The Cresswell.website is a malicious ‘ad’ web-page that offers to install an questionable browser extension. If this web site popping up in your web browser then you need to know that your PC is infected with ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware). It is a type of malicious software that designed to open a ton of intrusive pop up advertisements. Unlike viruses, the ad-supported software will not delete or infect your files, but its actions will cause some problems with your web-browser. This is because, it will infect your personal computer, get full access to your internet browsers such as Google Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Microsoft Internet Explorer and be able to alter their settings. Of course, it did not ask you for permission and do it secretly as possible. Once your web browser settings will be replaced, you will be redirected to unwanted advertisements, some of which can lead to harmful or misleading web sites. For this reason, we recommend that you start the clean up of your personal computer as soon as possible and thereby remove Cresswell.website pop up advertisements from your browser.
The adware may insert lots of advertisements directly to the sites that you visit, creating a sense that the advertising links has been added by the creators of the web-site. Moreover, a legal advertising banners may be replaced on the fake advertisements, that will offer to download and install various unnecessary and malicious applications. Moreover, the ad supported software has the ability to collect a lot of personal information about you (your ip address, what is a web page you are viewing now, what you are looking for on the Internet, which links you are clicking), which can later transfer to third parties.
Table of contents
- What is Cresswell.website
- How to remove Cresswell.website ads
- Manual Cresswell.website redirect removal
- Remove suspicious and potentially unwanted software using MS Windows Control Panel
- Clean up the browsers shortcuts that have been hijacked by adware
- Remove Cresswell.website advertisements from Firefox
- Remove Cresswell.website popup advertisements from Internet Explorer
- Remove Cresswell.website popup ads from Google Chrome
- Delete unwanted Scheduled Tasks
- Remove Cresswell.website redirect with freeware
- Manual Cresswell.website redirect removal
- Block Cresswell.website popups and other annoying web-pages
- How to avoid setup of Cresswell.website popup advertisements
- Finish words
In addition to that, as was mentioned earlier, certain ‘ad supported’ software to also modify all browsers shortcuts that located on your Desktop or Start menu. So, every infected shortcut will try to redirect your web-browser to undesired ad web pages such as Cresswell.website, some of which might be malicious. It can make the whole computer more vulnerable to hacker attacks.
It’s important, don’t use Cresswell.website web-site and do not click on advertisements placed on it, as they may lead you to a more malicious or misleading web-pages. The best option is to use the step-by-step tutorial posted below to clean your machine of adware and thereby delete Cresswell.website ads.
How to remove Cresswell.website ads
We can assist you delete Cresswell.website from your internet browsers, without the need to take your computer to a professional. Simply follow the removal tutorial below if you currently have the undesired ad-supported software on your computer and want to delete it. If you have any difficulty while trying to remove the ad-supported software that redirects your internet browser to undesired Cresswell.website web page, feel free to ask for our help in the comment section below. Certain of the steps below will require you to exit the web page. So, please read the step-by-step guide carefully, after that bookmark or print it for later reference.
Manual Cresswell.website redirect removal
The useful removal guide for the Cresswell.website popup advertisements. The detailed procedure can be followed by anyone as it really does take you step-by-step. If you follow this process to remove Cresswell.website popup ads let us know how you managed by sending us your comments please.
Remove suspicious and potentially unwanted software using MS Windows Control Panel
First, go to Microsoft Windows Control Panel and remove suspicious applications, all programs you do not remember installing. It is important to pay the most attention to applications you installed just before Cresswell.website popup advertisements appeared on your web browser. If you do not know what a program does, look for the answer on the Internet.
- If you are using Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 then click Windows button, next press Search. Type “Control panel”and press Enter.
- If you are using Windows XP, Vista, 7, then press “Start” button and click “Control Panel”.
- It will display the Windows Control Panel.
- Further, press “Uninstall a program” under Programs category.
- It will show a list of all applications installed on the personal computer.
- Scroll through the all list, and remove suspicious and unknown programs. To quickly find the latest installed software, we recommend sort software by date.
See more details in the video instructions below.
Clean up the browsers shortcuts that have been hijacked by adware
Unfortunately, the ad-supported software can also hijack Windows shortcuts (mostly, your web-browsers shortcuts), so that the Cresswell.website ad web-site will be displayed when you run the Google Chrome, FF, Microsoft Edge and IE or another browser.
Right click on the shortcut of infected web-browser as shown on the image below.
Select the “Properties” option and it’ll open a shortcut’s properties. Next, press the “Shortcut” tab and then delete the “http://site.address” string from Target field as shown on the screen below.
Then click OK to save changes. Repeat the step for all browsers which are redirected to the Cresswell.website unwanted web-site.
Remove Cresswell.website advertisements from Firefox
If the Firefox browser program is hijacked, then resetting its settings can help. The Reset feature is available on all modern version of FF. A reset can fix many issues by restoring FF settings such as new tab, homepage and search engine by default to its default state. It will save your personal information such as saved passwords, bookmarks, and open tabs.
First, start the Mozilla Firefox. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will show the drop-down menu. Next, press the Help button ().
In the Help menu click the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page press on “Refresh Firefox” button as on the image below.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
Remove Cresswell.website popup advertisements from Internet Explorer
The Microsoft Internet Explorer reset is great if your web browser is hijacked or you have unwanted addo-ons or toolbars on your web browser, which installed by an malware.
First, open the Internet Explorer, then press ‘gear’ icon . It will display the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the browser, then click the “Internet Options” as shown on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then press the “Reset” button. The Microsoft Internet Explorer will show the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” prompt. Further, press the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, click the “Reset” button as shown below.
Once the process is done, click “Close” button. Close the Internet Explorer and reboot your computer for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your web-browser’s home page, new tab and default search engine to default state.
