What is Ursidae

Ursidae is a harmful browser extension that can manage and modify browser behavior, and spy on users’ browsing activity. It can read browsing histories and collect vulnerable data, including URLs visited, webpages viewed, search queries typed, Internet cookies, account log-in credentials, personally identifiable details, and finance-related data. The collected information can then be sold to third parties or otherwise abused for profit. Software like Ursidae can lead to system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft. Ursidae, like many malicious browser extensions, can infect a variety of popular web browsers. While the specific browsers that Ursidae targets are not mentioned in the search results, similar malware has been known to affect browsers such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari.

Ursidae extension

How Ursidae infects computers

Ursidae is often bundled with rogue installers, which are setups often bundled with multiple pieces of unwanted or harmful software. These rogue installers are typically promoted on dubious websites. If a user downloads and installs such software, Ursidae can be installed without the user’s explicit consent. This method of distribution is a common tactic used by many types of malware and unwanted software.

  1. Download Ursidae Removal Tool
  2. Remove Ursidae from Control Panel and Applications
  3. Remove Ursidae extensions from browsers
  4. Reset browser search and homepage settings
  5. Alternative way to remove Ursidae search redirects
  6. Clean browser shortcuts from Ursidae
  7. How to protect from threats like Ursidae

Download Removal Tool for Windows

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To remove Ursidae completely, we recommend you to use SpyHunter 5. It detects and removes all files, folders, and registry keys of Ursidae and several millions of other adware, hijackers, toolbars. The trial version of SpyHunter 5 offers virus scan and 1-time removal for FREE.

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To remove Ursidae completely, we recommend you to use SpyHunter for Mac. It can help you remove files, folders, and registry keys of Ursidae and uninstall hijackers, toolbars, and unwanted add-ons from the Safari browser. The trial version of SpyHunter for Mac offers virus scan and 1-time removal for FREE.

Remove Ursidae manually for free

Here is a manual step-by-step tutorial for full Ursidae removal from your computer. This works 99% and was checked with the latest versions of the Ursidae an installer on operating systems with the latest updates and browser versions.

Note: Ursidae can be installed as Google Chrome extension as Administrator (you may see Installed by enterprise policy or Your browser is managed by your organization inscription near it), and this will not allow removal. Therefore, before starting removal process, perform these actions:

  1. Start the Command Prompt by clicking the Start menu button and typing command prompt (or just searching for “command prompt” in Windows 10 search field). Right click on the Command Prompt result and choose Run as Administrator.
  2. start command prompt as administrator

  3. Type in and execute the following commands:


    rd /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicyUsers"
    rd /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicy"
    gpupdate /force

  4. update group policy in windows

Remove Ursidae from Control Panel or Applications

To start removing Ursidae you should uninstall it using Control Panel. It can be present by different names – “Ursidae”. It should uninstall correctly, however, we recommend you to use IObit Uninstaller to clean leftover items after uninstalling. Here are instructions for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows 11, or Mac.

Remove Ursidae from Windows XP:

  1. Click on Start button.
  2. Choose Control Panel.
  3. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Find Ursidae-related or other suspicious program.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Remove Ursidae from Windows 7:

  1. Click Start button.
  2. Then go to Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a Program.
  4. Find Ursidae-related or other suspicious program and click Uninstall.

Remove Ursidae from Windows 8:

  1. Hover mouse pointer to the bottom-right corner to see Menu.
  2. Click Search.
  3. After that click Apps.
  4. Then Control Panel.
  5. Click Uninstall a Program under Programs.
  6. Find Ursidae-related or other suspicious program, click Uninstall.

Remove Ursidae from Windows 10:

There are 2 ways to uninstall Ursidae from Windows 10

Way one
  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Settings.
  3. Click on the System tile.
  4. Click Apps & features and locate Ursidae-related or other suspicious program in the list.
  5. Click on it and then click Uninstall button near it.
Way two (classic)
  1. Right-click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Programs and Features.
  3. Locate Ursidae-related or other suspicious program in the list.
  4. Click on it and then click Uninstall button above.

Remove Ursidae from Windows 11:

  1. Right-click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Settings.
  3. Click on the Apps tab on the left side.
  4. Click Apps & features and locate Ursidae-related or other recently installed suspicious program in the list.
  5. Click on 3-dots icon near it and then click Uninstall button near it.
  6. Depending on the type of application (Windows Store app or classic Win32 app) it will be removed immediately or you will need to confirm the action and go through standard uninstall procedure.
  7. Remove Ursidae from Mac:

    1. In the Finder sidebar, click Applications.
    2. Ursidae might have an Uninstaller.
    3. Otherwise, drag Ursidae from the Applications folder to the Trash (located at the end of the Dock).
    4. Then choose Finder > Empty Trash.

    Cannot uninstall Ursidae in Windows

    In some cases, Ursidae won’t uninstall and gives you the message, that “You do not have sufficient access to uninstall Ursidae. Please, contact your system administrator” when you try to remove it from Control Panel or “Access denied” error when removing the Ursidae folder and files. This happens because the process or service does not allow you to do it. In this case, I will recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 or Malwarebytes or uninstall Ursidae in Safe Mode. To boot in Safe Mode do the following:

    1. Reboot your computer.
    2. While it starts booting press F8 button.
    3. This will open Advanced Boot Options menu.
    4. Choose Safe Mode and wait until Windows loads.
    5. Go to Control Panel > Uninstall a program and remove Ursidae or other suspicious program

    >> See detailed instructions and video tutorial on how to boot in Safe Mode

    Cannot uninstall Ursidae in MacOS

    If you can’t uninstall Ursidae using instructions above, or it keeps coming back, you can use free AppCleaner for Mac to remove all residual data and libraries of Ursidae. Follow instructions below:

    1. Download free AppCleaner.
    2. Drag Ursidae from Applications folder to AppCleaner window.
    3. Choose files and folders you want to remove along with Ursidae.
    4. Click Delete button.

