The Disable Cookies is a malicious browser extension falls into the group of adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software). It can bring a security risk to your PC system. So, do not ignore it! Of course, the Disable Cookies is just a browser add-on, but it created to show intrusive and unwanted advertisements, even without your permission and desire to see it. The unwanted ads can be just the beginning, because your computer is hijacked by malicious software, so the amount of pop up advertisements in the future may increase. Its appearance will prevent you normally surf the Net, and more, can lead to crash the internet browser.
While your personal computer is infected with the Disable Cookies malicious extension, the Chrome, FF, MS Edge and IE may be redirected to various unwanted web-site. Of course, the virus may not cause damages to your files or Windows system, but it may display a huge count of intrusive ads. These advertisements will be injected within the content of web-sites that are you opening in your internet browser and can be varied: pop-up ads, in-text ads, different sized banners, offers to install an questionable software. The advertisements will appear on all sites, including pages where previously you have never seen any advertising banners.
In addition to that, as was mentioned earlier, some adware to also change all web-browsers shortcuts that located on your Desktop or Start menu. So, every infected shortcut will try to redirect your web-browser to intrusive ad web-sites, some of which might be harmful. It can make the whole computer more vulnerable to hacker attacks.
Table of contents
- What is Disable Cookies
- How to remove Disable Cookies harmful plugin
- How to manually remove Disable Cookies
- Disable Cookies virus automatic removal
- Use AdBlocker to stay safe online
- How was virus installed on computer
It is important, do not use Disable Cookies extension and do not click on its advertisements, as they can lead you to a more malicious or misleading web-sites. The best option is to use the tutorial posted below to clean your PC system of Disable Cookies malicious add-on and thereby remove any unwanted ads.
How to remove Disable Cookies harmful plugin
In the step-by-step instructions below we will have a look at the extension and how to get rid of Disable Cookies from Firefox, Chrome, IE and Microsoft Edge internet browsers for MS Windows OS, natively or by using a few free removal tools. Certain of the steps below will require you to close the web-site. So, please read the steps carefully, after that bookmark or print it for later reference.
How to manually remove Disable Cookies
If you perform exactly the steps below you should be able to remove the Disable Cookies harmful addon from the Chrome, IE, Firefox and Edge internet browsers.
Delete Disable Cookies related applications through the Control Panel of your PC
Check out the Windows Control Panel (Programs and Features section) to see all installed programs. We suggest to click on the “Date Installed” in order to sort the list of programs by the date you installed them. If you see any unknown and suspicious programs, they are the ones you need to uninstall.
- 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 click “Start” button and click “Control Panel”.
- It will show the Windows Control Panel.
- Further, click “Uninstall a program” under Programs category.
- It will show a list of all software installed on the system.
- Scroll through the all list, and remove suspicious and unknown programs. To quickly find the latest installed programs, we recommend sort programs by date.
See more details in the video instructions below.
Fix browser shortcuts, altered by virus
The virus can hijack various Windows shortcuts on your desktop (most often, all web-browsers shortcuts), so in this step you need to check and clean them by removing the argument such as http://site.address/.
To clear the 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 similar “http://site.address” which has been added here. You need to delete it.
When the text is removed, click the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your internet browsers, as they may be infected too.
Remove Disable Cookies from Firefox
Resetting your Firefox is first troubleshooting step for any issues with your browser application, including the redirect to various ad web pages.
First, open the Mozilla Firefox. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will display 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 click on “Refresh Firefox” button like below.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
Delete Disable Cookies malicious extension from Internet Explorer
By resetting Internet Explorer browser you restore your web-browser settings to its default state. This is first when troubleshooting problems that might have been caused by Disable Cookies virus that made to redirect your web browser to various ad pages.
First, open the Microsoft Internet Explorer, then press ‘gear’ icon . It will display the Tools 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, select the “Advanced” tab, then press the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will show the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” dialog box. Further, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, click the “Reset” button like below.
Once the procedure is finished, click “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 startpage, newtab and default search engine to default state.
Remove Disable Cookies add-on from Chrome
Like other modern browsers, the Chrome has the ability to reset the settings to their default values and thereby recover the web-browser’s settings such as startpage, newtab page and default search engine that have been replaced by the Disable Cookies extension that cause undesired pop-up advertisements to appear.
- First, run the Google Chrome and press the Menu icon (icon in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will open the Google Chrome main menu, press the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click “Show advanced settings” link, that located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, press the “Reset settings” button.
- The Google Chrome will display the reset settings dialog box as shown on the screen above.
- Confirm the web browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the post How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the harmful add-on can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you run your machine, it will open an unwanted web-page. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all malicious tasks which have been created by malicious application.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard together. This displays 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, click “Task Scheduler Library”, like below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Please choose the first task, its properties will be open just below automatically. Next, press 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 remove this malicious task. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it is a component of the ‘ad-supported’ program, then this task also should be removed.
