Adnxs Ads “Virus” Removal

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.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

Remove Adnxs Virus

To try and remove Adnxs 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 Adnxs extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove Adnxs by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of Adnxs and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Adnxs 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

Adnxs Ads “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).

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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. 

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    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.

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    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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    • 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.

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    Adnxs Ads “Virus” Removal  Remove Adnxs from Internet Explorer:

    Open IE, click  Adnxs Ads “Virus” Removal —–> Manage Add-ons.

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    Find the threat —> Disable. Go to Adnxs Ads “Virus” Removal —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

    Adnxs Ads “Virus” Removal Remove Adnxs from Firefox:

    Open Firefoxclick  Adnxs Ads “Virus” Removal  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

    Adnxs Ads “Virus” Removal

    Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
    Adnxs Ads “Virus” RemovalRemove Adnxs from Chrome:

    Close Chrome. Navigate to:

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

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    Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

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    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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