The Cookies Control is a malicious Google Chrome extension that is loaded into your web-browser with the help of malicious Java Script script from various misleading web-sites. The malicious extension may change the settings of Chrome browsers. It is developed to generate a lot of undesired ads. So, every time while your Google Chrome is infected, it’ll always show lots of unwanted pop-up ads, even when your web browser is configured to block pop-ups or your computer has a program that blocks pop up ads. On current date, the Cookies Control virus continues to increase the number of PCs that have been infected.
It’s not a good idea to have an unwanted program such as this extension on your computer. The reason for this is simple, Cookies Control extension doing things you don’t know about. The virus can also be used to collect a wide variety of personal info that can be later sold to third parties. You don’t know if your home address, account names and passwords are safe. And of course you completely do not know what will happen when you click on any pop up advertisements.
The virus often alter all web browser shortcuts which located on your Desktop to force you visit certain annoying ad sites. As a result, your browser can still redirect you to an intrusive ad page despite your computer is actually clean of malicious plugin and other malicious software.
The instructions below explaining steps to get rid of Cookies Control virus problem. Feel free to use it for removal of the extension that may attack Google Chrome and other popular browsers. The step-by-step tutorial will help you get rid of extension and thereby clean your web-browser from all annoying ads.
Table of contents
- What is Cookies Control
- How to remove Cookies Control virus
- Manual Cookies Control harmful extension removal
- Delete Cookies Control extension with freeware
- Block undesired web-sites
- Finish words
How to remove Cookies Control virus
In the step-by-step guide below we will have a look at the harmful add-on and how to get rid of Cookies Control from Google Chrome and other web-browsers for MS Windows OS, natively or by using a few free removal tools. Certain of the steps will require you to restart your personal computer or exit the web page. So, read this guidance carefully, then bookmark or print it for later reference.
Manual Cookies Control harmful extension removal
Most common extension may be removed without any antivirus software. The manual malicious add on removal is blog post few simple steps that will teach you how to delete the Cookies Control virus.
Uninstall suspicious programs through the Microsoft Windows Control Panel
Some of PUPs, malicious add on and hijackers can be uninstalled using the Add/Remove programs tool which is located in the MS Windows Control Panel. So, if you are running any version of Windows and you have noticed an unwanted program, then first try to remove it through Add/Remove programs.
Press Windows button , 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 as on the image below.
Further, click “Uninstall a program”
It will show a list of all software installed on your computer. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any suspicious and unknown software.
Disinfect the internet browser’s shortcuts
Once the harmful extension is started, it can also modify the browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument such as “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you run the web-browser, it will show an annoying 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 “http://site.address” that has been added here. Remove everything after .exe. An example, for Google Chrome you should remove everything after chrome.exe.
To save changes, click OK . You need to clean all browser’s shortcuts. So, repeat this step for the Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox and MS Edge.
Remove Cookies Control from Google Chrome
If your Google Chrome web-browser is redirected to annoying web-pages, it may be necessary to completely reset your web-browser program to its default settings.
- First launch the Google Chrome and click Menu button (small button in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will open 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 display the reset profile settings page as shown on the screen above.
- Next click the “Reset” button.
- Once this process is finished, your web-browser’s homepage, new tab page and default search provider will be restored to their original defaults.
- To learn more, read the post How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Get rid of unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the virus can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you launch your PC, it will show an annoying site. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and delete all harmful tasks that have been created by adware.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard simultaneously. This shows a prompt that titled as Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and click 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. Please select the first task, its properties will be display just below automatically. Next, press the Actions tab. Pay attention to that it launches on your computer. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address”, then remove this harmful task. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it’s a component of the malicious program, then this task also should be removed.
Having defined the task that you want to remove, then press on it with the right mouse button and select Delete like 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.
Delete Cookies Control extension with freeware
Run malicious software removal utilities to get rid of Cookies Control harmful addon automatically. The free programs utilities specially made for hijackers, adware and other potentially unwanted software removal. These utilities can get rid of most of extension from Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Edge. Moreover, it can remove all components of ad-supported software from Windows registry and system drives.
Remove Cookies Control with Zemana Anti-malware
Zemana Anti-malware is a tool which can get rid of ‘ad supported’ software, PUPs, hijacker infections and other malicious software from your PC system easily and for free. Zemana Anti-malware is compatible with most antivirus software. It works under Windows (10 – XP, 32 and 64 bit) and uses minimum of computer resources.
Now you can install and use Zemana AntiMalware to remove Cookies Control from your web browser by following the steps below:
Click the link below to download Zemana Anti-Malware installation package named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup on your machine.
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Start the setup package after it has been downloaded successfully and then follow the prompts to setup this tool on your PC.
