ImgSync From: image8.pubmatic.com Pop-up Ad Removal (Sept. 2018 Update)


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This page aims to help you remove ImgSync Pop-up Ad. Our removal instructions work for Internet Explorer,Chrome and Firefox, as well as every version of Windows.

There are thousands of PC users out there that have unwanted programs, apps and other software components inside their systems without even knowing it. Some of the most commonly-encountered examples of such software are adware and browser hijackers. Both of those software categories are known for flooding the users’ browsers with nagging ads and page-redirects and if you are currently struggling with irritating advertising materials that show up on your every time you open your IE, Chrome or Firefox browser (or any other browser for that matter), then you also most likely have a hijacker or an adware app on your machine. In the next lines, however, we will be focusing on one particular piece of software – a browser extension-like app which is actually an adware component. It’s name is ImgSync and it can spam you with banners, pop-ups, blinking messages, random page redirects and other similar forms of unwanted ads while you are surfing the Internet using your main browser. Many users are actually unaware of the fact that the cause for those ads is an app like ImgSync that’s inside their PC and that the only way to stop the unpleasant ads-generation would be to uninstall the nagging software.

This, however, is where a lot of users tend to struggle. An adware app is normally not too easy to remove due to the lack of an actual built-in uninstallation option that most other programs have. If ImgSync is in your PC, then you will likely not find an uninstallation .exe. file for it and you might also not be able to get rid of the unwanted software component through your browser’s extensions manager or via your Control Panel Uninstall a program list. Still, though, there are ways to get rid of such apps and in the present article we will give you two useful and effective methods that can help you eliminate ImgSync and all data related to it from your PC. The first method is manual – it comprises carrying out a number of manual steps that will help you locate the pesky app and remove it from your machine. The second way you could get rid of ImgSync that we will give you is by using the specialized removal program from the guide which will automatically take care of the unwanted software.

ImgSync Pop-up Ad Removal

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 ImgSync 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  ImgSync from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove  ImgSync 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

The danger of Adware

Hopefully, you will be able to quickly and easily uninstall the nagging adware by using either (or both of) the methods from this page. However, we still need to tell you a bit more about the adware category so that you know what you are actually dealing with. Now, the first thing to say here is that this is not a serious malware threat like a Trojan Horse or a Ransomware or some other insidious virus (Rootkits, Worms, etc.). That said, adware apps are still not the most trustworthy type of software around as they could stream some rather questionable content to your browser. Not all Internet ads are safe and some might even be used for the distribution of all kinds of viruses and if you randomly click on each and every web ad you see in your browser, you might indeed get yourself some noxious Ransomware or Trojan Horse infection. Naturally, since the number of ads displayed in your browser would drastically go up when there’s an adware on your PC, you should be even more careful with regards to the online contents that you interact with. With that said, it should be obvious that it is simply safer to remove the ad-generating element and in that way decrease the chances of coming across some unsafe advert, page redirect or banner.

The distribution methods

Many users fail to keep their machines clean and safe precisely because they do not pay enough attention to what they do on the Internet. For instance, you are really not supposed to click on sketchy ads coming from unknown and obscure sites or opening any form of spam messages that might come to you. Same goes for downloading software from questionable sources or downloading programs that might be pirated. Another highly-important piece of advice we can give you is to never install new programs using the Quick setup option. Always check the Advanced/Custom installation menu to see if there are any bundled elements that might be potentially unwanted. Adware apps like ImgSync oftentimes get added to such installation packages and you will need to manually disable them before launching the installation if you want to make sure that they do not get installed on your computer alongside the actual program you want to install in your system.

SUMMARY:

Name ImgSync
Type  Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  The ads that come from adware are sure to give away the unwanted program’s presence.
Distribution Method Installation bundles and fake ads are some of the more likely distribution “tools”.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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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