Vonteera Adware which has been reported to be a PUP by ESG security engineers. The PUPs associated with Win32/Vonteera are usually browser toolbars and extensions that may be heavily ad-supported. This particular software is a low level type of threat and is not malware. However it may be indirectly dangerous to a computer by displaying advertisements linking to suspicious third-party websites. What is more, the software may make itself difficult to be removed by having active processes running in the background.
|Short Description||The program may collect user information, slow down PC, make itself hard to remove, display targeted advertisements and is reported to disable security software.|
|Symptoms||The user may witness heavy advertisements based on his online browsing behavior|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Vonteera Adware|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss about Vonteera Adware.|
Vonteera Adware – How Did I Get It?
The primary method of distribution this application uses is bundling with widely downloaded software given for free. Such software is usually provided by third-party websites who have databases of free programs and often become the source of downloading your favorite program like media player, torrent engine and others. Such third-party websites usually bundle the installers including an opt-in option for Vonteera Adware during the installation. Given that most users tend to fast-click their way through the installation process they often tend to miss such options or installation steps. In order to protect yourself from that in the future, ESG security engineers advise users to pay attention and take their time through the installation steps of the software setup and what is more to download software from official websites if available. What is more, you may want to check the privacy policies of such programs automatically with software, such as EULAlyzer, for example.
Vonteera Adware – What does It Do?
Once installed on your computer, this potentially unwanted program begins to exhibit the typical adware behavior. The app itself will not infect your computer, because it is not malware, but it may have several symptoms that may make it a huge pain in the neck. According to experts there are many activities Vonteera performs that can be compared in similarity to more risky threats, just like Sirefef rootkit, for example.
The main purpose of the application after being installed is to collect user information and display advertisements to the user that generate traffic to third-party websites. This is done solely to profit from pay-per-click schemes and affiliate marketing.
The software may make money by collecting the user`s online searches, clicks and browsing history as well as other information, however this is not why it is deemed to be risky by experts. The application is risky mainly because of the third-party websites that may be advertised via its pop-ups, banners ad-supported search results, highlighted text and other methods. Some third-party websites may conceal different dangers from users of Vonteera adware:
- Scamming websites that may use different scams, software and social engineering schemes to take money or information.
- Malicious sites that may execute an exploit code, drive by download or straight up download malware on the user PC.
Either way, it is highly advisable to keep up to date with the latest methods of infection with malware and have browsing habits that are security oriented. Having an anti-malware tool will additionally prevent any intrusions.
Removing Vonteera Adware Completely
In order to remove this ad-supported program it is highly advisable to follow the step-by-step removal tutorial that we have provided for you below. However, there are often leftover objects such as registry entries and cookies after uninstall and this is why we recommend using an advanced anti-malware program. Besides getting rid of malware, It will also make sure that you are protected against any intrusions by such unwanted programs indirectly dangerous from your PC.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Vonteera Adware 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.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Vonteera Adware.
Step 2: Remove Vonteera Adware from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Vonteera Adware and click “Remove”
After Vonteera Adware is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select Vonteera Adware 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’.
After Vonteera Adware has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on Vonteera Adware
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Vonteera Adware. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Vonteera Adware will be removed.