Having defined the task that you want to get rid of, then 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 which have been created by malicious program. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
Disable Cookies virus automatic removal
If your PC system is still infected with Disable Cookies harmful extension that causes browsers to open undesired pop-ups, then the best solution of detection and removal is to run an anti malware scan on the computer. Download free malware removal tools below and launch a full system scan. It will help you remove all components of the addon from hardisk and Windows registry.
Run Zemana Anti-malware to remove Disable Cookies
We recommend using the Zemana Anti-malware. You may download and install Zemana Anti-malware to scan for adware and thereby remove Disable Cookies extension from the Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and MS Edge browsers. When installed and updated, the malicious software remover will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your computer.
Download Zemana Anti Malware by clicking on the link below.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
After the downloading process is finished, close all software and windows on your personal computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup as shown on the image below.
When the installation begins, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will allow you install Zemana Anti-Malware on your computer.
Once setup is complete, you will see window as shown below.
Now click the “Scan” button . This will begin scanning the whole computer to find out Disable Cookies virus which reroutes your web-browser to annoying ad sites. This task can take some time, so please be patient. While the tool is scanning, you can see number of objects and files has already scanned.
Once the scanning is done, it will show you the results. All found items will be marked. You can remove them all by simply press “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti-malware will remove Disable Cookies plugin which reroutes your web browser to annoying ad web pages and move items to the program’s quarantine.
Get rid of Disable Cookies with Malwarebytes
You can delete Disable Cookies virus automatically with a help of Malwarebytes Free. We advise this free malware removal tool because it may easily get rid of hijackers, ‘ad supported’ software, potentially unwanted software and toolbars with all their components such as files, folders and registry entries.
Download Malwarebytes from the link below.
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
Once the downloading process is done, close all programs and windows on your machine. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup as shown below.
When the installation begins, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Malwarebytes on your PC system.
Once installation is finished, you will see window as shown below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan with this utility for the Disable Cookies addon that causes a large number of undesired pop-ups. This procedure can take quite a while, so please be patient. While the program is scanning, you can see how many objects it has identified as threat.
After the checking is finished, you will be opened the list of all detected items on your PC system. You may move items to Quarantine (all selected by default) by simply click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will now start to remove Disable Cookies extension which causes unwanted popups. After the task is finished, you may be prompted to reboot your computer.
The following video explains few simple steps on how to remove hijacker infection, ‘ad supported’ software and other malicious software with Malwarebytes Anti-malware.
Double-check for potentially unwanted programs with AdwCleaner
If MalwareBytes antimalware or Zemana anti malware cannot delete this extension, then we suggests to run the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for browser hijacker infections, PUPs, toolbars and Disable Cookies virus which reroutes your web-browser to intrusive ad web-sites.
- Download AdwCleaner from the following link.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: June 30, 2021
- Select the file location as Desktop, and then click Save.
- After downloading is finished, start the AdwCleaner, double-click the adwcleaner_xxx.exe file.
- If the “User Account Control” prompts, click Yes to continue.
- In the AdwCleaner window, click the “Scan” to begin scanning your PC for the Disable Cookies virus that redirects your web browser to unwanted ad web-pages. This process can take some time, so please be patient.
- After that process is done, it’ll show a screen that contains a list of malware that has been detected. You may move items to Quarantine (all selected by default) by simply click “Clean”. If the AdwCleaner will ask you to restart your machine, press “OK”.
The steps shown in detail in the following video.
Use AdBlocker to stay safe online
It is important to use adblocker software like AdGuard to protect your PC system from harmful web pages. Most security experts says that it’s okay to block ads. You should do so just to stay safe! And, of course, the AdGuard can to block unwanted ads and other undesired sites.
- Download AdGuard program from the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
- After the downloading process is done, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- After the installation is finished, press “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” 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 run your system, AdGuard will run automatically and stop popup advertisements, as well as other harmful or misleading web-sites. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the icon named AdGuard, that can be found on your desktop.
How was virus installed on computer
Most of annoying advertisements come from browser toolbars, browser extensions, BHOs (browser helper objects) and third-party software. Most commonly, these items claim itself as programs that improve your experience on the Internet by providing a fast and interactive startpage or a search engine that does not track you. Remember, how to avoid the unwanted software. Be cautious, launch only reputable software which download from reputable sources. NEVER install any unknown and suspicious software.
Now your computer should be clean of the Disable Cookies malicious addon which cause undesired popup ads to appear. Uninstall AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted pop ups and annoying malicious sites) and Zemana Anti-malware (to periodically scan your system for new malicious software, hijacker infections 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 browser hijacker infections, malware and adware are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove Disable Cookies virus from your web-browser, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.