Remove Cardinaldata.net Adware (Chrome/FF/IE)


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This page aims to help you remove Cardinaldata.net Adware. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

If you have recently started seeing many adverts, banners, pop-up messages inside of your Chrome or Firefox or some other browser you may be using and if your online searches have started to get page-redirected to unknown and invasive sites, then we advise you to keep on reading this write-up as here is where you can learn more about the cause of the annoying activities that are currently disrupting your browsing time.

Most users who come to this page are people who have had an app called Cardinaldata.net installed inside their main browser. Cardinaldata.net isn’t a virus nor is it a scary Trojan or Ransomware program. It is, instead, a browser hijacker that functions as an addition to popular browsers such as the ones mentioned above. It’s able to “hijack” the target browser by altering its search engine service, its homepage and maybe its toolbar settings to better serve its end goal which is to show as many ads as possible on the users’ screens and to redirect the users to the sites of its creators’ partnering businesses. It’s all about the money here and the more ads you click on and the more sites you get redirected to, the greater the revenue that the hijacker would be able to accumulate. The good news is that this will likely not harm your computer or compromise your virtual privacy. The bad news is that it could still be extremely annoying to have an app like Cardinaldata.net in your browser and also that it may be rather tricky to remove it without proper guidance. Proper guidance, however, is something that you can find on this page which is why, in case you have this invasive hijacker currently in your browser, you may want to have a look at and try out the next removal instructions.

You won’t miss the browser hijacker

There really isn’t any reason to keep an app the likes of Cardinaldata.net within your system. All it would do is irritate you with its endless ads and make your browsing difficult. Another issue is that your computer (especially if it isn’t too powerful) may start to get its productivity slowed-down by quite a bit due to the high use of system resources like RAM and CPU time that gets dedicated to the ceaseless ads spamming.

One other issue we shouldn’t forget about is that you can’t really trust what gets shown on your screen by a hijacker app. While the software itself may not be trying to harm your computer or to expose it to danger, you may still end up getting redirected to sites that contain malware such as Trojans, Rootkits and Ransomware if you click on some malicious and unreliable advert. Therefore, it really isn’t advisable to keep any hijackers in the computer as they could only make things worse for you without really benefiting you in any actual meaningful way.

SUMMARY:

Name Cardinaldata.net
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms The annoying behavior of the hijackers is what gives them away. 
Distribution Method Apps like Cardinaldata.net usually get distribute through the use of some file bundles or spam letters.
Detection Tool

Remove Cardinaldata.net Adware

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

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Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

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Step5

  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Cardinaldata.net from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Cardinaldata.net from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Cardinaldata.net from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random


If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


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