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Remove ConsumerInput(.)com Advertisements

ConsumerInput(.)com is the web address of an adware. The adware is also known as Consumer Input Panel. Various advertisements about it are being spread, promoting online surveys. The site claims to offer rewards for the surveys. To remove everything related to the adware, you should read the whole article. A browser extension that could cause redirects may be added to your browsers.

NameConsumerInput(.)com
TypeAdware, PUP
Short DescriptionThe adware shows advertisements in your browsers.
SymptomsYou can see advertisements, like pop-ups, pop-unders, surveys, banners and others. You can get redirected.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installers, Bundling
Detection ToolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by ConsumerInput(.)com
User Experience Join our forum to discuss ConsumerInput(.)com.

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ConsumerInput(.)com – Distribution Ways

One of the main ways that ConsumerInput(.)com distributes is via third-party installations. Without knowing about it, you could install the unwanted application on from freeware installations and bundled packages. They usually have additional components chosen for installation. Components are hidden in most cases, and thus you can get the adware in your PC. Looking for a Custom or an Advanced menu is a good way to try avoiding unwanted installations.

Another way ConsumerInput(.)com can distribute through is by visiting hardly known sites and clicking on banners, advertisements or pop-ups. By doing such things the adware can be inserted on your computer from these sources. Browsers known to be affected are Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.

ConsumerInput(.)com – Information

ConsumerInput(.)com is the main address of an adware called Consumer Input Panel. The site proposes prizes for completing surveys by filling them with personal information about you. This reeks of scam, as your information is not something you want to trade in for a few extra bucks. If your PC is affected by this adware, you could experience browser redirects along with the advertisements. Redirects can lead you to more online surveys:

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You might have an add-on or some extension added to your browsers on top of everything else that comes with ConsumerInput(.)com. Such an extension could do more redirects or generate messages, pop-up boxes, and advertisements. The ads can show on web pages no matter if said pages are somehow related to the adware or not. Some ads have the following text messages inside them:

  • Ads by ConsumerInput(.)com
  • Advertisement by ConsumerInput(.)com
  • Ad by ConsumerInput(.)com
  • Powered by ConsumerInput(.)com
  • Brought to you by ConsumerInput(.)com

The redirects could make revenue for the website on a pay-per-click basis. You might see more targeted advertising and more specific surveys because almost every site inserts cookies to track you. Advertisements related to ConsumerInput(.)com can be in the form of pop-ups, pop-unders, online surveys, coupon discounts, sliders, banners and others.

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The Privacy Policy of ConsumerInput(.)com, shown above, claims that information about you is going to be collected. See a direct quote from the policy:

We may collect both non-personally identifiable information and personally identifiable information from you…

Information that is going to be collected from you is divided in these 5 sections:

  • 1. Online browsing
  • 2. Online activities
  • 3. Information on secure pages
  • 4. System information
  • 5. Information you provide

These five sections are long and elicit all information that can be collected. You can see the information narrowed down in the following list for your convenience:

  • Sites you visit, including social networks, and your interactions with them
  • Search queries, search results
  • Videos you see, what items you are shopping online including shopping carts
  • Anything you type in browsers
  • Downloads and uploads
  • Ads and content you see on pages
  • Personal, financial and health information
  • Online accounts
  • Content of complete and incomplete consumer transactions
  • Computer and browser type
  • IP address

Another key quote from the policy:

This is not a comprehensive list of every single data element within such data types.

This information could be gathered from browser cookies. The policy also declares that using ConsumerInput(.)com, and any related software or services, your information is to be collected. According to the policy, usage of these services grants your consent to the site to collect your data. All that data may also be shared with third parties. You should remove this application as soon as possible.

Remove ConsumerInput(.)com Completely

To remove ConsumerInput(.)com manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the advertisements completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software can keep your computer safe in the future.

Delete ConsumerInput(.)com from Windows and Your Browser

1.Remove or Uninstall ConsumerInput(.)com in Windows

Remove or Uninstall ConsumerInput(.)com in Windows.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall ConsumerInput(.)com 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 ConsumerInput(.)com.

    2.Remove ConsumerInput(.)com from Your Browser

    Remove ConsumerInput(.)com 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 ConsumerInput(.)com and click “Remove

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

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

    Remove ConsumerInput(.)com automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    1. Remove ConsumerInput(.)com with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Remove ConsumerInput(.)com with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Install SpyHunter to scan for and remove ConsumerInput(.)com.2. Scan with SpyHunter to Detect and Remove ConsumerInput(.)com.
    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 ConsumerInput(.)com 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 ConsumerInput(.)com 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 .

    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 ConsumerInput(.)com.
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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 ConsumerInput(.)com.

    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 ConsumerInput(.)com 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 ConsumerInput(.)com should be restored.

    Optional: Using an Alternative Anti-Malware Tool

    Remove ConsumerInput(.)com Using an Alternative Tool

    STOPZilla Anti Malware
    1. Download and Install STOPZilla Anti-malware to Scan for And Remove ConsumerInput(.)com.
    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 ConsumerInput(.)com 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 ConsumerInput(.)com threat: Manual removal of ConsumerInput(.)com 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 Bilbao

    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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