed a free applications like E-Mail checker, PDF creator, video codec, etc. Because, most commonly the adware is bundled within the installation packages from Softonic, Cnet, Soft32, Brothersoft or other similar sites. Even removing the program that contains adware, does not help you get rid of the collaborativen.xyz ads. Therefore, you must follow the instructions below to remove all annoying advertisements.
How to manually remove collaborativen.xyz
This useful removal guide for the collaborativen.xyz redirect. The detailed procedure can be followed by anyone as it really does take you step-by-step. If you follow this process to remove collaborativen.xyz popup ads let us know how you managed by sending us your comments please.
- Remove suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
- Get rid of collaborativen.xyz in Chrome
- Delete collaborativen.xyz pop-ups from Mozilla Firefox
- Remove collaborativen.xyz popup from Internet Explorer
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to get rid of collaborativen.xyz redirect
- Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Remove suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
Press Windows key , then click Search . Type “Control panel”and press Enter. If you using Windows XP or Windows 7, then click “Start” and select “Control Panel”. It will display the Windows Control Panel like below.
Next, click “Uninstall a program” It will show a list of all applications. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any suspicious and unknown software.
Get rid of collaborativen.xyz in Chrome
Reset Google Chrome settings is a easy way to remove the malware and ‘ad-supported’ software, as well as to restore the browser’s settings that have been replaced by adware.
- Now start the Chrome and press Menu button (small button in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will display the Chrome main menu. Select “Settings” option.
- You will see the Chrome’s settings page. Scroll down and click “Show advanced settings” link.
- Scroll down again and click the “Reset settings” button.
- The Google Chrome will open the reset profile settings page as shown on the screen above.
- Next, click the “Reset” button.
- When this process is done, your browser’s settings will be restored to their original defaults. This will reset your startpage, new tab page and default search engine.
- To learn more, read the blog post How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Delete collaborativen.xyz pop-ups from Mozilla Firefox
If the Firefox settings have been changed by the ‘ad-supported’ software, then resetting it to the default state can help you to remove the reroute onto collaborativen.xyz advertisements.
First, start the Firefox and click button. It will show the drop-down menu on the right-part of the internet browser. Next, press the Help button () as shown on the image below.
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the internet browser adress bar and press Enter. It will open the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown in the following image. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will display the confirmation prompt, press the “Refresh Firefox” button. The FF will begin a task to fix your problems that caused by the adware. Once it’s finished, click the “Finish” button
Remove collaborativen.xyz popup from Internet Explorer
First, launch the Internet Explorer, then click the button in the form of gear (). It will show the Tools drop-down menu as shown in the following image. Next, click the “Internet Options”.
In the Internet Options window click on the Advanced tab, then click the Reset button. The Internet Explorer will open the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as shown on the screen below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click on “Reset” button.
You will now need to restart your PC for the changes to take effect.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to get rid of collaborativen.xyz redirect
Once installed, the adware may add an argument similar “http://site.address” into the Target property of the desktop shortcut for the Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge. Due to this, every time you run the internet browser, it will display the collaborativen.xyz unwanted web site.
Right click on the internet browser’s shortcut, click Properties option. On the Shortcut tab, locate the Target field. Click inside, you will see a vertical line – arrow pointer, move it (using -> arrow key on your keyboard) to the right as possible. You will see a text which starts with “http://”. Remove it or everything after .exe. An example, for Google Chrome you should remove everything after chrome.exe.
Next, press OK to save changes. You need to clean all internet browser’s shortcuts. So, repeat this step for the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
If the annoying collaborativen.xyz web site opens automatically on Windows startup or at equal time intervals, then you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all the tasks that have been created by ‘ad-supported’ software.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard simultaneously. This displays a prompt that titled as Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and press OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, press “Task Scheduler Library”, as shown in the following image.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be open just below automatically. Next, press the Actions tab. Pay attention to that it launches on your personal computer. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address”, then you need uninstall it. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it’s a component of the adware, then this task also should be removed.
Having defined the task that you want to remove, then click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as shown below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by ‘ad-supported’ program. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
How to delete collaborativen.xyz redirect automatically
Manual removal is not always as effective as you might think. Often, even the most experienced users can not completely remove collaborativen.xyz redirect from the infected system. This is because the adware can hide its components which are difficult for you to find out and remove completely. This may lead to the fact that after some time, the ad-supported software again infect your system and it will begin to display unwanted collaborativen.xyz pop-up ads. Moreover, I want to note that it is not always safe to delete ad-supported software manually, if you do not have much experience in setting up and configuring the PC.
I suggest using the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your PC system. It is an advanced malware removal program developed by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This application uses the world’s most popular anti-malware technology. It’s able to help you remove browser hijackers, malware, ad supported software, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your PC system for free.
Now, click the link below to download Malwarebytes Free on your personal computer. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
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Once downloading is finished, close all programs on your system. Next, open the setup file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as shown below, click the Yes button.
It will show the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Malwarebytes on your computer. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is finished successfully, click Finish button. Then Malwarebytes will automatically start and you can see its main screen as shown on the image below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan for the ad supported software which cause a redirect to collaborativen.xyz. When the ‘ad-supported’ software or malware is found, the number of the detected objects will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is finished. Please be patient.
When it has finished scanning your system, you can check all threats detected on your system. Make sure all entries have “checkmark” and click “Quarantine Selected” button. The Malwarebytes will begin removing malware and adware that cause collaborativen.xyz . Once disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to reboot your PC.
I suggest you look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the Malwarebytes program to get rid of adware and other malware.
Block collaborativen.xyz and other annoying sites
To increase your security and protect your computer against new annoying ads and malicious pages, you need to use application that blocks access to malicious advertisements and web-sites. Moreover, the program can block the display of intrusive advertising, that also leads to faster loading of pages and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard program by clicking on the following link.
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When downloading is finished, launch the file named adguardInstaller. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown in the figure below.
Follow the prompts. When the setup is done, you will see a window as shown in the figure below.
You can press “Skip” to close the setup program and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial that will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you start your personal computer, AdGuard will start automatically and block ads, sites such as collaborativen.xyz, as well as other malicious or misleading pages. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that is located on your Windows desktop.
Scan your PC and remove collaborativen.xyz pop-ups with AdwCleaner.
This removal program is free and easy to use. It can scan and remove adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software), browser hijackers, malware and unwanted toolbars in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge browsers and thereby restore back their default settings (homepage, new tab page and search engine by default). AdwCleaner is powerful enough to find and get rid of malicious registry entries and files that are hidden on the personal computer.
Download AdwCleaner utility from the link below. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
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Once the download is complete, open the file location and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will start the AdwCleaner utility and you will see a screen like below. If the User Account Control dialog box will ask you want to display the program, click Yes button to continue.
Now, click the “Scan” for checking your computer for the adware that cause a redirect to collaborativen.xyz ads.
When it has finished scanning, it will show a list of all items detected by this tool as shown in the following image.
You need to click “Clean” button. It will show a prompt, click “OK” to start the cleaning procedure. When the cleaning procedure is finished, the AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your PC system. After reboot, the AdwCleaner will display the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
Now your computer should be free of the collaborativen.xyz pop-ups. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop-up ads and unwanted malicious sites) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your PC for new malware and ‘ad-supported’ software). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for Windows OS. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new dangerous applications and adware are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove collaborativen.xyz popup ads from your personal computer, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.