Easy methods to delete Gcouncerne.xyz Adware in Windows 10/8/7 computer
Gcouncerne.xyz is another rough site considered as adware. This rough adware-type website is designed to tricks you into subscribing to Push Notifications or Browser Notifications. According to developer of this site, you need to click ‘Allow’ button on ‘Show Notifications’ popup displayed by this rough site claims to access the content of site, to download a file, to watch a video, to enable flash player, to verify if you are not a robot, to verify if are 18+, and so on. Once Allow button is clicked, this site will start delivering malicious advertisements campaigns.
Gcouncerne.xyz delivers advertisements in the form of banners, coupons, commercial ads, fake security alert, fake software update alert, notifications, and other types of advertisements. It is not easy task for you to close or delete these advertisements one-by-one in computer. Clicking advertisements by this rough site may lead to severe privacy issues, malware or viruses infections in your computer, or even identity theft. In sort, it is not safe to click any hyperlinks/buttons or advertisements displayed by this rough site.
Ads by Gcouncerne.xyz are designed to redirect you to shady/scam websites or malicious sites that can cause unwanted software downloads/installation or can cause unwanted browser redirection to other shady websites, while some advertisements are designed to run certain codes/scripts to download/install third-party applications, PUAs or malware in your computer. Once browser hijackers gain access to your computer by clicking malicious advertisements, it can modify your browser’s settings without your knowledge in order to promote fake search engines.
It prevents you from revert these changes means you can’t undo the changes made. Gcouncerne.xyz also attempts to install some fake BHOs, extensions, plug-ins or toolbars in your browser. These fake BHOs or extensions are considered as browser hijacker designed to hijack your main browser and attempts to collect your browsing-related data or other sensitive information. They can share these collected data to other attackers or third-party to generate some income from them. So, it is important to find and remove Gcouncerne.xyz related threats in computer as soon as possible.
How did you get Gcouncerne.xyz in Windows computer?
In most cases, PUAs, adware or malware are distributed through other software package as additional offers. This false marketing method of packaging regular software with PUAs, adware or malware is known as Software Bundling Method – the mostly used mechanism by cybercriminals. If you choose ‘Recommended/Quick/Express’ settings instead of choosing ‘Custom/Advanced/Manual’ settings in software package setup during installation, then you install all additional programs included in software package into computer and this way, all malicious additions can also be installed.
How to protect your system against PUAs, adware or malware?
Any applications must not be downloaded/installed or purchase from unofficial/unsafe websites, fake software downloaders, installers or updaters, or other third-party sources. All software should be downloaded from official/verified sources, or via direct links, and choose always ‘Custom/Advanced/Manual’ installation if you want to avoid all malicious additions included in software package setup. Also, you should have some powerful antivirus software with latest update installed in your computer that could help you to find and remove all types of malware or viruses in computer.
Antimalware Details And User Guide
Important Note: This malware asks you to enable the web browser notifications. So, before you go the manual removal process, execute these steps.
Google Chrome (PC)
- Go to right upper corner of the screen and click on three dots to open the Menu button
- Select “Settings”. Scroll the mouse downward to choose “Advanced” option
- Go to “Privacy and Security” section by scrolling downward and then select “Content settings” and then “Notification” option
- Find each suspicious URLs and click on three dots on the right side and choose “Block” or “Remove” option
Google Chrome (Android)
- Go to right upper corner of the screen and click on three dots to open the menu button and then click on “Settings”
- Scroll down further to click on “site settings” and then press on “notifications” option
- In the newly opened window, choose each suspicious URLs one by one
- In the permission section, select “notification” and “Off” the toggle button
- On the right corner of the screen, you will notice three dots which is the “Menu” button
- Select “Options” and choose “Privacy and Security” in the toolbar present in the left side of the screen
- Slowly scroll down and go to “Permission” section then choose “Settings” option next to “Notifications”
- In the newly opened window, select all the suspicious URLs. Click on the drop-down menu and select “Block”
- In the Internet Explorer window, select the Gear button present on the right corner
- Choose “Internet Options”
- Select “Privacy” tab and then “Settings” under the “Pop-up Blocker” section
- Select all the suspicious URLs one by one and click on the “Remove” option
- Open the Microsoft Edge and click on the three dots on the right corner of the screen to open the menu
- Scroll down and select “Settings”
- Scroll down further to choose “view advanced settings”
- In the “Website Permission” option, click on “Manage” option
- Click on switch under every suspicious URL
- On the upper right side corner, click on “Safari” and then select “Preferences”
- Go to “website” tab and then choose “Notification” section on the left pane
- Search for the suspicious URLs and choose “Deny” option for each one of them
Manual Steps to Remove Gcouncerne.xyz :
Remove the related items of Gcouncerne.xyz using Control-Panel
Windows 7 Users
Click “Start” (the windows logo at the bottom left corner of the desktop screen), select “Control Panel”. Locate the “Programs” and then followed by clicking on “Uninstall Program”
Windows XP Users
Click “Start” and then choose “Settings” and then click “Control Panel”. Search and click on “Add or Remove Program’ option
Windows 10 and 8 Users:
Go to the lower left corner of the screen and right-click. In the “Quick Access” menu, choose “Control Panel”. In the newly opened window, choose “Program and Features”
Mac OSX Users
Click on “Finder” option. Choose “Application” in the newly opened screen. In the “Application” folder, drag the app to “Trash”. Right click on the Trash icon and then click on “Empty Trash”.
