Ads by Okayfreedom Overview
WARNING! Ads by Okayfreedom is an advertisement based virus, and all viruses of this type start displaying fake messages as soon as they infect you. It is key to remember that adware have no way at all to infiltrate your PC unless you let them, so if you just ignore all the messages, you will spare yourself further headaches. If you for some reason click on the messages, another virus will be installed instead of the promised missing plugin, update, or whatever else. Sometimes these things even have the gall to pose as an anti-malware removal tool.
- Adware typically slow down your processor’s speed due to the advertisements not being part of the actual pages. These advertisements are actually created by your PC. Because of that there should be an increase of loading speed, and possibly stuttering, the more tabs you have open. If your machine is old, we recommend leaving only this tab open. These effects should all pass once you remove Ads by Okayfreedom.
- Viruses of this type often collect browsing history and personal information. The longer they remain on board, the higher the likelihood that they will collect your passwords and send them to whoever created this malware. This could be especially catastrophic if you own an online banking account.
Refrain from clicking on the advertisements. Most of the time they not only redirect you to completely unrelated websites, but these websites are also filled with more malware.
How To Avoid Ads by Okayfreedom (And Other Malware)
There are three universally known ways for adware-based programs to infiltrate systems of all kinds. Basically all the specifics of the systems are irrelevant, because you are the proverbial flaw in it – all adware resort to trickery. They will try to manipulate and deceive you, just in different manners. One way is through corrupted links – probably on forums and such, someone shows a supposedly relevant link that turns out to be infected with a virus. The only thing you can do against this is to download a good anti-virus program and to install Adblock Edge/Plus. Spam email is the second way – many people get confused when they see a seemingly legitimate institution contacting them by “mistake.” Trust me – if someone made a mistake and sent you some materials you shouldn’t have seen, they will contact you again. But do NOT open any attachments because that’s how things like Ads by Okayfreedom get in.
The third way is by far the most “lucrative” one for virus creators. Research on the subject suggests more than half of all infections are due to the marketing process of bundling. Bundles are basically a collection of programs that can be installed through the same setup. There is always one main program that at some point suggests that you install the bonus content. In the case of malware, this is especially relevant, because the installer is legally bound into telling you beforehand you will start seeing advertisements. Which means you can spot it before the infection spreads. Here is an example:
The lesson here is that you should just keep your guard up whenever you are installing something, especially free programs. Whoever creates the likes of Ads by Okayfreedom is banking on you paying attention and just clicking Next.
How to Remove Ads by Okayfreedom
(Works for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)
This, right here, is the Control Panel.
Search around for Ads by Okayfreedom 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 Okayfreedom 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 Okayfreedom . 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 Okayfreedom 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 Okayfreedom 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 Okayfreedom . 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.