You have been infected by Ads by AntiAdBlocker? We have prepared Ads by AntiAdBlocker removal instructions for all versions of Windows.
The removal instructions below should cover all you need to remove Ads by AntiAdBlocker from your PC. This virus is just another incarnation of the adware family – the least dangerous virus type on the web. More likely than harmful, it quickly becomes incredibly tedious to put up with – until uninstalled. Worse yet, having it on your computer is like opening a back door to all those other nasty viruses out there. So, if you are looking to get this thing deleted from your system – just keep reading.
WARNING! The moment it entered your system Ads by AntiAdBlocker began tracking your browsing activities, and collecting cookies. This practically means that any accounts you have might – not for sure, but there’s a chance, I just wanted to emphasize it – be exposed to the people who created the virus. We recommend a full change of all your passwords, especially ones connected to any kind of online payment (PayPal accounts etc.) after you remove the malware.
Additionally pay attention to not get tricked by any of the fake messages Ads by AntiAdBlocker will present you with. Should you install something, there’s a chance it won’t be merely an adware, but a ransomware – ransomware being the most dangerous malware class on the web. Ransomware typically start up when you but your PC, and greet you with a “Your important files have been encrypted” message. They lock up your files and demand money to give you the key they require to be released. Should this happen, DO NOT pay the sum they want – there is not guarantee you will really get your files back. Contact security specialists at once instead.
Ads by AntiAdBlocker and Adware in general – an overview
It is important to realize that the biggest danger that ads spawned by viruses like Ads by AntiAdBlocker are not the ads themselves, it’s what lurking behind them. They may offer all kinds of enticing deals and free downloads, but ultimately all of this is fraudulent. The hyperlinks will carry you to copy-cat sites and sell unusable or cracked programs for real money. The “free” stuff you get when downloading anything will instead be another virus.
So yeah, you probably knew this already or were at least suspecting it, but its important enough to be stressed on. Ignore anything that comes out at you until you remove Ads by AntiAdBlocker. This includes other things you may see – in addition to the normal ads there are some trickier variants of the same – things like:
- Claims you have an outdated program (Java, Flash etc) and you have to download an update for it.
- Warnings about content not showed properly until a missing plug-in is installed.
It’s more of the same, but trying to look legitimate. In fact, similar tricks are used on many different sites around the web. If you are ever browsing some site and see messages like this popping left and right – well that’s an excellent indication that site is dangerous and you should probably close the page immediately.
Some other tricks the viruses use
Posing as another file – usually on fake storage/torrent sites. When searching you may come upon a perfect match for the file you search and an instant download option appears for some sites. The file name is exactly what you want of course, but the extension will be .exe and the file will be a virus. NEVER install .exe files that are not downloaded from that specific file’s original developer/owner.
Program bundles – when the installer of one program offers to install a number of additional other programs. In theory these should be an excellent way to promote other products to an user. In practice, unfortunately, it is often a means to spread Adware – especially if the main program you are installing is free. To avoid getting a nasty surprise try to abstain from using the default installation and go for “advanced.” This allows you to see and control what exactly is getting installed – deny anything you don’t need. Also, whenever you install free software, make sure to either scan the EULA/TOS, or the setup steps themselves, for possible disclaimers. Since the creators of free software are afraid of legal ramification for getting you rigged with adware, they always present some kind of sneaky disclaimer that might might slip unobserved past users. But if you know what you’re looking for, they pretty easy to find. Here’s an example, except it’s going to say Ads by AntiAdBlocker :
Ads by AntiAdBlocker Side Effects
There are several well-documented side effects associated with this virus, among them freezing, sound glitching when you play music, browser crashing, system errors on startup, and and overall worsening of your performance. The last bit is due to the fact that the CPU has to digitally create the advertisements and impose them on the web pages, because they aren’t a real part of the layout. This not only creates a conflict, but takes a lot of the processors’ power. All of the aforementioned will continue to plague you until you remove Ads by AntiAdBlocker
Another very dangerous side effect this virus offers are the redirects – whenever you click on the ads, there’s a small chance 2 or 3 websites will open in new tabs. They are filled to the brim with malware and can only lead to worse things. The websites are set to start downloading an executable file in a few seconds, a file which will autorun if it finishes. If you fail to cancel the download, open the task manager in the processes tab, and find the installer’s process. End it from there, because it will probably install itself even if you click Exit or Cancel from the inside.
Remove Ads by AntiAdBlocker
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.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Users:
Press the Windows Key and R at the same time. Select the Boot tab in the new window that appears.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
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.
Ads by AntiAdBlocker has infected ALL of your browsers. Apply the steps separately for each one.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Ads by AntiAdBlocker . Disable it.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons.
Hit Extensions next.
Ads by AntiAdBlocker should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.
In Extensions, find the virus and select .
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search (the fourth tab), select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
(Works for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Ads by AntiAdBlocker 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 Uninstall, choose NO:
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.
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.
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.
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—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
STEP 6 – Optimization
And that’s it. Well done for removing Ads by AntiAdBlocker. 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.