Remove Ads by BranderApp Virus From Chrome/Firefox

This page was created for the removal of the virus known as Ads by BranderApp from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari

Remove Ads by BranderApp Virus

Ads by BranderApp Virus is a type of potentially unwanted program that has infected your computer some time in the past. If you are reading this article it’s probably because you realized that Ads by BranderApp Virus is behaving like a virus and you’d like it removed. Our removal guide should give you all the information you need on the matter, but please take a few more minutes to read the rest of the article. You may find it worth your while when you face similar threats in the future.

As mentioned Ads by BranderApp Virus behaves in a way that is suspiciously similar to an Adware virus. It will create advertisements (Ads) whenever you start your browser or work with it. These Ads are always annoying and they will hinder your workprocess and demand your attention on clicking or closing them. They will also cause slowdowns for your PC, because your computer has to load multiple objects every time you click on a link – the content of the new page itself and the Ads.

Until Ads by BranderApp Virus is removed try to ignore the Ads or at least close them

Nothing good will ever come out Ads spawned by Ads by BranderApp Virus and we strongly advise you to ignore them altogether. Otherwise you risk being led to a fake site, lied to and possibly robbed. If you try to input your credit card number and password anywhere they might be stolen. Worse, Ads by BranderApp Virus will actively try to install a virus on your computer.

Such viruses come in the form of free software downloads. Sometimes Ads by BranderApp Virus may also try to scare you into downloading the software by generating fake system messages informing you about some kind of non-existing problem that plagues your computer. Common hooks used are missing plug-ins, required video players, alleged virus infestation or offers for free PC optimization.

All of this is a scam and the reason why we don’t recommend downloading and installing any kind of software on your computer until you get rid of Ads by BranderApp Virus first. If you are looking for a way to safely download an anti-malware program you can look for our recommendations above and below this article.

1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Ads by BranderApp Virus from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove the virus from browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your AddRemove Programs.
5: Permanently remove Ads by BranderApp Virus from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.

Remove Ads by BranderApp Virus

Now we begin with the removal process in earnest, but there is one last addendum to be made. Programs like Ads by BranderApp Virus are often released in several version, which maintain the same functionality, but may require different steps in order to be removed. We’ve written this guide to encompass all known iterations of Ads by BranderApp Virus, but this also has the drawback that some of these Steps might not be necessary for your particular version of Ads by BranderApp Virus.

That said carefully review each step – if you don’t see anything like what we are describing, move on with the next one and don’t worry. If you need any assistance, do not hesitate to ask us in the comments.


Our first step here is a reboot in 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 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 W. 8 and 8.1 Users:

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


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

Proceed to Step 2.


Ads by BranderApp Virus has been reported to infect all kinds of internet browsers – even if they are inactive. You will have to remove Ads by BranderApp Virus from every browser on your computer – and that entails running Steps 2&3 for every browser currently installed on your PC. This also includes browser that you have installed in the past, but no longer actively use them. Don’t forget that Internet Explorer comes with every Windows installation and you’ll have to clean it too.

Be on the lookout for suspicious messages while you remove Ads by BranderApp Virus. As a last ditch effort it may offer you to install another program like it when you click on the remove button. Read all messages carefully and keep your awareness high – don’t be hasty.

ie9-10_512x512  For Internet Explorer Users:

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

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Find Ads by BranderApp Virus . Remove it by pressing Disable.

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-onsHit Extensions next.

Remove Ads by BranderApp Virus From Firefox

Ads by BranderApp Virus  should be somewhere around here –  Remove it.

chrome-logo-transparent-background For Google Chrome Users

 Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the virus and  select  chrome-trash-icon(Remove).

Remove Ads by BranderApp Virus From Chrome

 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.

safari For Safari Users:

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


Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for all browsers.


Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.


(Works for XP, 7,  8,  8.1)

Hold the Windows Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the new field, then click OK.


You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Ads by BranderApp Virus 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:


Hold the Windows Key and R againbut this time copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:

hosts_opt (1)

If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.


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.


What’s ahead is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so take your time and be very careful. Doing anything wrong can damage your PC significantly, not in the physical way but it may cause data corruption and Windows failing to boot! If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to download a professional Ads by BranderApp Virus remover. Another good reason to do that is because pests like Ads by BranderApp Virus sometimes leave keyloggers and rootkits that record your actions and may try to send your private data to their creator – which is how identity theft often occurs.


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.


Take a look at the following things:

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a new window. 


Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

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. If you can’t find them 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 7 – Optimization

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 – How To Remove Guide’s Optimization Tips.