If you’re using a web browser to view the internet and are constantly redirected to the Cobalten.com website, it is likely because you have adware installed on your computer.
Adware differs from regular advertisements that you see when you visit website’s because it’s developed by a developer who has installed it on your computer (you have to download it first) to follow you around regardless of the webpages that you visit in an attempt to earn advertising revenue from your clicks. The advertising networks are none the wiser that the clicks are coming from an adware program so the developers continue to create the revenue for as long as it is installed on people’s computers. Moreover, it’s possible that the larger adware programs run their own advertising networks, so there’s no solution to the problem until you remove it from your computer.
Adware can be found in free downloadable files that you found on the internet. It’s commonly found in torrent files and will be injected onto the computer when you think you’re only downloading movie files. If you do download free files such as torrents, you will want to regularly run adware scans on your computer to help keep your PC clean from these threats.
The following tutorial demonstrates how to remove the Cobalten.com web browser redirect from computers.
Part One: How to Remove Malicious Programs from Control Panel
You can uninstall the program that may be causing the redirect from the Control Panel when you’re using one of the latest version of the Windows operating system.
1. Open the Control Panel.
2. From the Control Panel’s main category menu, click on the “Uninstall a program” link under the Programs heading.
3. Scroll down the list of installed programs and highlight any programs that you think match up with the malicious program that is in your computer.
4. Click on the “Uninstall” button above the list of programs to remove the program from the computer.
5. You can now close the Control Panel if you like.
Part Two: How to Remove Cobalten.com Redirect Using Malwarebytes
1. Visit the Malwarebytes website and then click on the Free Download link.
2. If your web browser shows a message that says this type of file can harm your computer. Do you want to keep the executable file anyway?, click on the Keep button.
3. If prompted by User Account Control and asked: Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?, click on the Yes button.
4. Select between Personal computer and Work computer for where you are installing Malwarebytes ad then click on the Continue button.
5. Click on the Agree and Install button to accept the license agreement.
6. Click on the Finish button when the Malwarebytes installation is complete.
7. The Malwarebytes interface should open on its own. If it doesn’t, click on its application that is now on your desktop.
8. Click on the Scan Now button to bring the scan.
9. Malwarebytes will then take a few moments to run a quick scan of the computer.
10. Place a tick on the boxes next to the malware threats and then click on the Quarantine Selected button.
11. If Malwarebytes hasn’t solved the malware on your computer, you can visit their website and contact them to let them know of the issue that their software is not yet fixing.
12. You can now close the Malwarebytes application if you like.
Part Three: How to Repair Browser Settings Using CCleaner
You can use third-party tools such as CCleaner to repair the web browser settings. This is optional but should be done if your redirect keeps coming back or isn’t yet completely fixed.
1. If your web browser shows a message that says “this type of file can harm your computer. Do you want to keep the executable file anyway?,” click on the “Keep” button.
2. If prompted by User Account Control and asked: “Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?,” click on the “Yes” button.
3. Click on the “Install” button.
Note: CCleaner may offer an additional program for you to install. Choose to check or uncheck the box for installing any additional programs.
4. Check or uncheck the box for viewing the release notes based on your preference, and then click on the “Run CCleaner” button.
5. Click on the “Analyze” button.
6. Click on the “Run Cleaner” button once the analysis is completed.
7. The scan is now complete.
8. Click on “Tools” from the left menu and then click on “Startup” and looks through the tabs for any startup programs that have the word “search” in the title or name.
9. If you find any, click on the “Disable” and then “Delete” buttons.
10. You can now close the CCleaner application if you like.
Part Four: How to Reset Browser to Default Settings and Clean Up Browser
After uninstalling the malicious program from Control Panel, removing the malware with malwarebytes, repairing the browser settings with CCleaner, you still may need to reset the browser to its default settings and clean up the browser.
You can reset the browser settings from the More menu in Google Chrome.
1. Click on the “More” button and then click on the “Settings” link from the menu.
2. Scroll down and then click on “Advanced” at the bottom of the page.
3. Under the Reset and cleanup heading, click on the “Restore settings to their original defaults” link.
4. From the Reset settings overlay, click on the “Reset settings” button.
5. Under the Reset and clean up heading once again, click on the “Clean up computer” link.
6. Next to where it says Find and remove harmful software, click on the “Find” button.
7. You can now close the Google Chrome web browser if you like.
You can reset the browser settings from the More menu in Firefox.
1. Click on the “More” button and then click on the “Help” link.
2. Click on the “Troubleshooting Information” link.
3. Click on the “Refresh Firefox” button.
4. Click on the “Refresh Firefox” button when you get the confirmation dialog box.
5. You can now close the Firefox browser if you like.
You can reset the Microsoft Edge browser settings directly from the Settings application in Windows 10.
1. Open the Settings app.
2. Click on the “Apps” icon from the Windows Settings menu.
3. From Apps’ left side, click on “Apps & features” and then scroll down the right side until you get to Microsoft Edge, click on it once to reveal its menu and then click on the “Advanced options” link.
4. Click on the “Reset” button.
5. You can now close the Settings app if you like.