How to remove CM Addon virus (Removal Guide)

CM Addon virus

The CM Addon virus is a potentially unwanted program (or a PUP) best categorized as adware, a browser hijacker, and spyware that primarily installs to a computer running the Microsoft Windows operating system and attaches to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer as a browser add-on, browser helper object (BHO), and extension without direct user acknowledgement. The CM Addon program may do this in order to serve targeted advertisements, which in return may create additional privacy relating issues for computer users.CM Addon virus

Once CM Addon malware is installed, the adware program will being to collect user information and will display target advertisements, deals, offers for searched items or currently viewed websites and products on retail websites.

CM Addon advertisements are displayed in a variety of forms. Some are pop-under browser redirects that take up an entire browser window or computer screen, in-text ads that say “Ads by CM Addon” on them, or pop-up advertisements that appear in images and say “brought by CM Addon” on them.

How does CM Addon malware get onto a computer?

CM Addon malware bundles with third-party freeware and shareware, as well as torrents from websites such as download.com and thepiratebay.

Users are sometimes given the opportunity to accept or decline an offer to install CM Addon software and other items; However, the request to decline the offer is often ignored or presented in a very confusing manner.
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  • The CM Addon extension can read and change all your data on the websites you visit and read and change your browsing history.
  • The CM Addon extension can manage your apps, extensions, downloads, and themes.
  • CM Addon bundles with other potentially unwanted programs and possible malware.
  • CM Addon can arrive on a computer system packed inside installers and downloaders from websites such as download.com, Softonic, and others.
  • CM Addon injects visited webpages with pop-up, pop-under, in-text, and in-image advertisements.
  • CM Addon makes unwanted changes to existing Windows settings and schedules new tasks allowing it to run every time Windows starts and to check to see if the program has been disabled. If the program has previously been disabled it will enable itself to run.

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How to remove CM Addon (Removal Guide)

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Step 1: Remove CM Addon extensions


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Google Chrome

1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon on the top menu and navigate to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for the CM Addon extension in the list. Remove unwanted browser extensions individually by clicking the trashcan icon next to each one.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.

2. Search for the CM Addon add-ons on the Extensions and Plugin tab. Highlight each one individually and click remove.

Apple Safari

1. Click Safari and go to Preferences > Extensions.

2.  Find the CM Addon extension in the list and click the Uninstall button.

Step 2: Uninstall CM Addon from Windows

1. Open Windows Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.

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

3. Search for CM Addon and other unwanted programs in the list of installed programs. Once an unwanted program is located, double click the item or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button. If you can not find this program in the list of installed program please see steps 3 and 4 below.

Step 3: Remove CM Addon virus with Malwarebytes

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

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2. Open Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

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

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4. When the malware scan is complete you will notice a list of files it has detected. Click the Remove Selected button, then click Finish, and reboot your computer.

If you are still having issues with malware 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 with CCleaner

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

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2. Open the program and go to Cleaner and click the Analyze button. After files and have been analyzed, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

3. Go to Registry and click Scan for Issues. When the scan is complete click Fix selected issues… and then click the Fix All Selected Issues button.

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4. Go to to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from Windows, Internet Explorer, all the way to Context Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click  Delete once anything suspicious is found to remove it.

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

Sean Doyle

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Sean Doyle is an engineer from Los Angeles, California. Sean's primary focuses include Internet Security, Web Spam, and Online Marketing.