Audienceline Removal (June 2018 Update)

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

Audienceline is a browser hijacking application, which typically affects the people’s’ browsers in a number of ways. This type of software generally integrates with popular browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, IE or other browsing apps and makes them display hundreds of ads, pop-ups, banners and new tabs. It may also change the default search engine or a homepage and may install a new toolbar on the users’ default browser so as to have some control over their searches and redirect them to sponsored web locations. If you have Audienceline on your PC, you most probably have noticed some of these effects and might have been irritated by the way this browser hijacker has changed your normal browsing experience. Fortunately, on this page, we are going to show you a fast and effective way to remove the annoying ads and to uninstall the unwanted application. Below, you will find a detailed Removal Guide on that and the best thing is you don’t have to be a computer expert to follow it. Just carefully read the information and the instructions and you should be able to deal with Audienceline with ease. 

Audienceline

Could Audienceline be a computer virus?

Audienceline is a piece of software which may have some really irritating effects on your browsers – sudden page redirects, search engine or homepage changes and generation of various blinking ads, pop-ups, banners and hard to remove messages on the screen as well as other similar intrusive contents and browser changes. However, as irritating as it could be, this application has no virus-like features. In its nature, Audienceline is a version of an ad-generating piece of software which typically cannot corrupt or harm your PC or mess with your personal files in the same way that a Ransomware or a Trojan horse infection could. In fact, this application is recognized as a browser hijacker and such software has no interest in destroying your system, encrypting your data or hacking into your private information. Its main goal is to advertise and to redirect you to certain sponsored web pages, online shopping platforms, sales deals and new offers which promote specifics products, services or sites.

How to uninstall Audienceline permanently and safely?

Fortunately, you can remove this browser hijacker fairly easily. For that, you can use the instructions in the Removal Guide at the end of this article or you can scan your PC with the professional Audienceline removal tool, which will complete this task automatically for you. Whichever method you chose, we believe that it will help you solve your problems with the annoying ads, redirects and the irritating changes made to your favorite browser so go ahead and get rid of the hijacker once and for all.

Audienceline 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.

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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 Audienceline 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 Audienceline from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Audienceline 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 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!

A slightly suspicious activity, which most of the hijackers tend to launch is to monitor your browsing history and recent web searches in an attempt to define what kind of products, services or web content you are interested in and what you typically tend to search for when online. This information is usually used by applications like Audienceline, which, based on the obtained information, are set to display ads, which are trying to match your interests. Such marketing research approaches and advertising techniques are very common and usually considered as legitimate but a lot of users complain about excessive ads exposure and irritation caused by the unstoppable ad-generation service of the hijackers. This is the reason why many people are seeking methods to permanently remove the annoying ads and to uninstall the software that generates them.

How can Audienceline hijack your browser?

Browser hijackers do not infect people’s’ computers in the way that computer viruses do. Unlike the tricky Trojans and the Ransomware infections, these pieces of software usually become part of the system with the permission of the users. However, there are some pretty misleading methods of installation, which the developers of such applications use, in order to obtain the users “permission” to get installed onto their computers. In most of the cases, ad-generating pieces like Audienceline are commonly bundled inside the installer of another application which people might want to install. Many free apps, torrents, and automatic installers contain such additional software under their Advanced or Custom installation options. However, most users don’t usually use these options when they run the setup process and this is how they normally let the hijacker get installed by default. Reviewing the installation options carefully can prevent the bundled application from getting installed which is why our advice for our readers is to always look for the Advanced/Custom/Manual options and to disable any potentially unwanted applications, which they may find there.

SUMMARY:

Name Audienceline
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  This app may flood your screen with ads and may start redirecting you to different sponsored pages. 
Distribution Method Free program installers, torrents, free download links, shareware sites, spam messages and email attachments. 
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.