This page aims to help you remove the Jstag.js/Uk-ads.openx.net “Virus”. These Jstag.js/Uk-ads.openx.net “Virus” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows. But before we go into the removal guide, do have a look at what exactly it is you are dealing with as well as how to go about preventing a re-infection from occurring.
What is Uk-ads.openx.net?
Jstag.js/Uk-ads.openx.net “Virus” is an adware. According to security experts, adware is very different from virus and should not be mistaken with each other. An adware is a program that is non-malicious and does not cause any harm to the computer in which it resides. On the other hand, a virus is a malicious piece of programming code that will inflict harm onto the computer in which it resides.
As an adware, this program is able to integrate itself with your browser. This integration can be observed as a new search toolbar appearing. With this integration, the program is able to track all your browsing patterns, history, favourites and bookmarks. After collecting the information, this program will then generate convincing, realistic and tempting ads that are catered to your preferences. These ads may appear as a banner, pop-up ads or boxes or even as a separate window. They will feature coupons, deals or even a lottery win. Basically, they will do all that is possible to attract your attention and get you to click on the ads.
Ads, generally, are not problematic per se. However, with Jstag.js/Uk-ads.openx.net “Virus”, your experience with ads will take on a whole new level. This program is notoriously resilient, aggressive and stubborn to remove. With this adware, you will experience feelings of anxiety, anger, exasperation, frustration and even an increased level of stress. This is especially so at a time when you are focusing on something important and urgent. Imagine that at such a time, you are constantly being distracted and waylaid from accessing the pages that you want, by the ceaseless appearance of ads and the feelings that you would experience at such a time. And, bear in mind that this will not be a one-off affair. The interference of ads will be on-going and never-ending. Oh, the despair! But fret not, as soon, we will walk you through the removal process.
What are the ads for?
Regardless of the message that the ads display, always bear in mind to not click on them. The ads are created by the program, to tempt you into clicking on them and no good thing will come out of it. If you do happen to click on the ads, you will be directed a page that might be one of the following:
- The page doubles up as a portal for other adware to access and enter your computer
- The page prompts the download of a certain program. Such programs tend to be full of security loopholes and will poses as a serious form of security threat in the future
- The page is one of the third-party’s pay-per-click sites that will allow the creators to earn some money when people, like you and I, access it.
- The page is one of the pages that you frequently visit and/or one that you had visited in the recent past
As you can see, none of the possible outcomes is particularly attractive, but instead, can even be potentially dangerous to your computer’s security. Therefore, refrain from clicking on the ads.
How did you get infected with Jstag.js/Uk-ads.openx.net “Virus”?
One of the common and frequently used method of transmission is bundling. Through this process, this adware is being tied together with another more popular program. This combination is then made available for download as a set. Usually, such program downloads are the sort that are free and illegal.
If you suspect that this is how you had gotten infection in the first place, do not despair. You can still engage in such activities without being infected if you practise due diligence during the installation process. This adware is unable to function if it has not been installed onto your computer.
During the installation process, you should choose the “Custom Installation” option rather than the “Automatic Installation” option. At the “Custom Installation”, you will be privy to the list of files that will be installed onto your computer. Exercise caution and attentiveness at this stage. You should look carefully through this list and make sure to uncheck any files whose name appears to be bizarre, dubious, weird, and questionable to you. Also, check through the “Advanced Settings”, if there is one, to make sure that no files are hidden within before proceeding with the rest of the installation process.
|Name||Jstag.js from Uk-ads.openx.net|
|Symptoms||New search toolbar and increased appearance of ads|
|Distribution Method||Downloading of software bundles|
|Detection Tool||Jstag.js/Uk-ads.openx.net “Virus” may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Jstag.js/Uk-ads.openx.net “Virus” Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This was the first preparation.
- Do not skip this – Jstag.js/Uk-ads.openx.net “Virus” may have hidden some of its files.
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.
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.
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 Jstag.js/Uk-ads.openx.net “Virus” 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 Jstag.js/Uk-ads.openx.net “Virus” from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Jstag.js/Uk-ads.openx.net “Virus” 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 threat 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 dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic 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.
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 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
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!