What is Infonaut
Infonaut is malicious browser app in form of extensions for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. It also installs service and driver and starts displaying various advertisements (“Ad by Infonaut”, “Sponsored by Infonaut”, “brought by Infonaut”). This ads may be presented as pop-ups, underlined words, advertising sites opening in the new tab without user interaction. This is far from, what developers of this application promote – “enhancing your browser experience”. As this program installs service and driver it is rather hard to remove the regular way. Uninstall from Control Panel may not work. Read instructions below to remove Infonaut and its ads.
How Infonaut infected your PC
Infonaut is offered as free download or install option. Usually this is done with help of special “download clients”. These are small utilities, intermediate step between the website where users download software and the program itself. This programs are usually bundled with adware and browser hijackers. Infonaut was hugely distributed recently through websites, like CNET, Softonic, UpdateStar etc. Many users got infected and some asked me to show how to remove Infonaut. You can use this guide or removal tool below.
Download Infonaut Removal Tool
To remove Infonaut completely we recommend you to use Norton Antivirus from Symantec. It detects and removes all files, folders and registry keys of Infonaut and several millions of other adware, hijackers, toolbars.
Remove Infonaut manually for free
Here is manual step-by-step tutorial for full Infonaut removal from your computer. This works 99% and was checked with the latest versions of Infonaut installer on operating systems with latest updates and browser versions.
Remove Infonaut from Control Panel
To start removing Infonaut you should remove it using Control Panel. It should uninstall correctly, however, we recommend you to use CleanMyPC to clean leftover items after uninstalling. Here are instructions for Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8.
Remove Infonaut from Windows XP:
- Click on Start button.
- Choose Control Panel.
- Click Add or Remove Programs.
- Find Infonaut.
- Click Uninstall.
Remove Infonaut from Windows 7:
- Click Start button.
- Then go to Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a Program.
- Find Infonaut and click Uninstall.
Remove Infonaut from Windows 8:
- Hover mouse pointer to the bottom-right corner to see Menu.
- Click Search.
- After that click Apps.
- Then Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a Program under Programs.
- Find Infonaut, click Uninstall.
Cannot uninstall Infonaut
In some cases Infonaut won’t uninstall and gives you message that “You do not have sufficient access to uninstall Infonaut. Please, contact your system administrator” when you try to remove it from Control Panel or “Access denied” error when removing Infonaut folder and files. This happens, because file Infonaut.dll or service does not allow you to do it. In this case I will recommend you to use Norton Antivirus or Malwarebytes AntiMalware or uninstall Infonaut in Safe Mode. To boot in Safe Mode do the following:
- Reboot your computer.
- While it starts booting type F8 button.
- This will open Advanced Boot Options menu.
- Choose Safe Mode and wait until Windows loads.
- Go to Control Panel > Uninstall a program and remove Infonaut
Remove Infonaut add-on from your browsers
Removing Infonaut from Control Panel often does not bring desired effect. It is browser extension and it may still be active in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Here are instructions on how to remove Infonaut extension from your browsers manually.
- Start Google Chrome browser
- In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://extensions/.
- Find Infonaut extension.
- Click the trash can icon to remove it.
- Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
- In address box type (or copy-paste) about:addons.
- Choose Infonaut extension.
- Click Disable or Remove button.
Internet Explorer (9, 10, 11):
Note: There is no feature to remove browser extensions from browser in latest version of Internet Explorer. To remove Infonaut from Internet Explorer, please, perform instructions for uninstalling program from Control Panel. To disable Infonaut, please, do the following:
- Open Internet Explorer.
- Click on gear/asterisk icon in the top-right corner.
- In opened menu Manage Add-ons.
- Select Toolbars and Extensions.
- Click Disable Infonaut.
Generally, Infonaut does not install in Opera browser however you can always double check. Do the following:
- Start Opera browser.
- Go to Tools > Extensions > Manage Extensions.
- Find Infonaut extension.
- Click Uninstall button.
Remove following files and folders
Alternative way to remove adware browser extension Infonaut
For safe and effective browser extension removal use avast! Browser Cleanup utility. Run it with administrator privileges and remove all extensions with bad rating including Infonaut. You can also reset your browser settings for each of your browsers: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox.