Adware Elex “Virus” Removal (Updated May 2017)

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This page aims to help you remove Adware Elex “Virus”. These Adware Elex “Virus” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

In case you are reading the following article, you are probably experiencing the effects of Adware Elex “Virus” (a version of Adware) at this moment. And, as it normally happens, you might have ignored the issue for some time, however, your patience has already run out, and you are currently looking for a way to help you get rid of the annoying flow of pop-ups and banners, clouding your browser tabs and windows and the bothering redirection, which may sometimes occur. In the following text we are explaining the features of Adware- generally, and Adware Elex “Virus” – particularly. Generally speaking, the term Adware stands for “advertising software”. As this name suggests, Adware is merely a type of software that produces numerous different types of online ads in lots of shapes and sizes {pop-ups/banners/newly-opened tabs and/or windows}. Sometimes the programs from this software family may even result in redirecting processes, conducted by all of your browsers – Firefox, Chrome, IE, Opera, which may load some unwanted web pages.

What is the typical way of functioning of Adware?

Just as it could be expected, producing ads is one of the most profitable activities any programmer may become involved in. Consequently, more and more users at the present moment come across and get infected by various versions of Adware. Below are a few of the possible ways, in which you may get contaminated by Adware Elex “Virus” in particular and Adware-based programs in general:

  • Any user may catch any Adware program while surfing the web. There are some web sites which are already contaminated by such programs. When loaded, any of those suspicious websites may infect you with Adware.
  • One more possible way of catching Adware is when you download free software from the web. Some developers might include it in some program mixtures called bundles, which help them effectively distribute it. 

What we need to say is that Adware doesn’t rely on illegal practices. In most of the cases this advertisement-producing programs could simply be irritating. Many Adware programmers run completely legitimate businesses. Still, the need to generate bigger profits may make them turn to distributing Adware for that purpose. One of the biggest marketing industry branches is advertising and showing a great number of ads inside your browsers is the same ad broadcasting them on your TV. Such processes may be annoying, however, they are normal and legal most of the time.

The usual effects of Adware on a user’s PC:

  • The intense broadcasting of pop-ups/banners/other ads. Typically, Adware might display an endless stream of probably unwanted pop-ups. At times an entire flow of ads may pop up at one and the same time. In other possible cases, closing one pop-up may result in the loading of another one, which could make your browsing unbearably annoying.
  • In some rare cases, Adware might even slow down your computer. Such a scenario is possible as producing lots of ads in varying shapes and forms could drain the resources of your device. As a result, the system performance in general may get slower.
  • The advertisement campaigns you are seeing could be constantly self-renewing. In accordance with your browsing habits, Adware Elex “Virus” could be capable of guessing and automatically matching the ad flow to your recent browsing searches.

Is it possible to remove and avoid software like Adware Elex “Virus”?

The only always working tip we can share with you is to focus on prevention. While you are perfectly capable of avoiding a possible ad-related issue, it might sometimes be time-consuming to resolve it later, once it has grown into a more serious problem. The tips below might be what is necessary to heal and prevent Adware-inflicted infections:

  1. Make sure that the installation processes you conduct are safe by selecting the “Customized/Advanced Installation Option”, especially when you install a component of a software bundle, downloaded from the Internet, as they are the most common ad-generating software sources.
  2. On no condition should you authorize any newly-installed software to modify your entire system in any way, or any of your browser apps (Explorer, Chrome, Firefox).
  3. Ensure that you update your browser settings and check for suspicious looking plug-ins in regular time periods. Never forget to disable anything you do not recognize or find useful.
  4. Your OS should also be regularly updated.
  5. Your anti-malware program and firewall should also be kept up-to-date.
  6. You will need to get a reliable pop-up blocker to help you prevent the webpage-hosted ads at least.

 

SUMMARY:

Name Adware Elex
Type  Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Browser app changes are inflicted – many ads may appear and disturb your surfing.
Distribution Method Inside bundles mostly – also inside torrents and shareware.
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.

Adware Elex “Virus” 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

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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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 Adware Elex “Virus” 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 Adware Elex “Virus” from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Adware Elex “Virus” 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!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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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!