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AstrologyBuzz.com Adware Removal

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AstrologyBuzz.com is a website that offers tarot card and horoscope readings, quizzes, and similar things. AstrologyBuzz is an adware, and it is considered as such due to the advertisements it generates. These advertisements might redirect you to websites with the same theme. A browser extension which is associated with the platform is on the Google Chrome Web Store and can be added to your browsers. To remove the adware completely, you should read this article.

Threat Summary

NameAstrologyBuzz.com
TypeAdware, PUP
Short DescriptionThe site hosts advertisements that can display on similar platforms and websites.
SymptomsYou will see adverts inside your browsers – pop-ups, interstitial and other types.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundle Packages
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AstrologyBuzz.com – Distribution

AstrologyBuzz.com might be distributed with a third-party installation. Such an installation could inject the adware on your computer system, with a bundled package or freeware, without any prior notification. By default, similar installers could be set to install additional components to your machine. Avoiding any such unwanted installation is possible if you find a Custom or an Advanced options menu.

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AstrologyBuzz.com is distributed through a browser extension, as well. The extension is hosted on the main website and as seen in the above image – on the Google Chrome’s Web Store. Another way for distribution is by visiting websites that are suspicious or in case you have clicked on advertisements. The advertisements can be pop-ups or banners and can redirect you. As a result you started to see ads related to AstrologyBuzz.com. Browsers which are mostly affected: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari.

AstrologyBuzz.com – Description

AstrologyBuzz.com is a website that is promoting various quizzes, horoscope readings, looking into your future via tarot cards, etc. However, the website’s primary aim is to disperse advertising content, and this is why it is considered an adware. The advertisements might appear on a lot of different websites in the cyberspace. AstrologyBuzz.com is site that is a look-alike of GrizzlyQuiz.com and the design and functionality of it are the same. From that, we can deduct that the sites belong to the same developer.

Below, you can view the main site page of AstrologyBuzz.com:

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If you have some applications on your PC and browsers that are closely associated to the AstrologyBuzz.com website, certainly you will witness advertisements while browsing. The adverts could be so much that you might have your computer or internet running slow. AstrologyBuzz could redirect you to different websites, so in case that happens, proceed with caution about interacting with them.

Adverts can have some of these texts inside them:

  • Ads by AstrologyBuzz.com
  • Ad by AstrologyBuzz.com
  • Advert from AstrologyBuzz.com
  • Advertisement by AstrologyBuzz.com
  • Powered by AstrologyBuzz.com
  • Brought to you by AstrologyBuzz.com

AstrologyBuzz could spread lots of redirecting links along all of the advertisements. The redirects could be part of a plan to generate online traffic which is at a later period turned into revenue for the website makers. A pay-per-click scheme is usually used for such purposes. Any redirect link could lead to the page about tarot card readings, as well:

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Advertisement content that is tightly connected to this adware can be of various types. The advertisements associated with the AstrologyBuzz.com website display on the Internet in the form of banners, text links, pop-ups, pop-unders, as well as shopping, transitional and interstitial ads. A large part of these adverts such as the pop-up boxes could be distributing targeted content which is based on your browsing habits and activity on the website.

AstrologyBuzz.com – Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy of AstrologyBuzz.com is displayed in a picture under the paragraph. The policy gives great detail and about what exactly is collected from you. Both personally and non-personally identifiable information will be collected. The policy states that the AstrologyBuzz.com website can share that information with third-party advertisement networks. The data will also be used in the form of an asset in negotiations with other companies which want to become the new owner and want to buy out the site.

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The policy states that the following information may be collected:

  • Browser – type and version
  • Your Name
  • Geographic location
  • Your Email address
  • Search queries, pages viewed and ones you visit on the site
  • Operating system (OS) – type and version
  • Date and time stamp
  • Your IP addresses
  • Internet service provider (ISP)
  • Installed programs and running processes/services
  • Content of web pages you visit, URLs and HTML

AstrologyBuzz.com uses cookies as well as Web beacons and more tracking technologies which obtain additional information about you. Third parties partnered up with them could also use tracking cookies for data collection like that. In case you do not like your personal information to be gathered and shared, you should remove this adware and all its related content from your computer device.

Remove AstrologyBuzz.com from Your PC

To remove AstrologyBuzz.com manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instruction guide provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of all adverts completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software can help keep your computer safe in the future.

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How to Remove AstrologyBuzz.com from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove AstrologyBuzz.com

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We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall AstrologyBuzz.com and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by AstrologyBuzz.com on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by AstrologyBuzz.com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for AstrologyBuzz.com with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of AstrologyBuzz.com from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall AstrologyBuzz.com and remove related files and objects

OFFER
Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to AstrologyBuzz.com:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to AstrologyBuzz.com. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to AstrologyBuzz.com. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove AstrologyBuzz.com via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as AstrologyBuzz.com. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove AstrologyBuzz.com files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as AstrologyBuzz.com, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.



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Remove AstrologyBuzz.com from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


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Erase AstrologyBuzz.com from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



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Uninstall AstrologyBuzz.com from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Remove AstrologyBuzz.com from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

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Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the AstrologyBuzz.com will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate AstrologyBuzz.com from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


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