This page aims to help you remove Content Push News. These Content Push News removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
What Content Push News does to your PC and how you can have it removed
If you’re reading this article, then you’ve probably had Content Push News installed on your PC without your knowledge or consent. Content Push News is a browser extension of the browser hijacker type. It is responsible for the generation of various types of browser ads that get displayed on your screen as soon as you open your browser. Those pop-ups, box messages and banners have the tendency to heavily obstruct your normal online experience, sometimes making it nearly impossible to effectively use your browsing program. In this article we will give you detailed information on how browser hijacker add-ons such as Content Push News operate and what potential risks such software may contain.
What’s browser hijacker’s purpose?
The main reason for the existence of browser hijacker programs is a specific method for gaining revenue using the internet. This method is called pay-per-click and is widely exploited by browser hijacker developers – they integrate it in virtually all of their products. Content Push News is no exception. The whole idea behind this method is that the more clicks a certain ad receives, the greater the revenue gained by its developer. That is why the ads you see are so intrusive – so that they force you to click on them (even if it is to have them closed). There’s usually no other way to get rid of those rage-inducing adverts, apart from having the program that’s causing them uninstalled and all traces of it – removed from your machine. That is also our first advice for you, if you currently have Content Push News on your PC – get rid of the intrusive browser add-on as soon as you can. Under this article we have a detailed guide on how to do that, so check it out once you’ve finished reading.
PUP and viruses
browser hijacker programs such as Content Push News fall under the category of PUP (potentially unwanted program). Many people confuse PUP with virus software, thinking that an browser hijacker program is as malicious as ransomware or a Trojan Horse virus. In fact, browser hijacker browser extensions are quite harmful and usually do not pose any danger to your computer’s system. However, it should be mentioned that even though the unwanted program itself does not aim to damage your computer, it may still trick you into exposing your machine to potential harm via its adverts. Occasionally, clicking on any of those adverts may redirect your browser to some kind of a malicious, virus-infested page. This happens rarely – the majority of browser hijacker ads do not have any hidden dangers. Still, our advice for you here is to avoid interacting with them – there’s usually nothing useful about them anyway. Keep in mind that sometimes, some of the ads may seemingly have an X button that, instead of closing the ad when clicked upon, would actually serve as a hyperlink to some other page. Therefore, just don’t click on any part of those ads. Instead – remove the intrusive add-on and get rid of all intrusive pop-ups at once.
browser hijacker installation
Since we’ve already established that browser hijacker programs are not viruses, the appropriate term for it getting on your PC would be browser hijacker installation and not browser hijacker infection. It should still be noted though that, since those are all unwanted programs, their methods of getting installed onto people’s computers are usually via some kind of stealth installation.
Some of the more common methods include torrent sites, file-sharing sites and the obligatory spam e-mails – a favorite method for distributing all sorts of unwanted and sometimes even malicious software. All of the aforementioned, though, are quite often ineffective, especially if people use their common sense when browsing the internet.
However, there’s one method that seems to be pretty successful due to the fact that most users don’t like customizing the installation settings when installing new software on their computers. The method in question is called program-bundling and it basically comes down to Content Push News being bundled with another third-party program (usually a cheap or a free one). Once this program gets installed on your PC, you get the intrusive browser hijacker as well. The way to prevent this from happening is to always go for the advanced installation settings. There, you can see what added content there is and leave out of the installation anything that you think may prove to be unwanted. Remember that Content Push News might go under a different name there, so look carefully through the list of added installs. If you’re not sure, you might as well uncheck everything before proceeding with the actual installation.
|Name||Content Push News|
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Apart from the intrusive ads, your browser front page might get changed and there might also be a (slight) slow-down of your computer’s productivity.|
|Distribution Method||Torrent/file sharing sites and program-bundling along with spam e-mails are the most commonly utilized methods.|
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
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.
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.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
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:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- 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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Content Push News from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Content Push News from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Content Push News from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
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—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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