|Short Description||The plug-in may appeal to the active online shopper but may compromise his browsing.|
|Symptoms||Targeted advertisements are displayed in the browser.|
|Distribution Method||Bundling, freeware websites.|
|Detection tool||Download 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.
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.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall GraphiteGrips Ads.
Step 2: Remove GraphiteGrips Ads from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select GraphiteGrips Ads and click “Remove”
After GraphiteGrips Ads is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
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’.
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.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on GraphiteGrips Ads
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.