Remove Inspiring Backgrounds “Virus” from Chrome/Firefox

I wrote this article to help you remove Inspiring Backgrounds. This Inspiring Backgrounds removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Inspiring Backgrounds is dedicated to inspirational quotes. The application is a simple, yet useful tool for people who identify as dreamers. As you might have already guessed, Inspiring Backgrounds lists inspirational quotes on picturesque backgrounds. You can browse through the categories to find your daily source of motivation. The developers of Inspiring Backgrounds have sorted the quotes into four themes: mindfulness, ambition, adventure and bliss. The pleasant outlook of the program conceals a brooding threat. Inspiring Backgrounds is an adware program. The rogue tool involves security risks.

What makes Inspiring Backgrounds dangerous?

Inspiring Backgrounds conducts certain tasks without acquiring the user’s permission. The shady tool works as a browser extension or add-on. Inspiring Backgrounds generates advertisements which have nothing to do with its designated purpose. The ads promote bargain shopping deals for a wide variety of consumer goods, including technological devices, apparel, furniture, decorations, accessories, toys, gardening equipment, sports gear, books, games and others. The pop-up windows are highlighted and decorated well. In other words, the adware uses visual tricks to direct people’s attention to the content.

Adverts will be displayed on your screen on a constant basis, regardless of your preferences. Inspiring Backgrounds does not accommodate customization settings. Users do not have the option to limit or stop the ad flow. Inspiring Backgrounds generates different kinds of advertisements, including in-text links, banners, coupon boxes, floating, transitional, interstitial, contextual, inline and comparison ads. You should know that the clandestine program does not scan the Internet in search of shopping offers. It promotes the content of third party websites in exchange for a certain compensation. The amount is calculated on a commission basis. The owners of the adware do not assume responsibility for the web pages they link to. This has been addressed in the application’s end user license agreement (EULA).

Remove Inspiring Backgrounds
The Inspiring Backgrounds Virus

The privacy policy accounts for another disclaimer of liability. The owners of Inspiring Backgrounds are not responsible for safeguarding people’s private data. At the same time, the tool requests a permit to access their browsing history and monitor their activity on the web. The adware can record various details on you, including your IP address, email, geographic location, demographic details, telephone number, fax, physical address, user names and passwords. The gathered data will be sold on darkweb markets without your knowledge or consent. It could be purchased by cyber criminals.

How is Inspiring Backgrounds distributed to computers?

You could have downloaded Inspiring Backgrounds at your own choice. The program has been made available on its official website, inspiringbackgrounds.com. It is licensed to a company from Yonkers, New York called Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc. If you did not acquire the application willingly, there are two possible explanations for its presence on your PC. Inspiring Backgrounds can travel in a bundle with other programs. It latches onto pirated utilities, freeware and shareware. The adware gets added as a bonus. It can be deselected. You need to find the option for it in the terms and conditions.

The other entry point for Inspiring Backgrounds are spam emails. The shady program can be secluded behind an attachment. Spammers often use macros, scripts and system files to automatize the transfer of the rogue program. Opening the attached file can infect your system on the spot. We advise you to handle your in-box items with the utmost caution. Check the contacts from the message to make sure the sender is reliable. Be advised that spammers can misrepresent reliable companies and entities, like the national post, the police department, government branches, banks, courier firms and online shops.

Inspiring Backgrounds 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 Inspiring Backgrounds from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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