In this article we are going to try and help you remove ContainerTag.js. Our instructions cover all Windows versions as well as most browsers – Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer etc.
Are you looking for a working solution for the ads, pop-ups and banners delivered by ContainerTag.js? Then our team may be of help. The program you are dealing with has the typical features of specific software called adware and in this article, you can read about the way it functions. We have also included as some helpful instructions in case you wish to remove it. And since you are reading this, we assume that you are most probably disturbed by the intrusive ads invasion that is happening on your screen every time you open your browser. It doesn’t really make a difference if you are using Chrome, Firefox, IE or another browser, ContainerTag.js is capable of integrating with all of them and keep flooding you with pop-ups, banners, ads and all sorts of eye-catching notifications. That’s why here we will focus on the way this adware appeared on your PC and the possible reasons that may make you wish to remove it.
What is ContainerTag.js ?
To begin with, let’s first clarify what exactly an adware program is. In short, adware comes from advertising software. It is named like that because it is mainly used to display different types of advertisements on the users’ screen. ContainerTag.js is just one of the many programs from this type and is widely used to serve the purposes of the online marketing industry by generating and displaying a huge amount of sponsored ads and promotional pages. In fact, this software is the perfect legitimate tool for many vendors and businesses to place their ads directly in front of the eyes of their potential customers. However, adware may quickly turn into a source of irritation and online disturbance for some users when they are flooded with dozens of ads.
The reason behind this intrusiveness of adware is money. Most of the ads you are seeing are sponsored or paid and every click on them generates income for the people who display them. In your case, these people are the ContainerTag.js owners who earn from the so-called Pay-Per-click method, but many software developers or other online businesses also incorporate this method. These paid ads are very often integrated into adware, browser hijackers or similar ad-generating components that are widely distributed online through program bundles, free software installers, direct downloads, torrents, spam emails and more.
Is ContainerTag.js a virus?
This is probably the question that is bothering you the most. And we have some good news for you – it is not a virus. This program has gained a reputation of potentially unwanted software and this is mainly due to the rather aggressive way it takes over your browser and covers your screen with unstoppable ads. At some point, you may notice that the popping boxes may become so intrusive, that they may prevent you from browsing the web normally. Your searches may get redirected to different pages with advertisements or top offers and sales. Your homepage may be replaced by another sponsored page and your search engine may not display the search results you need, but instead point you to other websites with promotions. The adware may also collect some of your browsing-related data and try to match it with the ads it displays. However, it is important to point out that there is nothing malicious that ContainerTag.js could do. That’s why calling it a virus would be quite exaggerated and there really isn’t a reason for you to feel “infected”. A real infection with malware from the rank of Trojans or Ransomware, on the other hand, would really harm your system badly and it is better never to experience it.
Uninstalling ContainerTag.js may save you from bumping into malware.
Adware itself is not harmful, but some of the ads it displays may contain some security risks. It is good to have this in mind when it comes to interacting with randomly generated content. Although it doesn’t happen very often, you never know when you may come across illegal webpages, fake ads or misleading redirects. The chances may increase when you are exposed to dozens of them on a daily basis and it may be really hard to detect which are real and which are fake. Hackers usually use such delusive techniques to infect people with different viruses or the recently popular Ransomware. That’s why we advise our users to avoid clicking on aggressively popping messages or browse the web through insecure search engines.
The best course of action is to never allow potentially unwanted software to get installed on your computer. For that, you need to always pay attention during the installation process of all the software you place on you PC. The advanced/custom option gives you the ultimate control over the bundle you are installing and this is what you should always opt for. If you happen to skip this option and proceed with the standard installation, you may end up with programs like this one on your system. Uninstalling them once they are installed is a bit of a tricky task that may require a removal guide like the one we have prepared below. That’s why if you need assistance in removing ContainerTag.js, simply follow the instructions in the guide.
Many types of malware will restrict your access to their core files. It is highly recommended that you reboot your PC in safe mode before attempting to use this guide.
- To enable Safe Mode reboot you PC, then hit F8 repeatedly. When the corresponding menu opens please select Safe Mode with Networking.
WARNING! If you are using Windows 8,0 or later and/or your operating system is installed on a fast SSD drive this may fail to work. In this case click here to see how to start your PC in Safe Mode.
#1: Uninstall the malicious program from your control panel
Enter control panel to look for any suspicious programs, which may have installed on your PC. To do that:
- Navigate to your Desktop
- Press simultaneously the Win button together with the R button (Win+R)
- In the Run window that just opened type appwiz.cpl
- Go through the list of programs and find ContainerTag.js or anything else that may seem suspicious. Right-click on it and choose the uninstallation option
WARNING! Carefully read any confirmation messages that may be created in the process. Sometimes you may get offers to download more Adware applications and this can be linked to either the Yes or the No answer depending on the wording!
Go through the list of programs again and check online for any potentially unwanted programs. We have an article that covers this awesome free software that makes sure that your computer is free from bloatware and programs that you don’t need.
#2: Remove ContainerTag.js From Chrome
Now we’ll remove the extensions that the malware has attached to your browser.
- Open your Google Chrome browser.
- Type chrome://extensions/ in the URL address bar and press Enter.
- Click on “Developer Mode” on the top right and look for the extension installed by ContainerTag.js and anything that might be related to it. Copy their IDs (the string of letters), then remove them by clicking on the trash bin icon.
- Type Regedit in the Windows Start Menu and press Enter. Go in : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome\Extensions and delete the entries corresponding to the suspicious IDs you recorded.
#3: Remove ContainerTag.js From Firefox
- Open Mozilla Firefox browser.
- Type “about:support” in the URL address bar and press Enter.
- Click on the “Refresh Firefox” button on the right and confirm.
#4 Remove ContainerTag.js From Internet Explorer
- Open your Internet Explorer internet browser.
- Click on the Gear icon on the up right, then on manage add-ons.
- Go through the list disable any suspicious extensions.
#5 Remove any leftover parasitic processes
From the task manager:
- Use Ctrl + Shift + Esc and open the Task manager, then click on the Processes
- Go through the list of processes and look for unknown or otherwise suspicious entries.
- If you see anything suspicious right click on the process and shoes Open File Location, then terminate the process and delete any files you find in the directory.
WARNING! If the directory you open from this menu has no files inside of it it’s probably because the malware has hidden them. You need to reveal hidden files and folders in order to be able to see them. Click here if you don’t know how to do that.
From the start menu:
- Press simultaneously the Win button together with the R button (Win+R)
- In the Run window that just opened type msconfig
- Click on the Startup tab.
This menu controls which programs are loaded when windows starts after a reboot. Disable anything that seems suspicious. Optionally you can also disable any program that you don’t need and also has a high impact on your startup time.
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