There are many types of malware and one of them is adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software). The ad-supported software, which causes the appearance of chrome.browser-add-ons.review pop-ups offering to install an questionable chrome extension, have a negative impact on the functioning of your machine. It changes machine settings, generates a large number of various ads, slows down the Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and MS Edge and the speed of your internet connection. Moreover, it may lead to the fact that sites are slow to load and the browser interface can even freeze. The main function of the ad supported software is showing advertisements, so it may redirect your web-browser to an annoying web-page like chrome.browser-add-ons.review, instead of the one that you want to visit. Even if you try to type an address into the web-browser’s address bar, then the internet browser is anyway will show an unwanted ad page.
Most often, the adware affects the most common internet browsers such as the Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge. But such the malicious software as well may infect another web-browsers by changing its shortcuts (adding an argument like ‘http://site.address’ into Target field of a internet browser’s shortcut). So every time you launch the web browser, it’ll redirect to the unwanted chrome.browser-add-ons.review site. Even if you setup a new startpage, an annoying site will be the first thing you see when you run the Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and MS Edge.
The adware is not a virus, but the virus behaves similarly. As a rootkit hides in the system, modifies web-browser settings and blocks them from changing. Also the ad supported software can install additional browser extensions, addons and modules that will inject advertising links within the Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer’s screen. Moreover, the adware may install web browser hijacker that once started, will alter the web browser’s start page and search engine. And finally, the adware can collect a wide variety of personal information such as what sites you are opening, what you are looking for the Internet and so on. This information, in the future, may be transferred to third parties.
We suggest you to get rid of adware and clean your computer from chrome.browser-add-ons.review pop-up ads as soon as possible, until the presence of the adware has not led to even worse consequences. You need to follow the guide below that will allow you to completely delete the redirect to chrome.browser-add-ons.review unwanted web page, using only the built-in Windows features and a few of specialized free tools.
How to chrome.browser-add-ons.review ads get installed onto computer
How to manually remove chrome.browser-add-ons.review pop-up ads
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, that will assist you manually remove chrome.browser-add-ons.review redirect from the Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and MS Edge.
- Delete suspicious and unknown applications by using Windows Control Panel
- Get rid of chrome.browser-add-ons.review pop-ups from Google Chrome
- Remove chrome.browser-add-ons.review ads from FF
- Get rid of chrome.browser-add-ons.review pop-up ads from Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to delete chrome.browser-add-ons.review redirect
- Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Delete suspicious and unknown applications by using Windows Control Panel
The best way to start the system cleanup is to delete unknown and suspicious applications. Using the Windows Control Panel you can do this quickly and easily. This step, in spite of its simplicity, should not be ignored, because the removing of unneeded software can clean up your internet browser from ads, hijackers and so on.
- If you are using Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 then press Windows key, click Search. Type “Control panel”and press Enter.
- If you are using Windows XP, Vista, 7, then press “Start” button and click “Control Panel”.
- It’ll open the Windows Control Panel.
- Click “Uninstall a program” under Programs category.
- You will see a list of all installed applications.
- Scroll through the all list, and remove suspicious and unknown programs. To quickly find the latest installed applications, we recommend sort software by date.
See more details in the video instructions below.
Get rid of chrome.browser-add-ons.review pop-ups from Google Chrome
Like other modern web-browsers, the Google Chrome has the ability to reset the settings to their default values and thereby delete the redirect to chrome.browser-add-ons.review annoying ads that is caused by the ad-supported software.
At first, start the Google Chrome. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will appear the main menu. Click on the option named “Settings”. Another way to open the Google Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the web-browser adress bar and press Enter.
The web browser will open the settings screen. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset settings” section is visible, as shown on the image below and click the “Reset settings” button.
The Google Chrome will open the confirmation dialog box. You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The program will start the task of cleaning. When it’s finished, the internet browser settings including the ‘block pop-ups’ option back to the values that have been when the Chrome was first installed on your machine.
Remove chrome.browser-add-ons.review ads from FF
First, start the Firefox. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will open the drop-down menu. Next, press the “Help” button ().
In the Help menu, press the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page, click “Refresh Firefox” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
Get rid of chrome.browser-add-ons.review pop-up ads from Microsoft Internet Explorer
To delete the chrome.browser-add-ons.review advertisements you need to reset the Internet Explorer to the state, which was when the Windows was installed on your PC.
First, start the IE, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will open the drop-down menu on the right part of the web browser, then click the “Internet Options” as shown on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, you need to select the “Advanced” tab and click the “Reset” button. The IE will show the “Reset Microsoft Internet Explorer settings” dialog box as on the image below. Next, press the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. After that, click the “Reset” button.
Once the process is done, press “Close” button. Close the Internet Explorer and restart your computer for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your web browser’s settings to default state and disable ‘ad-supported’ extensions.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to delete chrome.browser-add-ons.review redirect
When the adware is started, it can also change the browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument such as “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you start the web-browser, it will be redirected to an unwanted advertisements.
To clear the internet browser shortcut, right-click to it and select Properties. 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://” which has been added here. You need to remove it.
When the argument is removed, click the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your internet browsers, as they may be infected too.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
If the annoying chrome.browser-add-ons.review web-page 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’ applications.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard together. This opens a dialog box that titled with 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 on the screen below.
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, click the Actions tab. Pay attention to that it launches on your machine. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address”, then you need get rid of it. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it is a component of the malicious software, then this task also should be removed.
Having defined the task that you want to delete, then press on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as on the image below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by adware. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
How to remove chrome.browser-add-ons.review pop-ups automatically
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free. You can download and install this utility to detect chrome.browser-add-ons.review threat and remove it, from the link below. When installed and updated, the free malware remover will automatically scan and detect all threats present on the machine.
Category: Security tools
Update: February 5, 2019
Once installed, the Malwarebytes will try to update itself and when this task is finished, press “Scan Now” button for scanning your computer for the ‘ad supported’ software and malware. During the scan it will detect all threats present on your PC. In order to remove all threats, simply click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes is a free application that you can use to get rid of all detected folders, files, services, registry entries and so on. To learn more about the Malwarebytes, we recommend you to read and follow the step-by-step guide or the video guide below.
How to block chrome.browser-add-ons.review ads
To increase your security and protect your system against new annoying ads and malicious pages, you need to use an application that blocks access to harmful advertisements and sites. Moreover, the application can stop the open of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of pages and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
- Download AdGuard program from the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
- Once the download is finished, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” window. Follow the prompts.
- Once the installation is finished, click “Skip” to close it and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see a 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 launch your computer, AdGuard will start automatically and block pop-ups, chrome.browser-add-ons.review redirects, as well as other dangerous or misleading web 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.
If the problem with chrome.browser-add-ons.review redirect is still remained
If MalwareBytes cannot remove chrome.browser-add-ons.review advertisements, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for adware, browser hijackers, PUPs, toolbars.
- Download AdwCleaner from the link below.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: January 25, 2019
- Double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once the utility is launched the main screen will appear as shown on the image above.
- Now, click the “Scan” button for scanning your computer for the adware that generates chrome.browser-add-ons.review ads.
- Once the system scan is complete, AdwCleaner will display a scan report. Review the report and then press “Clean” button. It will show a prompt, click “OK” button.
The following video explains the instructions above on how to delete adware with AdwCleaner.
Now your computer should be free of the chrome.browser-add-ons.review . Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted pop-up ads and unwanted malicious web-sites) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your machine for new malware and adware). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for Windows OS. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new malicious applications and adware are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to delete chrome.browser-add-ons.review redirect from your system, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.