    Remove malicious add-ons from your browsers

    Uninstalling Ursidae from Control Panel or Applications often does not bring the desired effect. It sometimes has a browser extension and it may still be active in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Here are instructions on how to remove Ursidae extension from your browsers manually.

    Google Chrome:

    1. Start Google Chrome browser
    2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://extensions.
    3. Find Ursidae extension.
    4. Click the Remove button to remove them.
    5. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.

    Mozilla Firefox:

    1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
    2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:addons.
    3. Find Ursidae extension.
    4. Click three-dots icon near it and choose Remove in the menu.
    5. In opened dialog window click Remove button to confirm the action.
    6. Remove all suspicious extensions from the list.

    Safari:

    1. Start Safari on your Mac, click Safari to open drop-down menu and choose Preferences
    2. Click Extensions tab.
    3. Find Ursidae extension.
    4. Click Uninstall button to remove it.

    Microsoft Edge:

    1. Start Microsoft Edge browser.
    2. In address box type (or copy-paste) edge://extensions.
    3. Find Ursidae extension.
    4. Click Remove link under the name of extension.
    5. In opened dialog window click Remove button to confirm the action.
    6. Remove all suspicious extensions from the list.

    Internet Explorer (9, 10, 11):

    Note: There is no feature to remove browser extensions from browser in latest version of Internet Explorer. To remove Ursidae from Internet Explorer, please, perform instructions for uninstalling program from Control Panel. To disable Ursidae, please, do the following:

    1. Open Internet Explorer.
    2. Click on gear/asterisk icon in the top-right corner.
    3. In opened menu Manage Add-ons.
    4. Select Toolbars and Extensions.
    5. Click Disable Ursidae or other suspicious extensions.
    6. Also disable other suspicious extensions from the list.

    Opera Browser:

    Generally, Ursidae does not install in Opera browser however you can always double check. Do the following:

    1. Start Opera browser.
    2. Go to Tools > Extensions > Manage Extensions.
    3. Find Ursidae or other suspicious extensions.
    4. Click Uninstall button.
    5. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.

    Reset browsers settings (homepage, default search)

    Ursidae installs a search engine, that hijacks your browsers. Here is the instruction to reset your browser’s homepage, new tab, and search engine to default values.

    Google Chrome:

    1. Start Google Chrome browser
    2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://settings.
    3. On the left panel expand Advanced options.
    4. Choose Reset and clean up.
    5. Click on Restore settings to their original defaults link and confirm by clicking Reset button.

    Mozilla Firefox:

    1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
    2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:support.
    3. Click Refresh Firefox… button.
    4. Click Refresh Firefox button in opened dialog window to confirm.

    Reset Safari:

    1. Start Safari on your Mac, click Safari to open drop-down menu and choose Preferences
    2. Go to the Privacy section of Safari’s preferences.
    3. Click Remove All Website Data button.
    4. In opened window click Remove Now button to remove data stored by websites in Safari.
    5. Go to the Advanced section of Safari’s preferences.
    6. Click the Show Develop menu in menu bar option.
    7. In the menu click Develop and select Empty Caches from this menu.
    8. Again, go to Safari menu and choose Clear History….
    9. Choose to clear all history and click Clear History button.

    Microsoft Edge:

    1. Start Microsoft Edge browser
    2. Click on 3-dots icon in the top-right corner and choose Settings.
    3. On the left panel find and click Reset settings option.
    4. Click on Restore settings to their default values link and confirm by clicking Reset button.

    Internet Explorer (9, 10, 11):

    1. Start Internet Explorer.
    2. Click on gear/asterisk icon in the top-right corner.
    3. In opened menu choose Internet options.
    4. Click Advanced tab.
    5. Click Reset button.
    6. Choose Delete personal settings and click Reset.

    Opera Browser:

    1. Start Opera browser and click on Opera icon in the top-left corner.
    2. Choose Settings and click Advanced on the left side and choose Browser.
    3. Scroll down to the very bottom and click on Restore settings to their original defaults link.
    4. Confirm by clicking Reset button.

    How to block ads and pop-ups, promoting Ursidae

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    Ursidae, in most cases, is promoted by ads and pop-ups on doubtful websites. These sites can redirect users’ browsers to Ursidae ads, generating advertising revenue for the attackers. The malware is often offered through these ads, leaving users puzzled about the origin of the software. In some cases, users may unknowingly install the Ursidae extension, which then injects advertisements into the websites they visit and redirects their search queries. Additionally, the malware can be distributed through other channels such as peer-to-peer file-sharing networks, misleading ads, and compromised or shady websites that trigger automatic downloads To protect your PC and browsers from phishing websites, pop-up ads, banners, malicious scripts it is recommended to use AdGuard. Download free trial here:

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    How to protect from threats, like Ursidae, in future

    Be careful surfing the internet and downloading software, as programs like Ursidae may become a real headache as they are hard to remove and break your privacy. To keep safe from such threats we recommend you always use antivirus and one of the anti-malware programs available on the market. One of the best anti-virus programs is SpyHunter 5. It can protect your PC from threats like Ursidae.

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