AdRemover for Google Chrome “Malware” Removal (July 2018 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove AdRemover for Google Chrome “Malware”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Perhaps you are one of many users who have experienced the irritating consequences of an ad-generating program on your computer. The particular Adware member we will be talking about in the article below is AdRemover for Google Chrome “Malware”, and it may be the possible reason for your recent ad-related irritation. Briefly speaking, this kind of program may affect all the browser apps you have on your PC, be it Explorer, Firefox, Chrome or any other ones. What’s more, the broadcast of an incredibly big number of online ads like pop-ups, tabs, fancy banners and boxes varying in shape, size and color could be possible.

What could be expected from Adware?

To begin with, we are going to define what Adware really represents. All members of this software category have the ability to broadcast many various ads. These advertisements are totally legal since their simple aim is to serve the needs of the advertising industry, and ensure the successful online promotion of goods and services. The production of such ads is the consequence of the joint efforts of programmers as well as producers, who work together with the goal to promote certain products and services. In fact, the name with which this strategy is known in the world of online marketing is the so-called pay per click scheme. The more ads the affected user sees, the more effectively these programs are believed to function, and the bigger amounts of money their creators earn.

Bundles: the basic and most common Adware source

Generally, the most usual sources of these ad-generating programs are the so-called software bundles. A bundle is a range of different software like games, apps, Adware-based programs, put together and distributed as a whole for free. When a user downloads such a bundle, an infection does not occur right away. In fact, all the bundles and the programs inside them first need to be installed personally by a user on any device in order to start affecting the targeted device. Despite that, the installation process might be confusing, and may often be disregarded by the majority of users. Actually, the way you install any bundle, app or game is what can affect the condition of your PC in terms of  any possible infection-related problems.

AdRemover for Google Chrome “Malware” Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware 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

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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. 

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.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove AdRemover for Google Chrome 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 AdRemover for Google Chrome from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove AdRemover for Google Chrome 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

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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

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The way program bundles should be installed in:

As soon as the installer is loaded, you have to carefully review all the features there and what they provide. If necessary, there is even a help button-, which you can click on to read the extra information that will appear. Of all the possible options that will be displayed, you have to try to find the ones giving you the freedom to manually choose the programs/ features that are going to be incorporated into your PC. In general, these options give you the chance to reject any likely modifications that might be enabled, and change your browser apps. The exact features you need to try selecting are the following: the Custom or the Advanced installation methods. We can say that they are the safest ones for sure, and may even prevent Ransomware and Trojans from infecting your device. It is perhaps expected that you will need to stay away from the shortcut options any installer wizard provides. They can be: the Quick, the Default, and the Easy. Installing software via those options is likely to get you infected with some ad-producing programs.

Is there anything dangerous when we talk about AdRemover for Google Chrome?

AdRemover for Google Chrome is a member of the Adware group, not of any malware category. This program can never damage your PC. The programs which are indeed malicious (like certain Ransomware and Trojan viruses) can really cause extensive damage to your computer through encoding data, blackmailing you for a ransom, redirecting funds from your bank accounts, or spying on you via your webcam. On the contrary, AdRemover for Google Chrome can’t do anything like that; its actions are only like to result in much annoyance. And as far as the removal of this Adware program goes, every person out there can do so by following the instructions inside our detailed Removal Guide down there.

The right prevention methods:

We have to say that prevention matters the most and can save you from any ad-related disasters in the future. For that purpose you have to be persistent, methodical and patient – download the best anti-virus tool as they sometimes provide pop-up blockers as well, or warn you of any possible dangers. The next thing is the simplest – simply do not access any possible Adware source. This will certainly help.

SUMMARY:

Name AdRemover for Google Chrome
Type  Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  An irritating number of online ads that may ruin your surfing experience.
Distribution Method Via bundles in most of the cases- sometimes inside web pages, torrents and spam, too.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.