Remove Cresswell.website popup ads from Google Chrome
Run the Reset web browser utility of the Google Chrome to reset all its settings such as homepage, new tab page and search engine by default to original defaults. This is a very useful tool to use, in the case of web-browser redirects to undesired ad web-sites such as Cresswell.website.
Open the Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will display the drop-down menu. Next, click to “Settings” option.
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 in the figure below and press the “Reset settings” button.
Confirm your action, press the “Reset” button.
Delete unwanted Scheduled Tasks
If the annoying Cresswell.website 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 which have been created by malicious program.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard together. It will open a prompt that called 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 figure below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be show just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Necessary to look at the text which is written under Details. Found something such as “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address” or “firefox.exe http://site.address”, then you need remove this task. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it. If it is a component of the ‘ad-supported’ program, then this task also should be removed.
Further click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as shown in the figure below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by malicious program. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
Remove Cresswell.website redirect with freeware
Many antivirus companies have developed programs that help detect ad supported software and thereby get rid of Cresswell.website from the FF, Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and MS Edge web browsers. Below is a a few of the free programs you may want to use. Your personal computer can have lots of PUPs, adware and hijackers installed at the same time, so we recommend, if any unwanted or harmful program returns after rebooting the personal computer, then start your system into Safe Mode and use the anti-malware utility again.
Scan and clean your browser of Cresswell.website pop up ads with Zemana Anti-malware
Zemana Anti-malware is a utility that can get rid of adware, PUPs, browser hijackers and other malicious software from your 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 system resources.
Now you can set up and run Zemana Anti Malware to delete Cresswell.website popups from your internet browser by following the steps below:
Click the link below to download Zemana AntiMalware installer called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup on your machine.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: March 3, 2018
Run the installation package after it has been downloaded successfully and then follow the prompts to set up this tool on your computer.
During install you can change some settings, but we suggest you don’t make any changes to default settings.
When installation is finished, this malware removal utility will automatically run and update itself. You will see its main window as shown on the image below.
Now click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan for the adware that causes multiple unwanted ads and popups. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the count of files on your system and the speed of your PC system. While the tool is scanning, you may see number of objects it has identified as being infected by malicious software.
Once it has completed scanning, it will display a list of all items detected by this tool. All found threats will be marked. You can delete them all by simply click “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti-Malware will start to delete ad-supported software that reroutes your internet browser to unwanted Cresswell.website site. After the task is done, you can be prompted to reboot your PC system to make the change take effect.
How to automatically remove Cresswell.website with Malwarebytes
We suggest using the Malwarebytes Free. You may download and install Malwarebytes to detect adware and thereby remove Cresswell.website pop-ups from your internet browsers. When installed and updated, the free malware remover will automatically scan and detect all threats exist on the personal computer.
- Download Malwarebytes (MBAM) by clicking on the link below.
Category: Security tools
Update: March 20, 2018
- When downloading is complete, close all programs and windows on your PC system. Open a file location. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup.
- Further, press Next button and follow the prompts.
- Once setup is finished, click the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan for the ‘ad supported’ software that cause undesired Cresswell.website pop-up ads to appear. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the count of files on your computer and the speed of your machine. While the utility is scanning, you can see number of objects it has identified either as being malicious software.
- Once the scan is finished, a list of all threats detected is produced. Review the report and then click “Quarantine Selected”. Once that process is complete, you can be prompted to restart your personal computer.
The following video offers a instructions on how to remove hijackers, adware and other malicious software with Malwarebytes.
Run AdwCleaner to remove Cresswell.website ads from internet browser
The AdwCleaner tool is free and easy to use. It may scan and get rid of malicious software, potentially unwanted software and adware in Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and MS Edge web browsers and thereby remove all annoying Cresswell.website pop-up ads. AdwCleaner is powerful enough to find and delete harmful registry entries and files that are hidden on the system.
- Download AdwCleaner by clicking on the link below.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: November 17, 2018
- After the download is complete, double press the AdwCleaner icon. Once this utility is started, click “Scan” button to perform a system scan with this tool for the ad supported software which causes unwanted Cresswell.website pop-up ads. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your personal computer and the speed of your computer. While the utility is checking, you can see number of objects it has identified as being infected by malware.
- When the scanning is complete, you will be displayed the list of all detected threats on your PC system. Review the results once the utility has finished the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply click “Clean” button. It will open a prompt, click “OK”.
These few simple steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
Block Cresswell.website popups and other annoying web-pages
Use an ad blocking tool like AdGuard will protect you from malicious advertisements and content. Moreover, you may find that the AdGuard have an option to protect your privacy and block phishing and spam pages. Additionally, adblocker programs will allow you to avoid intrusive pop-up ads and unverified links that also a good way to stay safe online.
Download AdGuard program by clicking on the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: July 17, 2017
When the downloading process is done, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown below.
Follow the prompts. Once the install is complete, you will see a window as shown on the image below.
You can click “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial that will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you don’t need to change anything. Each time, when you run your machine, AdGuard will start automatically and stop pop-up ads, pages such Cresswell.website, as well as other harmful or misleading web sites. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that can be found on your desktop.
How to avoid setup of Cresswell.website popup advertisements
Now your computer should be clean of the ad supported software that causes web browsers to open annoying Cresswell.website pop up advertisements. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep Zemana Anti-malware (to periodically scan your computer for new malicious software, browser hijackers and adware) and AdGuard (to help you block intrusive popup advertisements and malicious sites). Moreover, to prevent ad supported software, please stay clear of unknown and third party applications, make sure that your antivirus application, turn on the option to find PUPs (potentially unwanted programs).
If you need more help with Cresswell.website pop-ups related issues, go to our Spyware/Malware removal forum.