I wrote this article to help you remove Cobalten.com. This Cobalten.com removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Do you constantly get redirected to the Cobalten.com website? If you do, it looks like your computer has been infiltrated by a browser hijacker. This means that you might experience difficulties having a normal browsing session. This is due to the hijacker’s abilities to generate annoying ad content. The changes don’t stop there. You will notice that your homepage, new tab pages and preferred search provider have been replaced by the same site – Cobalten.com.
What’s more, because this malicious parasite is able to obtain your web data like browsing history, habits and search queries, you will find it is hard to ignore the generated pop-ups, ads, exclusive deals, special offers and sales, blinking messages, etc. This is because they will be specifically targeted, according to your web preferences. The goal is to make you click on them, so as to generate revenue through the pay-per-click method.
Browser hijackers are widely distributed. You may get infected with them by opening spam emails and attachments, via free bundled software, fake update requests, torrent files, dubious links and pop-ups, etc. It is important that users get their software updates from licensed and reliable sources only. Don’t just blindly trust a random update pop-up that is trying to make you click on a suspicious link.
Also, when downloading content from the internet, we recommend opting for Custom or Advanced mode in the Setup Wizard. This gives you full control over the process and can view the full content of the downloaded software. Then, you can easily deselect any program or application that you deem unnecessary or never intended to download in the first place.
While browser hijackers are not considered to be very dangerous, that does not mean that they should be underestimated. Sure, a large number of ads might not seem like a real threat, but looks can be deceiving. Such advertised content can reroute you to potentially infected sources that may open backdoors for other viruses like Trojans, worms or even spyware! Not just that, but you can also be one click away from giving hackers access to private information such as but not limited to passwords, bank accounts, credit card numbers, IP addresses, Login ID, etc.
Save your personal data from getting compromised and return to a peaceful and add-free browsing experience by immediately removing this annoying browser hijacker. We can lead you through a detailed set of instructions. Just read the rest of this article to find out how you can get rid of this intrusive hijacker.
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.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
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.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Here 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.
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).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start 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.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go to the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still cannot remove Cobalten.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.