In this article we are going to try and help you remove “Content Push News”. Our instructions cover all Windows versions as well as most browsers – Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer etc.
“Content Push News” making your browsing experience miserable? Here’s what you need to know
We all know how annoying internet adverts can be. They get displayed on your screen, covering the browser page you’re currently on and remaining there until you finally give up and click on them, just so that they go away. In most cases these adverts are coming from the website you’re visiting itself. There’s usually not much that you can do about them – you can either stop visiting the specific site or maybe get an ad-blocker tool. However, there’s another type of browser ads that get displayed on every page you visit, because they are actually coming from your own computer. If that’s your case and you’re constantly being obstructed by annoying pop-ups, banners and box messages on every site you visit in your browser, then you’ve probably had a certain program/browser add-on installed on your computer without your knowledge. Never fear, though, our removal guide below this article is just the thing you need to get rid of this nuisance and stop seeing the numerous ads.
What you need to know about adware
This type of ad-generating programs is called adware and most experts categorize them as a PUP. This abbreviation stands for potentially unwanted program – exactly what adware is. “Content Push News” is one of the latest of adware programs; therefore, if you’re currently experiencing intrusive browser ads, it’s probably because of this particular program. Here is the place to note that there’s a significant difference between PUP programs, such as “Content Push News”, and malicious viruses like Ransomware, for example. While the latter are undoubtedly damaging for your computer and virtual security, software that falls under the PUP category is for the most part harmless to your machine.
With that being said, you should still know that “Content Push News” could still contain certain security risks that are worth mentioning. While the browser extension itself does not aim to damage your machine’s system or compromise your online security, the ads it displays might still expose your computer to potential harm. Occasionally, clicking on any of those obstructive pop-ups could redirect you to some kind of an illegal or maybe even virus-infested page. This happens rarely and most ads generated by an adware do not have that effect. The majority of them won’t redirect you to any harmful sites. Still, we advise our readers to avoid interacting with anything that is adware-generated. If you still get redirected to some unknown page, even if you haven’t done or clicked on anything, make sure you close that newly opened page as soon as possible, again, without interacting with it.
How “Content Push News” may have been installed on your PC
If you currently have the intrusive adware on your computer, you might be wondering how it actually got there. There are several methods that adware developers use to distribute their products and most of them include stealth installation, since hardly anyone would willingly allow “Content Push News” to get installed on their machine. Here we will tell you about the most commonly used methods along with useful tips on how to fend them off.
- File-sharing/torrent sites – it’s easy to upload software on those sites – this makes them a perfect tool for adware developers to distribute their intrusive programs. Our advice for you here is to use only trustworthy and reliable sites. Avoid shady and/or suspicious ones. Having a good anti-adware/malware program won’t hurt either.
- E-mail letters – spam e-mails are probably one of the most commonly used methods for spreading unwanted software throughout the web. That is why you should always check the details of newly received letters, especially when they’re from an unknown sender. If an unopened e-mail message looks suspicious, you may reconsider opening. Instead, you may outright delete it, just in case.
- Program-bundling – this is by far the most successful way via which “Content Push News” and other adware get to people’s computers. This is a perfectly legal method. In fact, many programs that do not fall under the PUP category also get distributed by file-bundling. The whole idea behind this method is that a certain piece of software is bundled with another, third-party program. In “Content Push News”’s case that third-party program is usually free or cheap. Once you install it onto your PC, if you do not customize the installation yourself, you get the adware along the main thing. That is why you should always opt for the advanced installation settings when installing new software. There, you’d be able to see what added content there is and uncheck everything that you may want to leave out. However, know that “Content Push News” may have a different name here, so be vigilant and if you’re not sure, simply uncheck everything that you know you won’t need.
Following is a guide, which will show you just how to remove this intrusive and unwanted program from your computer once and for all. Let us know in the comments if we helped!
How to Remove “Content Push News”
Many types of malware will restrict your access to their core files. It is highly recommended that you reboot your PC in safe mode before attempting to use this guide.
- To enable Safe Mode reboot you PC, then hit F8 repeatedly. When the corresponding menu opens please select Safe Mode with Networking.
WARNING! If you are using Windows 8,0 or later and/or your operating system is installed on a fast SSD drive this may fail to work. In this case click here to see how to start your PC in Safe Mode.
#1: Uninstall the malicious program from your control panel
Enter control panel to look for any suspicious programs, which may have installed on your PC. To do that:
- Navigate to your Desktop
- Press simultaneously the Win button together with the R button (Win+R)
- In the Run window that just opened type appwiz.cpl
- Go through the list of programs and find “Content Push News” or anything else that may seem suspicious. Right-click on it and choose the uninstallation option
WARNING! Carefully read any confirmation messages that may be created in the process. Sometimes you may get offers to download more Adware applications and this can be linked to either the Yes or the No answer depending on the wording!
Go through the list of programs again and check online for any potentially unwanted programs. We have an article that covers this awesome free software that makes sure that your computer is free from bloatware and programs that you don’t need.
#2: Remove “Content Push News” From Chrome
Now we’ll remove the extensions that the malware has attached to your browser.
- Open your Google Chrome browser.
- Type chrome://extensions/ in the URL address bar and press Enter.
- Click on “Developer Mode” on the top right and look for the extension installed by “Content Push News” and anything that might be related to it. Copy their IDs (the string of letters), then remove them by clicking on the trash bin icon.
- Type Regedit in the Windows Start Menu and press Enter. Go in : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome\Extensions and delete the entries corresponding to the suspicious IDs you recorded.
#3: Remove “Content Push News” From Firefox
- Open Mozilla Firefox browser.
- Type “about:support” in the URL address bar and press Enter.
- Click on the “Refresh Firefox” button on the right and confirm.
#4 Remove “Content Push News” From Internet Explorer
- Open your Internet Explorer internet browser.
- Click on the Gear icon on the up right, then on manage add-ons.
- Go through the list disable any suspicious extensions.
#5 Remove any leftover parasitic processes
From the task manager:
- Use Ctrl + Shift + Esc and open the Task manager, then click on the Processes
- Go through the list of processes and look for unknown or otherwise suspicious entries.
- If you see anything suspicious right click on the process and shoes Open File Location, then terminate the process and delete any files you find in the directory.
WARNING! If the directory you open from this menu has no files inside of it it’s probably because the malware has hidden them. You need to reveal hidden files and folders in order to be able to see them. Click here if you don’t know how to do that.
From the start menu:
- Press simultaneously the Win button together with the R button (Win+R)
- In the Run window that just opened type msconfig
- Click on the Startup tab.
This menu controls which programs are loaded when windows starts after a reboot. Disable anything that seems suspicious. Optionally you can also disable any program that you don’t need and also has a high impact on your startup time.
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