Ads “Virus” Removal

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

If you landed on this page, there is a great chance that your online browsing has been disturbed by an annoying browser hijacker called Ads “Virus”. This program is one of the latest representatives of this software family, and we recently received a number of requests to help users deal with its annoying activity. The rather undesired changes that this browser hijacker may impose on the homepage and the search engine of your favorite Chrome or Firefox browser, along with the numerous page redirects, ads, and pop-ups that may cover your screen, could be a strong reason for you to wish to remove “Virus”. Fortunately, this task doesn’t require any specialist’s help. The only thing you need to do to completely uninstall all the browser hijacker components from your PC is to follow the instructions in the removal guide below. We have included also some helpful information about the nature of this software, its specifics and a few tips about its best prevention in the future, so read all the information that follows carefully. Browser Redirect Browser Redirect

Does have some virus-like abilities?

It is natural to be concerned about the safety of your system if you meet an intrusive browser hijacker like However, we should say that when it comes to browser hijackers, you really have no reason to be worried, because this type of software has nothing in common with viruses or other malicious software like Trojans, Ransomware, and others. In fact, browser hijackers are legal programs and unlike real viruses, they do not attempt to harm your computer, corrupt your system or encrypt your data the way that a nasty cryptovirus from the Ransomware type would do. and other similar programs are mostly used by the online advertising industry as ad-generating tools. They serve the needs of the online marketers by helping them promote their products and services by displaying various sponsored ads, pop-ups, new tabs, page redirects and toolbars directly on the user’s screen. On the other side, the clicks on these sponsored marketing messages bring income to the browser hijacker developers through the infamous Pay-Per-Click method. This explains why the banners and pop-ups that come up on the screen are so intrusive and don’t want to go away unless you click on them. The thing is that if you click on one, ten more ads will appear and the ad-generating activity may have no end. The more ads you click on, the more profit the browser hijacker will generate for its owners. But at the end, there is hardly anything useful for you and you may even find it quite irritating. Moreover, your computer may also experience some system lags, browser slowdown, and numerous page redirects. This is the main reason why so many people want to remove and despite not being malicious, they may often refer to it as a potentially unwanted kind of a program.

How can you get on your computer?

One question that is probably spinning in your mind is “How did this program get on my machine?”. Well, frankly, you installed it there on your own. The thing is that you probably didn’t notice when and how that happened. Now we will explain. Browser hijackers like are usually distributed far and wide on the web. They can be found on torrent sites, spam emails, ads, direct downloads from the web, file sharing sites, installation managers, free software sites, and pretty much everywhere where other software can be found. Of course, the chance of you downloading and installing a browser hijacker on your computer just because you love being redirected to dozens of ads is minimal. That’s why, the hijacker developers usually distribute this software in bundles along with some other attractive program – a game, a video player, some useful application, optimization program or other free software. Once you download and install the bundle, or other ad-generating software may get installed along.  To prevent that, here is what we would advise you. When installing new software, read the EULA carefully, as this is where you may come to know if there is some additionally bundled software in the installer or not. Also, when running the installer, do not go for the “Quick/Standard” installation but select the “Advanced/Custom” one. This will give you full control over all the bundled programs in the setup and you can easily disable the software you do not wish to get installed. If you skip that, then you may need to uninstall the undesired program, but that may require some additional assistance. The guide that we have included below contains all the instructions to completely remove It will show you the exact steps on how to detect and delete the ad-generating components, but if you need any help, do not hesitate to leave us a comment and we will be glad to help.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Replacements of the homepage or the search engine of your browser, page redirects, ads, pop-up and banners.
Distribution Method This program could be found in software bundles, torrent sites, spam emails, ads, direct downloads from the web, file sharing sites, installation managers, free software sites.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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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).


This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove successfully!

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:

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.



  • 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.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove 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 from Firefox:

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

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


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 didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!