How To Remove Adware

This article aims to show users how to remove Adware viruses from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as their respective system. Here is an example:

How To Remove Adware

Adware is the generic name of a family of viruses that operates by injecting advertisements into your internet browser without your permission. Adware cannot be paused or turned off and it will continue to annoy you until you remove it. However, before you learn how to remove Adware you need to recognize how it works and also how it infects computers.

The golden rule about executable files

You need to remember that there need be no correlation between the name of an executable file and it’s function. Once you run an executable file you are basically giving that file permission to change things in your computer as it sees fit. Since virus files and Adware especially nearly always come in the form of .exe files you should never run executable files that are not obtained from trustworthy sources.

Emails with attached files are one of the most common ways Adware viruses spread around the internet. The text of the email virus bombs can vary greatly, but the virus file is an executable file and that is a fact that never changes. People that spread viruses can put whatever name they want on these executable files – in fact it is very common to see Invoice.exe or maybe FinancialReport.exe or all other kinds of work-related files. It is also possible for double extensions to be used – Invoice.pdf.exe is again essentially an .exe file (only the final extension determines the type of file) and contains a virus.

Pay attention to the extensions of the files you are sent and never run files that end with .exe unless you are absolutely certain that the file is safe.

Bundled program installers are often dangerous

When you install a program it’s possible that the installer of that program will try to install addition programs along the main one. In the case of legitimate software developers these extra programs should be trials and demos of other programs by the same developer. If you are dealing with a freeware program or with an installer for popular program that is obtained from an alternative source you might as well be installing an Adware virus on your computer.

At least this type of Adware infections can be easily prevented. Simply use the advanced installation option when prompted. It offers the same functionality as the default if you just press Next a couple of times, but in the meantime you also can see what else is getting installed and disallow it. We strongly recommend you block installation for extra programs you don’t really need.
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Adware from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove the virus from browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your AddRemove Programs.
5: Permanently remove Adware from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.

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Since Adware is a generic term for many virus types not all of these steps might be necessary depending on the Adware virus you are currently removing. Nevertheless we recommend that you don’t skip anything in order to make sure the Adware is gone for good.


Our first step here is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:

Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.

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Proceed to Step 2.

For W. 8 and 8.1 Users:

Click the Start button ,then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.How To Remove Adware

How To Remove Adware

Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK.  Click  Restart in the new pop-up.

Proceed to Step 2.

For Windows 10 Users:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Click the power button icon in the right corner of the new Start menu to show the power options menu.
  3. Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.

Windows 10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:

Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).

Continue with Step 2.


 Adware viruses are closely related to Internet Browsers. In order to remove them you need to clean every single copy of the virus from ALL browsers installed on your computer. To do that you have to run Step 2 and Step 3 for each and every browser. Note that this also includes old browsers that are still installed, but you might no longer be using actively like Internet Explorer is for people that use Firefox or Chrome.

How To Remove Adware  For Internet Explorer Users:

Open IE, then click  How To Remove Adware —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find Adware . Remove it by pressing Disable.

If your Home Page is different from the usual, click How To Remove Adware —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.

Go to STEP 3.

How To Remove Adware  For Mozilla Firefox Users:

Open Firefoxclick on How To Remove Adware (top right) ——-> Add-onsHit Extensions next.

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Adware  should be somewhere around here –  Remove it.

Go to STEP 3.

How To Remove Adware For Google Chrome Users

 Start Chrome, click How To Remove Adware —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the virus and  select  How To Remove Adware(Remove).

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 Click How To Remove Adware again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines.  Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.

Go to STEP 3.

How To Remove Adware For Safari Users:

Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.

Go to STEP 3.


Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for all browsers.

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Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.

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Continue with STEP 4.


Hold the Windows Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the new field, then click OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Adware and anything else suspicious-looking. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstallchoose NO:

How To Remove Adware

Hold the Windows Key and R againbut this time copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:

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If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.

Go to STEP 5.


Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

How To Remove Adware

Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.


What we have next is the most dangerous and delicate steps of the guide, but also the most important ones. Read the instructions carefully as doing anything wrong can result in damage to your OS or other installed programs. If is understandable if you are not feeling comfortable with this – it could be a good idea to instead download a professional Adware removal software. Not only can it get rid of the Adware virus for you, but you can also use it to scan your machine for other viruses that are normally invisible to you. Viruses like Ransomware or Trojans do not reveal themselves until it’s too late and an automated scan may be your only chance.

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Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.

Move on to STEP 6.


Take a look at the following things:

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a new window. 

How To Remove Adware

Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

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STEP 7 – Optimization

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 – How To Remove Guide’s Optimization Tips.


About the author


Violet George

Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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