Many legitimate applications, especially those developed as online shopping assistants, tend to collect user information. In many cases, such browser extensions may be downloaded onto computers in software packages, alongside other applications. Thus, they may be treated as potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). RebateInformer may be described as such an application designed to inform users about various deals, discounts and rebates online. Its primary file is RebateInf.exe. To prevent the collection of sensitive details, users who have noticed the app and haven’t downloaded in willingly should proceed towards its complete uninstallation.
Description of RebateInformer
RebateInformer has been around for quite some time. It is, in fact, a legitimate browser extension developed by Inbox.com and powered by RebateGiant. It is set to analyze website visits to find deals. When the app finds a matching offer, it will try to inject an affiliate code so that affiliate based commissions are collected.
RebateInformer can be downloaded from its official website rebateinformer.com where a first-time user $5.00 cash back bonus is offered. It may also be promoted on various freeware and shareware pages. However, there is one more probable distribution technique for such products and it is called bundling. Software bundling means that the app was downloaded with another product because it was included in its package under the ‘advanced’ or ‘custom’ option. Fast clicking the ‘next’ button during installation often leads to such unwanted downloads.
On the other hand, RebateInformer is reported to bundle other products in its download packages, such as the Inbox.com Toolbar.
Risk Evaluation of RebateInformer. RebateInf.exe
According to security research done by VirusTotal, malware has been detected in RebateInformer’s executable – RebateInf.exe. At the very least, the application may be treated as riskware or PUA (potentially unwanted application). Seven AV programs have detected RebateInformer as troublesome. Some (Trend Micro HouseCall, ByteHero) have even discovered Trojan components in it. Hence, its removal is highly recommended.
RebateInformer Uninstallation Issues
Several users have reported having issues while attempting to uninstall the program from their systems using Control Panel.
One thing that can be tried to uninstall completely RebareInformer is following these actions:
→Go to Start Menu -> My Computer -> Local Disc (C: ) -> Program Files -> select RebateInformer -> Delete it
Lastly, scanning the system is highly advisory since it may have brought other PUPs or may have changed Registry keys without the user’s knowledge or permission.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter
- Guide 1: How to Remove RebateInformer from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of RebateInformer from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove RebateInformer from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase RebateInformer from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall RebateInformer from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove RebateInformer from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate RebateInformer from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove RebateInformer from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove RebateInformer
Step 2: Uninstall RebateInformer 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by RebateInformer on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by RebateInformer there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of RebateInformer from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall RebateInformer and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 RebateInformer 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
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.
Remove RebateInformer 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.
Erase RebateInformer 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.
Uninstall RebateInformer 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.
Remove RebateInformer 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".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the RebateInformer will be removed.
Eliminate RebateInformer 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.