This article aims to help users remove unwanted ads from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as their respective system.
Today’s article will be about how to get rid of Unwanted Ads. Having Unwanted Ads on your computer is one of the most common problems plaguing modern computers. The Ads will pop-up at most inconvenient times and they will also slow down your machine. While you have these Ads spawning your CPU has to effectively load two or more pages whenever you try to open something new. This can take a toll on even the fastest modern computers, but if you are using a somewhat older machine or your internet speed is slow-ish the slowdown could be downright excruciating. Your PC might often even hang or otherwise become unresponsive.
Unwanted Ads are usually the result of a virus infection
The most common reason for you to have Unwanted Ads on your computer is because it has been infected with a type of virus known as Adware. These things may not be as dangerous as Ransomware viruses, Trojans and Rootkits, but they are annoying as hell to put up with (as you’ve probably found out for yourself). The most important thing is to stay calm, not interact with the Ads in any way and remove them ASAP.
Dangers associated with Unwanted Ads
The biggest danger of the Unwanted Ads is because at some point they will try to install some other virus on your computer. This will be done through an executable file (.exe extension). Remember that the name of a file does not necessarily have any correlation to what the executable does. This is why viruses will always try to appear as something else entirely by changing the name and it is popular to also try to appear as system related files or as utility programs like anti-malware apps. Unwanted Ads are also capable of creating fake system messages that warn the user about non-existing problems – the goal of this effort is to convince you that you need to download and install the fake program offered to you.
Some of the most popular tricks used by the viruses are about missing plug-ins you are supposed to install, bogus virus infestations that ONLY a certain anti-malware program can remove, attributing slowness caused by the Unwanted Ads to registry errors – of course you are offered to download a program that can fix them – or the like. In any case we strongly recommend you ignore anything offered by the Unwanted Ads and remove the underlying cause to stop these Ads from appearing.
How was your PC infected?
Unfortunately the most probable cause is through some way quite similar to how the Unwanted Ads try to install viruses on your computer, only the source is probably an infected internet site. Torrent and storage sites are completely unsupervised and can contain all kinds of viruses. There are even fake sites that hold no data to be downloaded and only exist to spread viruses. They are able to read what you searched for in your search bar and create a file containing that very same phrase or name. This will create a 100% match on search engines and place them on page one. However once you download the file you’ll quickly discover you’ve just installed a virus, but it will be too late.
We strongly encourage all users to avoid downloading files from untrusted sources – you just never know where could be hiding the next batch of viruses. If you are looking to install anything it’s always best to download it from the official source.
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove unwanted ads 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 unwanted ads from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.
How To Remove Unwanted ads
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.
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.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 10 Users:
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the new Start menu to show the power options menu.
- 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.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the unwanted ads . Remove it by pressing Disable.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
Go to STEP 3.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
The unwanted ads should be somewhere around here – Remove them.
Go to STEP 3.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the virus and select (Remove).
Click 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.
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.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
Continue with STEP 4.
(Works for XP, 7, 8, 8.1)
Hold the Windows Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the new field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for the unwanted ads 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 Uninstall, choose NO:
Hold the Windows Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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.
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.
A BIG WARNING HERE! READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING!
This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so be extremely careful. Doing this can damage your PC significantly if you make a big mistake. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to download a professional unwanted ads remover. Additionally, accounts connected to your credit cards, or important information, may be exposed to the virus.
If you do not remove the virus completely it could leak the information to its creator, so be careful!
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.
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—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.