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Danger level 7
Type: Adware
Common infection symptoms:
  • Annoying Pop-up's
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • Connects to the internet without permission

iGive Button

iGive Button is supposedly a charity application to collect money for good causes while you shop online; however, we have found that this program is nothing more than an annoying ad-supported application that may pose a threat to your computer. This adware seems to affect all major browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Google Chrome as well. You cannot feel safe if this application is on your computer because not only does it ruin your browsing experience with its third-party advertising, but there is also a chance that these ads are not reliable at all. Clicking on any content that is not safe may redirect you to malicious websites or it can cause other issues as well. Since it is possible that this infection slithers onto your operating system along with other malware installers, you need to act before it is too late and these threats take their toll. Let us give you an important piece of advice: You should remove iGive Button as soon as you can say: “I do not want any more malware infections.”

There are basically two ways for this useless adware to end up on your computer. First, the official way, which means that you either download this application after filling out a registration form on its promotional web page, igive.com, or you install it directly from the Chrome web store, chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/igive-button/igcjdamjhkmdccbmbilbpabpofenchge. However, before you would hastily press the “Add extension” button, we advise you to skim through the reviews and the support tabs of this browser extension. Although there are some seemingly promotional and fake comments, you can also learn some useful stuff. For example, users report that this tool does not seem to work with the latest versions of Google Chrome, some of them do not find the button after installation, or when the computer is idle, this application seems to use the hard drive way too much. In addition to these, this adware can also read and change all your data on the websites you visit. Do you still think it is a good idea to have this program on your computer?

We need to mention that just because an application has an official-looking website and it is available in the Chrome web store, these do not make it a reliable and useful product. As a matter of fact, the web store accommodates hundreds of potentially harmful browser extensions that can be expected to be blocked and removed from the store. Most probably this will be the fate of this worthless tool as well. However, we believe that this adware mainly infiltrates computer users’ operating systems via free software bundles. This version of this program is certainly the worst since it means that apart from this malware infection, several more malicious software installers may also enter your computer. Therefore, such an invasion could severely increase your and the system’s vulnerability. We believe that you should remove iGive Button and the rest of the threats as well because otherwise your computer will not be all clean and secure for you to use.

This ad-supported program claims to donate a charity of your own choice after each online shopping you do. And all this, of course, for free, i.e., it will not cost you a cent. “A percentage of what I spend is donated to my cause (on average 3%)”, you can read on the website, which is actually donated by one of the 1700+ online shops. However, after careful research we have noticed that this adware may display affiliated third-party ads, coupon and offer-type advertisements. Since there is no way telling which one of those are trustworthy and which ones are not, it is quite risky to click on anything offered by this adware. Here is what the Terms of Service discloses about this: “You understand that by using the Services you may be exposed to Content that you may find offensive, indecent or objectionable and that, in this respect, you use the Services at your own risk.” This surely does not sound too well. Imagine clicking on an ad that may take you to a malicious website. You could infect your computer with more serious malware programs, or even get scammed in other ways. We have also found that this application displays fake pop-up messages that try to make you believe that you need to download a Java or Flash update. Clicking on such ads can also result in a bunch of malware threats landing on your computer. There is only one way to avoid all this: You need to delete iGive Button right now.

We can offer you a couple of solutions. As a matter of fact, you can quite easily uninstall this application if you locate its uninstaller in the list of installed programs in Control Panel. If you are not familiar with the necessary steps, please follow our guide below. You can also try to manually clean this infection from your system; however, this requires you to be more of an experienced computer user who is aware of the risks of editing the Windows Registry. Please find our manual removal instructions also below. But, if you are looking for something more efficient and convenient, we can offer you to download and install a reputable antimalware application. Also, keep all your software and drivers updated in order to increase the security level, but stay away from fake updates that can only make matters worse.

Remove iGive Button from Windows

Windows 8/Windows 8.1/Windows 10

  1. Tap Win+Q and type in Uninstall a program. Hit Enter.
  2. Select the application and press Uninstall.

Windows Vista/Windows 7

  1. Open the Start menu and choose Control Panel.
  2. Pick Uninstall a program.
  3. Select the application and press Uninstall.

Windows XP

  1. Press the Start button and open Control Panel.
  2. Pick Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Click on the application and press Remove.

Manual Removal

  1. Press Win+E to open the File Explorer.
  2. Locate and remove these folders: %PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\iGive Button (64-bit only) and %PROGRAMFILES%\iGive Button.
  3. Press Win+R and type in regedit to launch the Windows Registry editor.
  4. Locate and delete the following registry keys:
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{5A8D434B-C081-4CFB-8356-9098791E3738} (64-bit only)
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{5A8D434B-C081-4CFB-8356-9098791E3738}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\iGive Button.Navbar
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\iGive Button.Navbar.1
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\iGive Button.ScriptHostObject
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\iGive Button.ScriptHostObject.1
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\iGive Button.Tool
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\iGive Button.Tool.1
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\iGive Button
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\iGive Button
  5. Locate HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Approved Extensions and delete value name "{5A8D434B-C081-4CFB-8356-9098791E3738}".
  6. Exit the editor.
  7. Restart your computer.
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