Ad by Advertise Removal Guide for Chrome/FireFox/IE “Virus”

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This page aims to help you remove Ad by Advertise “Virus” or “Malware”. These “Click to continue by Advertise” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows. The following article will explain to you what the Ad by Advertise “Virus” is, the effects of Ad by Advertise as well as a how-to guide that teaches you to uninstall it. First things first it is notable to mention the the Ad by Advertise “Virus”/”Click to continue by Advertise” is not truly a malware or virus, precisely contrary to some users of the online community’s insistence. Testing has shown that you are dealing with an adware – nothing more and nothing less. 

What is “Click to continue by Advertise”?

Ad by Advertise is a piece of programming code designed by its creators to pile you with all sorts of advertisement. How does it go about doing that?

Firstly, “Click to continue by Advertise” will track your favorite sites, bookmarked pages as well as your internet browsing patterns and history. From these, it will be able to generate believable advertisements that are individualized and catered specifically for you. You will observe a sudden increase in advertisements on webpages that you visit and featuring things that you have, in the recent past, browsed through. It might be of items ranging from accessories, clothing, gadgets to flights, accommodations and many more.

Though this might seem useful to you, do take note that these are all false advertisements which will only forward you to either some pay-per-click sites that generates income for the creators of Ad by Advertise or to other unknown and questionable sites that allows more similar programs to be downloaded onto your computer.

These advertisement may appear in the form of pop-up ads, pop-up boxes, banners or even as a separate window when you click on links.

This piece of programming code works for Chrome,IE and Firefox, so switching the browser that you are using will not stop Ad by Advertise from operating.

However, do take note that security experts do not classify Ad by Advertise as a virus. It is not malicious and does not cause any direct harm to you or your computer. Instead, security experts classify it as a kind of adware, which as its name suggests, deals with and provides computer users with advertisements.

How did Ad by Advertise get into my computer?

Based on our knowledge and experience, you must have obtained Ad by Advertise either through free and illegal downloads, or fake updates.

The creators of Ad by Advertise tend to bundle it together with other popular software programs. More often than not, users will select “automatic installation” for the programs and it is during this step that Ad by Advertise is being installed onto your computer.

To avoid this, select “custom installation” instead when installing new programs and carefully check through the files and programs that are being installed – uncheck any unfamiliar-looking names before proceeding with the installation. If there is an additional tab labelled “advanced settings”, go into that as well and check through it carefully as Ad by Advertise is usually well-hidden within such settings in order to better avoid detection.

Alternatively, you might have obtained it when you are asked to proceed with a program update or to download a video codec in order to view a video. In such cases then, the update in question is fake. Instead of the so-called update, Ad by Advertise is being loaded onto your computer. To avoid this problem, you have to be vigilante in checking the names of the particular update that you are asked to download. More often than not, these updates have similar names as other well-established brand names; the only difference being that it is slightly misspelled.

Also, when you encounter advertisement, do not be lured into clicking on them! Instead, close it down as quickly as possible – be it pop-up ads, boxes or window. Same goes for emails that might appear in your mailbox – do not open emails from an unknown source nor emails that have questionable subject title. An example of a questionable subject title is “You Have Just Won A Million Dollars!!!” or something along the same line. Instead, quickly delete these emails without opening them.

SUMMARY:

Name Ad by Advertise
Type  Adware
Danger Level Medium 
Symptoms  Advertisements show themselves, telling you to “Click to continue by Advertise”, or calling themselves “Ad by Advertise.”
Distribution Method Primarily software bundles coupled with freeware; it may also be due to illegal torrents that install the adware in addition to the desired content.
Detection Tool Adware are notoriously difficult to track down, since they actively try to deceive you. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.

SpyHunter is a malware detection tool. To remove the infection you need to purchase the full version.

 

 

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Step1

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

This was the first preparation.

Step2

WARNING!
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Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this  – Ad by Advertise may have hidden some of its files.

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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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:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Step3

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

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:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Step4

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).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Ad by Advertise from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the malware —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Ad by Advertise from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Ad by Advertise from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

  • At this point the malware is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Step5

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

This is the most important and difficult part. If you delete the wrong file, it may damage your system irreversibly. If you can not do this,
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Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.

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Step6

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!

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  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Hi Wyatt,
    did you manage to complete all the steps under Safe Mode in our guide ?