In the uninstall programs window, search for the PUAs. Choose all the unwanted and suspicious entries and click on “Uninstall” or “Remove”.
After you uninstall all the potentially unwanted program causing Gcouncerne.xyz issues, scan your computer with an anti-malware tool for any remaining PUPs and PUAs or possible malware infection. To scan the PC, use the recommended the anti-malware tool.
How to Remove Adware (Gcouncerne.xyz ) from Internet Browsers
Delete malicious add-ons and extensions from IE
Click on the gear icon at the top right corner of Internet Explorer. Select “Manage Add-ons”. Search for any recently installed plug-ins or add-ons and click on “Remove”.
If you still face issues related to Gcouncerne.xyz removal, you can reset the Internet Explorer to its default setting.
Windows XP users: Press on “Start” and click “Run”. In the newly opened window, type “inetcpl.cpl” and click on the “Advanced” tab and then press on “Reset”.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 Users: Press the Windows logo, type inetcpl.cpl in the start search box and press enter. In the newly opened window, click on the “Advanced Tab” followed by “Reset” button.
For Windows 8 Users: Open IE and click on the “gear” icon. Choose “Internet Options”
Select the “Advanced” tab in the newly opened window
Press on “Reset” option
You have to press on the “Reset” button again to confirm that you really want to reset the IE
Remove Doubtful and Harmful Extension from Google Chrome
Go to menu of Google Chrome by pressing on three vertical dots and select on “More tools” and then “Extensions”. You can search for all the recently installed add-ons and remove all of them.
If the problems related to Gcouncerne.xyz still persists or you face any issue in removing, then it is advised that your reset the Google Chrome browse settings. Go to three dotted points at the top right corner and choose “Settings”. Scroll down bottom and click on “Advanced”.
At the bottom, notice the “Reset” option and click on it.
In the next opened window, confirm that you want to reset the Google Chrome settings by click on the “Reset” button.
Remove Gcouncerne.xyz plugins (including all other doubtful plug-ins) from Firefox Mozilla
Open the Firefox menu and select “Add-ons”. Click “Extensions”. Select all the recently installed browser plug-ins.
If you face problems in Gcouncerne.xyz removal then you have the option to rese the settings of Mozilla Firefox.
Open the browser (Mozilla Firefox) and click on the “menu” and then click on “Help”.
Choose “Troubleshooting Information”
In the newly opened pop-up window, click “Refresh Firefox” button
The next step is to confirm that really want to reset the Mozilla Firefox settings to its default by clicking on “Refresh Firefox” button.
Remove Malicious Extension from Safari
Open the Safari and go to its “Menu” and select “Preferences”.
Click on the “Extension” and select all the recently installed “Extensions” and then click on “Uninstall”.
Open the “Safari” and go menu. In the drop-down menu, choose “Clear History and Website Data”.
In the newly opened window, select “All History” and then press on “Clear History” option.
Delete Gcouncerne.xyz (malicious add-ons) from Microsoft Edge
Open Microsoft Edge and go to three horizontal dot icons at the top right corner of the browser. Select all the recently installed extensions and right click on the mouse to “uninstall”
Open the browser (Microsoft Edge) and select “Settings”
Next steps is to click on “Choose what to clear” button
Click on “show more” and then select everything and then press on “Clear” button.
In most cases, the PUPs and adware gets inside the marked PC through unsafe freeware downloads. It is advised that you should only choose developers website only while downloading any kind of free applications. Choose custom or advanced installation process so that you can trace the additional PUPs listed for installation along with the main program.