Js/Adware.Agent.AW is an adware application that specializes in the aggressive generation of sponsored web ads. Js/Adware.Agent.AW attaches itself to popular web browsers to perform its ad-generating activity and, as a result, spams the web pages the users visit with unwanted pop-ups and banners.
If you perform a search in Google or Bing, you may have an alert from your Internet Security detecting a Js/Adware.Agent.AW. The alert popping out on Bing and Google searches and says that Chrome is trying to connect to a.xfreeservice.com (https:// a.xfreeservice.com/partner/8oB939m/index.php. Adware-based apps are not uncommon and while they are not as scary as viruses, like ransomware or Trojans, they still can be difficult to remove and can cause possible problems related to your computer’s protection and your web browsing experience. Js/Adware.Agent.AW, in particular, is new adware , very similar to Js/Adware.Agent.AA and Js/Adware.Revizer.E , that is tricky to uninstall and has the ability to gain control over the system’s main web browser (be it Chrome, Firefox, Edge, etc.) and have a rather undesirable effect on the way it behaves. Some of the most likely modifications that occur when adware like this one is attached to the browser are related to the installation of additional ad-generating components that ensure a constant stream of sponsored advertisements during the web browsing sessions. All of this is typically done without the user’s informed consent. In addition, some adware apps add new toolbars, buttons and different free tools to the browser that might seem to be there to enhance the browsing experience of the user, but they are not really useful in most cases and usually only facilitate the display of more ads on the screen.
The purpose of apps like Js/Adware.Agent.AW is very simple– they’re used as product and websites-promoting tools that flood the browsers they’re installed in with different types of web advertisements, click-bait links, pop-up notifications and banner offers that redirect users to specific pages. The primary aim of the adware is to collect user clicks and site visits, as those generate Pay-Per-Click and Pay-Per-View revenue.
Remuneration models like those that we’ve just mentioned above are very common and they help many different (mainly free) websites, services, and software to support their developers financially. In most instances, however, users hardly get compensated for the annoying ads with whatever free functions and content the platform, software, or service offers. In reality, they are typically exposed to hard-to-remove pop-ups, ads and banners that cover the content of the pages they visit and, once clicked on, they redirect them to other web locations.
As a matter of fact, a lot of people fear adware and its ads because they know that a lot of illegal, sketchy and low-quality pages are opting for the promotion services of adware applications to be advertised and pull in more traffic. Needless to say, Ransomware, Trojan horse viruses, spyware, and other kinds of malware threats are likely to fill some of these pages. That’s why landing on them is not a good idea and you should do your best to avoid clicking on anything that could potentially redirect you to such sites. That includes the messages that Js/Adware.Agent.AW displays, since you never know where they may reroute you to. However, since we know that avoiding the promotional messages of the adware can be really difficult, we strongly advise you to complete the steps in the removal guide below as they will allow you to uninstall the unwanted program and permanently stop it from spamming your screen.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||An adware program can spam the screen of your web browser with hundreds of unwanted ads, pop-ups and sponsored messages.|
|Distribution Method||Free file bundles, torrents and spam are common methods of distribution for many adware applications.|
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To try and remove Js/Adware.Agent.AW quickly you can try this:
- Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
- Then click on the Extensions tab.
- Look for the Js/Adware.Agent.AW extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove Js/Adware.Agent.AW by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of Js/Adware.Agent.AW and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Js/Adware.Agent.AW removal guide below.
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
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).
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.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
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:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- 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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Js/Adware.Agent.AW from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Js/Adware.Agent.AW from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Js/Adware.Agent.AW 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.
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—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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!