Ads by Alex Removal (Chrome/Firefox/IE)

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

We’re guessing you’ve sought out this page due to some odd and rather unpleasant activity that has been taking place within your browser lately. The numerous ads, the unstoppable popups have been plaguing your Chrome of Firefox browser and making your online experience a living nightmare. Your computer has been contaminated with Ads by Alex – an adware variant, the latest of many. The following article is dedicated to educating our users about this type of software and its consequences on your machine, as well providing you with a set of removal instructions that will help you rid yourself of this annoyance in just a few simple steps. Do take your time to read the through the following few paragraphs, as information within them will surely prove useful in the future.

So, what is this adware thing and why have I been targeted?

First of all, Ads by Alex as well as all other typical representatives of software category of adware are programs exclusively designed to generate and display vast quantities of online advertising materials. As for the second part of the question – you have not been targeted specifically, even though you may have no clue as to where Ads by Alex came from, but we’ll explain that in just a bit. Adware is distributed to thousands of users each day, because it is actually part of a lucrative business model. The developers behind it earn a pretty penny based on the number of times the various ads get clicked on by users, which is possible thanks to the well-known Pay Per Click scheme. As you can imagine, with their revenue at stake, the developers will seek to ensure their ads are seen and interacted with, even if it means harassing the end user and obstructing their day-to-day browsing.

So far so good, but if only that were everything to this whole mess. Unfortunately, programs like Ads by Alex are notorious for their capabilities to monitor a person’s browsing activity and even record their browsing history, search queries and other such data. The information is then processed and analyzed and the following ad-campaign is made to match the specific user’s personal browsing patterns. That way it will be more likely that the user will click on ads that have something to do with what they’d normally be interested in, than on some randomly displayed banners and links. The problem with this is that we’re clearly looking at some degree of privacy violation and this is usually what prompts people to remove the invasive software. In addition to this information being collected, there’s also the question of how well it’s stored and what else it could be used for. These same questions also lead people to believe that they’ve been infected with a virus and adware is in fact a malicious program. This, we’re relieved to say, is a false statement and the program currently disturbing you is not a virus and pales in comparison with actual cyber threats like Trojans and ransomware.

So, about being targeted…

As we promised, we would discuss just how and why you’re not being specifically singled out and attacked by adware. In order for Ads by Alex or other such programs to start affecting your life on the internet, you need to first install them and this only happens with your knowing or unknowing consent. Therefore, no need for panic and paranoia – all you really need is a piece of invaluable advice and you’re good to go. But first, you also need to know how Ads by Alex may have landed on your machine to begin with. Most infections occur through program bundles: users download some software from an open source download platform, torrent site or similar file sharing website and actually end up downloading additional software. This happens because software developers intentionally add these components to the installer of the main program, so as to make sure it actually gets downloaded by people. What happens later is the process of installing the newly downloaded software and here is the most crucial moment that decides whether or not you’ll be tortured by insane advertisements later. As you run the setup wizard, it’s vital that you click on the custom or advanced settings option. This option, as opposed to the default or quick one, will allow you to see the contents of the bundle (if it is in fact a bundle). Furthermore, you will also be able to deselect any and all programs that seem unfamiliar, unnecessary or otherwise unwanted to you. That’s it. Next you simply continue with the steps in the wizard and you will have installed only what you yourself authorized – nothing else. Keep this in mind each time you are integrating some new application with your system and you should be adware-free.

SUMMARY:

Name Ads by Alex
Type Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Large quantities of ads distributed within user’s browser.
Distribution Method The most common methods include but are not limited to program bundling, direct downloads and spam emails.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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.

 

Ads by Alex Removal


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

This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove Ads by Alex successfully!

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.

DNS

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 Ads by Alex 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 Ads by Alex from Firefox:

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

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

WARNING!
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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 didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!