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Remove Ads by FreezeTheApp Browser Extension

NameAds by FreezeTheApp
TypeBrowser extension, Adware
Short DescriptionIt may have been brought by an add-on which was supposed to improve the shopping online experience.
SymptomsThe search provider is changed to guard-search.com.
Distribution MethodBundling, unsafe browsing.
Detection toolDownload SpyHunter, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Ads by FreezeTheApp

Third party browser extensions are an issue – they jump out of nowhere and compromise our online security. The majority are ad-supported, unwanted applications that display intrusive and threatening advertisements and are aimed at your private data.

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Ads by FreezeTheApp and Cuttheprice extensions may fit right into the description of PUP – users report them to generate pop-up ads and slow down the system. Attempts to uninstall FreezeTheApp ads are most likely unsuccessful, and many users may want to know how to rid of them.

Ads by FreezeTheApp Distribution Path. Types of Bundling

At first, many browser extensions may appear user and browser-friendly, enhancing the browsing experience on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer. However, we have reviewed the extension subject many times only to conclude that they are not as safe as users may think. What makes them shady is the way they are distributed across the Web. Third party software distributors are quite aware of how users are inconsistent in their browsing habits. Thus, ‘exploiting’ security unawareness becomes an easy task.

Similar Extensions:

FreezeThePrice

SaLeeePPlus Pop-Ups

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Let’s be more specific. The most common distribution practices used by ad-supported extensions such as Ads by FreezeTheApp are:

Bundling

Bundling is the practice of including a software product in the installation package of another one. This is done to take advantage of negligent users’ habits to skip the product’s Download Agreement, Privacy Policy, EULA (End User License Agreement), Terms of Service. However, bundling can be done in several manners.

In some cases of bundling, the user has the opportunity to un-tick the additional application from the primary installer. In such a scenario, being careful saves the trouble of having adware on your computer.

In other cases, however, bundling is hidden from the user. Many third party developers choose to use silent and unattended installers to spread their riskware.

How do silent installers work?

As a matter of fact, there are numerous easy-to-find-and-access silent installer builders. They are used to allow whoever is interested to apply easily the ’ install multiple programs with one click’ option. Such bundlers are designed to assist in creating a setup package that contains multiple application installers. As a result, programs are installed automatically in the so-called ‘background’ mode, or to rephrase – silently.

How do unattended installers work?

For unattended installations to take place, no user interaction is required. Many people tend to mix up silent and unattended installers. The truth is both of the methods can be used for questionable operations.

In the end, what matters is not the way Ads by FreezeTheApp got into your system but the way it is removed.

Data Collection and Ads by FreezeTheApp

Browser extensions may be designed with the only purpose to collect data and cause unsafe browser redirects.

Types of details obtained by roguish browser extensions are:

  • PII – personally identifiable information which consists of user credentials (email, address, IP address).
  • Non-PII – non-personally identifiable information which consists of browsing data (browsing history, used cookies, search entries, etc).

Furthermore, adware may also apply various tracking technologies such as persistent cookies, Flash cookies, beacons, unique identifiers.

Ads by FreezeTheApp Removal Options

We have compiled three removal steps that apply to adware programs such as this particular extension. You can have a look at it right under the article. However, after following the manual, scanning the system may still be required. As we described, third parties may have used a silent or unattended bundler and as a result, your computer may be affected by invisible background processes.

For the sake of your PC’s future safety, always download from verified sources and avoid unsafe browsing.

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1. Remove/Uninstall Ads by FreezeTheApp

1. Remove/Uninstall Ads by FreezeTheApp 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).
  • uninstall-virus-fig3

    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Ads by FreezeTheApp.

    2. Restore the settings in your browser

    2. Remove Ads by FreezeTheApp 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 Ads by FreezeTheApp and click “Remove

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    After Ads by FreezeTheApp 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

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  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
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  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate Ads by FreezeTheApp and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After Ads by FreezeTheApp 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 Ads by FreezeTheApp 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’.

    uninstall-fig12

    After Ads by FreezeTheApp 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.
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    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on Ads by FreezeTheApp
    Click ‘Uninstall’

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

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