Do you know what Cookies Control is?
Cookies Control is a Chrome extension that should allow you to turn the cookies function on and off, depending on the website you visit. For instance, if you do not want cookies to collect information on your web browsing habits, you could turn them off through this extension. However, users often complain that they do not know why or how this plug-in entered their computers. Therefore, it is clear that the application should not be allowed to remain on your system if you did not intend to install it. Remove Cookies Control today and save yourself the trouble of dealing with undesirable consequences.
You might also find this extension described under the Cookies On-Off keyword, but essentially, that is the same application. And when we deal with such extensions, we are often at a loss of how we are supposed to describe them. For one, they are not malicious computer infections. Far from it. These extensions have official distribution sources, and sometimes more than just one. But at the same time, they may also enter target systems when users “are not looking.” Of course, it requires user’s consent to be added to the Chrome browser, but we know that users tend to overlook installation steps in favor of a fast setup.
As far as we know, Cookies Control has at least two official distribution sources. First, it is its page in the Chrome Web Store. The page was last updated on May 31, 2017, and the application is promoted as a useful plug-in that can help you deal with annoying cookies. The same can be said about the application’s official homepage via cookies-control.com. The page says that with the extension you can “easily disable/enable cookies on the current site to protect your privacy online.”
So if this plug-in is so useful, why are we worried about it? First, users would not be complaining about it if they had installed it willingly. It means that the official sites are not the only sources of distribution used. Cookies Control can clearly enter target systems using other channels as well, and we believe that the program might arrive at your computer in a software package, too. If that is really the case, you could have added this extension to your browser when you installed some freeware app. And it also means that you might have more than just one unwanted application on-board. This is when a regular system scan becomes a must. Do not hesitate to scan your computer with a legitimate antispyware tool to see just how many unwanted applications you have.
Another thing that we do not like about Cookies Control is that it collects data about you. It says that it is there to protect your privacy, but it does exactly the same thing as those “cookies” it wants to protect you from. According to the program’s information page, it can collect “statistical data as every server – IP, OS type, Browser type, language etc.” Granted, this is not personally identifiable information, so it does not pose a great risk to your financial security, but if Cookies Control protects you from cookies, it can also expose you to the same content that those cookies would.
To put it simply, Cookies Control collect information on your web browsing habits because it can share that data with third parties for marketing purposes. The extension does have to make a living somehow, so it will share this data to get some money for the content it might promote. For the most part, such behavior should not pose a great threat to you, but if you care about your system’s security, you will see to it that Cookies Control gets removed from your browser.
You can find the manual removal instructions below, but if you think that you cannot do it on your own, this is where a legitimate antispyware tool can come into the picture. As mentioned, it is not just about Cookies Control. There might be more unwanted programs on-board, programs that might be a lot more dangerous than this extension. And you clearly need to take care of them all. Finally, once your PC is safe and clean again, safeguard it by acquiring a powerful security application.
How to Remove Cookies Control
- Press Win+R and type %LocalAppData%. Click OK.
- Go to Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions.
- Delete cfkpefbllpconnkfpdgagkifmflckkdp from the directory.
- Go to Google\Chrome\User Data\Default.
- Delete the Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data files.
- Press Win+R and type regedit. Click OK.
- Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings.
- On the right-pane, right-click and delete the cfkpefbllpconnkfpdgagkifmflckkdp value.
In non-techie terms:
Cookies Control is a browser plug-in that works on Chrome. This extension is not a dangerous computer security threat, but users should not keep it on their computers if they did not want to have it. The presence of this extension may mean that you have many other unwanted applications installed on your computer. When you remove Cookies Control, you should look for other potential threats, and if you cannot remove them on your own, get yourself a powerful antispyware tool.