Padsdel “Malware” Removal

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This page aims to help you remove Padsdel. These Padsdel 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 probably experienced Browser Hijackers at a certain point of your life. Your patience with the problem might have run out and you may be looking for an efficient solution regarding such an issue. Below we are going to discuss the specific features of Browser Hijackers in general and Padsdel- the possible cause of your disturbance. You may have encountered this problem as “”.

What exactly is a Browser Hijacker?

Browser Hijackers refers to the class of software that displays possibly unwanted advertisements using sometimes rather intrusive and at times quite shady methods. It is actually the contraction of the words advertisement and software. Just as in the case with “”.

What’s important to note is that not all Browser Hijackers depends on illegitimate practices. In general, Browser Hijackers are merely disturbing and annoying. Most of the Browser Hijackers developers have completely legitimate businesses and integrating it into other program bundles is just a way of generating revenue for funding further development. However, of course, there might be less scrupulous programmers who could sometimes produce Browser Hijackers that keeps track of your Internet activities and displays banners, pop-ups or pop-unders all the time without your clear consent.

How does a Browser Hijacker work?

As advertisements are among the most profitable online activities, there are more and more users who become personally acquainted with Browser Hijackers. There are two main ways in which a user can catch those nasty new mates:

  1. While surfing the Internet- there are some pages that are infected with hyperlinks, containing such programs. When you click on such a colourful link, Browser Hijackers may get into your system.
  2. When you download software from the Internet- most of the time cheap or free. Developers integrate Browser Hijackers in the shareware bundles in order to make extra money for their companies.

Also, I am going to point out the most common effects of Browser Hijackers on a user’s system:

  • Numerous pop-ups, banners, pop-unders: the most common Browser Hijackers represents an endless flow of infinite pop-ups displaying possibly unwanted advertisements. Sometimes an entire stream of ads may pop at one and the same time. Sometimes it is even possible that closing one only helps you open another.;
  • Sluggish system performance: displaying and running a great number of ads in different forms may drain the processing power of a given device. As a result, the entire system performance is being slowed down.;
  • Constant renewal of the advertisement campaign. Based on your surfing habits, the Browser Hijackers you have caught may guess and automatically match the pop-up stream to your preferences and recent searches.

Padsdel “Malware” and its typical characteristics

At first Padsdel has been developed as a direct-marketing tool. The advertisements it displays could have many different forms such as banners, pop-ups, pop-unders or links built within web pages or sections of the Windows interface. This Browser Hijacker may change its behaviour based on the browsing history of the websites you tend to visit, enabling it to display Ads relevant to your preferences. What it should be noted though, although many people refer to “” as a “malware”, this is not entirely correct. In fact it isn’t because browser hijackers do not fall legally in the same category as malware and computer viruses in general. Keep that in mind – padsdel is not really a “malware”.

So how do you avoid and get rid of Browser Hijackers?

The basic advice is to make prevention a priority. It is always easier to avoid a probable problem than to deal with it later when it has become a serious issue. What you can do on your own is to follow the next basic steps in order to ensure the safety of your system:

  • Choose the software you download from the Internet very carefully. Avoid any suspicious sellers or pages promoting software products which do not appear trustworthy to you.;
  • If you decide to download any free program from the web, select the Customized/Advanced Installation method from the possible options of the installer.;
  • Do not allow any newly installed application to unwanted make changes to your system as a whole or to any of your browsers (Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Opera… etc.);
  • Check your browser settings for suspiciously looking plug-ins. Delete or disable anything you can’t recognize as useful.;
  • Regularly update your OS.;
  • Download and keep up-to-date and fully functional your anti-malware tools and firewalls.;
  • You may also want to install a pop-up blocker to help you stop the annoying stream of ads.;

If you have already caught an Browser Hijackers infection, never click on any place in the pop-ups and banners, different from the X. Just try to close them down. Many of them can be removed easily and with no professional help. Others need more profound work to be done. In both cases, do not become overwhelmed. Browser Hijackers is not a virus and it could hardly do anything more to your system than just irritate you.


Name Padsdel
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium 
Symptoms Unwanted Ads might appear, imminent Browser redirects. Slower computer performance.
Distribution Method Infected .exe files, Software bundles.
Detection Tool Padsdel may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.


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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.

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Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this  – Padsdel may have hidden some of its files.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Padsdel “Malware” Removal  Remove Padsdel from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  Padsdel “Malware” Removal —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to Padsdel “Malware” Removal —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

Padsdel “Malware” Removal Remove Padsdel from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  Padsdel “Malware” Removal  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the Browser Hijackers/malware —> Remove.
Padsdel “Malware” RemovalRemove Padsdel from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

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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.

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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.


Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.

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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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!


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