Remove matching.simplaex.net From Your Browser

This page shows how to remove matching.simplaex.net from Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer.

Did you just interrupt your work because you noticed matching.simplaex.net in your browser's status bar? You are not alone. I also got the matching.simplaex.net status bar message while browsing. Please read on...

Here is how the matching.simplaex.net statusbar message looked like on my computer:

matching.simplaex.net in the status bar

I noticed matching.simplaex.net in the status bar and the network log while I was browsing a site that I know does not load or link to any content outside of the site.

Here are some of the status bar notifications you may see in your browser's statusbar:

If this description sounds like your story, you apparently have some potentially unwanted program installed on your machine that makes the matching.simplaex.net domain appear in your browser. There's no use contacting the owners of the web site you currently were browsing. The matching.simplaex.net status bar notifications are not coming from them.

I'll do my best to help you remove the matching.simplaex.net message in this blog post.

Those that have been spending some time on this blog already know this, but for new visitors: Recently I dedicated a few of my lab computers and purposely installed a few potentially unwanted programs on them. I've been monitoring the actions on these computers to see what kinds of ads, if any, that are displayed. I'm also looking on other interesting things such as if the potentially unwanted program auto-updates, or if it downloads and installs additional software on the systems. I first found matching.simplaex.net in Mozilla Firefox's status bar on one of these lab computers.

So, how do you remove matching.simplaex.net from your web browser? On the machine where matching.simplaex.net showed up in the statusbar I had a few programs installed, which are often referred to as "potentially unwanted". I removed them with FreeFixer and that stopped the browser from loading data from matching.simplaex.net.

The issue with status bar messages such as this one is that it can be caused by many variants of potentially unwanted programs, not just the potentially unwanted program running on my computer. This makes it impossible to say exactly what you need to remove to stop the status bar messages.

Anyway, here's my suggestion for the matching.simplaex.net removal:

The first thing I would do to remove matching.simplaex.net is to examine the software installed on the machine, by opening the "Uninstall programs" dialog. You can open this dialog from the Windows Control Panel. If you are using one of the more recent versions of Windows you can just type in "uninstall" in the Control Panel's search field to find that dialog:

Uninstall a program search

Click on the "(Uninstall a program) link and the Uninstall programs dialog will open up:

Uninstall a program dialog

Do you see something dubious in there or something that you don't remember installing? Tip: Sort on the "Installed On" column to see if something was installed approximatelyabout the same time as you started getting the matching.simplaex.net statusbar messages.

Then I would check the browser add-ons. Potentially unwanted programs often appear under the add-ons dialog in Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. Is there anything that looks suspicious? Something that you don't remember installing?

Firefox add-ons manager

Please also test to disable the web browser proxy and the system proxy on your computer. Did that stop the connections to matching.simplaex.net?

I think most users will be able to identify and uninstall the potentially unwanted program with the steps outlined above, but in case that did not work you can try the FreeFixer removal tool to identify and remove the potentially unwanted program. FreeFixer is a freeware tool that I started develop many years ago. Freefixer is a tool built to manually track down and uninstall unwanted software. When you've tracked down the unwanted files you can simply tick a checkbox and click on the Fix button to remove the unwanted file.

FreeFixer's removal feature is not locked down like many other removal tools out there. It won't require you to pay for the program just when you are about to remove the unwanted files.

And if you're having troubles deciding if a file is safe or potentially unwanted in the FreeFixer scan report, click on the More Info link for the file. That will open up your web browser with a page which contains more details about the file. On that web page, check out the VirusTotal report which can be very useful:

FreeFixer More Info link example

If nothing seems to solve the matching.simplaex.net problem, you can try to block matching.simplaex.net in the Windows HOSTS file.

Did this blog post help you to remove matching.simplaex.net? Please let me know or how I can improve this blog post.

Thank you!

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