Package Return Ads Overview
FOR ALL READERS! CHECK HERE FIRST! If you are visiting this guide then you have been infected with a virus of the adware class – meaning that its strategy is based on manipulating you. In this instance manipulating you means tricking you into installing more malware. Ads by Package Return does this by displaying varying messages about missing plugins, updates on existing programs, newer versions of some of the most used software (e.g. Java or Flash Player) and recommendations to buy/download video managers. DO NOT click on any of these messages. They are always a fake. If for some reason you still click them, immediately press CTRL+ALT+DEL and stop the process that has begun (it should have the same name as the installer). Do this because, adware have a nasty habit of installing themselves even if you decide to exit the setup.
- Do not be alarmed if you realize your PC has become a lot more sluggish. The advertisements displayed on all pages are not a real part of the layout. Basically your PC has to generate them aside from all other content on the site, and this puts a strain on your rig. The CPU has a hard time of processing all, and this increased loading time.
- Ads by Package Return is, unfortunately, one of the cases when a virus starts collecting your personal information and passwords for the benefit of whoever created it. The information is first recorded for a period of time, maybe a week, and then sent to the master server. You obviously do not want that, so it’s best to hurry up and remove this malware before it does any real damage. it can be a nightmare especially for users who use online payment methods (PayPal etc.)
Clicking on the ads can be very problematic too, so avoid doing it. The often redirect you to different websites with no clear relation to the product you were viewing. These websites are seldom without a virus lurking somewhere.
How To Avoid Ads by Package Return (And Other Malware)
Ads by Package Return has three universally known ways to enter your system regardless which version of windows it runs. These three are corrupted links, spam email, and fake/infected programs. Let’s start with how to protect yourself from spam. Basically, don’t open it when you receive some. The oldest trick in the book is to receive an email from a seemingly legitimate institution (tax collectors, FBI). When they see this, most users get confused. A good way to spot a virus is through bad grammar and if the email has any links or attachments. Simply don’t open these.
Guarding yourself from corrupted links is pretty much impossible. You need a good anti-virus program if you don’t have one.
The third option is by far the most prominent one. There are fake installers out there who track the search queries made by users and change their names to suit whatever they were searching for. Ads by Package Return is definitely a able to do this as well. The most common occurrence with fake installers is when you try downloading torrent from unknown sites.
Another variant of this is a bundle with a free program. The people who make free software include adware in their bundle for compensation. But they are afraid of legal procedures against them when an angry customer demands why he got a virus on his PC, so they make it legal by telling you beforehand about the advertisement. This is during the first steps of the program’s setup. Just like this:
So in essence you just need to look at each step and search for stuff like this.
How to Remove Ads by Package Return
(Works for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)
This, right here, is the Control Panel.
Search around for Ads by Package Return 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 Package Return 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 Package Return . 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 Package Return Ads 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 Package Return Ads 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:
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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 Package Return Ads. 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.