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GraphiteGrips Ads Removal Manual

NameGraphiteGrips Ads
TypeAdware, PUP
Short DescriptionThe plug-in may appeal to the active online shopper but may compromise his browsing.
SymptomsTargeted advertisements are displayed in the browser.
Distribution MethodBundling, freeware websites.
Detection toolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By GraphiteGrips Ads

The Internet is full of third party add-ons and applications that compromise the browser’s performance and obtain data from users. As a ‘bonus’, such extensions are typically ad-supported and generate unwanted advertisements in Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and occasionally Safari. Due to their vague Privacy Policies and Download Agreements, extensions like that are often regarded PUAs or PUPs (potentially unwanted applications/ programs). GraphiteGrips may just fit in the description of PUP. User complaints have been triggered by the advertisements generated by the GraphiteGrips plug-in.

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GraphiteGrips Description and Technical Resume

GraphiteGrips may be advertised as an application that offers limited time deals, discounts and coupons. It may appeal to the active online shopper but users shouldn’t be fooled by these promises. GraphiteGrips is yet another adware application that is distributed primarily in bundled downloads. In most cases, the plug-in is installed under a freeware product’s Express or Typical option. As a result of the installation, the user may start witnessing Ads by GraphiteGrips in his browser.

Furthermore, ad-supported extensions such as GraphiteGrips are known to:

  • Cause intensive browser redirects to sponsored or predefined pages and services.
  • Push targeted advertisements and promotional materials, surveys and video commercials.
  • Generate advertisements such as pop-up and pop-under ads, in-text ads, and banners.
  • Turn random texts into hyperlinks on the pages the user visits.
  • Add tracking (persistent) cookies to the browser and apply other tracking technologies such as beacons and website identifiers.

GraphiteGrips Threat Evaluation

Adware applications are not considered malicious but they may become a gateway to further PC troubles. By altering the Windows Registry or dropping .dll and .exe files onto the system, unwanted applications increase the system’s vulnerability and make it more susceptible to malware.

Read more about adware and executables.

Should I Remove GraphiteGrips Ads from My PC?

In one word – if you want to avoid compromising your system, you should proceed towards getting rid of PUPs and adware.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall GraphiteGrips Ads in Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 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 get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes 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:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
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  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
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  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
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    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall GraphiteGrips Ads.

    Step 2: Remove GraphiteGrips Ads from your browser

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window

    uninstall-fig4

    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

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    Select GraphiteGrips Ads and click “Remove

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    After GraphiteGrips Ads is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu

    uninstall-fig7

  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
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  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate GraphiteGrips Ads and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After GraphiteGrips Ads is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
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  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
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    Select GraphiteGrips Ads to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.

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    After GraphiteGrips Ads has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.
    uninstall-fig13

    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on GraphiteGrips Ads
    Click ‘Uninstall’

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    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall GraphiteGrips Ads. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the GraphiteGrips Ads will be removed.

    Step 4: Remove GraphiteGrips Ads automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all GraphiteGrips Ads associated objects.

    NOTE! Substantial notification about the GraphiteGrips Ads threat: Manual removal of GraphiteGrips Ads requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.

    Milena Dimitrova

    An inspired writer, focused on user privacy and malicious software. Enjoys 'Mr. Robot' and fears '1984'.

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