Adnxs Ads “Virus” Removal

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This page aims to help you remove Adnxs Ads “Virus”. These Adnxs Ads “Virus” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Dear Reader, if you have come across the following article, you may have experienced issues with unwanted or probably even aggressively appearing advertisements. They may be in the form of banners, colourful links, pop-ups or pop-unders. If this is your case, it is likely that you may have encountered Adnxs Ads “Virus”. The information you are about to read will give you an idea of what exactly you are dealing with. Also, we will provide some useful advice about how to remove Adnxs Ads “Virus” from you system and avoid it in the future.

Brief characteristics of Adware

Adware is a type of software that generates ads in your browser or within a particular program itself. The most likely way you have caught it is by downloading free software. Another possibility is that you have visited and used torrent websites. One more way of catching Adware is by clicking on an advertising link on an already infected webpage. Please, bear in mind that you may have been irritated by the Adware that has infected your system but it IS NOT in fact malicious.

Actually, there are a lot of legitimate programs, including games that may show pop-ups, pop-unders or banners on your computer screen. Most commonly, these programs generate such ads to make extra money for their developers or to promote other products that they may sell.

We can even mention a positive side of a legal Adware program- you may sometimes download the software bundle with which it comes along for free. Rather than charging you for a given software product, its programmers might have integrated a script into it, which displays ads to cover the costs of development. This is how developers generate the profit they could normally gain from selling their now free software. Such versions of Adware are completely legal and will contain an End-User License Agreement. There it will be explicitly stated whether and in what way advertisements are going to be generated.

In case you decide to remove the Adware, it will stop showing ads on your computer screen.

However, there are also certain Adware programs that might be considered Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP). Such software products might generate ads without your permission. What’s more, you might not be aware of the cause of your irritation. The latter types of Adware may have been programmed to make it hard for you to uninstall them. Probably the reason for that is their purpose- to continue to generate revenue through their ads. At the moment you install the main software that is bundled with them, the Adware programs will get installed as well. After that they may begin to show numerous forms of ads- pop ups, pop-unders, new browser window and tabs, hyperlinks or banners. Also, there may be ads that might redirect you to webpages possibly infected with malicious programs like Ransomware viruses.

Nevertheless, it is necessary to point out to the fact that Adware is not a virus or a malware manifestation. It has gained such a notorious reputation because of the possibly suspicious distribution methods its programmers use with it. The fact that Adware comes bundled together with other software, and the user might not be aware of its existence and installation, further contributes to its controversial image.

Adnxs Ads and its characteristics

Experts have classified Adnxs Ads as an Adware. Normally, it may integrate into a user’s system when a software bundle is downloaded and installed. Adnxs Ads may begin to track your browsing habits and start generating ads based on your most common searches. It may be also capable of doing that whatever browser you are using- Mozilla, Chrome, IE, Opera etc.

Here is an example- you download a bundle that contains Adnxs Ads. You are also simultaneously searching for the newest and the cheapest smartphones on the market. The Adnxs Ads will notice your searches and soon enough you will find yourself showered with plenty of ads promoting cheap modern smartphones. Such ads may sometimes be really helpful. Despite that, people just aren’t patient enough to endure such a seemingly aggressive marketing campaign. To summarize, this is the way Adnxs Ads operates. It is a typical example of an Adware-type program.

If Adnxs Ads can easily annoy you, you might want to follow the advice below in order to remove it safely or avoid it efficiently from this moment on.


Name Adnxs Ads
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium 
Symptoms Constantly appearing ads within a browser, a program or on their own.
Distribution Method Via torrents, software bundles, shareware or infected webpages.
Detection Tool Adnxs Ads may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.

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Adnxs Ads “Virus” Removal

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

This was the first preparation.


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Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this  – Adnxs Ads 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.


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.


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.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Adnxs Ads 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 Adnxs Ads from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Adnxs Ads 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 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.


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Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd 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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

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