What is Cauthron? Computer security experts has determined that Cauthron is a potentially unwanted app from the ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) family. The unwanted programs usually gets installed alongside free applications, codecs and shareware. Aside from causing redirects, the ‘ad supported’ software also can display a ton of advertisements, slow down the system and continually collect lots of user data about you.
It is not a good idea to have an undesired program like the Cauthron adware which causes undesired pop-up ads. The reason for this is simple, it doing things you do not know about. Even worse, the adware has the ability to collect lots of personal info about you that can be later used for marketing purposes. You do not know if your home address, account names and passwords are safe. And of course you completely don’t know what will happen when you click on any Cauthron ads.
Thus, it’s clear that the presence of ad supported software on your system is not desirable, and you need to clean up your personal computer immediately. Follow the step-by-step guide below in order to remove Cauthron ‘ad supported’ software.
How to remove Cauthron
Without a doubt, the adware is harmful to your PC system. So you need to quickly and completely delete this Cauthron ad supported software that redirects your web-browser to unwanted ad websites. To get rid of this adware, you can use the manual removal steps that are given below or free malicious software removal utility like Zemana, MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) or Hitman Pro (all are free). We advise you use automatic removal method that will allow you to remove Cauthron adware easily and safely. Manual removal is best used only if you are well versed in computer or in the case where adware is not uninstalled automatically. Read this manual carefully, bookmark or print it, because you may need to exit your internet browser or restart your machine.
To remove Cauthron, complete the steps below:
- How to manually remove Cauthron
- Delete Cauthron ‘ad supported’ software with free programs
- Run AdBlocker to stay safe online
- Tips to prevent Cauthron and other unwanted software
- Finish words
How to manually remove Cauthron
Read this “How to remove” section to know how to manually delete Cauthron that causes tons of unwanted popup advertisements. Even if the few simple steps does not work for you, there are several free malware removers below that can easily handle such Cauthron adware that reroutes your browser to annoying ad web-sites.
Delete adware through the MS Windows Control Panel
First of all, check the list of installed software on your PC system and remove all unknown and recently installed programs. If you see an unknown program with incorrect spelling or varying capital letters, it have most likely been installed by malware and you should clean it off first with malicious software removal tool such as Zemana Anti-malware.
Make sure you have closed all web-browsers and other software. Next, delete any undesired and suspicious applications from your Control panel.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Now, click the Windows button, type “Control panel” in search and press Enter. Choose “Programs and Features”, then “Uninstall a program”.
Look around the entire list of software installed on your PC. Most probably, one of them is the Cauthron that cause intrusive pop ups to appear. Choose the questionable program or the program that name is not familiar to you and delete it.
Windows Vista, 7
From the “Start” menu in MS Windows, select “Control Panel”. Under the “Programs” icon, choose “Uninstall a program”.
Select the suspicious or any unknown software, then press “Uninstall/Change” button to uninstall this undesired program from your personal computer.
Click the “Start” button, select “Control Panel” option. Click on “Add/Remove Programs”.
Select an unwanted program, then press “Change/Remove” button. Follow the prompts.
Remove Cauthron ad-supported software from Chrome
Reset Chrome settings will get rid of Cauthron adware from web browser and disable harmful plugins. It will also clear cached and temporary data (cookies, site data and content). Essential information such as bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, cookies, auto-fill data and personal dictionaries will not be removed.
Open the Google Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal dotes (). It will display the drop-down menu. Select More Tools, then click Extensions.
Carefully browse through the list of installed extensions. If the list has the extension labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following guide: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy otherwise, just go to the step below.
Open the Chrome main menu again, click to “Settings” option.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Advanced” link. Now scroll down until the Reset settings section is visible, as on the image below and press the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Reset” button.
Get rid of Ads by Cauthron from Firefox by resetting browser settings
If the Mozilla Firefox settings have been modified by the Cauthron adware, then resetting it to the default state can help. However, your saved passwords and bookmarks will not be changed, deleted or cleared.
First, start the Firefox. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will open the drop-down menu. Next, click 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 like below.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
Remove Cauthron from Internet Explorer
The Internet Explorer reset is great if your browser is hijacked or you have unwanted addo-ons or toolbars on your browser, that installed by an malware.
First, run the Microsoft Internet Explorer, then press ‘gear’ icon . It will display the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the browser, then press the “Internet Options” as shown below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then press the “Reset” button. The Microsoft Internet Explorer will open the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” prompt. Further, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, press the “Reset” button as shown on the image below.
After the process is complete, click “Close” button. Close the Internet Explorer and reboot your personal computer for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your internet browser’s new tab page, startpage and search engine to default state.
