Unwanted Instant-message.online ads or notifications keeps popping up on the Google Chrome, MS Edge, Firefox and IE browser? If yes, then may be possible that an adware (sometimes named ‘ad-supported’ software) is active on your PC.
As a result of adware infection, your internet browser will be full of ads (pop-ups, banners, in-text links, offers to install an undesired programs) and your PC system will be slower and slower.
Technically, the ad-supported software is not a virus, but it does bad things, it generates a large number of pop up advertisements. It may download and install on to your machine other harmful and unwanted software without your permission, force you to visit misleading or malicious web-pages.
Adware can install a component that enables its creator to track which pages you visit, which products you look at upon those pages. They are then able to choose the type of ads they show you. So, if you had adware on your PC system, there is a good chance you have another that is collecting and sharing your privacy information with third parties, without your consent.
We advise to get rid of the adware that developed to redirect your web browser to various ad webpages like the Instant-message.online, as soon as you found this problem, as it can redirect your web-browser to web-resources that may load other harmful software on your personal computer.
Remove Instant-message.online pop-ups, ads, notifications
In the guidance below, we will try to cover the Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Edge and provide general advice to delete Instant-message.online redirect. You may find some minor differences in your Windows install. No matter, you should be okay if you follow the steps outlined below: remove all suspicious and unknown applications, reset internet browsers settings, fix web browsers shortcuts, get rid of malicious scheduled tasks, run free malicious software removal utilities. Some of the steps below will require you to close this webpage. So, please read the few simple steps carefully, after that bookmark or print it for later reference.
To remove Instant-message.online pop-ups, execute the steps below:
- Removing the Instant-message.online, check the list of installed applications first
- Remove Instant-message.online popup ads from Chrome
- Remove Instant-message.online popup advertisements from Internet Explorer
- Delete Instant-message.online from Mozilla Firefox by resetting web-browser settings
- Relete Instant-message.online pop-ups with free utilities
- Use AdBlocker to block Instant-message.online and stay safe online
Delete Instant-message.online pop-ups without any utilities
The ad supported software can modify your web-browser settings and redirect you to the pages which may contain countless ads or various security threats, such as hijacker infection, malicious software or potentially unwanted software. Not every antivirus program can detect and delete adware easily from your browser. Follow the tutorial below and you can remove Instant-message.online pop-up ads by yourself.
Removing the Instant-message.online, check the list of installed applications first
Some of PUPs, ad-supported software and hijacker infections can be uninstalled using the Add/Remove programs utility which can be found in the Windows Control Panel. So, if you’re running any version of Microsoft Windows and you have noticed an unwanted program, then first try to delete it through Add/Remove programs.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Click the Microsoft Windows logo, and then click Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as on the image below.
Once the ‘Control Panel’ opens, press the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as displayed below.
Windows 7, Vista, XP
Open Start menu and select the ‘Control Panel’ at right as shown in the following example.
Then go to ‘Add/Remove Programs’ or ‘Uninstall a program’ (MS Windows 7 or Vista) as shown on the image below.
Carefully browse through the list of installed software and remove all questionable and unknown applications. We suggest to click ‘Installed programs’ and even sorts all installed software by date. After you’ve found anything questionable that may be the adware that responsible for internet browser redirect to the undesired Instant-message.online web site or other potentially unwanted application (PUA), then choose this program and click ‘Uninstall’ in the upper part of the window. If the dubious program blocked from removal, then use Revo Uninstaller Freeware to fully remove it from your PC system.
Remove Instant-message.online popup ads from Chrome
Like other modern web browsers, the Google Chrome has the ability to reset the settings to their default values and thereby recover the web browser’s settings like search engine by default, newtab page and startpage that have been changed by the ad-supported software that causes multiple annoying pop-up ads.
First run the Google Chrome. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal dots ().
It will open the Chrome menu. Select More Tools, then click Extensions. Carefully browse through the list of installed extensions. If the list has the add-on signed with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following guide: Remove Google Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
Open the Chrome menu once again. Further, click the option called “Settings”.
