Adware.Trace (Malware Removal Guide)

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

There is a category of potentially malicious applications that are known as Adware and Adware.Trace is a typical example of them. Adware exists to generate advertisements on infected computers and each time the user clicks on an Ad delivered by Adware.Trace the owner/distributor will earn a bonus from the site visited by the Ad-click. Would that have been all Adware.Trace would be merely annoying, but not dangerous. Unfortunately that is not the case. The main problem with these Ads is there is very little quality control over what kind of Ads are displayed in these application. Very often virus distributors, hackers and other types of criminals use Adware generated Ads to spread their viruses or scam software. Every time you click on an Ad created Adware.Trace you run the risk of arriving on a dangerous page and becoming infected with a virus.

Name Adware.Trace (as commonly detected by spyware scanners)
Type Adware 
Danger Level Medium 
Symptoms Advertisements, pop ups, possibly redirects to random websites.
Distribution Method Trojans, software bundles and phishing websites
Detection Tool

Don’t click on the Ads and certainly never install anything Adware.Trace offers you

Apart from the above-mentioned dangerous sites advertised through the Ads there are more potential dangers associated with Adware.Trace. It is possible that the Adware will try to advertise software to your directly. This is usually some PC-health related programs such as anti-malware or anti-virus, optimization software, HDD scanners and more.

Reputable programs safely advertise through shady applications like Adware.Trace. What you will be offered is likely just bloatware – programs that don’t actually do anything, but report fake error messages and over exaggerate or make up problems. Be wary of these.

Adware.Trace can try to scare you into downloading such software by playing tricks on you via the Ads. Pop-ups could be made to look exactly like system messages, which will to scare you into downloading the above mentioned bloatware. And if it is not bloatware it will be either a virus or a piece of software with very questionable quality.

Adware.Trace Removal

Step1

The first thing to do is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7: 

Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking.

For W8 and 8.1:

Click the Start button, then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.Administrator permission required

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Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK.  Click  Restart in the pop-up.

For W10:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Click the power button icon in the right corner of the Start menu to show the power options menu.
  3. Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.

W10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:

Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).

Step2

WARNING!
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Remember that Adware.Trace has probably infected all of your Internet browsers through the use of an add-on attachment. Now that Safe Mode is enabled you can begin dealing with Adware.Trace. Proceed with the instructions as outlined in Step 2 and Step 3. Also be careful when you try to remove Adware.Trace – it may try to spawn a confirmation message of some sort. This message may in turn try to download another program on your computer or send you to a site for a survey with the promise of a reward. Do neither.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove the Malware from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, then click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find Adware.Trace . Remove it by pressing Disable.

If your Home Page is different from the usual, click IE GEAR —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Adware.Trace from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick on mozilla menu (top right) ——-> Add-onsHit Extensions next.

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Adware.Trace  should be somewhere around here –  Remove it.


chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Adware.Trace from Chrome:

 Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the malware and  select  chrome-trash-icon(Remove).

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 Click chrome menu icon again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines.  Remove everything but the search engines you normally use.


safari Remove the malware from Safari:

Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.

Step3

Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.

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Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Adware.Trace and suspicious-looking programs. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstallchoose NO:

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Hold the Start Key and R againbut this time copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A .txt file will open – don’t type or change it. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:

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If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.

Step5

Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

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Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.

A WARNING! READ BEFORE PROCEEDING!

The final step is very important as it cares for the deletion of core files of the Adware. Note, however, that those could easily be mistaken with other important files of your machine. Double check before deleting anything, because otherwise you risk causing damage to your PC . If you are not feeling comfortable with such a possibility or you are worried that you might get something wrong we advise you to download a professional Adware.Trace remover. Additionally remember that Adware.Trace may have already installed something dangerous and your data could be in danger. Make a great use of the scanner that comes with the software and ensure everything is OK.

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Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.

Step6

Take a look at the following things:

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a Pop Up window. 

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Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete/uninstall the registries manually:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious, but bear in mind they are always different.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

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