Delete Cauthron ‘ad supported’ software with free programs
Manual removal tutorial may not be for everyone. Each Cauthron removal step above, such as removing dubious programs, restoring infected shortcuts, removing the adware from system settings, must be performed very carefully. If you are in doubt during any of the steps listed in the manual removal above, then we recommend that you use the automatic Cauthron removal steps listed below.
Use Zemana Anti-malware to remove Cauthron
We suggest using the Zemana Anti-malware that are completely clean your PC system of the adware. The tool is an advanced malicious software removal application created by (c) Zemana lab. It’s able to help you remove PUPs, browser hijacker infections, malware, toolbars, ransomware and Cauthron adware that causes a large amount of unwanted popup ads.
Now you can set up and run Zemana Anti-Malware to remove Cauthron ‘ad supported’ software from your browser by following the steps below:
Visit the page linked below to download Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) installation package called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup on your computer. Save it to your Desktop.
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Run the setup file after it has been downloaded successfully and then follow the prompts to install this tool on your system.
During install you can change certain settings, but we suggest you do not make any changes to default settings.
When installation is done, this malicious software removal utility will automatically run and update itself. You will see its main window as displayed on the image below.
Now click the “Scan” button . Zemana Anti Malware utility will begin scanning the whole PC to find out Cauthron that redirects your web-browser to unwanted ad websites. This process can take quite a while, so please be patient. When a malicious software, adware or potentially unwanted programs are found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the checking is finished.
Once the scanning is done, you may check all items detected on your PC. In order to delete all items, simply click “Next” button.
The Zemana Free will begin to get rid of Cauthron adware which created to redirect your browser to various ad web sites. When that process is finished, you may be prompted to reboot your system to make the change take effect.
Remove Cauthron and harmful extensions with HitmanPro
Hitman Pro is a free removal utility that can be downloaded and use to remove Cauthron adware that causes web-browsers to open undesired pop-up ads, browser hijackers, malicious software, potentially unwanted software, toolbars and other threats from your computer. You can run this utility to look for threats even if you have an antivirus or any other security application.
Hitman Pro can be downloaded from the following link. Save it to your Desktop.
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Once the download is finished, open the folder in which you saved it and double-click the HitmanPro icon. It will start the HitmanPro utility. If the User Account Control dialog box will ask you want to run the program, click Yes button to continue.
Next, press “Next” to find Cauthron that redirects your web browser to undesired ad web pages. This process can take quite a while, so please be patient. When a malware, adware or PUPs are detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly.
Once HitmanPro has completed scanning, the results are displayed in the scan report like below.
When you are ready, click “Next” button. It will show a prompt, press the “Activate free license” button. The Hitman Pro will remove Cauthron adware which redirects your web browser to undesired ad web-sites. After disinfection is done, the tool may ask you to restart your PC.
Scan and clean your computer of adware with Malwarebytes
You can get rid of Cauthron automatically with a help of Malwarebytes Free. We recommend this free malware removal utility because it can easily get rid of browser hijacker infections, ad-supported software, PUPs and toolbars with all their components such as files, folders and registry entries.
Download MalwareBytes AntiMalware by clicking on the following link.
Category: Security tools
Update: March 20, 2018
When downloading is finished, run it and follow the prompts. Once installed, the MalwareBytes AntiMalware will try to update itself and when this procedure is finished, press the “Scan Now” button for checking your PC for the Cauthron adware which causes undesired pop-up ads. When a malicious software, adware or PUPs are detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is done. Make sure all threats have ‘checkmark’ and click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The MalwareBytes Anti Malware is a free program that you can use to delete all detected folders, files, services, registry entries and so on. To learn more about this malware removal utility, we recommend you to read and follow the steps or the video guide below.
Run AdBlocker to stay safe online
By installing an ad-blocker application like AdGuard, you are able to stop Cauthron, autoplaying video ads and remove a large amount of distracting and undesired ads on sites.
AdGuard can be downloaded from the following link. Save it to your Desktop.
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Category: Security tools
Update: July 17, 2017
After downloading it, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen like below.
Follow the prompts. Once the install is complete, you will see a window as shown on the screen below.
You can press “Skip” to close the installation application 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 don’t need to change anything. Each time, when you run your personal computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop unwanted advertisements, 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 is located on your desktop.
Tips to prevent Cauthron and other unwanted software
Now your computer should be clean of the Cauthron that causes lots of unwanted pop ups. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted pop up ads and unwanted harmful websites) and Zemana AntiMalware (to periodically scan your personal computer for new malicious software, browser hijackers and adware). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for MS Windows OS. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new browser hijackers, harmful applications and ad-supported software are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to get rid of Cauthron from your web browser, then ask for help here.