What is Canopus adware?
It is a computer program that displays or downloads Canopus ads on your computer's screen whenever you are connected to the internet. The adverts may appear as a pop up or pop under window, they could be large banners at the top of the screen, some of them are links, while others appear as boxes placed somewhere on the screen. Usually, this adware displays various product ads but it may also promote services and fake tech support pop ups.
The way in which Canopus operates
To avoid this adware – at least its most virulent strains – it can help to know how it finds its way on to your PC in the first place. The most common method is for a programmer to bundle the adware with another program, file or application. This means that when you download some software, you are also downloading the adware. And because adware is such big business, these days it is not only packaged with third rate applications or not very good games; it is just as likely to come with something that is genuinely useful – or even a well known brand.
Who creates adware - and why?
Programmers or software developers who create programs and programs that they release to the public for free often use adware as a way to recoup the cost of developing their original product. The ads by Canopus will generate a source of income which enables them to find a bigger audience for their program.
How does Canopus know what you're looking at online?
As we mentioned earlier, your PC has not suddenly developed a hitherto undiscovered talent – there is a real reason why it knows which adverts to show you? And that is because at the point of installation, the adware also installs a tracking component which can monitor your internet usage. This component records which websites you visit and transmits this data back to the programmer who can then make use of the information to decide which adverts they want to show you – and increase your chances of clicking and buying!
Should I take steps to protect myself from adware?
If you are one of those people who find adware's invasion of your privacy upsetting or worrying then yes, you probably do want to protect yourself from at least the most virulent strains of adware. After all, how do we really know what an adware programmer is also going to do with the data they collect? I strongly suggest that you install a reputable anti-malware program today.
How to get rid of Canopus ads?
To remove this adware from your computer and stop Canopus ads, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!
Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com
Canopus Ads Removal Guide:
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 Canopus related programs from your computer using the Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7). Go to the Start Menu. Select Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.
If you are using Windows 8 or 10, 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:
- 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 Canopus related extensions from Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to More Tools → Extensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Canopus, Extag, Gosave, 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.
3. Then select Settings. Scroll down the page and click Show advanced settings.
4. Find the Reset browser settings section and click Reset browser settings button.
5. In the dialog that appears, click Reset. That's it!
Remove Canopus related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools Menu → Add-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove Canopus, Extag, Gosave, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
Remove Canopus related add-ons 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.