This page aims to help you remove Аds by Аlex Chrome “Virus”. These Аds by Аlex removal instructions work for Chrome but also for Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Аds by Аlex is an Adware-based product. It has been programmed to serve the marketing industry via efficiently promoting goods and services. This happens by making your browser distribute a big number of banner, pop-up, box and other online ads to your computer screen. No browser – neither Explorer, nor Chrome or Firefox could avoid producing ads, once your system has been infected with this piece of ad-generating software. Continue reading for more detailed explanations of the typical behavior and expected effects of Аds by Аlex once inside your system.
Are Adware-based programs viruses? How about Ads by Alex “Virus”?
So far we have no proof that Adware-type programs could be classified as malicious. Truly, they might be very irritating and even sometimes intrusive, but no malicious activities are typical for them. So Ads by Alex is not a “Virus”. Adware does NOT lead to file encryption or system crashes. Its effects have never involved blackmailing you, corrupting your system or some of your data or destroying anything you possess. Nor have they involved personal information theft or espionage, which are characteristics of real malware like Trojans and Ransomware. The only considerably intrusive activity that is characteristic of programs like Аds by Аlex is the research they may conduct revolving around the interests and personal preferences of the affected users. When it comes to ad-producing software, this research may involve carefully scrutinizing your browser history. The results are comprised of the webpages you visit and products you usually review or search for online. Then the generated ads include only such or similar webpages, software and goods. Some users could feel that this activity is an act of invading their privacy. Apart from that, nothing is considered suspicious when it comes to Adware.
Possible negative effects
Although, we are not discussing a virus in this article, we must mention that Аds by Аlex could sometimes contribute to a worse system performance. This happens especially to machines with scarcely enough resources. The generation of many pop-ups and other diverse ads might slow down a computer with a smaller resource capacity. This is not that serious and can be fixed by closing down the produced advertisements. Another potential unpleasant effect of this Adware is that sometimes it can broadcast too many ads, which could completely cover your browser window and leave you unable to load any pages. Such a consequence might disturb you very much, but it cannot harm you of your PC.
Possible sources of such ad-generating programs
All known ad-producing software, including Adware and browser hijackers, could be found in various places. The distribution methods such programs exploit are very diverse – from torrents to drive-by downloads; from infected websites to spam. So far the biggest number of infections is still caused by installing a software bundle. Please note that bundles are rarely dangerous. They represent sets of apps, programs, sometimes games, that are available online, usually for free. There could be many useful programs inside them that might be very helpful or necessary for your system, but there might also be browser hijackers and Adware. Simply downloading such a software mix won’t leave your PC contaminated, however, improperly installing the program bundle surely will. To stay away from any ad-broadcasting program, you have to learn how to opt out of any and all of them. For that purpose, you should use the installation feature that will allow you to do that. Such options are the Advanced and the Custom ones – do not think twice, choose only them. When you do so, you will be shown a full detailed list of the contents of the bundle during the installation process and you will be able to remove all the potentially unwanted programs from that list.
Staying away from and removing Аds by Аlex
Instructions on how to uninstall Аds by Аlex are available just after the chart, down at the end of this page. They have been assembled carefully with the single purpose of helping you get rid of this annoying program. Tips on how to stay away from such irritating programs in the future are available here:
- Never install any program in the Easy / Quick / Automatic / Default way. Such features may involve the installation of ad-generating plug-ins.
- Just avoid shady web locations. Anything suspicious could be lurking there. Stay away from strange pages and unfamiliar pop-ups, spam emails, torrents.
- Prepare to fight threats more serious than Adware by purchasing the license of a great-quality anti-malware tool. It could be useful against ad-showing programs as well.
|Name||Аds by Аlex|
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Production of various ads and a possible slowdown of the PC.|
|Distribution Method||Program bundles, drive-by downloads, fake pop-ups, torrents, spam, contaminated websites.|
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Аds by Аlex Chrome “Virus” Removal
Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
- Do not skip this – Аds by Аlex may have hidden some of its files.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Аds by Аlex from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Аds by Аlex from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Аds by Аlex from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
- At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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