How to remove ContradePlatform (Virus Removal Guide)

ContradePlatform (Contrade Platform) is cross-browser adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that serves advertisements across Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer. ContradePlatform additionally creates new tasks and is scheduled to run every time Windows starts.

ContradePlatform

What is ContradePlatform?

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  • ContradePlatform bundles with third-party malware, malicious files, and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). If this program is installed, you may also find other titles such as UniDeals installed as well.
  • The ContradePlatform extension can read and change all your data on the websites you visit.
  • The ContradePlatform extension can read and change your browsing history.
  • The ContradePlatform extension can manage your apps, extensions, and themes.
  • The ContradePlatform extension can manage your downloads.

How does ContradePlatform get on a computer?

The ContradePlatform virus (although not technically a computer virus) is often contracted alongside free downloadable content. This includes freeware, shareware, torrents, and other items. Freeware that assists in installing ContradePlatform adware may be promoted by deceptive and misleading advertisements.

In many cases users are given an opportunity to accept or decline an offer to install this adware; However, the selected option to decline the program from installing is often ignored or presented in a deceptive manner.

How to remove ContradePlatform

Step 1: Remove ContradePlatform add-ons and extensions

Google Chrome

1. Click on the Customize icon (3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for the ContradePlatform extension and other suspicious extensions. Remove them individually by clicking the trashcan icon next to each one.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.

2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the ContradePlatform add-on and other suspicious add-ons and remove them if located.

Step 2: Uninstall ContradePlatform

1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel.

2. On Windows Control Panel, click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program in the Programs section.

3. In the list of installed programs, search for ContradePlatform and other unwanted programs. Once an unwanted program is located, double click the unwanted program or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button.

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4. Restart your computer.

Step 3: Scan your computer for malware

1. Download and install the free or full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The full version enables real-time protection to block malware and unwanted programs from infecting your computer, while the free version is just a free scan and removal tool.

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2. Open the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

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3. Click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan.

4. Once the malware scan is complete, click the Quarantine All button and reboot your computer.

If you are still having issues with potential ContradePlatform malware after using Malwarebytes it is recommended to download and install a second opinion scanner such as HitmanPro by Surfright to eradicate existing malicious files and automatically repair corrupted settings.

Step 4: Cleanup and repair settings

1. Download and install the free or full version of CCleaner by Piriform.

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CCleaner Analyze Cleaner

2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

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3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.

4. To automatically uninstall unwanted programs using CCleaner, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for the program in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.

If you are still experiencing issues removing potential ContradePlatform malware after using this removal guide we recommend to perform a system restore/recovery or a reset/refresh for Windows 8.