This page aims to help you remove Innovate Direct Ads. These Innovate Direct Ads removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
If you are reading this article, then you have for sure witnessed some weird behavior on your computer. Regardless if it is in the form of commercials, excessive pop-up ads, arbitrary webpages or tabs, or opening of the other browsers without your permission — all could stand as a sign that something is definitely wrong with your PC.
This publication will show you how to recognize and eliminate the problem; how to remove Innovate Direct Ads and what to do if it returns again.
|Name||Innovate Direct Ads|
|Danger Level||Medium (Ads created by this program can vary between mildly annoying and can pose security risks)
|Symptoms||You computer is bombarded by excessive amounts of Ads that persist through pages you load.|
|Distribution Method||Most commonly though the use of software bundling, but can also be user installed due to deceiving advertisements.|
|Detection Tool||Adware are notoriously difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
Many types of Malware are unable to be erased unless you reboot your PC in Safe mode.
- You must reveal all Hidden Files and Folders in case Innovate Direct Ads is making use of this to hide from you.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
All applications, which you have on your computer, should currently appear indexed on your screen. Search for suspect records and deinstall them. Closely examine the text of the notifications ,should any appear – most consist of convoluted wordings (look at our sample picture to get an idea) which can plan to download more Adware on your PC.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
You’ve just opened the hosts file – examine it. If your computer has been hacked into you’ll recognize a few IP adresses listed. Our image can assist you with where to look.
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
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).
Properties –> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove the Malware from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click –> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malware —> Disable. Go to –> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Innovate Direct Ads from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click —> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Innovate Direct 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 it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
- At this point the malware is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are malicious or otherwise not supposed to be there. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the malware processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
You are now visiting the Windows registry. If you want to locate the infected entries press CTRL+F together and then input the name of the malware, then search for the corresponding strings. Any kind of entry that appears should be promptly removed by right-clicking on it. In case that fails to work pinpoint it yourself in the directories and delete it there.
- 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—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!