ActiveDiscount Ads Overview
- Active Discount is part of malware group that hit the web recently. Its removal is of utmost importance for the safety of your system. As far as viruses go, it is not incredibly dangerous on the short-term, but it gets more damaging the more time goes on.
- We’ve conducted a research on this virus. Our surveys showed that it slows down the CPU speed anywhere from 5 to 30%, depending on how old and powerful the machine is. Any of the effects that appear are completely reversible, as long as you remove ActiveDiscount Ads quickly.
- Another possible effects is some slow-down of the internet connection.
- It is recommended that you either employ a respectable spyware removal tool, or you keep your eyes peeled for any other viruses that may have snuck in recently.
TAKE A LOOK HERE! The most important thing you should note is not to trust any messages that come from your PC. Any and all messages about missing plugins or to install a newer version of Java or Flash Player are fakes, designed to trick you into downloading a new batch of viruses. Sometimes malware even have the habit of posing as a warning to remove malware… Basically the goal here is to ignore anything, since chances are, it is a genuine threat.
How To Avoid Ads by ActiveDiscount (And Other Malware)
Ads by ActiveDiscount is not a special kind of virus by any means. Like most adware it operates through advertisements and fake messages. To shield yourself from further problems, you just need to understand why it does what it does, what its goal is. The most widely known way for viruses to infiltrate systems is through being bundled with another software, most likely a free one. The people who operate freeware websites are basically paid large sums to include them. That’s how they make their business. Very few websites in the web are made with pure intentions. The creators of the virus on the other hand usually have a goal that is one of these two things:
- To promote someone else’s websites, monetizing through pay per install of Ads by ActiveDiscount, since the creators were hired for this job.
- Or to promote their won affiliate websites.
In both cases this is, of course, done through the advertisements. The problem is that they are so intrusive, so the people who made them want to insure that you will not stop seeing them once you remove Ads by ActiveDiscount or whichever adware variant you’ve contracted. So what they do is make this program deceive you and try tricking you so another such can be installed. And another, and another. Until your PC becomes a ball of sludge that can’t open anything.
Knowing this, it’s pretty easy to avoid adware altogether. Avoid installing free programs. If you do install them thoughs, make sure to monitor the setup and always choose Custom Install, since the virus needs your clearance to enter your PC. Uncheck any box that says to install the bonus content. Avoid opening spam email, and never, ever open their attachments. Also, occasionally scan your PC with a malware removal program, just to be on the safe side.
How to Remove Ads by ActiveDiscount
(Works for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)
This, right here, is the Control Panel.
Search around for Ads by ActiveDiscount and anything else suspicious-looking. Be careful, but not too much – malware sometimes choose different names to confuse you, so take note of anything recently added that seems like a virus to you. Highlight and Uninstall these.
Ads by ActiveDiscount has infected ALL of your browsers. Apply the steps separately for each of them.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Ads by ActiveDiscount . Disable it.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box, type whatever you want, then click Apply.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons.
Hit Extensions next.
The virus should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.
In Extensions, click Ads by ActiveDiscount and select .
The click for the second time, and proceed to Settings —> Search (the fourth tab), select Manage Search Engines. In there, you should remove anything but the search engines you normally use(probably Google).
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions
Find Ads by ActiveDiscount then Uninstall.
STEP 3 (Optional)
This step to remove the virus is completely optional. You need to do this only in the case when the steps up until now were not enough to make your troubles go away. If they WERE enough:
You are now clear of the virus. Please consider following us on our channels on Google+, Twitter and Facebook. It will be immensely appreciated, because it will help us grow and in turn – that way we will help more people.
You may also want to check out Step 4 – we’ve prepared a short guide for optimizing PCs after a malware has been removed
If you were not successful, then continue reading.
STEP 4 (Optional)
If you’ve reached this step, then well done for removing Ads by ActiveDiscount . We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested you can check it out here.