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Remove Cookies On-Off Extension

The article will help you to remove Cookies On-Off completely. Follow the browser hijacker removal instructions at the bottom of the article.

Cookies On-Off is malicious application that has an extension, browser hijacker, redirect and probably even adware content. All of them are referred to with the name Cookies On-Off although the hijacker element also has a Web domain called Cookiesoff.com. Interestingly enough, that domain also hosts a redirect to the extension on Google Chrome’s Web Store for manual installation. The Cookies On-Off browser hijacker will alter the main page, new tab, and search engine for your browsers and the malicious program will asks access to your camera and microphone. If your PC has been affected by any application from the Cookies On-Off family, then you will witness redirects to pages with loads of advertisements and sponsored content and even some hosting malware.

Threat Summary

NameCookies On-Off
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionEvery browser application which is on your computer will get affected if Cookies On-Off is present on your PC. The hijacker can redirect you and show you lots of advertisements.
SymptomsBrowser settings that get changed are the start page, search engine and new tab page. You could witness advertisements, targeted content, and even land on pages hosting malware and viruses.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages, Browser Extension
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Cookies On-Off – Ways of Distribution

Cookies On-Off is distributed via different methods, involving various installer setups. These setups usually come from bundled applications and freeware that is packed with additional features, set to be installed with other software. Without your approval or even knowledge of such an installation the malicious program can get inside your computer system and from there on your browsers. You could have installed a free software application and got your browser settings altered. To prevent unwanted programs from affecting your computer is possible if you find Custom or Advanced settings to modify. Other than that, you could have gotten it from the Cookies On-Off browser extension or any malware related to it. Here is an example of one of the primary Web pages spreading a manual download of the above mentioned extension:

Cookiesoff.com is the name of page shown above. The malicious app could be distributed via other methods like redirecting from advertisements, such as banners, pop-ups, pop-unders and hyperlinks. Targeted ads, including other sponsored content on dubious websites could also deliver Cookies On-Off in some form. Such websites could also be partnered up or affiliated with the Cookiesoff.com services and website. Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari are all browsers which can get affected by the Cookies On-Off.

Cookies On-Off – In-Depth Description

The Cookiesoff.com Web address is the primary one spreading the browser hijacker related to Cookies On-Off and its browser extension. It appears that the extension was hosted on Google Chrome’s Web Store. You will be redirected when you are using the services of the malicious app, if you click on links provided by it, and from advertisements and pages hosted by it. The main page can be seen from the screenshot right down below:

The Cookiesoff.com browser hijacker can redirect you if you are using its services and interact with whatever links, adverts and other forms of content pushed from its pages.

Be aware that every search that you do on its pages will be sending information to servers related to this Cookiesoff.com hijacker redirect. Also, the Cookies On-Off extension will ask access to your camera and microphone. The page displayed in the above screenshot replaces the homepage, new tab and default search engine for every browser that you have installed.

In case you see a search engine related to the Cookies On-Off application, beware as it is surely going to collect any and all information that you provide on its search pages, including audio and video recordings if the application has access to them. Also, the browser might look almost exactly as the popular browsers such as Google, Bing, Yahoo etc.

In case you see yet another search engine loading after the one you saw before, know that the website could push even more advertisements and redirects that place browser cookies on your computer machine (even if you have set the Cookies Off from the extension or related apps), and will track your online habits. More advanced tracking technologies could also be in play, and could be placed on your PC because of your paranoia of cookies. Be careful of what information you provide on such search pages, especially on ones, associated with Cookiesoff.com. Don’t be clicking on suspicious advertisements or links that are displayed by any services related to it.

Cookies On-Off – Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy of the Cookiesoff.com site is located on the footer of the main URL address of the domain. Despite the Policy being quite short in length, it provides enough information about the data collection done by this browser hijacker. Below, you can see exactly what information can be collected from you when you are using any of the Cookies On-Off services.

In the screenshot below, you can preview the Privacy Policy:

The following information can be acquired from you, according to the Policy:

  • Your preferred language
  • OS type
  • Your IP addresses
  • Browser language
  • Browser you used for visiting the site
  • Time of visits
  • Pages you visited
  • Internet service provider
  • Other information you provide (including information gathered from your camera or microphone devices)

Browser cookies and data about them are also included in the information gathering process by the website and services of Cookiesoff.com and will further the making of a data profile for your internet activity. See an example in the picture below:

Cookiesoff.com service collects your IP addresses and could identify you in other ways, too.

In conclusion, you should be wary of what information you provide to search engines and websites, and also, in the case you do not like personal information to be acquired from you by the browser hijacker, redirect, extension and other services, you should remove them.

Remove Cookies On-Off Completely

To remove Cookies On-Off and Cookiesoff.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 extension, hijacker, redirect and their files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such a program can keep your computer safe in the future.

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How to Remove Cookies On-Off from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Cookies On-Off

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We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Cookies On-Off and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 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 are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors 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:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Cookies On-Off on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Cookies On-Off there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Cookies On-Off with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of Cookies On-Off from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Cookies On-Off and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Cookies On-Off:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Cookies On-Off. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Cookies On-Off. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove Cookies On-Off via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Cookies On-Off. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.



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Remove Cookies On-Off from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


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Erase Cookies On-Off from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



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Uninstall Cookies On-Off from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Remove Cookies On-Off from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Cookies On-Off will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate Cookies On-Off from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


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