Welcome to our “Relevant Knowledge” removal instructions. This article intends to help you remove “Relevant Knowledge” from your system and is designed to work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer and all Windows versions.
Having problems with intrusive browser ads? Take a look at our article.
Advertisements are annoying. They are annoying in real life, they are annoying when you meet them online as well. Since many sites tend to make a living out of ads, it is understandable why there’s just so many of them throughout the internet. As annoying as this may be, it is still bearable. If anything, in the end there’s nothing you can do about ads integrated within websites apart from avoiding those websites. However, there’s another kind of internet advertisements – such that pop-up everywhere, no matter what page you are on. As long as you’re using your browser, they are going to annoy you with their presence. These are caused by certain programs called Adware. If you’re currently having such problems, then it is highly likely that you’ve gotten yourself “Relevant Knowledge” – one of the newest adware programs out there.
General characteristics of “Relevant Knowledge” and other adware programs
Adware (“Relevant Knowledge” included) are basically browser extensions whose goal is to flood your every tab of your browser with all sorts of obstructive pop-ups, banners, box messages and so on. Many people start to panic when they see this happening on their computer. It is surely a frustrating thing – to have your screen hidden behind walls of intrusive adverts. Nonetheless, there’s no real need to worry because adware programs inluding “Relevant Knowledge” are not viruses. You see, viruses are malicious programs used for illegal deeds. They usually harm your system, steal money from your bank accounts or even spy on you. You’ve probably heard of the infamous Trojan Horse viruses or a type of malicious programs called Ransomware. These are the real deal when it comes to software that my harm your computer and virtual security, in fact ransomware has seen an unprecedented boost in activity. Compared to them, adware are pretty much harmless – the worst they can usually do is frustrate you with their ceaseless barrage of obstructive ads. A note that should be made here is that even though most of the pop-ups aren’t dangerous, there’s still some of them that might expose your PC to potential danger, especially if you click on them. Possible page redirects to malicious sites are some of the things that may happen should you interact with the ads. Again, this is not commonplace and happens quite rarely. Anyway, we advise against clicking on any of the adverts. Another thing to mention here is that you might suddenly get redirected to an unknown page even if you did not click on an ad. In this case make sure to quickly close the new page without interacting with it. Another thing you might want to do is to have the intrusive program removed from your system. Below this article there is a detailed guide on how to uninstall and remove adware add-ons such as “Relevant Knowledge”, so that they’ll no longer obstruct your browsing experience.
Keeping your PC clean
Before you go to the removing part, you may want to get some extra information that may help you avoid getting adware add-ons in future. The first thing you need to know here is how they actually get into your system. In most cases the methods for adware distribution are legal. It’s just that most users fail to notice some extra details when downloading a torrent or installing a new program. You should know that there are numerous ways for an adware to get installed on your PC. Here we will mention only the most common ones.
- File-sharing and torrent sites – One of the reasons why this is a very common distribution method is because almost anyone can upload anything there. Therefore, you can hardly ever be 100% sure that the torrent you’ve downloaded does not contain a hidden adware like “Relevant Knowledge”. That is why you should always first look at the rating of the torrent and also at the download count and only then launch the download.
- Spam e-mails – a general method for distribution of unwanted programs. Adware add-ons are no exception. Fortunately most spam letters simply go to the spam folder so that you know not to open them. However, it won’t hurt to double-check the messages in your regular box before opening them, just in case.
- File-bundling – probably the most effective and widely-spread method for “Relevant Knowledge” distribution. The intrusive software is bundled with another (usually free or cheap) program. Once you install that program, you also get the adware. In order to avoid getting the intrusive add-on, all you need to do is opt for the advanced settings in the main program’s installation menu and find the list of added content. Uncheck everything that may seem suspicious and you should be fine to go. Note that “Relevant Knowledge” may go under a different name. If you are not sure about what added install to leave out, you may simply uncheck everything if you feel like it.
|It’s mostly the ads, though some other symptoms like PC slow-down and change of your browser front page might also occur.
Relevant Knowledge “Virus” Malware Removal
Reveal Hidden Files. If you don’t know how to do this, ask us in the comments.
Press => Control Panel => Uninstall a program.
Locate the Adware and any other suspicious looking programs and uninstall them.
Sort the programs by Installed On.
Delete recent suspicious entries.
In the search field type => msconfig => hit Enter.
Go to Startup and disable all entries with Unknown as Manufacturer.
=> Search=> Copy/Paste “notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts” => Enter.
If you notice other IPs different from the localhost IPs – you might be in danger!
Ask for additional help in the comments.
“Relevant Knowledge” Removal from Chrome
Click => More Tools => Extensions.
Locate the Adware and remove it.
“Relevant Knowledge” Removal from Firefox
Click => Add-ons=> Extensions.
Locate the Adware and delete it.
Removal from Internet Explorer
Press on => Manage Add-ons =>
Find the Adware and remove it.
Right click on the Taskbar => Start Task Manager.
Navigate to Processes.
Locate any suspicious processes associated with “Relevant Knowledge”. Right click on the process = > Open File Location => End Process = > Delete the directories with the suspicious files.
=> Search => Type:
Hit Enter after each new search. Check each Folder and delete recent entries.
If you run into any trouble – ask us for help in the comments section!