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PMLeads Ads Malware/”Virus” Removal

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This page aims to help you remove PMLeads Ads. These PMLeads Ads removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

NOTE: The PMLeads “Virus” is in reality something called adware, but people continue to mistakenly take it for a virus. To clear any confusion on the matter, we want to explain this. If the PMLeads “Virus” was in fact a virus, it should be able to replicate itself and do much more damage – like stealing your credit cards. What this thing is is rather a very primitive promotional tool that tries to bring you to select webpages with offers.

If you are reading this publication, then you have noticed on 100% some awkward action coming from your PC. No matter if it is advertisements, excessive pop-ups, confusing webpages or tabs — all are a possible signs that there are bad things going on with your system.

We have done our best to gather and put together the most valuable info so that you have enough knowledge on how to deal with the malware on your own and without spending tons of money to pay IT specialists to rescue you.

What’s going on? 

This is the first and foremost question that everybody begins to ask when their gadget begins to behave crazy. Hackers use our tech-savvy ignorance of IT to attack us. They know how we think and act when we use our computers, and use our weaknesses to spread viruses, malware, and all kinds of other cyber dangers. The mail purpose of this publication is to inform you about the virus and how it will affect you.  Perhaps, we might even be able to answer some way past-due questions occupying your mind.

Many folks demand that it is not a malware, but more of a legal software and that it is of no danger. Actually though it is a big danger for your computer and personally stored files. Once in the core of your PC, you will realize how bad of a thing it is, but we have experienced that already and have added an updated removal guide to this article, for your benefit. The guidance and navigation in it will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge, so that you don’t have to be a total victim of PMLeads Ads.

PMLeads Ads could be detected  without putting too much work in the process, but by simply being conscious when browsing through the online advertisements and especially pop-up ads that appear on the websites you review most often. Remember that hackers know what sites you visit on a regular basis and at what time of the day. Switching some “internet browsing” habits might be a good idea for extra protection against PMLeads Ads. We all get so super-duper excited when we get a certain prize! Regardless of the size, color, worth and origin of the prize we feel like champions! BUT nothing comes for free! There are tons of false advertisements out there that are easy to recognize, but at the same time we simply don’t.  Wonder how? If the they show as flashing images and/or signs, shifting content, are colorful and are endlessly pushing you to open them and trying your out to see if you will click on the dream words “you won $1,000,000!” then, it is for sure a trap! The more you strive to open such ads, the more they will be coming to your screen and the only way you can completely delete them is to fully uninstall the malware off your computer.

Another sign of PMLeads Ads is the “browser hijacker”. The browser redirect (called with other words) happens when you are using your computer and awkward webpages begin to open and the content these websites have are again something of the type of a night club disco ball thing: flashing, moving around, attractive sounds and images,etc. It could also be worse and have some highly inappropriate and vulgar text. Both are a clue that you have either gotten the malware already or it is at your door step. It is incredibly important to act immediately and  uninstall it ASAP. A delay of removing it will cause further harm to your files! Stolen personal information could cause identity theft, money theft, and make you be part of hackers’ criminal activities you don’t want to be apart of!

The removal guide below comes in handy when dealing with such things. Please, review it carefully!


Name PMLeads Ads
Type Adware
Danger Level Medium
Symptoms  bugs, glitches, lost files
Distribution Method software bundling, internet browsers, e-mail attachments
Detection Tool Adware are notoriously difficult to track down, since they actively try to deceive you. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner to make sure you find all files related to the infection.

SpyHunter is a malware detection tool. To remove the infection you 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.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
a professional malware removal tool.

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Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this  – PMLeads Ads 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:

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.


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.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove the Malware from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the malware —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove PMLeads Ads from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.

chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove PMLeads 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 the Folder to Backup Default

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 a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.


We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd 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 virus’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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