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Remove rinkela ads from the Browser

An application called rinkela has been classified as yet another PUP (potentially unwanted program) and ad-supported application. The app may have been downloaded willingly from its official website, or may have been distributed via bundling. Nonetheless, it is advertised as a free application that improves online browsing. However, we couldn’t find specific information about how exactly it enhances web surfing. Furthermore, once installed, the product will initiate the display of intrusive ads (rinkela ads, Ads by rinkela, Brought by rinkela, etc) on every visited website, with the exception of HTTPS pages. To avoid compromising his online safety and his personal information, the user should not install the application. If it is already installed and various advertisements have already appeared on the browser, removing rinkela immediately is highly advisory.

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Why Do I have rinkela on my PC?

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The official page of the application – rinkela.net, has a ‘start now’ (download) button. However, after we attempted to download it, nothing happened. Anyhow, many users may already have it running in the background of their machines, so we decided to proceed with our analysis.

If not downloaded by choice, rinkela may have arrived in a bundled software package under the ‘advanced’ option. To avoid bundling, users should always opt for the advanced/ custom option so that they can uncheck unwanted software. If you wonder why bundling is used – it purpose is purely financial. Third parties tend to rely on bundling to generate profits and monetize their platforms.

Is rinkela Dangerous to my System?

PUPs are not malicious but they may become a gateway to further PC issues. The main concern with PUPs is privacy-related. That is why examining the privacy policy of every freeware product is crucial. When we reviewed rinkela’s privacy policy, we discovered that:

  • The application collects, stores, shares, uses and sells user information for the sake of business and marketing purposes.
  • Collected information is both PII (personally-identifiable information) and non-PII.
  • The application uses a range of various tracking technologies – cookies, web and DOM storage data, Adobe Flash cookies, pixels, beacons, JavaScript, etc.
  • The application doesn’t support the Do Not Track option, as well as unique browser privacy settings.

Should I remove rinkela from my System?

Considering the data collection policy of rinkela and the intrusive display of advertisements, uninstalling it is recommended. To do so, you may follow the manual removal guide provided below this article, or download professional AV software to take care of the problem.

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1. Remove/Uninstall rinkela ads

1. Remove/Uninstall rinkela ads 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 rinkela ads.

    2. Restore the settings in your browser

    2. Remove rinkela ads 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 rinkela ads and click “Remove

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    After rinkela ads 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 rinkela ads and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After rinkela ads 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 rinkela ads 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 rinkela ads 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 rinkela ads
    Click ‘Uninstall’

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

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