How to Remove Tik Tok Ads (November 2018 Update)


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This page aims to help you remove Tik Tok Ads. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Having issues with pesky ads in your browser that show up on every site you visit (even sites that don’t usually have aggressive ads)? Well, if that is what you are dealing with at the moment, know that there’s probably a software piece that has gotten installed on your computer and added to your browser which is the likely responsible for the intrusive ads generation. Such forms of software are typically known as adware due to their ability to spam the user’s browser with different ads, pop-ups, banners, blinking commercial messages and redirects to promotional pages. A typical representative of this class of programs is Tik Tok Ads – a newly released adware app that we are going to be focusing on within the next lines. Many users have already made complaints about Tik Tok Ads and about its ability to flood browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Edge and other popular browsing program with an overwhelming number of web advertisements. Obviously, this is not something that you’d be willing to tolerate if it’s currently happening on your PC and we fully understand you. That is actually the reason why we have made sure to offer each and every one of our readers a useful guide manual that can be used as means of removing Tik Tok Ads. The reason why you might need this specialized guide is because most forms of adware apps are not very easy to remove. A simple uninstallation will probably not be enough (or possible for that matter). Therefore, we advise you to take a look at the instructions below and carefully execute each step exactly as shown so as to be able to get rid of all data related to the pesky Tik Tok Ads. If you have any problems completing the manual steps, do not hesitate to contact us through the comments section and request our assistance.

How to Remove Tik Tok Ads

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

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

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

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Step5

  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Tik Tok Ads from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Tik Tok Ads from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Tik Tok Ads from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

Dangerous or annoying?

Something that you might be wondering about, especially if that is your first encounter with an adware app, is whether or not this piece of software can harm you in the same way a malicious virus threat like a Trojan or a Ransomware could mess with your system. Well, adware programs are mostly harmless in the sense that they are not supposed to and usually cannot cause any damage to the computer or to the files on it. However, take this with a grain of salt because even though an app like Tik Tok Ads is certainly not a scary Rootkits, Spyware or Ransomware infection, it still possesses the potential for making your machine less safe. “How could it do that?” you may ask, and the answer to that is through its ads. Not all (if any) of the ads you see getting spammed on your browser screen by the adware are guaranteed to be safe – many of them might be redirects to shady pages or direct download links for unwanted and hazardous software. Therefore, make sure you eliminate Tik Tok Ads and that you stay away from shady downloads and unreliable online content in the future so as to prevent any other adware apps from installing on your computer.

SUMMARY:

Name Tik Tok Ads
Type Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Adware apps are known for their ability to spam you with ads which is their most typical symptom.
Distribution Method Usually distributed via software bundles and through online requests and ads.
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If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


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