How to Remove HeadlineAlley Browser Extension

How to Remove HeadlineAlley Browser Extension

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This article aims to help you with the removal of the nasty extensionHeadlineAlley from affected browser and system. Follow the detailed guide at the end to get rid of all harmful files in full.

HeadlineAlley is a deceptive browser extension that could suddenly start to appear in your preferred web browser. It is owned by MindSpark which is a company often associated with the distribution of various potentially unwanted apps. Their nasty browser extension is designed to obtain certain details from affected web browsers and keep a record of them on its servers. Once installed in the browser it usually injects many ads and interrupts browsing sessions with redirects to other poorly secured websites.

Threat Summary

TypeBrowser Hijacker, Redirect, PUP
Short DescriptionA questionable browser extension that alters basic brower settings in order to provide deceptive search enigne and hoax services.
Symptoms The homepage, new tab page and search enigne in preferred web browser could be set to dislay the main page of a browser hijacker. Browser slowdowns occur due to increased number of online ads.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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HeadlineAlley Extension – Spread Techniques

One of the most preferred spread paths for potentially unwanted and harmful programs like HeadlineAlley is software bundling. This technique enables developers of various free third-party apps to inject the installation code of the PUP into their installers and which allows them to monetize their projects. In order to trick as many users as possible to install the undesired app without noticing it the regular steps presented in the installers do not reveal the existence of any additional components. So in case that you regularly install new apps only by clicking the Next button until the Finish one appears on screen, you may have unintentionally allowed HeadlineAlley to access your device.

If you wonder how to prevent such unpleasant consequences and keep your system secure, the advice is simple – find the Advanced/Custom configuration steps and read carefully what is mentioned there. Most of the times these steps notify you of the presence of any bundled “useful” apps that will be installed along with the primary one. There is no doubt that you don’t need such apps to reside on your device so to keep it safe you need to opt out their installation or at least have a second chance to decide whether you want the primary app or not.

This undesired browser extension may be also distributed by other deceptive websites and undesired apps. One of the websites detected to be used as a spread channel for HeadlineAlley spying extension is The main page of this website presents misleading messages that offer you instant access to fresh news from your browser new tab as shown below: website redirects to headlinealley extension download page

However, a click on the “Continue” button causes a redirect to the official download page of HeadlineAlley PUP which appears to be another spread channel used for the distribution of its infection code:

HeadlineAlley deceitful browser extension official website

How you may land on these websites is by browser redirects caused by any other potentially unwanted program installed on your PC. Except these two websites, various other domains may be used for the distribution of this nasty program.

HeadlineAlley Extension – More About Its Impact

Once HeadlineAlley accesses your browser it automatically receives the following permissions:

  • Read and change all your data on the websites you visit
  • Replace the page you see when opening a new tab
  • Manage your downloads
  • Manage your apps, extensions, and themes

By obtaining all these permissions, the undesired extension becomes able to alter main browser settings that affect the homepages, new tab pages and default search engines of all target browsers. Upon changes you may find that the infamous browser hijacker to be set as homepage in your preferred web browser. No matter that the design of this search engine resembles a lot the designed of Google and other trustworthy search engines, its deceptive services may cause more harm than good.

In fact, the main purpose of HeadlineAlley and its services is the collection of valuable details from the infected browser. Once it sends the data to its servers its owners could use it for aggressive advertising campaigns based on your interests. As a result, your browsing sessions may be invaded by numerous online ads of all kinds – banners, videos, pop-ups, pop-unders, in-text links, misleading images, etc.

This, in turn, slows down the performance of your browser and what’s worse puts your system at risk of malware infections. You need to be very careful which of the displayed ads you visit as some of them may land you on compromised web pages that install severe malware infections directly on your PC.

HeadlineAlley – Privacy Policy

As found in the policy the undesired HeadlineAlley extension and toolbar is owned by the company MindSpark which in fact is a well-known distributor of numerous nasty apps designed to track online activities. Just to name a few reported by our team – ShoppingDealsLive, , VideoConvert,

The policy further reports that HeadlineAlley is an app that could gather both personally and non-personally identifiable information from all infected browsers. So as long as it is running in your browser and its files on your system it receives your agreement for the collection of the following details:

  • Your name
  • Your address
  • Email address
  • Number of your page views
  • What links you clicked
  • Telephone number
  • Username and password
  • Browser type
  • Preferred language
  • Other browser-related data
  • Keyword query, search query text and search results you clicked on
  • Adverts clicked and cookie data
  • Your login times

If you are now a little bit confused and wonder what purposes stand behind the collection of all these details of yours here is a quote from the Privacy Policy that contains the answer:

We may receive information from third-parties, including our authorized service providers, IAC affiliates, advertising companies, and ad networks. These third parties may display ads via the MS Services.These companies may use tracking technologies, such as cookies, to collect information about users who view or interact with these advertisements.

All information acquired by Mindspark could be shared with third-party businesses. In case you value your private space and want to stop this nasty app from spying on your online behavior, you should remove it and its associated files instantly from the infected system.

How to Remove HeadlineAlley Browser Extension

In order to remove the undesired HeadlineAlley and all associated files from your PC make sure to complete all the steps listed in the removal that follows. It presents both manual and automatic removal instructions that combined will help you to remove this undesired program in full. The automatic approach guarantees maximum efficiency as a scan with an advanced anti-malware tool reveals the exact location of all malicious files and objects created by HeadlineAlley. The results enable you to access and remove all harmful files from the infected PC. Have in mind that files associated with this hijacker may be detected with different names than HeadlineAlley.

In case that you have further questions or need additional help, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact us via email.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has completed a bachelor degree in Marketing from the University of National and World Economy. She has been with the STF team for four years, researching malware and reporting on the latest infections.

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