BCool is a legitimate application that has been quite popular in the US, the UK, and Taiwan lately. The free app is promoted as a useful tool that will help users access their favorite websites, play their favorite games, read the latest news, watch their favorite movies – all that with a simple mouse-click. As attractive as these features may sound, malware experts warn that BCool is a classic example of an adware program which disadvantages outweigh its benefits, and recommend its removal with a competent anti-malware tool.
How is BCool Distributed?
BCool is a browser extension for the commonly used web browsers (Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, etc.) that can end up in your computer bundled with other free programs and applications you have downloaded online. Although this distribution technique is legitimate, it is capable of giving access to potentially unsafe software to the user’s machine. Be attentive to each step of the installation process and always select the Advanced settings, which provide you with a list of all additional installations.
How Does BCool Affect Your System?
BCool is known to display numerous advertisements (pop-ups, banners, deals, coupons, etc.) every time you visit BestBuy, EBay or other online shopping sites The application is ad-supported and aims to boost the web traffic for certain web pages and generate profit or their developers. The ads will not only disrupt your browsing, but they may also link you to potentially unsafe web locations and put your system to risk.
To display relevant advertising content, BCool tracks certain information on the compromised machine, such as IP address, search queries, browsing history, etc. The collected data may be transferred to third-party advertisers for marketing purposes.
Adware may cause unpermitted modifications of your homepage, search engine, and new tab page, and redirect you to predetermined and potentially unsafe web pages.
How to Remove BCool from Your PC?
BCool can be deleted manually or with a trustworthy anti-malware tool. Below is a detailed step-by-step removal guide that will help you remove BCool permanently from your computer.
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- Guide 1: How to Remove BCool from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of BCool from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove BCool from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase BCool from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall BCool from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove BCool from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate BCool from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove BCool from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove BCool
Step 2: Uninstall BCool 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by BCool on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by BCool there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of BCool from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall BCool and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 BCool 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, 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.
Remove BCool 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.
Erase BCool 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.
Uninstall BCool 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.
Remove BCool 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".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the BCool will be removed.
Eliminate BCool 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.