This page aims to help you remove Chrome Adware. These Chrome Adware removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Chrome Adware is a potentially unwanted program of the Adware type and in today’s article we will acquaint you with it’s most prominent characteristics, as well as show you how you can ensure that programs such as this one do not get installed onto your PC in the future. A lot of you have likely landed on this article in search for an effective way to remove Chrome Adware and all of its nagging popups and banners from your Chrome browser. We can help you with that. Apart from general information regarding the potentially unwanted program, we also have provided our readers with a detailed removal guide that will enable them to uninstall and fully eliminate the Adware without having to contact an IT specialist. Should any of you run into difficulty while following the steps from the guide, you can always ask for our aid in the comments and we will make sure to provide you with our support. Now, without further ado, let’s go over the most important things that you should know about Chrome Adware and Adware in general.
What is Adware and why is it unwanted?
Programs that can be categorized as Adware are known for their tendency to spam the user’s Chrome browser with an overwhelming number of online ads, banners, box messages and pop-ups. This is not only very annoying but it could also represent a potential security risks (more about that later). The main purpose of the irritating internet ads displayed by the Adware program is the generation of income through the Pay-Per-Click scheme. It is basically a revenue-earning method that allows the creator of the unpleasant program to earn money for clicks on the ads generated by the Adware. Obviously, the regular user gains nothing from that. In some instances an Adware program might come with some actual useful feature and in some cases there are programs that are in fact quite helpful yet contain an Adware element, which makes them somewhat annoying. However, most applications that fall under the Adware category are pretty much useless for the actual customer and benefit only their developers.
Why Adware might be hazardous
Before we go any further, we ought to inform you that programs like Chrome Adware should not be regarded as some sort of nasty and highly malicious PC viruses. While many people might refer to Adware as a form of malware, there is quite a substantial difference between software like Chrome Adware and an actual noxious virus the likes of Trojans, Spyware, Ransomware, etc. Even if you have landed a program of the Adware type and it is currently messing with your browser and making your online experience miserable, there is probably no need to worry. As long as you remain careful and vigilant and see to the timely removal of the irritating application, everything should be fine.
That being said, you must bear in mind that there are some potential security hazards that might come from an Adware program the likes of Chrome Adware that you need to be aware of. For example, the ads that you see in your browser might in some instances redirect you to pages with shady and potentially harmful contents. The best advice that we can give you here is to simply avoid interacting with the various Adware-generated banners, pop-ups and box messages. Do not try to close them by clicking on their X button (if they have one) since this might oftentimes not have the desired result and could actually count as a click on the advert itself. Another important thing that you must be aware of when talking about Adware is the fact that some of them could potentially “spy”on your browser history in an attempt to extract valuable information that could be used for online marketing. The data obtained is normally used in order to modify/customize the ads that are displayed, but it could also be sold to third parties for some extra income.
How you can prevent Adware from getting installed on your system
There are a couple of frequently employed techniques that allow the creators of Adware programs such as Chrome Adware to spread their products all over the internet. If you want to make sure that no more programs oft this category are getting installed in your PC, you need to have some level of understanding regarding those distribution methods. Some of the more popular ones are spam junkmail messages, sketchy online banners similar to those generated by the Adware itself, deceitful online offers or browser warnings that are fake, etc. There’s one particularly effective distribution technique known as file-bundling that you should also be careful with. Oftentimes, the undesirable software is bundled with another program making it a file-bundle. If the user installs that other program without first unchecking the Adware from the installation menu options, the unwanted application will get installed along as well. Therefore, you must always be vigilant when installing any new software and uncheck any shady added applications so as to prevent them from getting inside your system.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||The browser/s gets covered with various types of obstructive online ads that prevent the user from normally using their browser program.|
|Distribution Method||Sketchy web-ads coming from shady websites, spam messages to the user’s e-mail, Facebook or Skype accounts, file-bundling, etc.|
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Chrome Adware 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.
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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 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!