Ad Free Vision Virus


Ad Free Vision

Ad Free Vision is advertising software that displays ads in the main browser and changes the search engine and the address of the homepage. Ad Free Vision also looks through the history of the browser in order to determine the preferences of the individual user.

Ad Free Vision

The Ad Free Vision virus will display pop up ads and messages

Once this app figures out what content you are interested in and what kinds of pages you tend to visit in your browser, it begins to display adverts and trigger page redirects that are in line with your supposed interests. This may seem like a helpful feature for users who frequently shop online but it must be said that not all ads shown on the screen are what they seem. Some might be misleading and some might be outright dangerous so it is best to avoid them.

The Ad Free Vision Virus

Apps like the Ad Free Vision virus are referred to as browser hijackers (Humisnee.com, Captcha Reverse) and they are usually compatible with Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge, Opera, and many other browsers. Since their creators earn money from the paid ads displayed by these apps, they are interested in ensuring that their hijackers get onto as many computers as possible. Making the hijacker compatible with different types of browsers is one of the ways to get more users exposed to its ads.

Additionally, most apps of this category are rather difficult to remove from the computer where they are installed. Unlike regular add-ons for browsers, hijackers don’t offer an easy uninstallation option and the users are usually confused regarding the way they are supposed to rid their computers of the unwanted application. However, the fact that it may be a bit tricky to remove Ad Free Vision doesn’t automatically mean that this app is some sort of harmful and dangerous virus such as a Trojan horse, Spyware, or Ransomware. Ad Free Vision is still more or less harmless to the system despite its aggressive advertising behavior.

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If AdFreeVision stays in the browser, you will most definitely experience some rather unpleasant browsing disruptions that can make your whole online experience highly frustrating. This, however, isn’t even the biggest issue related to hijackers like AdFreeVision.

Above we mentioned that these apps aren’t capable of causing direct harm to the computer on which they are installed but this doesn’t mean that they are perfectly safe and that you can trust them. Hijackers like this one don’t typically impose too much control over the ads they show and they usually don’t discriminate between the sources of said ads. In other words, you could potentially get exposed to advertisements that are linked to unsafe sites with hazardous content. Besides, malvertising is one of the most widespread methods of distributing Trojan horses, viruses, Ransomware, and Spyware so it is not advisable to keep an app that actively tries to show different ads on your screen. Our suggestion if you are currently struggling with the presence of this app in your browser is to take a look at the Ad Free Vision removal guide available down below and to complete the instructions posted there. After you are done, your browser should be back to normal and you should no longer need to put up with the annoying ads.

SUMMARY:

Name Ad Free Vision
Type Browser Hijacker
Detection Tool

Remove Ad Free Vision Virus

To try and remove Ad Free Vision quickly you can try this:

  1. Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
  2. Then click on the Extensions tab.
  3. Look for the Ad Free Vision extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove Ad Free Vision by clicking on the Thrash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of Ad Free Vision and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Ad Free Vision removal guide below.

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


Step1

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).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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    After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

    Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

    Step3

    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 or otherwise look suspicious.

    Step4

    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.

    Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

    1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
    2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
    3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

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    Step5

    • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

    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.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    ie9-10_512x512  Remove Ad Free Vision from Internet Explorer:

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

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

    firefox-512 Remove Ad Free Vision from Firefox:

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

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Ad Free Vision 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.

    Step6

    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 up 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

    If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

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    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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