Ads by TS “Virus” Removal (July 2018 Update)

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

If an endless stream of pesky and annoying Internet ads, banners, pop-ups, page redirects and box messages seems to have flooded your Chrome or Firefox browser (or any other browsing program that you might currently have on your PC) and if those ads seem to follow you on every site and every page that you try to visit, then you most certainly have an adware program on your hands. “But what is an Adware?” you might ask. Well, in the next lines, we are going to give you a detailed answer to that question as well as explain to you how you can deal with the irritating obstructiveness caused by adware apps. Our main focus will be put on one particular piece of software that belongs to the adware class, a program named Ads by TS which has recently been reported by a big number of users, who have complained that this app has somehow made its way inside their browsers and started to fill it with different kinds of nagging advertising contents. If you’re faced with a similar issue, Ads by TS might be the cause behind it in which case it would be advisable if you read on and acquaint yourself with the specifics of this software. If you are seeking removal instructions and methods, you can find that below, within the specialized removal guide that we have posted on this page. Use the instructions from the manual or the suggested removal tool (or both) and you should have no problem getting rid of the obstructive Adware app.

So, what’s an Adware?

A adware program is a piece of software that is mainly developed to generate a big number of adverts inside the browser of whoever has this program on their PC. The ads are supposed to accumulate revenue for the adware’s developers through the employment of models such as Pay-Per-View and Pay-Per-Click. This basically means that every time you click on a given ad or open a site that has been suggested to you by Ads by TS, you’d be effectively generating a small amount of revenue for the creator of the ad-generating piece of software. With all that said, it should be pretty clear why the advertising campaigns conducted by adware programs such as this one can (and oftentimes are) quite aggressive and irritating. This is also the main reason why adware is typically regarded as a type of PUP (potentially unwanted programs) and also why most users who are faced with such a program are eager to get rid of it as soon as possible. The good news is that it’s actually not that difficult to remove an adware.

Ads by TS “Virus” Removal

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


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.

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 TS 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 TS from Firefox:

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

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

Since those programs are not malicious viruses like, say, Trojan Horses, Spyware or Ransomware, you can actually get rid of them without too much trouble. However, although Ads by TS isn’t a real virus and is unlikely to try to harm anything on your machine, there are still some security risks that you need to take into consideration in case this app is presently inside your system. For instance, did you know that a big portion of the malware viruses out there oftentimes distributed through online ads? This means that it is perfectly possible that an adware might put on your screen some unsafe and hazardous advert that might potentially land you on a page that might have Ransomware, Spyware, Trojans or other similar nasty cyber threats in it. Because of this, it is always better to keep away from any advertising materials that an adware might try to spam inside your browser as you can never be hundred percent certain about the safety and reliability of the ads. Also, an even better way to keep your system secure is to simply uninstall Ads by TS and fully remove all of its components from your system and browser.

How can you stay away from adware programs in the future?

The best thing you can do in order to ensure no more apps like Ads by TS get installed on your computer is to stay away from shady sites and pages and avoid interaction with any web content that might look questionable and suspicious (spam letters, sketchy ads, obscure online offers, pirated downloads, illegal torrents etc.). One other thing to keep in mind when it comes to avoiding adware is to always make sure you customize the setup of any new program you want to install. Oftentimes adware apps get added to the installer files of other programs as bundled/optional components and in such cases you’d need to first uncheck them from the setup menu before you launch the installation. In many cases you might need to access the Advanced/Custom setup manager so as to see the options regarding any bundled content so bear that in mind.

Name Ads by TS
Type  Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Adware programs are known for flooding the user’s browsing screen with an endless stream of ads.
Distribution Method Mostly via software bundles, online advertisements, pirated content and bundling.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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!