How to remove Free-rewards.info from the computer and browsers

Have you experienced the annoying advertising banners on your favorite websites? Of course you did, because Internet can’t exist without advertisement nowadays, but were these ads acceptable? Were they appearing each second, closing the entire screen or the important elements of the website that you view at the moment? Did they pop up again and again with no button to close or hide them? If you can positively answer on any of these questions, it will be wise to check the computer for unwanted programs. In this article we will explain you how hijackers work and how to distinguish unwanted pop-ups from trustworthy advertising.

Free-rewards.info is an adware that was made to earn money to scammers and inconvenience - to other users. Free-rewards.info might have entered the system via bundled installation method, or you downloaded it on your own. Bundled installation is the best method for scammers to penetrate your system not only because of written above advantages but also because it's totally legal. To launch the scheme, hackers need to upload the adware bundle on few most visited file sharing services. Now we will explain you how it works. Firstly, scammers are looking for a nice tool to put it in a bundle and use its name. This software has to be popular among users and toll-free. It could just be a hacked copy of the licensed tool. The very important quality of a package is that you can't open it and see the content. The only possible procedure is the installation. In this way swindlers trick the user, coercing him to install viruses, while he believes he is getting decent program. If you do not remember that you downloaded Free-rewards.info, but remember that you downloaded other unpaid programs - probably Free-rewards.info has infected your workstation in this way.

 

 

Now we'll talk about the one of the most bothering aspects for any victim: are advertising programs so payable for fraudsters and what's the point of their work? The answer is really simple: adware developers gain a pure benefit for every advertisement shown to you. Every time you click on the ads shown by Free-rewards.info, you literally promote the sites you are switching to, and generate views and clicks, by the number of which advertising is paid for. Due to the fact that undesired ads ordinarily appear in the most unexpected spots and it cannot be closed - there is a lot of random clicks that allow swindlers to receive profit and produce more adware.

After infecting the PC, adware begins to alter the settings of browser, trying to display ads most effectively. These alterations usually involve pop-up windows and warnings when downloading files. Then Free-rewards.info alters the search provider and home page, substituting the set addresses with the address of swindler's website. In the end, advertising program adds some lines to registry that can reinstall Free-rewards.info in case of removal. Thanks to these measures, Free-rewards.info shields itself from deletion, and continues to generate advertising even if customer switches the browser settings. The doings, listed above are the stages of background for work. If they're finished adware is ready to action. As you can see, none of the adware's functions is intended to assist you in any way. The sole thing swindlers care about is money, so they will show ads until you remove Free-rewards.info.

Free-rewards.info removal tool

As you already understood, adware won't cease until you eliminate it from your system. This act isn't very complex although you will still require to perform it properly to succeed. During the by-hand deletion, you'll need to remove the adware from the system, revoke the pending tasks for reinstallation of a virus, clear the registry, erase browser shortcuts and after that make the new ones and change the browser settings. For average user, some of these actions may look too difficult therefore we've designed a special instruction. Our advices will help you to execute the removal, but they cannot guarrantee the success if you will make a fault, so you better be careful. If you want the most effective and safe way of deletion - Spyhunter could suite all your needs. With this software you will not only uninstall Free-rewards.info, but also defend your PC from other adware. This AV-tool has many advantages, including speed of operation, compatibility with other anti-viruses, reasonable price and 24/7 technical support. If you're interested in downloading Spyhunter - click the button under this paragraph.

 

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Free-rewards.info removal instructions

If you use MAC OS, follow our article: MAC adware removal.

 

 

Step 1. Remove Free-rewards.info from the system

It is an optional step, if you have no installed software with the same name, go to the next step.

Instruction for Windows XP and Windows 7

1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Add or Remove Programs.

2. In the Currently installed programs box, click the Free-rewards.info, and then click Change or Change/Remove.

3. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to make the changes that you want.

Press Start - Control Panel Choose Program - Uninstall a program Choose needed program and click 'Uninstall'

 

Instruction for Windows 8

1. Point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and tap Search.

2. Enter Control panel in the search box, and then click Control Panel.

3. Under View by: select Large Icons, and then click Programs and features.

4. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.

5. Follow the instructions on the screen.

 

Instruction for Windows 10

1. On the field Search Windows type 'Control Panel'

2. Click Uninstall a program

3. Select Free-rewards.info and press Uninstall

Type 'Control Panel' in Search field Programs in Control Panel Choose needed program and click 'Uninstall'

 

Instruction for Mac OS

1. In the Finder sidebar, click Applications

2. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash

3. Choose Finder > Empty Trash

Step 2. Check browser's shortcut

1. Right-click on shortcut

2. Select Properties

3. Check the field Target: there must be only way to your browser, e.g.:

Google Chrome: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"

Mozilla Firefox: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"

Internet Explorer: "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe"

Opera: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera\launcher.exe"

Safari: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Safari\"

Step 3. Remove Free-rewards.info from browser's settings

Instructions for Google Chrome

1. Launch Google Chrome

2. Click Menu (Customize and control Google Chrome)

3. Select Settings

4. Scroll down and click Show advanced settings...

5. Click Reset settings

How to find Google Chrome Settings How to find Show advanced settings in Google Chrome How to Reset settings in Google Chrome

Instructions for Mozilla Firefox

1. Launch Mozilla Firefox

2. Click on Help on menu bar

3. Select Troubleshooting information

4. Click Reset Firefox...

How to find Mozilla Firefox Troubleshooting information How to launch Reset Firefox... Reset Mozilla Firefox: last step

Instructions for Internet Explorer

1. Launch Internet Explorer

2. Click Tools (You can press ALT+X on the keyboard)

3. Select Internet Options

4. Select Advanced tab

5. Click Reset... button

6. Put the tick near 'Delete personal settings' and click Reset

How to launch Internet Options in Internet Explorer How to find Advanced Internet Options in Internet Explorer How to reset Internet Explorer settings

Instructions for Opera

1. Start Opera

2. Click Menu (Customize and Control Opera)

3. Select Settings > Browser tab

4. Select On Startup - Open a specific page or set of pages - Press button "Set pages" and change Homepage to your favorite one

How to find Extensions in Opera How to disable extensions in Opera How to remove extension from Opera

Instructions for Safari

1. Open Safari browser

2. Click Menu (Display a menu of General Safari Settings)

3. Select Reset Safari...

4. Click Reset

How to display a menu of General Safari settings How to find Reset Safari tab How to reset Safari

 

 

Video instruction how to clean browsers

 

 

 

Step 4. Delete elements that would stay after Free-rewards.info deletion

1. Remove files and folders, if they stayed:

  • Type Free-rewards.info in the search box
  • Scroll to the bottom of the list of search results. Under Search again in, Click Computer
  • Wait for the search results
  • Delete items found

2. Delete registry keys

  • Click the Start button
  • Type Regedit.exe and press Enter
  • Press Ctrl+F and type 'Free-rewards.info'
  • Click 'Find Next'
  • Delete the entries that were found

Step 5 (Optional). Scan the computer with antimalware scanner

  • Download antivirus tool, e.g. Adwcleaner
  • Press Scan button

 

AdwCleaner start window

 

  • Press Clean button

 

AdwCleaner scan the system

 

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