Remove “Ads by Ad Free App” From Chrome/Firefox

Are you suffering from a virus called Ads by Ad Free App? We ca help you remove Ads by Ad Free App with our free instructions below.

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Ads by Ad Free App belongs to a type of viruses commonly known as Adware. Adware are commonly regardless as the least dangerous viruses, but nevertheless you probably want to remove Ads by Ad Free App as fast as possible. Our Virus Removal guide can be found on the bottom of this article, but you shouldn’t rush to it just yet.

It is important to realize that Ads by Ad Free App, other Adwares or even other virus types in general use similar schemes to enter your computer. The aim of this article is not only to help you remove Ads by Ad Free App, but also to explain some of these tricks. Armed with this knowledge you should be able to recognize the viruses before they enter your computer. Needless to say the best protection is always prevention.

Ads by Ad Free App – what to expect until you manage to remove it

As long as you have Ads by Ad Free App installed on your machine you’ll be pestered by a large number of different issues. You might:

  • An Ads-filled page will open every time you start your browser or whenever a new page is opened by yourself.
  • While you are reading something in the browser random words might turn into hyperlinks, that function as another variation of the Ads.
  • Rarely you might even find unwanted toolbars installed or your default search engine switch to a different one.
  • Error messages and pop-ups can randomly appear using bogus errors to scare you into downloading “free” software to resolve them.

Do not click on the Ads

That advice might not be necessary, but nevertheless the importance behind this statement should not be underestimated. The thing is whenever you follow an Ad generated by Ads by Ad Free App you have no guarantee of knowing whether you are presented with a genuine offer or with a money-grabbing scam.

Worse yet, any file downloaded from a source related to Ads by Ad Free App can (and will) be a virus. It is a well known fact that many other dangerous viruses use the service of Adwares like Ads by Ad Free App as a back door entry point.

So how did Ads by Ad Free App get in?

This is a complex question, below we’ll outline some of the most common tricks.

Program bundles – a practice when a number of different programs are added to an installer for another program. These extras will generally be demos and trial versions, but in some cases they might also be an Adware virus. For this reason you should not trust the default installation, go advanced instead and deny installation to any extra you don’t need.

Another popular trick is through torrents or storage sites. These sites are often riddled with Ads, pop-ups and banners which contain many download buttons in an effort to confuse you. If you click on one of the wrong buttons you’ll download an executable file, which will have the same name of the file you want, but inside will really be a virus. Thread carefully around such sites.

Remove Ads by Ad Free App

STEP 1:

Our first step here is a reboot in Windows Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:

Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the window of time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.

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Proceed to Step 2.

For Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Users:

Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.Administrator permission required

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Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK.  Click  Restart in the new pop-up.

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Proceed to Step 2.

For OS X Users:

When you Mac is turned off, press the Power Button. After you hear the Startup Sound, immediately press and hold the Shift key until the Apple logo appears.

Proceed to Step 2.

STEP 2:

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  Ads by Ad Free App has infected ALL of your browsers. Apply the steps separately for each one.

ie9-10_512x512  For Internet Explorer Users:

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

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Find Ads by Ad Free App . Disable it.

If your Home Page is different from the usual, click IE GEAR —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.

firefox-512  For Mozilla Firefox Users:

Open Firefoxclick on mozilla menu (top right) ——-> Add-ons.

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Hit Extensions next.

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Ads by Ad Free App  should be somewhere around here –  Remove it.


chrome-logo-transparent-background For Google Chrome Users
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 Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.

 

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In  Extensions,  find the virus and  select  chrome-trash-icon.

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 Click chrome menu icon   again, and proceed to Settings —> Search (the fourth tab), select Manage Search Engines.  Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.

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safari For Safari Users:

Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.

STEP 3:

(Works for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)

Hold windows-buttonand R together. Write appwiz.cpl  in the new field, then click OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Ads by Ad Free App and anything else suspicious-looking. Uninstall  it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstallchoose NO:

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STEP 4:

This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so be extremely careful. Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

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Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can. If the virus returns later on, the reason is that you missed something here.

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Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.

STEP 5:

We’ve had reports that this virus can come back after you uninstall it. This usually takes place on system boot. If this happens, do the following:

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. Alternatively, if you can’t find any this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:

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

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STEP 6 – Optimization

And that’s it. Well done for removing Ads by Ad Free App. We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested, you can check it out here.

 

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  • Daniel

    I have a problem: Ad Free App is not listed anywhere under programs or in my extensions. I’ve had these types of viruses before and I was easily able to find them in extensions and programs, but this time I can’t find them anywhere, and I still get ads by them. I did a scan with Windows Defender, and it found two malicious programs. I removed them, but I’m still getting ads by them. I don’t know how I got these in the first place. I’ve had Windows Defender since I got my computer, but I’ve kept having to remove these viruses. I don’t really want to pay for another anti-virus software (a free McAfee scan couldn’t find anything), nor do I want to pay somebody else to fix it. I just can’t find the virus anywhere.

     
    • Stefan Sadakov

      Complete all the steps even if you can’t find the virus in your extensions, etc. There are different “versions” to these things and it’s practically impossible to dicern which one you have, but they all have small differences. Complete all the steps even if something isn’t applicable, then tell me if the problem still persists.

       
      • akshat

        Hi, I am facing the same issue as above. I followed all the steps mentioned by you but could not locate that ectemsion anywhere. And now when I restart I get the same issue in chrome. Please help as this issue is very irritating.

         
        • Stefan Sadakov

          Try the following. How R and the windows button, then type msconfig in the new pop up. You will be transported to a new window. Go to the Startup tab and unselect anything that has “unknown” as manufacturer.
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