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Remove ConfidentialSurveys(.)co from Your Computer

ConfidentialSurveys(.)co is an adware. When it is on your computer, the adware will attach itself to your browser. To know how to remove it efficiently, you should continue reading this article to the end. Advertisements, banners, message boxes and commercial content will be displayed mostly in the form of pop-ups. It may add a browser extension. You could be redirected to various websites with potentially malicious content.

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NameConfidentialSurveys(.)co
TypeAdware, PUP
Short DescriptionAdvertisements are displayed across your browsers.
SymptomsYou can see advertisements, messages, and banners as pop-ups and you could get redirected.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installers, Bundling
Detection ToolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by ConfidentialSurveys(.)co
User Experience Join our forum to discuss ConfidentialSurveys(.)co.

ConfidentialSurveys(.)co – Distribution Ways

The most widespread way of distribution for ConfidentialSurveys(.)co is via third-party installers. You can install it along something else without knowing because such adware is often hidden inside freeware installations and bundle packages. They contain additional components for installation, which are usually not disclosed in a proper way, thus tricking you into installing potentially unwanted programs, like ConfidentialSurveys(.)co. This may be avoided by inspecting the options Custom or Advanced in an installation setup.

Another way you might get such PUPs installed is if you visit suspicious sites, and you click on any advertisements, banners, and pop-ups displayed by these sites. All browsers can be affected, especially popular ones like: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge or Opera.

ConfidentialSurveys(.)co – Information

ConfidentialSurveys(.)co is classified as an adware. When it is inside your computer, it will begin generating pop-ups, which might redirect you to sites, and prompt you to install applications with potentially malicious content. You can be redirected to the official website of the PUP at http://confidentialsurveys(.)co.

The website consists of a picture, a few sentences of text and three buttons:

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In addition, you may have a browser extension that is the contributing to some of the browser redirects, pop-ups and advertisements that appear. The commercials can have text such as:

  • Ads by ConfidentialSurveys(.)co
  • Advertisement by ConfidentialSurveys(.)co
  • Ad by ConfidentialSurveys(.)co
  • Powered by ConfidentialSurveys(.)co
  • Brought to you by ConfidentialSurveys(.)co

If you click on any of the three buttons inside the site, you will get a Not Found error:

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The redirects could be with the aim of generating revenue for the site developers on a pay-per-click principle.

The PUP may use cookies, and each time you are redirected from it to websites that are affiliated with it, you could be tracked. That could allow for sensitive information to be stolen secretly from you. Such data can be used to generate more commercial content that is attractive to you. It could also be exploited to make a bigger profit for the owners of ConfidentialSurveys(.)co.

There is no mention of a Privacy Policy on the ConfidentialSurveys(.)co site. This means that both personally and non-personally identifying information can be extracted from your internet usage.
If you have this software on your PC, it can be considered that you automatically accept information collected by ConfidentialSurveys(.)co and its partner sites to be used how they like.

Remove ConfidentialSurveys(.)co Completely

To remove ConfidentialSurveys(.)co manually from your PC, follow the step-by-step removal guide written below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of this adware completely, you should search and remove any leftover files with an advanced anti-malware program. Such software will also make sure that your system is secure from future threats.

Delete ConfidentialSurveys(.)co from Windows and Your Browser

1.Remove or Uninstall ConfidentialSurveys(.)co in Windows

Remove or Uninstall ConfidentialSurveys(.)co in Windows.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall ConfidentialSurveys(.)co 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 ConfidentialSurveys(.)co.

    2.Remove ConfidentialSurveys(.)co from Your Browser

    Remove ConfidentialSurveys(.)co 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

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    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

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    Select ConfidentialSurveys(.)co and click “Remove

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    After ConfidentialSurveys(.)co 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 ConfidentialSurveys(.)co and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After ConfidentialSurveys(.)co 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 ConfidentialSurveys(.)co 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 ConfidentialSurveys(.)co 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 ConfidentialSurveys(.)co
    Click ‘Uninstall’

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    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall ConfidentialSurveys(.)co. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the ConfidentialSurveys(.)co will be removed.

    Remove ConfidentialSurveys(.)co automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    1. Remove ConfidentialSurveys(.)co with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Remove ConfidentialSurveys(.)co with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Install SpyHunter to scan for and remove ConfidentialSurveys(.)co.2. Scan with SpyHunter to Detect and Remove ConfidentialSurveys(.)co.
    Step 1: Click here to go to SpyHunter’s download instruction page.
    Step 2: Guide yourself by the download instructions provided for each browser.
    Step 3: After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to automatically update.

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    Step1: After the update process has finished, click on the ‘Scan Computer Now’ button.
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    Step2: After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any ConfidentialSurveys(.)co files, click on the ‘Fix Threats’ button to remove them automatically and permanently.
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    Step3: Once the intrusions on your PC have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart it.

    2. Back up your data to secure it against attacks related to ConfidentialSurveys(.)co in the future

    2. Back up your data to secure it against attacks in the future

    IMPORTANT! Before reading the Windows backup instructions, we highly recommend to back up your data automatically with cloud backup and insure it against any type of data loss on your device, even the most severe. We recommend reading more about and downloading SOS Online Backup .