During install you can change some settings, but we recommend you do not make any changes to default settings.
When install is done, this malware removal utility will automatically run and update itself. You will see its main window as shown below.
Now press the “Scan” button It will scan through the whole personal computer for the Cookies Control extension which cause annoying pop-up advertisements to appear. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your system and the speed of your computer. When a malicious software, ad-supported software or PUPs are found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the checking is complete.
When the system scan is done, it’ll show you the results. Review the report and then press “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti Malware will delete Cookies Control addon which cause intrusive popups to appear. Once that process is done, you can be prompted to reboot your PC to make the change take effect.
Use Malwarebytes to get rid of Cookies Control plugin
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free. You can download and install Malwarebytes to detect adware and thereby delete Cookies Control from your Google Chrome and other web-browsers. When installed and updated, the free malware remover will automatically check and detect all threats present on the machine.
Download Malwarebytes by clicking on the link below.
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When the downloading process is finished, close all software and windows on your computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s called mb3-setup as shown below.
When the installation begins, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will help you set up Malwarebytes on your system.
Once installation is finished, you will see window as shown on the screen below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button for checking your computer for the Cookies Control plugin that causes undesired ads. Depending on your PC system, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the utility is checking, you may see count of objects it has identified as being infected by malicious software.
When the system scan is finished, it’ll show you the results. Next, you need to click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will now remove Cookies Control add on that causes undesired pop up ads. Once that process is done, you may be prompted to restart your PC.
The following video explains steps on how to remove hijacker, ‘ad supported’ software and other malicious software with Malwarebytes Anti-malware.
Scan and clean your personal computer of virus with AdwCleaner
AdwCleaner is a free removal utility which can scan your system for a wide range of security threats such as malicious software, malicious extensions, PUPs as well as Cookies Control extension that redirects your Google Chrome web-browser to annoying ad web-pages. It will perform a deep scan of your PC including hard drives and Microsoft Windows registry. After a malicious software is found, it will help you to remove all found threats from your personal computer by a simple click.
Download AdwCleaner utility from the link below. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
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When the download is finished, open the directory in which you saved it and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will run the AdwCleaner utility and you will see a screen as shown on the image below. If the User Account Control dialog box will ask you want to show the application, click Yes button to continue.
Next, click “Scan” to start checking your personal computer for the Cookies Control virus that causes web-browsers to open annoying pop-ups. Depending on your machine, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the application is checking, you can see number of objects it has identified as threat.
Once the system scan is finished is finished, a list of all items detected is produced like below.
Review the report and then click “Clean” button. It will show a prompt. Click “OK” button. The AdwCleaner will delete Cookies Control virus that causes browsers to open intrusive pop-ups and move threats to the program’s quarantine. After the procedure is finished, the utility may ask you to restart your machine. After restart, the AdwCleaner will display the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video instructions.
Block undesired web-sites
Use an ad blocker utility like AdGuard will protect you from harmful ads and content. Moreover, you may find that the AdGuard have an option to protect your privacy and block phishing and spam pages. Additionally, ad-blocker programs will allow you to avoid undesired pop-up advertisements and unverified links that also a good way to stay safe online.
Installing the AdGuard ad blocker program is simple. First you will need to download AdGuard by clicking on the following link.
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Once the downloading process is finished, double-click the downloaded file to launch it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen like below.
Follow the prompts. AdGuard will then be installed and an icon will be placed on your desktop. A window will show up asking you to confirm that you want to see a quick guidance as shown below.
Press “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick instructions that will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you start your personal computer, AdGuard will run automatically and block advertisements, 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, which may be found on your desktop.
After completing the guide shown above, your PC system should be clean from Cookies Control virus, browser hijackers and adware. The Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and MS Edge will no longer display any intrusive sites when you surf the Internet. Unfortunately, if the steps does not help you, then you have caught a new ad supported software, and then the best way – ask for help.
- Download HijackThis by clicking on the link below and save it to your Desktop.
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- Double-click on the HijackThis icon. Next press “Do a system scan only” button.
- Once it completes the scan, the scan button will read “Save log”, press it. Save this log to your desktop.
- Create a Myantispyware account here. Once you’ve registered, check your e-mail for a confirmation link, and confirm your account. After that, login.
- Copy and paste the contents of the HijackThis log into your post. If you are posting for the first time, please start a new thread by using the “New Topic” button in the Spyware Removal forum. When posting your HJT log, try to give us some details about your problems, so we can try to help you more accurately.
- Wait for one of our trained “Security Team” or Site Administrator to provide you with knowledgeable assistance tailored to your problem with the unwanted Cookies Control plugin.