Remove Ads by Aura “Malware” (Chrome/FF/IE) Dec. 2018 Update


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This page aims to help you remove Ads by Aura “Malware”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

If you have an adware app the likes of Ads by Aura on your computer, you’re likely not pleased with your recent browsing experience and understandably so. Adware applications are famous for their ads generation (hence their name) and tendency to spam the user’s screen with random pop-ups, blinking boxes, page redirects and banners during browsing. Of course, trying to close any of those ads in your Chrome, Opera, Firefox, IE (or any other) browser wouldn’t really do much as the adware would make sure to soon after generate new adverts that would take the place of the old ones that you’ve closed. So, what can one do against such oftentimes unbearable intrusiveness and annoyance. Naturally, the answer would be to uninstall the source of the ads and that way stop the generation of the intrusive contents. However, the problem here is that most apps like Ads by Aura do not actually have a built-in way of uninstalling them. Understandably, their creators would prefer if the adware programs stay on the user’s machine for as long as possible since this would increase the overall profit from the ads. Therefore, most adware apps are made in such a way that they’d be difficult to remove especially if the user is inexperienced and doesn’t know how to locate and delete the adware-related data on their computers. This is also why many users are forced to simply put up with the presence of an adware on their computers since they aren’t able to remove the pesky software piece. Here, however, we can offer those of you who are struggling with a similar problem two effective solutions that will help you eradicate the nagging software piece and bring your browser back to its normal state in a matter of minutes. The first option we can provide you with is a removal guide with steps in it that will show you how to manually eliminate the adware and get rid of it once and for all. The other option is to use the recommended malware-removal tool that we have included inside the guide for automatic elimination of the adware – this is an especially convenient option for any of you who might not feel comfortable with completing all of the manual steps described in the removal guide.

Remove Ads by Aura “Malware”

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

Step3

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 or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

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.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

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Step5

  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

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.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Ads by Aura from Internet Explorer:

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

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

firefox-512 Remove Ads by Aura from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Ads by Aura 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.

Step6

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 up 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

Dangers associated with adware

Adware is not an innately malicious form of software contrary to what a lot of users tend to believe. Adware programs are used for advertising and they wouldn’t normally target your system or data like some Ransomware or Trojan Horse viruses. The creators of apps like Ads by Aura wouldn’t benefit in any way if their products cause damage to your computer so it is rather unlikely that an adware app would try to cause any actual harm on its own. However, the fact that you are getting exposed to an uncontrolled stream of ads during the time there’s an adware on your computer is a risk factor in and of itself. Not all of the ads you see can be guaranteed as safe and reliable. Some of them could easily be fake and in some instances some of the adware-generated adverts might even serve as redirect links to hazardous and illegal sites where your PC might get exposed to a vast variety of cyber threats like Spyware, Rootkits, Worms, Trojans and Ransomware to name a few. You really don’t need this kind of risky activities happening inside your browser and even though Ads by Aura itself is probably not going to harm anything on your computer, it’s still safer if you get rid of it so as to stop the ads generation happening on your screen.

Different methods of adware distribution

Naturally, the most commonly employed techniques for ensuring that any unwanted software piece would reach more users and PCs would be methods like spam messaging, malvertising or distributing the undesirable software through pirated content. However, note that many adware-like programs actually have official sites and many users get tricked into willingly downloading them as they think the adware would provide them with something useful. Also, a lot of people unknowingly get adware installed on their machines after installing some other program with which the unwanted app has been bundled. This typically occurs when the Default or Quick installation option is used to install a program which usually allows the installation of all bundled components. In this case, the trick is to carefully check the settings in the setup manager before you launch the installation and take a look at the Advanced/Manual setup options. That way, you will be able to see what has been bundled with the main program and leave it out if it looks shady or questionable. We advise you to do this every time you are about to install new software on your computer in order to avoid future encounters with adware programs like Ads by Aura.

SUMMARY:

Name Ads by Aura
Type  Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Irritating ads that get displayed on your browsing screen each time you open your browser.
Distribution Method Normally, methods such as file bundling and malvertising are used for adware distribution.
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If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


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