It can be a real head scratcher – you remember changing your antivirus provider or downloading some software that helps you display script in a non-roman alphabet but you don't recall downloading a new browser extension or Bandoomed – you were fine with your existing one, thank you very much. So where did this Bandoomed come from? What is this new home page that's suddenly appeared? Why do I see so many ads on my computer? And furthermore, how do you stop it from happening again in the future?
There are a number of ways Bandoomed find its way on to your computer. Most if the time, this adware or PUP comes bundled with other programs, mostly freeware from unreliable websites. Sometimes, Bandoomed is installed by 'drive by' downloads meaning that you were attacked when you visited an infected website. Drive bys take advantage of vulnerabilities in your computer's security software.
If you're a Windows user who thinks you may have Bandoomed on your computer, there is actually a very simple way of checking. Go to your machine's Control Panel, click on 'Programs' and select 'Uninstall or Change a Program'. The names of programs you have installed will normally be registered with the Windows Add/Remove Programs capability meaning they'll be listed here. The publisher and the date you installed them will also be visible. Spotted something you don't remember installing? Google search it and if you don't recognize it, uninstall it. Sometimes, it might be even listed as Bandoomed.
To find out when and how you installed Bandoomed, click the 'Installed On' header in the uninstaller and sort your list of programs by date. If the time and date that the unwanted PUP was installed matches one of your intentionally downloaded programs this is a fairly reliable indication that the Potentially Unwanted Program was bundled with it.
Most of us don't download disreputable software but PUPs are bundled with perfectly legitimate programs too – either with or without that publisher's knowledge. Therefore you should take care when downloading all software and only download programs from the owner's website or from a third party site that you know can be trusted. You should also be careful about clicking on links or adverts in search engine results as there's no guarantee that the site they link to is safe.
To summarize, you need to be alert when you're browsing the internet, you shouldn't click links if you're not absolutely sure where they lead to, and you should only ever download programs if you trust both them and the website that has provided the download. PUPs and aware are annoying and can leave you open to further attack so it pays to be careful out there.
To remove Bandoomed adware and other potentially unwanted software that may have been installed on your computer, please follow the removal guide below. If you have questions, leave a down comment below. I will be more than happy to help you. Good luck and be safe online!
Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com
Bandoomed removal instructions
1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.
2. Remove Bandoomed related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).
Go to the Start Menu. Select Control Panel → Add/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.
If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".
Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.
3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
- HD-Plus 3.5
- and any other recently installed application
Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.
Remove Bandoomed from Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to Tools → Extensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Bandoomed, LyricsSay-1, Websteroids, Quiknowledge, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.
Remove Bandoomed from Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools → Add-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove Bandoomed, LyricsSay-1, Websteroids, Quiknowledge, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
Remove Bandoomed from Internet Explorer:
1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to Tools → Manage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.
2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.