You may notice that the number of advertisements on the pages you used to browse became much bigger. All of them are marked with “Taboola ads” label or so, and their appearance was synchronized with the installation of the strange browser add-on. These symptoms are the signs of adware presence. In this article, you will get the detailed guide for its removal, as well as the information that will help you to avoid malware injection in the future.
What are Taboola ads in Chrome?
Taboola itself is a popular advertising agency, whose headquarters are located in New York1. It offers a wide range of advertising services, including targeted advertising and pay-per-view ads. Adware distributors know that this service is quite popular, so decided to disguise the unwanted ads they show as Taboola ads. There are several other examples of adware developers who act the same – they mimic the AdsKeeper and MicroLeaves advertisements.
When the adware plugin is active, it floods the pages you visit with different advertisements. No matter if this site has no ads before, or the appeared ad covers the content – adware distributors are not interested in your comfort. They gain a lot of money, using such sly methods. And things are not over on just ads.
Are Taboola ads in Chrome dangerous?
As dangerous as any other ad you can see in the network (i.e. quite safe). At the first sight, of course. The things which will happen after clicking on such ads are unpredictable – you may get another adware, as well as spyware or coin miner. Sounds not so good, isn’t it? Another problem is that the Taboola adware takes control of your browser. You may be playing something or watching the film when this virus decides to open another browser window with a page, full of ads, and show it to you. The users with powerful PCs will just distract and get angry, while weak system owners will also suffer from RAM shortage.
How did this plugin appear in my Chrome?
Adware is usually distributed in two ways: software bundle and advertisements on the websites. In the first case, you are offered to install “the advanced search bar”, which has a virus inside. You can disable the installation of this search bar, by making the related changes in the Advanced tab of the installation window. This tab is present on the majority of installers of free software if it is bundled with other programs.
Ads on the websites have a much easier model: after clicking on the ad, your Chrome will start downloading the file, where the adware is hidden. Of course, you may cancel the downloading, or avoid launching the file, but when you are lured by the attractive offer on the promotion, you will likely open this file.
Remove the Taboola virus from your Chrome browser
It is quite easy to deal with Taboola ads if you have anti-malware software installed. Manual removal requires a lot of actions, so the risk of making a mistake is quite high. I’d recommend you to use GridinSoft Anti-Malware to delete the adware and other malicious items that are possibly present on your computer.
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- Article about Taboola on Wikipedia