HeadlineAlley is a browser hijacker. HeadlineAlley extension modifies web browser settings, displays “HeadlineAlley promotions” and collects various information relating to the user’s internet browsing activity. For these specific deceptive reasons, HeadlineAlley is categorized as an adware application.
Once the HeadlineAlley adware has infected the PC, the HeadlineAlley adware gather’s information about the users browsing habits through the extension.
User information the HeadlineAlley adware gathers are used for advertising.
Promotions presented by HeadlineAlley are not random, the ads are based on the user’s internet activity, the content of the web page and the user based interests. HeadlineAlley ads are to be distinguished by pop-up ads and redirects to random unknown web pages.
Distribution: Download managers, pop-ups, malware
Also known as: HeadlineAlley malware, HeadlineAlley adware
Malware type: Adware
The most common cause of HeadlineAlley adware infection is poor knowledge. User’s careless behavior and poor knowledge of adware can result in the HeadlineAlley installation. Malicious web pages that redirect the web browser to suspicious popup ads are most likely build to deceive the user into installing adware software applications.
Analyze every installation process and opt out any additional third party offers. HeadlineAlley is suggested as a third party offer during the installation of deceptive software installations.
HeadlineAlley does not provide any real benefit for the user.
HeadlineAlley is known to collect all sorts of information from the web browser but pretends to offer a variety of discounts. In reality, HeadlineAlley is all about advertising for revenue. HeadlineAlley software developers often claim to have no control over the users’ advertisements.
How to remove HeadlineAlley
Use this menu to uninstall and remove HeadlineAlley.
Remove HeadlineAlley, complete the steps below
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Windows 7 users: Click the Start button in the left bottom corner, select Control Panel, select “Programs, and Features”.
Windows 8 and Windows 10 users: Right-click the Windows logo in the bottom left corner, select Control Panel, select “Programs and Features”.
Find recently installed adware and click “Uninstall“.
Click the column “Installed On” to sort installed software by date, this makes it easier to detect recently installed software.
If you don’t know what to look for or can’t find the HeadlineAlley installation, go to this removal step.
Google Chrome users on Mac OS, follow this Adware removal guide for Mac OS
In this first step for Google Chrome, you need to identify and remove the browser extension responsible for the HeadlineAlley promotions. Some browser extensions are ad-supported, e.g. adware and might show intrusive ads such as HeadlineAlley.
If you didn’t install any browser extension at all, remove all browser extensions from Chrome.
Click the menu button, from the Chrome menu click More tools and then Extensions.
Select “Breaking News by HeadlineAlley” from the list and click the Remove button to remove the extension.
If you are unsure if the extension is malicious, click the slider and disable the extension first.
Continue to the next step.
Reset the Google Chrome profile sync
Google Chrome synchronizes the browsers user-profile with the Google Cloud services. If the Google Chrome browser is infected with adware, this adware, usually browser extensions, and pop-up ads to HeadlineAlley are synced with Google’s servers.
It is important to clean this synchronized cache. If the user doesn’t clear the synchronized settings, the HeadlineAlley adware and Chrome settings keep coming back on any devices the Chrome user profile is synchronized with.
Open the Google Dashboard (opens in a new browser window). Click the Reset sync button to clear all of your synced data on Google’s server, confirm with OK.
Continue to the next step.
Reset the Google Chrome homepage and search engine settings
Chrome has the option to reset to default settings, a Chrome browser reset will not affect your saved bookmarks and passwords. Google Chrome reset is the easiest way to get rid of the HeadlineAlley new tab.
Click the menu button, from the drop-down menu click Settings.
Scroll down to Advanced and again scroll down to Reset settings.
Click the Reset button to reset Google Chrome.
Confirm the reset of the Chrome web browser by clicking the Reset button.
Restart Google Chrome for the changes to take effect.
Google Chrome is reset to default settings, it is important to know there are remnants of HeadlineAlley redirect on your computer. I recommend to scan and remove malware files from your computer to make sure the adware does not reinstall and the HeadlineAlley new tab doesn’t occur again.
Remove HeadlineAlley adware with Malwarebytes
Get rid of HeadlineAlley with Malwarebytes, Malwarebytes detects the HeadlineAlley extension as pup.optional.advertisingext.generic.
Malwarebytes is free to use, detect and remove the HeadlineAlley adware from the web browser.
Run the Malwarebytes program installation file. Click here for Malwarebytes installation instructions.
Click Scan Now to start examining for the adware responsible for the HeadlineAlley new tab in the web browser.
Malwarebytes will start searching for malware, please wait for Malwarebytes to finish the malware scan.
Malwarebytes usually takes between 2 to 5 minutes to complete.
Once the malware scan is performed, Malwarebytes will present the results of the HeadlineAlley malware scan.
Remove the malware found by Malwarebytes using the Quarantine Selected button.
Wait for Malwarebytes to move all malware to quarantine.
Malwarebytes needs to make a system reboot to finish the HeadlineAlley redirect removal process.
Save and close any working documents or open web pages and click Yes to reboot your PC.
After the system reboot, your web browser is free from the HeadlineAlley pop-up redirect.
Stay protected with Malwarebytes against future browser hijacker and other types of malware.
Malwarebytes stops adware, abusive pop-ups, potentially unwanted programs, malicious web pages, suspicious downloads, viruses, spyware and ransomware from infecting your web browser.
Get rid of HeadlineAlley with Zemana
Zemana Anti-Malware is an second opinion anti-malware scanner which uses Cloud technology with HeadlineAlley pop-up detection. Removes annoying browser extensions, ad-supported add-on’s, unwanted applications and new tab/toolbars. It’s an efficient adware cleaner.
Open the Zemana anti-malware setup file.
Install Zemana anti-malware using the default settings, after successful installation Zemana anti-malware will update itself to the latest version.
Select the Scan button to perform a malware scan to detect the malware responsible for the HeadlineAlley adware.
Please wait for the scan to finish, the scan usually takes a few minutes.
Click the Next button to remove the malware found by Zemana on your computer.
Wait a couple of seconds for Zemana to clean up your device from malware.
Your PC is successfully cleaned by Zemana.
Zemana is an excellent protection for people searching for a lightweight malware detection and removal tool.
Zemana is its best in addition to a more comprehensive antivirus or anti-malware security application such as Malwarebytes.
Get rid of HeadlineAlley with adwcleaner
Right-click the AdwCleaner executable you just downloaded and select “Run as Administrator” this is important.
Select the Scan Now button.
Wait for the adware & malware scan to finish.
Click the Clean & Repair button to remove the adware and malware from your PC.
Wait for AdwCleaner to remove the adware and malware from your PC.
Click the Clean & Restart Now button to finish the malware removal process.
After the reboot, AdwCleaner shows a summary of the detected and removed malware files.
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