Auto Ad Skipper Virus

Auto Ad Skipper

If your computer has been infected by a program called Auto Ad Skipper, then you have landed what is known as a browser hijacker. Auto Ad Skipper will embed itself in your main browsing program (e.g. Chrome, Firefox, etc.) and will start spamming it with online ads. 

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The Auto Ad Skipper Virus will display pop up notifications and messages

The main problem with apps like Auto Ad Skipper, Wave browser, Poisism.com is that they simply won’t stop meddling with your browser’s settings and with your overall online experience no matter how hard you try to avoid their ads and the new components they may have imposed on your browser. This is surely not as problematic as having a Ransomware virus lock up your files or a Trojan horse corrupt your whole system but it could still be an unpleasant experience that needs to be dealt with.

A hijacker is basically a tool for making money for its creators through the used of different online marketing techniques. To achieve its goal, Auto Ad Skipper and other similar apps are likely to set a new homepage and new-tab page addresses to the browser they are installed in as well as replace the search engine service and spam page-redirects and ads. Chrome, Firefox and Safari as well as pretty much any other browser you could think of may all get targeted and invaded by a hijacker as these tools tend to be multi-compatible and are not limited to a single browsing platform. Therefore, it is rather irrelevant what browser you may be using – if you have a hijacker installed on your computer, chances are that you will be subjected to the intrusive and annoying activities of this app every time you make an attempt to use your browsing program to look for something on the Internet.

Understandably, this could all be quite frustrating to most of the web users and that is why it is important to know how to handle such a predicament. The good news here is the fact that though all the activities conducted by Auto Ad Skipper or another app of the hijacker category may be very annoying and unpleasant, it’s actually unlikely that there would be any long-lasting negative consequences in your system caused by the invasive app.

As we said, having a hijacker in the browser is definitely not the same as getting your computer infiltrated by a Ransomware cryptovirus or attacked by a nefarious Trojan horse infection. Therefore, as long as you remain calm and make use of the instructions inside our guide and/or of the removal tool that can be found linked there, you should be able to easily rid yourself of the presence of the annoying browser hijacker tool.

Be careful with future software installation if you don’t want more hijackers

The typical methods used to spread this sort of apps is the use of different forms of file bundling. Usually, an app like Auto Ad Skipper wouldn’t get distributed on its own and would rather be added to an installation package where it is bundled with other software. Generally, the default settings of such an installation package would involve the installation of all added/bonus components, including the hijacker.

However, in most cases, there should be an Advanced or a Custom setup menu from where you can choose which of the bonus elements to leave out in case some of them seem like they could be hijackers or some other form of undesirable software.

SUMMARY:

NameAuto Ad Skipper
TypeBrowser Hijacker
Detection Tool

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Remove Auto Ad Skipper Virus

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

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. 

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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.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    ie9-10_512x512  Remove Auto Ad Skipper 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 Auto Ad Skipper from Firefox:

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

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Auto Ad Skipper 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

    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!

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    About the author

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    Violet George

    Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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