The web browser will open the settings screen. Another method to display the Google Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the browser adress bar and press Enter
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “Advanced” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset” section is visible, as shown in the figure below and press the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
The Chrome will open the confirmation dialog box as displayed in the following example.
You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The web-browser will launch the task of cleaning. When it is done, the browser’s settings including default search engine, home page and newtab back to the values that have been when the Chrome was first installed on your PC.
Remove Instant-message.online popup advertisements from Internet Explorer
The Internet Explorer reset is great if your internet browser is hijacked or you have unwanted addo-ons or toolbars on your browser, which installed by an malware.
First, run the IE, click ) button. Next, click “Internet Options” as on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, click Reset button. The IE will open the Reset Internet Explorer settings dialog box. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and click Reset button.
You will now need to restart your PC for the changes to take effect. It will remove adware which developed to redirect your browser to various ad web-sites such as the Instant-message.online, disable malicious and ad-supported browser’s extensions and restore the Microsoft Internet Explorer’s settings like start page, search engine and newtab to default state.
Delete Instant-message.online from Mozilla Firefox by resetting web-browser settings
Resetting Mozilla Firefox browser will reset all the settings to their default state and will remove Instant-message.online redirect, malicious add-ons and extensions. Essential information like bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, cookies, auto-fill data and personal dictionaries will not be removed.
Press the Menu button (looks like three horizontal lines), and press the blue Help icon located at the bottom of the drop down menu as displayed on the screen below.
A small menu will appear, click the “Troubleshooting Information”. On this page, click “Refresh Firefox” button as displayed in the figure below.
Follow the onscreen procedure to restore your Firefox browser settings to their original settings.
Remove Instant-message.online pop-ups with free utilities
AntiMalware apps differ from each other by many features like performance, scheduled scans, automatic updates, virus signature database, technical support, compatibility with other antivirus software and so on. We advise you run the following free apps: Zemana AntiMalware, MalwareBytes Free and HitmanPro. Each of these programs has all of needed features, but most importantly, they can identify the ad supported software and get rid of Instant-message.online redirect from the MS Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Chrome.
Get rid of Instant-message.online ads with Zemana
Does Zemana uninstall adware that causes multiple annoying advertisements? The adware is often downloaded with malware that can cause you to install an program such as toolbars you don’t want. Therefore, advise using the Zemana Anti-Malware. It’s a tool created to scan and delete adware and other malicious software from your PC system for free.
Download Zemana by clicking on the link below.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
When downloading is finished, launch it and follow the prompts. Once installed, the Zemana Anti Malware will try to update itself and when this procedure is complete, click the “Scan” button . Zemana Free program will scan through the whole PC system for the ad supported software that causes browsers to show intrusive Instant-message.online popup advertisements.
During the scan Zemana AntiMalware will find threats present on your PC system. You may remove threats (move to Quarantine) by simply click “Next” button.
The Zemana Free will remove ad-supported software that responsible for web browser redirect to the unwanted Instant-message.online website and move items to the program’s quarantine.
Use AdBlocker to block Instant-message.online and stay safe online
If you browse the Internet, you cannot avoid malicious advertising. But you can protect your web browser against it. Download and run an adblocker program. AdGuard is an ad blocker which can filter out a huge number of of the malvertising, blocking dynamic scripts from loading malicious content.
AdGuard can be downloaded from the following link. Save it on your Desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
After downloading is done, double-click the downloaded file to run it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as displayed on the image 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 tutorial as shown on the screen below.
Click “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see an quick guide which will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you run your computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop popup ads, block Instant-message.online, as well as other malicious 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, which is located on your desktop.
How does your computer get infected with adware
Now your personal computer should be free of the adware responsible for Instant-message.online pop ups. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted popups and annoying malicious websites) and Zemana Anti-Malware (to periodically scan your computer for new malware, browser hijacker infections and ad-supported software). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for Windows OS. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new browser hijackers, malicious apps and ad-supported software are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to get rid of Instant-message.online popups from your internet browser, then ask for help here.