What is BadURLDefender
BadURLDefender is supposed to be a browser extension that will improve the browsing experience and block malicious sites, but according to security specialists, it is an adware. Adware is something which developed in order to provide third-party ads to the user without asking permission. Adware takes control of internet browsers and displays unwanted ads every time users surf the Internet. Adware can end up on computers in various ways. In most cases is when users install free applications and forget to uncheck the box for the bundled apps installation.
Does adware steal your personal information? Adware can analyze the location and which World Wide Web web-sites you visit, and then show advertisements to the types of content, goods or services featured there. Adware developers can gather and sell your surfing information and behavior to third parties. So, we recommend you delete the adware sooner. This will also prevent tracking of your online activities. A full BadURLDefender removal can be easily carried out using manual or automatic solution listed below.
How does Adware get on your PC
Usually, adware software gets into computers as part of a bundle with freeware, sharing files and other unsafe applications which you downloaded from the Internet. The creators of adware pays software makers for distributing adware within their software. So, bundled programs is often included as part of the installation package. In order to avoid the install of any adware: choose only Manual, Custom or Advanced setup type and uncheck all bundled applications in which you are unsure.
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|BadURLDefender removal guide
How to remove BadURLDefender from Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge
Fortunately, it is not hard to get rid of the BadURLDefender adware. In the following instructions, we will provide two ways to clean your personal computer of this adware software. One is the manual removal solution and the other is automatic removal way. You can select the way that best fits you. Please follow the removal instructions below to get rid of the adware software right now!
To remove BadURLDefender, use the following steps:
- Manual BadURLDefender adware removal
- Automatic Removal of adware
- How to stay safe online
Manual BadURLDefender adware removal
Most adware can be uninstalled manually, without the use of antivirus or other removal tools. The manual steps below will guide you through how to delete the adware step by step. Although each of the steps is easy and does not require special knowledge, but you are not sure that you can complete them, then use the free tools, a list of which is given below.
Uninstall adware through the Windows Control Panel
Some of potentially unwanted programs, adware and browser hijackers can be uninstalled using the Add/Remove programs tool which may be found in the Microsoft Windows Control Panel. So, if you’re running any version of Windows and you have noticed an unwanted application, then first try to get rid of it through Add/Remove programs.
Make sure you have closed all web browsers and other programs. Next, delete any unrequested and suspicious software from your Control panel.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Now, click the Windows button, type “Control panel” in search and press Enter. Select “Programs and Features”, then “Uninstall a program”.
Look around the entire list of applications installed on your computer. Most probably, one of them is the adware. Select the questionable application or the program that name is not familiar to you and delete it.
Windows Vista, 7
From the “Start” menu in Microsoft Windows, select “Control Panel”. Under the “Programs” icon, select “Uninstall a program”.
Select the questionable or any unknown programs, then click “Uninstall/Change” button to remove this unwanted application from your PC.
Click the “Start” button, select “Control Panel” option. Click on “Add/Remove Programs”.
Choose an unwanted program, then click “Change/Remove” button. Follow the prompts.
Remove BadURLDefender from Chrome
Another way to remove BadURLDefender from Google Chrome is Reset Chrome settings. This will disable malicious extensions and reset Chrome settings to original state. However, your saved bookmarks and passwords will not be lost. This will not affect your history, passwords, bookmarks, and other saved data.
- First start the Chrome and press Menu button (small button in the form of three dots).
- It will open the Google Chrome main menu. Choose More Tools, then click Extensions.
- You will see 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.
- Now open the Chrome menu once again, click the “Settings” menu.
- You will see the Chrome’s settings page. Scroll down and press “Advanced” link.
- Scroll down again and click the “Reset” button.
- The Google Chrome will display the reset profile settings page as on the image above.
- Next press the “Reset” button.
- Once this process is done, your internet browser’s homepage, search provider and newtab will be restored to their original defaults.
- To learn more, read the post How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Remove BadURLDefender from IE
In order to restore internet browser newtab page, default search engine and start page you need to reset the Microsoft Internet Explorer to the state, which was when the MS Windows was installed on your device.
First, run the Internet Explorer, then press ‘gear’ icon . It will show the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the internet browser, then press the “Internet Options” as displayed in the figure below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then click the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will show the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” prompt. Further, press the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, press the “Reset” button like below.
When the procedure is done, click “Close” button. Close the Internet Explorer and reboot your PC for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your web browser’s search provider, new tab page and startpage to default state.
Remove BadURLDefender from Mozilla Firefox by resetting web browser settings
If your Mozilla Firefox web browser is hijacked by adware or an unknown search engine displays results for your search, then it may be time to perform the internet browser reset. It will keep your personal information such as browsing history, bookmarks, passwords and web form auto-fill data.
First, launch the Firefox. Next, press the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will display 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 click on “Refresh Firefox” button as shown below.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
Automatic Removal of adware
Anti Malware programs differ from each other by many features such as performance, scheduled scans, automatic updates, virus signature database, technical support, compatibility with other antivirus applications and so on. We recommend you run the following free applications: Zemana Free, MalwareBytes and HitmanPro. Each of these programs has all of needed features, but most importantly, they can be used to look for the adware software and get rid of unwanted ads from Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
How to remove adware with Zemana Free
Zemana Anti Malware is an amazing utility to delete adware and malicious extensions from Google Chrome, Firefox, Edge and IE. It also removes malware and adware software from your computer. It improves your system’s performance by deleting PUPs.
First, please go to the following link, then click the ‘Download’ button in order to download the latest version of Zemana AntiMalware.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
After downloading is done, close all windows on your device. Further, launch the install file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as displayed on the screen below, click the “Yes” button.
It will display the “Setup wizard” which will allow you install Zemana Free on the computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once setup is done successfully, Zemana will automatically run and you can see its main window like below.
Next, click the “Scan” button to start checking your computer for the adware. This process may take quite a while, so please be patient. When a threat is found, the count of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the checking is done.
Once the system scan is done, Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) will show you the results. Review the scan results and then press “Next” button.
The Zemana will uninstall the adware adware. After that process is finished, you can be prompted to restart your computer.
How to stay safe online
It’s important to run adblocker applications such as AdGuard to protect your device from malicious web-sites. Most security experts says that it’s okay to block advertisements. You should do so just to stay safe! And, of course, the AdGuard can to block misleading and other unwanted web sites.
- AdGuard can be downloaded from the following link. Save it to your Desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
- After downloading it, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- Once the installation is complete, click “Skip” to close the installation application and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial which 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 computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop undesired advertisements, block malicious and misleading web pages. 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, which is located on your desktop.
Now your browser should be clean of any unwanted ads. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted ads and unwanted harmful websites) and Zemana (to periodically scan your computer for new malicious software, browser hijackers and adware). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for Windows operating system. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new browser hijackers, malicious applications and adware are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to delete BadURLDefender from your browser, then ask for help here.