This page aims to help you remove Adware.Elex. These Adware.Elex removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
If you are interested in the article below, perhaps you have been irritated by some unwanted ads. They may be appearing in varying forms on your PC screen. If this applies to your case, you might have caught Adware.Elex – an ad-generating program, and need to solve this issue. The text you are about to read will probably come in handy to you- especially in case you want to fully understand the nature of your recent annoyance. What’s more, we have also prepared a guide at the end of the page to assist you in getting rid of the Adware-based product, which has infiltrated your PC. What you should be aware of from the first moment such a program infects your system is that it could only target all of the installed browsers like Chrome and Firefox and make them produce an often unbearable number of banners, pop-ups and other ads. This is pretty much the most bothering effect of those programs.
Adware and the features it is characterized by:
Perhaps, you have already heard the word ‘Adware’. This term stands for the ad-generating software which is programmed to show advertisements in different forms on your screen. There is also the chance that some Adware-based programs might redirect your search requests to advertising web pages, or other websites that could be infected with real malware like Ransomware. One of the probable reasons why the programs from the Adware category might sometimes be considered shady is that they could indeed gather data about your browsing without your knowledge. The Adware versions which collect data without your consent should not be mistaken for malware or a virus that picks up and copies private or sensitive info. In fact, NO Adware program can steal any personal details you enter on your PC. Still, it is quite possible that the information about your browsing requests may be sold to 3rd parties.
How is it possible to catch it in the first place?
Below we have tried to briefly introduce to you the most common ways that Adware may use to get into your system:
- Such programs may get into your PC along with any freeware or shareware program. Actually, this is a completely legal practice. Advertising campaigns generate awfully big profits and such apps do earn enormous amounts of money and fund the activities of their developers. More precisely, the Adware-type programs are harmless and the worst thing they can do is just to annoy you with the redirecting and the popping up ads they may cause.
- One more way of getting contaminated by an Adware product is by loading an already infected web page. If this applies to your case, the result may be the unauthorized installation of Adware.Elex on your PC.
If you want or need to install a particular piece of free software on your computer or visit a contagious web page without protection, the Adware-producing browser plug-ins might get installed as well. It’s essential to note that such potentially unwanted programs may be able to infect and modify all the browsers you can install, including the most famous Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and/or IE.
How to safely remove and most importantly – efficiently avoid programs like Adware.Elex:
To begin with, we have discuss some prevention info that you may be interested in. As we have already shared with you above, Adware.Elex may normally come from free shareware and software bundles. Even if you do decide to download such a bundle, you can still avoid installing the Adware program possibly lurking inside it by following some not so complex, yet very effective installation tips. First of all, you should be careful with the installer option you select when you proceed with the installation of any software piece. Make sure that you read all the menus and available info, carefully go through the End User Agreement, and try to choose the safest possibility, which is usually called “Manual/Customized/Advanced” installation feature. If you try to always choose this option, you will eliminate the risk of getting infected by programs like Adware.Elex. Some other tips:
- Always enable your pop-up blocker, anti-malware tool and firewall and update them so that they could be prepared to keep you away from the newest threats.
- If you have already caught Adware.Elex, go to the end of this page and check out our set of useful uninstallation instructions – the Removal Guide. They may be all you need to take care of the ad-related infection, which has been bothering you.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Annoying production of ads as well as some possible redirecting.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware, shareware, free bundles, torrents and websites.|
Some threats of this type reinstall themselves repeatedly if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes.
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.
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
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.
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.
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 or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- 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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Adware.Elex from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Adware.Elex from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Adware.Elex from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
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—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!