Cooler Content Cooler Content is a page-redirecting and ad-displaying application of the browser hijacker type that can disturb your web surfing activity. Cooler Content can spam your web browser with hundreds of sponsored pop-up ads and replace the browser's search engine or the homepage without approval. If you are interested in the following article, you have probably been disturbed by certain browser-related issues (a change in the browser\u2019s homepage, a new search engine) and a possible intrusive stream of ads, banners, and pop-ups on your screen. Before you give into panic, though, we should tell you that the cause for all these issues is a browser hijacker program called Cooler Content. Fortunately, in the next paragraphs, you can definitely find some instructions on how to deal with the disturbance and uninstall Cooler Content from any of the browsers that have been affected. At the bottom of the page, we have published a removal guide that is suitable for Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari and other browsing apps and can help you quickly remove the browser hijacker and its unwanted components. The Cooler Content Virus If you have never faced a program like Cooler Content before, then you must be wondering what a browser hijacker is and how dangerous could it be. That\u2019s why we should start by saying that a browser hijacker is a term used to describe software that produces ads. In order to operate, every browser hijacker integrates with the default web browser in the system and uses its screen to display different banners, pop-up ads, text messages, and sponsored links during the regular web browsing sessions. Many browser hijacker-based applications can also redirect the search queries of the users to some pre-defined web pages that pay for traffic and exposure. This is activity that is NOT malicious and helps the owners of the advertised websites to promote their content and to get user clicks. The CoolerContent Virus Warning However, sometimes, the page redirects of programs like Cooler Content can be seen as dubious because, in certain cases, web users may get redirected to questionable-looking websites or pages full of sketchy content. This can not only be very annoying, but could also come with the risk of landing on domains that have been compromised with some virus or malware such as Ransomware, Spyware or Trojans. Fortunately, this is rarely the case. Yet, the aggressive generation of pop-ups, banners and random adverts on every visited web page is often enough for the users to decide to uninstall the browser hijacker from their computer. Moreover, a lot of people desperately want to remove the new search engine or the sponsored homepage that the ad-generating software has imposed on their web browser. Eliminating a program like Cooler Content, however, is usually not an easy task. The nagging advertising application typically cannot be found under the Program Uninstall menu where most other programs are located. That\u2019s why web users who want to deal with the browser hijacker effectively normally need the assistance of professional software that can scan the computer and detect the unwanted program. Such software can be found on this page and works best against browser hijackers like Cooler Content, as well as some real system threats such as viruses, Ransomware, and Trojans. Alternatively, our set of manual steps below can also guide you in uninstalling this browser hijacker, as long as you detect the correct files to delete. So check them out and let us know the outcome. SUMMARY: Name Cooler Content Type \u00a0Adware\/Browser Hijacker Danger Level Medium\u00a0(nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk) Symptoms \u00a0Intrusive ads may constantly disturb your web browsing activity. Homepage or search engine changes may take place in your main web browser. Distribution Method Spam messages, free download managers, torrents, ads, program bundles, shareware sites, freeware platforms. Detection Tool Remove Cooler Content Virus Warning 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 Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference. Reboot in\u00a0Safe Mode\u00a0(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\u00a0and\u00a0go to the\u00a0Processes Tab (the "Details" Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.\u00a0 Right click on each of them\u00a0and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner: After you open their folder,\u00a0end the processes\u00a0that are infected, then delete their folders.\u00a0 Note:\u00a0If 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.\u00a0 Hold together the Start Key and R. Type\u00a0appwiz.cpl -->\u00a0OK. You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries.\u00a0Uninstall it\/them. Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter.\u00a0A\u00a0window will pop-up: Startup --->\u00a0Uncheck\u00a0entries that have "Unknown" as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious. Hold the Start\u00a0Key\u00a0and\u00a0R\u00a0- \u00a0copy +\u00a0paste the following and click OK: notepad %windir%\/system32\/Drivers\/etc\/hosts A new\u00a0file 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" -\u00a0write 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. \tRight-click on the Network Adapter you are using --->\u00a0Properties --->\u00a0Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP\/IP), click \u00a0Properties. \tThe\u00a0DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself. \tClick on Advanced --->\u00a0the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something)\u00a0--->\u00a0OK. \tAfter you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a\u00a0system reboot. Right click\u00a0on the browser\u2019s shortcut --->\u00a0Properties. NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but\u00a0you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge). Properties \u2014\u2013> Shortcut.\u00a0In\u00a0Target, remove everything\u00a0after\u00a0.exe. \u00a0\u00a0Remove Cooler Content\u00a0from Internet Explorer: Open\u00a0IE, click\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u2014\u2013>\u00a0Manage Add-ons. Find the threat\u00a0--->\u00a0Disable. Go to\u00a0\u00a0\u2014\u2013>\u00a0Internet Options --->\u00a0change\u00a0the\u00a0URL\u00a0to whatever you use (if hijacked) --->\u00a0Apply. \u00a0Remove\u00a0Cooler Content\u00a0from Firefox: Open\u00a0Firefox,\u00a0click\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 \u2014\u2014->\u00a0Add-ons\u00a0---->\u00a0Extensions. Find the adware\/malware\u00a0--->\u00a0Remove. Remove\u00a0Cooler Content\u00a0from Chrome: Close Chrome. Navigate to: \u00a0C:\/Users\/!!!!USER NAME!!!!\/AppData\/Local\/Google\/Chrome\/User Data.\u00a0There is\u00a0a 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: \tHKEY_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\u00a0anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!