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How to remove Ebon (Virus Removal Guide)

Ebon by Ebonmedia Corp. (also found as Ebon Browser, Ebon browser virus, Ebon virus) is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that is known to download and install onto a computer running the Microsoft Windows operating system alongside third-party unwanted programs, adware, and malware. Once Ebon Browser is installed it will attempt to become the default internet browser and will employ methods to get users to agree to their terms. Ebon Browser is known to be supported by advertisements, sponsored search results, and third-party unwanted programs.

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What is Ebon Browser?

Ebon by Ebonmedia Corp. (or Ebon Browser) is promoted as an alternative internet browser. It was built on the Mozilla Firefox open source code and claims to be a fast and free browser that was built for speed. Ebon Browser claims to contain many features and extra add-ons.

However, unlike most popular internet browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Apple Safari, Ebon Browser is very intrusive and deceptive.

One thing that makes Ebon Browser intrusive compared to popular internet browsers is that it creates and schedules new tasks that allow it to run every time Windows is started. Why would an internet browser need to run when Windows stars? It doesn’t. Ebon Browser does not disclose this information to its users or those who seek to manually install it. This tasks uses a lot of resources and can cause a computer to become slow and sluggish, or even continuously crash.

Ebon Browser also collects information about all the webpages you visit and searches you conduct with Ebon in order to “enhance suggested search terms and maintain delivery of quality search results.” What this really translate to is that ‘Ebon collects your browsing data in order to serve sponsored search results and advertisements it feels you are most likely to click on.’ Ebon is essentially a giant ad-serving platform.

Ebon serves ‘targeted’ advertisements to users while they browse the internet. This is a privacy concern because targeted advertisements can only be produced by the adware if it has access to user browsing data, such as  all browsing activities, bookmarks, app data, and browser history. This information is observed and used to generate advertisements it feels users are most likely to click on.

Furthermore, potential Ebon malware primarily bundles with additional unwanted programs, malware, and other possible malicious threats. This means that it might be necessary to uninstall multiple programs from Windows and remove multiple browser add-ons and extensions from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari. Many of these programs can not easily be found on a computer system without third-party security software.

Ebon adware and the additional programs that it bundles with also manufacture new tasks and change existing Windows start-up settings in order to run every time the operating system starts and remain enabled if disabled by the user. Programs and browser attachments that may arrive with this deceptive piece of adware can also cause other issues for computer and internet users aside from pop-up advertisements, including browser redirections and a loss in computer functionality and internet connectivity. Furthermore, if Ebon is manually removed, it is possibly that the adware or another one in its place will return before a week has passed.

How did Ebon get on my computer?

Ebon adware is usually contracted without consent or knowledge of the computer user alongside third-party programs and files, such as freeware, shareware, torrent files, and other free downloadable content. The potentially unwanted programs and files that deliver the adware can be introduced to a computer system and affected internet browsers with or without user authorization.

Computer and internet users who seek to download and install free programs and files online may be presented with an opportunity to accept or decline a ‘custom’ offer to install Ebon adware and other programs during the setup and installation process. However, the request to decline Ebon adware from installing is often presented in a very confusing manner. In some cases, the download manager may completely ignore the user request to decline Ebon from installing and the adware will install against user consent and knowledge.

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  • Ebon bundles with other potentially unwanted programs and possible malware.
  • Ebon can arrive on a computer system packed inside installers and downloaders from websites such as download.com, Softonic, and others.
  • Ebon injects visited webpages with pop-up, pop-under, in-text, in-image advertisements, and sponsored search results.
  • Ebon 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.
  • Ebon Browser collects extensive amounts of user browsing data.
  • Ebon Browser and programs that it bundles with will change existing internet browser settings of other internet browsers previously installed. This includes the homepage and default search engine of Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.


How to remove Ebon (Removal Guide)

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Step 1: Remove Ebon 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 Ebon 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 Ebon 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 Ebon extension in the list and click the Uninstall button.

Step 2: Uninstall Ebon 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 Ebon 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 Ebon 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.


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 Ebon malware after using this removal guide we recommend to perform a system restore/recovery or a reset/refresh for Windows 8.

Sean Doyle

Sean is a tech author and engineer with over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, privacy, malware, Google Analytics, online marketing, and other topics. He is featured in several publications.

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