Ads by GistBox Clipper Overview
WARNING! READ HERE FIRST! If you are visiting this guide, you have been infected by a virus of the adware class. This class is well-known for displaying not only intrusive advertisements (where the name comes from) but also a variety of fake messages aimed to trick you into installing other viruses. You need to be aware of them to make sure you do not fall prey to this ploy. Possible messages include fake updates of Java or Flash Player, missing plugins, recommendations about download manager, other that supposedly show a better video player embedding tool. If you for some reason click on any of these, quickly press CTRL+ALT+DEL to bring up the task manager and stop the associated process that starts a setup. It will probably have the same name as whatever the installer is called.
- Remember: whatever the virus shows you, simply ignore. 99% of any messages are fakes.
- Your Computer will begin experiencing increased loading time, and may have issues with stuttering and browser crashing. This is easily fixed by just removing Ads by GistBox Clipper. Basically, the advertisements are all created by your PC, and the CPU has a hard time shoving them onto every single page you are viewing. If your machine is older, reduce the tabs you are watching, as the strain may become too much for your CPU.
- Be speedy in removing Ads by GistBox Clipper. The longer it remains on board, the more of your personal information it will collect and send to whoever created it.
Be careful to check for any other viruses that may have been installed together with Ads by GistBox Clipper. Usually you should look at the latest entries in the add/remove list, but virus creators have gotten wiser over the years now you can expect fake back dates that may even go back years. Generally, just delete anything that you can’t recognize.
How To Avoid Ads by GistBox Clipper (And Other Malware)
Protecting yourself from things such as Ads by GistBox Clipper isn’t as hard as most people think. Adware are mostly one and the same thing, just with a changed name. And there is definitely a very discernible behavior you just have to watch out for. There are three identifiable ways malware can infect you. In order of how frequently they succeed (from lowest to highest) they are:
- Spam Email
- Corrupted Links
- Free/Fake Software
I can give you good advice only regarding the last one. About the other two: Install Adblock Edge/Plus and find yourself a good anti-virus program.
Free programs are certifiably the most frequent way viruses infiltrate systems; by themselves, they account for more than 50% of all cases. Basically there are a ton of free useful utilities out there, but some of them contain a malware in their setup. Or they are outright fake – sometimes, especially when you are downloading a torrent file, the so-called “shells” simply monitor your search terms and give themselves an according name. But all of these infected and fake programs are housed on a websites – and whoever owns the website is afraid that someone may legally prosecute him. That’s why, to make things completely legal, a short disclaimer is always given at some point during the virus program’s setup. They are basically banking on you not paying attention. At one of the steps you should see something like this:
Except instead of SalePlus, it would say, for example, Ads by GistBox Clipper. When you see something like this, immediately leave the setup.
How to Remove Ads by GistBox Clipper
(Works for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)
This, right here, is the Control Panel.
Search around for Ads by GistBox Clipper 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 GistBox Clipper 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 GistBox Clipper . 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 GistBox Clipper 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 GistBox Clipper 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 GistBox Clipper . 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.