Remove AddonJet “Virus” from Chrome/Firefox

I wrote this article to help you remove AddonJet. This AddonJet removal guide is working for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

AddonJet is a program, designated for online advertisers. The utility enables developers to monetize their addons and toolbars by adding a 3-line snippet of code to them. AddonJet helps advertisers raise proceeds by delivering coupon notifications, displaying banners, contextual, video and in-text ads to users’ screens. Another function of the tool is to make data analysis. AddonJet implements a tracking code and collects information from users’ browsers. The concept of AddonJet hints that the program is adware. This is the conclusion security specialists have made.

What threats does AddonJet expose users to?

AddonJet generates advertisements to promote third party content. The majority of the ads are related to shopping deals. The shady tool lists bargain offers for a wide variety of items. The product palette consists of garments, accessories, technological devices, household appliances, sports gear, furniture, decorative elements, games, toys and many others. The offers the adware suggests may be good, but they are not confirmed to be legitimate. The advertisements could redirect you to corrupted websites, containing malware.

The developers of AddonJet do not target end users as a customer group. They have created the tool to collaborate with online advertisers. For this reason, people’s security is not a prime concern. The only benefit from computer users is their willingness to follow the ads. The more windows the users click on, the more proceeds the adware’s owners would make. AddonJet utilizes the pay-per-click system to make revenue. The owners of the secluded program receive commissions for every time a user clicks on a supported link.

Remove AddonJet
The AddonJet Virus

The data analysis function of AddonJet leads to another potential threat. As per description, this task is aimed at studying online behavior and drawing conclusions about the preferences of targeted groups. Gathering information can be a privacy violation, if the adware records personal and financial details. To avoid legal repercussions, the owners of AddonJet have published limitation of liability statements in the terms and conditions and privacy policy sections. The program is a product of Sierra Labs, Inc. The company has opted out of responsibility for all security issues, resulting from the use of the tool.

How did AddonJet get installed to your computer?

The official website of AddonJet, addonjet.com, does not provide a download link for the utility. The rogue program is only distributed through unofficial sources. The distribution method the adware uses most often is called bundling. The furtive tool latches onto other programs and tries to get installed in parallel with them. You should read the terms and conditions of the software you intend to add to your system. This is where the option for extra tools would be listed.

Spam emails are the other way in for the adware. The executable of AddonJet can be hidden behind a file, attached to an email message. Opening the attachment would initiate the download and install of the clandestine program. Spammers often make use of macros, scripts and other malicious files when spreading malware. You need to be certain an email is reliable before proceeding to open attachments from it.

AddonJet Uninstall

STEP-1 Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
Safe Mode with Networking
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.‌
Windows 8 Safe Mode with Network
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
win10 safemode 1
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
win10 safemode 2

STEP-2Here are the steps you must follow to permanently remove from the browser:

Remove From Mozilla Firefox:

Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
firefox extensions
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.

Remove From Chrome:

Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
chrome extensions

Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
ie gear
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.

STEP-3

Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.

ff shortcut

STEP-4

Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.

appwiz

Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.

STEP-5

Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

task manager

Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.

STEP-6

Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.

msconfig

Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove AddonJet from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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