Removal Guide

Remove “Ads by Buy to Joy”

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You have been infected by “Ads by Buy to Joy” ? This article includes Ads by Buy to Joy removal instructions.


This virus is pretty resilient and all traces of it need to be deleted, otherwise it’s quite possible that it regenerates to greet you the next time you start your computer. If you’re planning to do this manually then our Removal Guide will come in handy, but don’t rush to it just yet. Learning what tricks these things use to bypass system security is just as valuable information, because it’s much easier to block the virus before going in then to delete it when it’s already installed.

Don’t click on the Ads!

Many people intuitively mistrust all Ads found in the internet – and in the case of Adwares like Ads by Buy to Joy – for a very good reason. Basically nothing you see on those Ads is real – they are all fake and created only for you to see. The sites they link to are incredibly dangerous. Not only they will sell you worthless copies of different programs, but the file download may actually be another virus

Often Ads will try to pose as something else entirely – perhaps even as a system message. Pop-ups will alert you of many kinds of danger your PC may be exposed to or problems that need resolving. Some examples:

  • Some missing plug-in/video player/codec is required before you can see some media file.
  • One of your programs is outdated and potentially dangerous. The virus offers to download the update for it.
  • You have errors within your registry file that main cause corruption of files. A free utility program can be downloaded to fix them.
  • Your PC has been infected with a number of Trojans or other viruses. A free anti-virus program can delete them for you.

It’s a simply pattern, but a devilishly effective one against unsuspecting victims. The file offered will be a virus, potentially a very dangerous one to boot.

This scheme is so popular, that you may see similar pop-ups and banners on many different internet sites that are unrelated to Ads by Buy to Joy. Their presence is a very clear indication that a site is unsafe and you should consider twice before installing anything downloaded from such a site.

Program bundles – a common backdoor entrance

Ads by Buy to Joy – and many similar Adwares – enjoy a semi-legitimate status before the law, as the ads themselves are not dangerous and the Adware will always ask for your approval before installing. Whether you realized or not that you approved Adware is an entirely different matter, as deception is their motto.

Program bundles are program installers that install the main program plus a number of additional ones (often Demo or Free) as an extra. Unfortunately often, especially if the main thing is freeware, a number of these extras may be Adware. For this reason we recommend to avoid the default installation and go advanced, so you can deny access to any program that you don’t need or looks suspicious.

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How to Remove Ads by Buy to Joy


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:

Click the Start button Picture of 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.

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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.


  Ads by Buy to Joy 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 Buy to Joy . 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 Buy to Joy  should be somewhere around here –  Remove it.

chrome-logo-transparent-background For Google Chrome Users

 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.


(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.


You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Ads by Buy to Joy 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:



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


STEP 6 – Optimization

And that’s it. Well done for removing Ads by Buy to Joy. 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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