Knowledge Gains Ads Overview
WARNING! Begin Here! Viruses of this type have a nasty habit of displaying not only advertisements, but misleading messages targeted at you. They are created in the hopes of manipulating you into downloading more viruses. Do not click on these messages. They are usually about missing plugins you “should” install, updates of some of the video players you own or software that serves similar functions ( e.g. Java and Flash Player), and recommendations the virus makes. Ignore absolutely all of these until you’ve removed Knowledge Gains Ads. If you find yourself clicking the messages by mistake, open the task manager (CTRL + ALT + DEL) and stop the process immediately. Malware tend to not let go no matter what you do during the setups coming from such messages.
- Knowledge Gains Ads is an intrusive application categorized as adware. Removing it and deleting any leftovers is extremely important, because adware usually start collecting personal information and sending it to their masters. This can be catastrophic if the wrong passwords fell into the wrong hands.
- No matter what system you own, your loading speed will significantly decrease once infected. This is due to the fact that Knowledge Gains Ads’ activities are to create the advertisements; however, since said advertisements are not part of the actual web pages you visit, your computer has to generate them, putting a strain on the CPU.
- If you click on the advertisements, they will sometime send you to random pages across the net. Exit them as soon as you can. They are filled with malicious applications, and your PC is exposed for simply visiting the websites.
How To Avoid Knowledge Gains Ads (and Other Malware)
Knowledge Gains Ads typically has one big way of entering systems, and that’s what you can focus on to shield yourself from adware. Basically you’ve got several venues – spam email, corrupted links, and other programs. The first two are pretty much a stalemate. I’m sure you know not to visit shady sites and not to open spam. There’s little you can do except probably install Adblock Plus/Edge or another similar program. Moving on, the third way – other programs – is something that catches people off-guard most of the time. And that’s why virus creators have focused most of their efforts on it. Basically, you are the most exposed when you download free programs, because freeware websites are generally believed to be compensated for allowing adware inside their bundles. Alternatively maybe you just downloaded the wrong crack for the wrong thing from the wrong website.
Now, the good part is that such websites are kind of scared of being sued. So they include in the installer a note that tells you you will be receiving advertisements. This makes things legal – they are just baking you won’t be paying attention. Knowledge Gains Ads was probably also listed in the setup when you installed something. Here is an example:
So the lesson is to read the steps while you are installing something. Whenever you see something like this, simply leave the setup and look for alternatives.
How to Remove Knowledge Gains Ads
(Works for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)
This, right here, is the Control Panel.
Search around for Knowledge Gains Ads 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.
Knowledge Gains Ads 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 Knowledge Gains Ads . 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 Knowledge Gains 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 Knowledge Gains 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 Knowledge Gains 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.