This page aims to help you remove the Adfly Virus. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Adfly is an app of the malware category known as browser hijackers. Adfly installs in the browser and tampers with its settings without permission, which could open your system to more serious threats.
Adfly is a legitimate file-shortening app that monetizes the shortened links. However, due to its involvement with online ads and due to some of its distribution techniques, Adfly is oftentimes referred to as a virus or adware and people usually want to remove it. Here, we will explain to you if and how this app can be problematic and we will tell you how you can get it off your computer in case it is bothering you. If you currently have Adfly in your computer and it is being annoying, you can directly go to our guide that you will find further down and use the instructions there to remove the app. However, it is advisable that you find the time to read the rest of this article because the information here will help you better understand this sort of applications and avoid them in the future.
Adf.ly is a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application) and we, as well as most other software security researchers, believe that Adf.ly is exactly that. As was mentioned earlier, this is a legitimate app that provides its customers with link-shortening functionality.
It also offers the users to get paid for each click on the links that they have shortened using its services. On paper, all of this sounds quite nice – you basically earn money for using this link-shortening service. However, there are some aspects related to this app that may not be as nice. For example, some users report that this app has gotten added to their browser without their informed permission. This most often happens when people install file bundles without taking the time to customize the setup options. If a given file bundle has this, or another PUA integrated with it and the user doesn’t uncheck the unwanted app, the latter would certainly get installed in the computer.
Another issue people may have with Adfly is that this PUA may generate ads in the browser and/or cause redirects to third-party sites. Most users get annoyed by that since the random ads, pop-ups, and page-redirects tend to make navigating through the Internet rather difficult. Oftentimes the ads are superimposed over the main part of the page, covering it and thus forcing the user to click on the advert in order to make it disappear.
Probably the biggest issue with potentially unwanted apps like Adfly is that their advertising and page-redirecting activities may open your computer to harmful malware. The PUA itself isn’t harmful – it is a legal piece of software and it won’t harm your system in any way. However, online criminals oftentimes find ways to “steal” legitimate ads and turn them into malware-distribution tools. Such ads are call malvertisements and are one of the most common techniques for spreading Ransomware, Trojans, and other similar threats. If you are ready to take the risk of getting exposed to Ransomware, Spyware, or Trojans, you can keep Adfly and benefit from its services, but we must still warn you about the potential risks of getting random ads shown on your screen.
Remove Adfly Virus
You are dealing with a malware infection that can restore itself unless you remove its core files. We are sending you to another page with a removal guide that gets regularly updated. It covers in-depth instructions on how to:
1. Locate and scan malicious processes in your task manager.
2. Identify in your Control panel any programs installed with the malware, and how to remove them. Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker that gets installed with a lot of malware.
3. How to clean up and reset your browser to its original settings without the malware returning. You can find the removal guide here.
For mobile devices refer to these guides instead: Android, iPhone