    To back up your files via Windows and prevent any future intrusions, follow these instructions:

    1. For Windows 7 and earlier 1. For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 1. Enabling the Windows Defense Feature (Previous Versions)

    1-Click on Windows Start Menu
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    2-Type Backup And Restore
    3-Open it and click on Set Up Backup
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    4-A window will appear asking you where to set up backup. You should have a flash drive or an external hard drive. Mark it by clicking on it with your mouse then click on Next.
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    5-On the next window, the system will ask you what do you want to backup. Choose the ‘Let Me Choose’ option and then click on Next.
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    6-Click on ‘Save settings and run backup’ on the next window in order to protect your files from possible attacks by ConfidentialSurveys(.)co.
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    1-Press Windows button + R
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    2-In the window type ‘filehistory’ and press Enter
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    3-A File History window will appear. Click on ‘Configure file history settings’
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    4-The configuration menu for File History will appear. Click on ‘Turn On’. After its on, click on Select Drive in order to select the backup drive. It is recommended to choose an external HDD, SSD or a USB stick whose memory capacity is corresponding to the size of the files you want to backup.
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    5-Select the drive then click on ‘Ok’ in order to set up file backup and protect yourself from ConfidentialSurveys(.)co.

    1- Press Windows button + R keys.
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    2- A run windows should appear. In it type ‘sysdm.cpl’ and then click on Run.
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    3- A System Properties windows should appear. In it choose System Protection.
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    5- Click on Turn on system protection and select the size on the hard disk you want to utilize for system protection.
    6- Click on Ok and you should see an indication in Protection settings that the protection from ConfidentialSurveys(.)co is on.
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    Restoring a file via Windows Defense feature:
    1-Right-click on the encrypted file, then choose Properties.
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    2-Click on the Previous Versions tab and then mark the last version of the file.
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    3-Click on Apply and Ok and the file encrypted by ConfidentialSurveys(.)co should be restored.

    Optional: Using Alternative Anti-Malware Tools

    Remove ConfidentialSurveys(.)co Using Other Alternative Tools

    Malwarebytes Anti-MalwareSTOPZilla Anti Malware
    1. Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to scan for and remove ConfidentialSurveys(.)co.
    Step 1: Download Malwarebytes by clicking here.
    Step 2: A pop-up window will appear. Click on the ‘Save File’ button. If it does not, click on the Download button and save it afterwards.
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    Step 3: After you have downloaded the setup, simply open it.
    Step 4: The installer should appear. Click on the ‘Next’ button.
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    Step 5: Check the ‘I accept the agreement’ check circle if not checked if you accept it and click the ‘Next’ button once again.
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    Step 6: Review and click on ‘Next’ on the following 4 steps that will appear afterwards and after that click on the ‘Install’ button.
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    Step 7: After the installation process has completed click on the ‘Finish’ button and check the ‘Launch MalwareBytes AntiMalware’ check box.

    2. Scan your PC with MalwareBytes to remove all ConfidentialSurveys(.)co associated files automatically.

    Step 1: Launch MalwareBytes if you havent launched it after install.
    Step 2: Wait for the software to update and then click on the blue ‘Scan Now’ button. If it doesnt start updating automatically, click on the blue ‘Update Now’ highlighted text.
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    Step 3: At this point, after clicking the ‘Scan Now’ button, the system should start scanning your PC. It may take a while but be patient – it is worth it.
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    Step 4: After the scan has been complete and all of the threats have been identified, click on the ‘Remove Selected’ button to delete them permanently.
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    Step 5: Once the scan has completed, MalwareBytes will prompt you to restart your computer. It is recommended to save all your data you are working on before restarting.

    1. Download and Install STOPZilla Anti-malware to Scan for And Remove ConfidentialSurveys(.)co.
    Step 1: Download STOPZilla by clicking here.
    Step 2: A pop-up window will appear. Click on the ‘Save File’ button. If it does not, click on the Download button and save it afterwards.
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    Step 3: After you have downloaded the setup, simply open it.
    Step 4: The installer should appear. Click on the ‘Next’ button.
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    Step 5: Check the ‘I accept the agreement’ check circle if not checked if you accept it and click the ‘Next’ button once again.
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    Step 6: Review and click on the ‘Install’ button.
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    Step 7: After the installation process has completed click on the ‘Finish’ button.

    2. Scan your PC with STOPZilla Anti Malware to remove all ConfidentialSurveys(.)co associated files completely.
    Step 1: Launch STOPZilla if you haven’t launched it after install.
    Step 2: Wait for the software to automatically scan and then click on the ‘Repair Now’ button. If it does not scan automatically, click on the ‘Scan Now’ button.
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    Step 3: After the removal of all threats and associated objects, you should Restart your PC.

    NOTE! Substantial notification about the ConfidentialSurveys(.)co threat: Manual removal of ConfidentialSurveys(.)co 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.
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    Berta is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space. Her fascination with IT security began a few years ago when a malware locked her out of her own computer.

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